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  • Day8

    Train Museum Kyoto

    March 19, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Ray and I got very adventurous and ventured out on our own onto the train and bus routes of Kyoto. Having had plenty of dolls and cosmetic shopping it was inevitable that a revolt would happen at some stage and today was the day just when April had reached the end of her patience with us. So off we went with instructions in hand and not much in the head.
    We did make it but not without a couple of spat dummies but nothing out of the ordinary for us.
    We were just happy to get to the train Museum so we could tell Richard that we'd been.
    It was raining and late in the day so it wasn't crowded so we could enjoy just wandering about.
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  • Day12

    Farewell Kyoto

    November 11, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Off at the crack of, we catch the No 5 bus to the Silver Pavilion which is the beginning of the walk known as the Philosopher’s Path. I think it’s around 2.5 ks. It’s gorgeous. Because we are so early, there are hardly any other people there. I can only image what it would be like in Spring time with all the Cherry trees in bloom. We wind around the outskirts of Kyoto, just under the mountains. We’ve only donned T-shirts because we are (stupid) Aussies and come from the land down under of sun and sand, and it’s bloody freezing. My hands and feet went numb by half way through and then my nose started running, so I declared us both ‘degreed’ in philosophy and we went in search of the sun. Lovely part of Kyoto, probably the nicest and very upmarket homes and cars. Back on Bus 5 and in ten mins we are home ready for a quick 7 Eleven breakfast of egg sambos and latte. We have to check out at 11am so we leave our gear downstairs and take a two hour walk around Gion. The land of the Geisha. It’s a great area. Full of life and tradition, guest houses, many in traditional attire and at night, the authentic Geisha (which can be differentiated from other’s just wearing traditional clobber – by their hairstyle and makeup which is very particular. It’s packed being a Sunday and there are traffic cops on every intersection (and I’m talking lanes, not main roads) to keep the throngs of people moving and to help the cars steering through.

    A great walk back over the river, back to the hotel to collect our bags and backpacks and off to the Station. Armed with great food for the three hour trip to Tokyo, we’ll change there for Narita (which we now know is pronounced ‘Nari-tar’ and not how the Aussies pronounce it, Nar-ita). The Toyko trip was without incident and very comfortable. Can't be said for the Tokyo-Narita experience. Thousands of people squished onto the train, standing room only - (in Japan they actually have special 'people pushers' to shove people into the carriages - Yes. I am serious). Well, we ran, carriage after carriage trying to get on and finally PC pushes me on, with my bag, then his - and the doors close right on top of him! Luckily they quickly re-opened allowing him entry or I would have been on that train alone with all the luggage and documentation and money and our 'fail safe' method for when we lose each other would have been a miserable FAIL with a capital 'F'.

    If we do lose each other on hols, our 'thing' is to go back to the last place we saw each other. Works fine. Usually. PC says, so what would you have done if I'd not got on the train? And I said, I would have completed the journey to the airport and parked myself on the platform, assuming you would have got on the next train. Buzzer. Nope he says - that's not our thing. He says, "I would have waited for you to get off and get a train back to me". Right. Except I'm on the friggin sardine can train with ALL the luggage, two huge cases, backpacks and me. How on earth would that have panned out??? Luckily we didn't need to find out, but it was a reminder to have a contingency plan.

    So we are on the train and I've timed it just right to get to terminal three on time as instructed by Jetstar. Which would have worked out fine if we'd been on the right train. Yep, the last train we jump on in Nippon is the slow train to the airport, not the 'Rapid' train. We have NO idea how long it's going to take and the blood pressure is rising. Finally 1 hour 40mins later we alight and literally make a run for it. You'd think we were greyhounds belting out that gate after the rabbit (both with suitcases and backpacks). It's 3/4 kilometer between terminals and we didn't miss a beat! Got to the Jetstar counter with 20 mins to go until it closed. Which, thank God, allowed enough time for two healthy glasses of white wine before we boarded.

    Two nips of scotch and a Valium later we were out to the count by 10.30 and awoke to the sun coming up just over Rockhampton. Apart from a couple of small disturbances during the night, we didn't hear a thing. We had a small delay with some border control bloke entering the plane because some kid was sick and they wouldn't let us off until they had check she didn't have Ebola, but apart from that, we are back in one piece and loved every crazy minute of our trip to such a beautiful place.
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  • Day4

    Soldes sur les portes et les escaliers

    May 17, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    De la porte et de l'escalier à perte de vue! Et un magnfique chemin dans un jardin de temple... C'est comme cela que je résumerais notre ascension au fushimi inari. Plus de 30000 portes (nommées torii), plus de 4km et 1000000000000000 de marches (environ, on a peut-être oublié d'en compter) pour accéder au "top of the mountain", oú un sanctuaire pas plus beau que ceux d'en bas nous attendait. Même pas de magasin pour acheter un t-shirt "finisher". Mais on l'a fait! Fatigués mais heureux nous redescendons pour déguster des petites spécialités japonaises sur le pouce avant de partir vers le Kiyomizu-dera...Read more

  • Day6

    High tech fortune telling

    December 15, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    So apparently the fortunes on these sheets reveal themselves when you place the sheet in the mountain water nearby

    Then you can scan the QR code for a translation HAHAHAHA

    Takeaways from mine: I will probably get sick and if I lose anything I shouldn't bother looking for itRead more

  • Day48

    Wandern in Kurama, Teil 1

    October 5, 2015 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Ich möchte diesen Post in 3 Teile teilen, weil ich pro Post nur 6 Bilder hochladen kann, es jedoch viel schönes zu sehen gibt.
    Oft haben wir Montags frei (voll das Lotterleben hier ;-) und daher bin ich mit Anna und Ulrike nach Mount Kurama gefahren. Kurama ist ein Berg, auf dem schon seit langer Zeit Götter verehrt werden und daher auch viele Tempel und Schreine dort zu finden sind. Ich habe mich gefreut endlich aus der Stadt herauszukommen und mal wieder in der Natur wandern zu können. Dafür mussten wir zuerst eine halbe Stunde mit einem kleinen Zug bis zur Endhaltestelle fahren. Zug fahre ich irgendwie gerne (ich habe auch früher Train Simulator gepielt), daher ist der erste Post voller Zugfotos. Aber irgendwie ist hier auch alles anders, als zu Haus. Ich kann vorne rausgucken, der Fahrer hat eine coole Uniform an, es gibt Sitze, die zur Seite, direkt auf die Fenster ausgerichtet sind, damit man die schöne Landschaft genießen kann :-). Ich war glücklich, wie ein kleines Kind und das Wetter war wunderschön...Read more

  • Day48

    Wandern in Kurama, Teil 2

    October 5, 2015 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Eine Haltestelle vor der Endstation sind wir ausgestiegen, weil wir einen großen Rundweg machen wollten und schließlich an der Endhaltestelle wieder rauskammen wollten.
    Zuerst sind wir eine wenig befahrene Straße für ca. 2 Km an einem richtig schönen Bach entlanggewandert. Unser erstes Ziel war der Kibune Schrein (es war eine ganze Anlage voller Schreine). Beeindruckend waren all die roten Laternen am Wegrand. Irgednwie war das alles so Klischee-Japanisch, wie man sich das halt in Deutschland so vorstellt. Richtig schön!
    Hinter dem Schrein geht anschließend ein kleiner Weg ab, der auf den Mount Kuruma führt. Also hoch - langer Aufstieg - aber ich hatte Glück: Ein Mann kam mir entgegen und hat mir einfach seinen Wanderstock in die Hand gedrückt! Jetzt sah ich aus, wie ein richtiger Wanderer oder vielleicht eher ein Pilger!
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  • Day48

    Wandern in Kurama, Teil 3

    October 5, 2015 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Bergauf, Bergauf und immer wieder Pause an kleinen Tempeln gemacht, die einer kleinen Sekte gehören, die eine Art Drei-Faltigkeit der Elemente anbetet (eine Art Mischung aus Shinto, Buddhismus und Natur-Religionen). Landschaftlich war es wirklich traumhaft. Und dann begenet uns noch ein kleines, friedliches Reh am Wegrand! Es hat sich bei der Pilzsuche gar nicht stören lassen (an diesem Tag habe ich gelernt, dass Rehe gerne Pilze essen).
    An der Spitze angekommen, wurden wir mit einem richtig schönen Ausblick belohnt. Ein Stück Bergab kamen wir zu einem großen Tempel, der auch zu der oben genannten Sekte gehört. Die Bilder in dem Tempel hatten sowohl hinduistische als auch buddhistische Einflüsse.
    Ab jetzt ging es nur Bergab, vorbei an einem schönen kleinen Wasserfall mit einem Becken voller Koi. Unten im Dorf haben wir erstmal gegessen (richtig japanisch auf Sitzkissen) und sind anschließend zu einer heißen Quelle (Onsen) gelaufen.
    Tja das war ein echt cooler Tag, aber abends war ich richtig müde...
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