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  • Day36

    Koya-san: Part I

    October 7, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Located in a 800 meter high valley and surrounded by 8 mountain peaks, Mount Koya is the center of Shingon Buddhism. Kobo Daishi introduced this religion in 805 and started constructing the Dai Garan, a temple complex with shrines and pagodas. His mausoleum including a Buddhist cemetery with more than 200.000 tombstones surrounded by hundreds of years old tall cedar trees attracts tourists and pilrgrims. There is also Kongobu-ji, the headquarters for Shingon Buddhism for more than 4000 temples in Japan and overseas. All very impressive!! Almost half of the 120 temples provide lodgings, Shukubo....Read more

  • Day35

    Nara

    October 6, 2017 in Japan ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Here we are... in Nara! A dream come true for me!... except, it is not as I had expected. We have to survive constant rain, wind, crowds of tourists and school kids day trips, biting deers and their poo all day!! But strong as ever the Tikus team made it trough the paths of the Nara park, discovering temple after shrine, after pond, until impressive Todai-ji which hosts the Big Buddhaaa!!!Read more

  • Day34

    Nakasendo route

    October 5, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Also called the Central Mountain route, between Kyoto and Tokyo during the Edo period (1603-1868). This route of 530 km passed by 69 post towns, for travellers to chill out. Today we start at post town Magome and hike part of the historic route up to Tsumago in the Kiso valley. Time seemed to have stopped in these beautiful towns and the route led us through a thickly forested path passing by rivers, small waterfalls, bamboo trees and old watermills. After a refreshing chestnut soft ice cream (they loooove soft ice cream) and a rice lolly pop, we are saying goodbye to the Japanese Alps en route to Nara.Read more

    Paulin Kho

    Hihi

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  • Day33

    Kamikochi

    October 4, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Today it was all about hiking in the Kamikochi river valley. The day started grey but luckily we soon got treated with sun and clear blue skies. Little colourful ponds, forest, Japanese hikers with an average age of over 60 suited up like a pro, the curved and clear river, chubby monkeys... Wowie we got spoiled with this amazing offer!! Then it was time to ease up and walk around in Matsumoto town.Read more

    Wat leuk om jullie belevenissen te lezen! Wij zijn net terug en zo kunnen we het Japan gevoel nog even vasthouden. Hartelijke groet Angela en Joost

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  • Day32

    The Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

    October 3, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    We did it!! We traveled 90km via a sacred mountain, a deep gorge, a boiling-hot spring and unfortunately invisible mountain scenery due to the heavy fog... But the bad weather did not get rid of our enthusiasm jumping from a train to a cable car then to a bus, all the way to Murodo (see pictures enclosed!!) A trolley bus then took us through tunnels before getting on a ropeway that connected us with an underground cable car from which we emerged on the impressive Kurobe Dam. A last bus ride followed by a short train trip got us to Matsumoto! You might be wondering how we managed all of this with our luggage... we did not! There is an almost magical service by which you can ship your luggage from your hotel before you depart, you’ll find it at your arrival city’s station, the Japanese sense of practicalities and detail is just mind blowing!!
    We discovered enchanting Matsumoto by night, walking through the Nakamachi area with its shops and restaurants hosted in beautiful houses and discovering the Castle, the oldest wooden castle in Japan! We treated ourselves to a delicious dinner in a traditional restaurant and a glass of whisky and a cocktail in a gentlemen bar.
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    Hmmm yakitori and Tempura!!

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  • Day31

    Shinkansen - Hokkaido to Toyama

    October 2, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    We leave Hokkaido with the super fast bullet train. But not before we pay a visit to the huge fish market (with crabs as big as your head) in Hakodate and taste some of the super fresh fish for breakfast. Sea urchin (orange, slimy, brainy type of substance.... hmm I mean delicacy), coquille, salmon roe (eggs) and squid... strong tastes on our empty stomach, ai carambaaa, but what a seafood feast!! Finally we could take it ‘easy’ in the shinkansen and before we knew it we arrived at our destination more than 800 km away: Toyama, gateway to the Japanese Alps!Read more

    Paulin Kho

    😋😋

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  • Day30

    Last day in Hokkaido

    October 1, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We started our Sunday with breakfast in the sun over looking beautiful Lake Toya.
    As hyper active people, we needed a new challenge for the day, so we took the ropeway that led us to volcano Usuzan. We could walk around the crater with on one side view of the lake and on the other side view of the sea. It was sunny and warm, it felt good!
    After a quick lunch in the same spot as breakfast, we headed to Hakodate. Speedy Gonzales was getting so comfy that we got pulled over by the police!! The fact that we could only speak English saved us from any trouble hihi!! Once in harbor town Hakodate (one of the 1st cities that opened up for international trade after the period of islolation), the hostel we stayed in Motomachi District was perfect. We could discover the area made of small paved streets with warehouses all along. In the end it was better to discover it by night so not too many shops were open :-)
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    Paulin Kho

    Seriously, are you kidding me?! You know there a 2 speeding tickets waiting for you in Amsterdam... from France with love ❤️!

    10/4/17Reply
    Kulia's adventures

    Hahaha suddenly we saw a police car in our mirror with the lights and we were driving 100 where you are allowed 70 🤔

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  • Day29

    Road trip continues

    September 30, 2017 in Japan ⋅ 🌬 8 °C

    Sad to leave the beautiful Daisetsuzan area but we will exchange it for Shikotsu-Toya National Park. Passing by Furano, the centre of Hokkaido, and making a stop at Farm Tomita. In the summer all the lavender fields are blooming and it is all about lavender: pot-pourri, cheesecake, handicrafts and even soft ice cream. We are heading to 2 caldera lakes, Shikotsu-ko and Toya-ko, with stunning views on a few volcanos, e.g. Yotei-zan (aka Ezo-Fuji because of its resemblance to Mt Fuji), Usu-zan and Showa Shin-zan.Read more

    Paulin Kho

    Njam njam? We ate a lot of matcha soft ice cream 😋😋 Lavender also sounds good.... . Bye byeeee, Paulin

    10/3/17Reply
    Paulin Kho

    KAWAII!!!

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  • Day28

    Daisetsuzan National Park: part II

    September 29, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    We started the day early, decided to climb Asahi-dake, Hokkaido’s tallest peak! Well, that was before we were surprised by a snow storm on our way to the top. We do not know how far we were from the top when I decided to return and keep my 2 hands attached to my arms...
    After a much needed dip in the onsen, we went by car to discover the area of Biei with its ever changing landscapes and amazing perspectives, just enjoy the pics!
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    Onsen is good for your skin!! I need that too!

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  • Day27

    Daisetsuzan National Park

    September 28, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    The biggest national park in Japan, nicknamed as the rooftop of Hokkaido. Currently covered in a patchwork of coloured trees, ooo yeah autumn foliage in Japan always begins right here!! We explored the Sounkyo area a bit by bicycle and later by car. Actually no words needed for these breathtaking vistas... just look at the pics!!Read more

    Caroline Brethenoux

    Magic! Thank you so much for sharing! We are traveling with you a little bit every day with Solal :)

    9/29/17Reply
     

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