Category Archives: Japan 12/10

Japanese Leftovers: Aqua Stadium

Unlike 2 years ago, when we went to that dolphin / seal / aquarium place, this time I got around to edit together a video from all the footage I took. Maybe some day I go back to the footage … Continue reading

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Japanese leftovers: more Disney photos

Some more pictures of our Disney Sea day. Enjoy the gallery:

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And we are back in Italy

Long, but event-less flight day today. Wake up at 6:30, catch shuttle to airport at 8, at check in we got the ‘family with small child, you can check in at the first class counter’ treatment … similar later on … Continue reading

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Same procedure as every year …

Instead of waking up at 4 AM tomorrow, we did what we had done the last 2 years, we took care of the 3h train ordeal to Narita airport today and we are staying at our lovely Nikko Narita hotel … Continue reading

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Kiyomizu-dera / Gion / back to Tokyo

Gladly the place we stay at is somewhat within walking distance for Gion / Kiyomizu … Since we had left early, it was all still very empty (but also many of the shops were still closed. One great thing about … Continue reading

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Okonomiyaki with Dave

It has been 5.5 years since we went out with Dave back in Tokyo … Since then he had spent several years in Paris and now the last 1.5 years he lived in Kyoto. We went to a nice okonomiyaki … Continue reading

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Philosopher’s Walk / Silver Pavillion

Today’s highlights: Philosopher’s Walk and the Silver Pavillion

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Chion Temple

For the afternoon we headed through some nice areas of Gion and then to the Chion temple, which we had kinda seen already last night, but this time of year those places close around 4PM Here Julius got the first … Continue reading

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Crafts Museum & Heian-Jingu & 9 course lunch

We met with Ritsu’s old colleague Banba-San, who had been a fantastic host and tour guide seven years ago and he showed us the traditional arts & crafts museum of Kyoto, and then the Heian shrine. After that we found … Continue reading

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Izakaya with Yuko

After dinner we met Yuko, who once hosted us in Egypt and met us for sukiyaki in Tokyo 2 years ago, and this time we went to a nice, local izakaya place where we had some nibblies and great sake … Continue reading

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Kyoto style dinner

After settling into our ‘Relo Point Vacation’ residence (same as we had used last year in … And 2 years ago in Hakkone), we started walking around (i.e. up and down the ‘incline’) and already did some successful shopping. Especially … Continue reading

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Shinkansen to Kyoto

Julius’ first ride on Japan’s famous Shinkansen high speed train. A very pleasant 2.5 h, spent with bento boxes, drawing, dozing and looking at the passing landscapes, some of which were full of snow. Because the way the seats are … Continue reading

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Peking Duck

Ever since we had Peking Duck at our Asian place in Torino, I wanted to try it somewhere else, maybe a place that specializes on Peking Duck. And Ritsu found us such a place in Shinjuku. It was not cheap, … Continue reading

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Aqua Stadium

Since Julius loves fish and aquariums (and does not seem to recall much of our visit from only 2 years ago), we returned to the Epson Aqua Stadium in Shinagawa. The aquarium part may be small-ish, but very impressive, especially … Continue reading

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Hama-Rikyu with Utachan + lunch

We met with our friend Utako again, starting the day with a visit to Hama-Rikyu park where they had a falcon / hawk presentation, which was kinda nice, but it was pretty crowded, hard to see anything, I ended up … Continue reading

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