Category Archives: Japan 7/14

The not so long trek home

Being so close to Japan and being able to fly directly into Haneda has made our trip so much more convenient! Only bummer was maybe that we had to get up and ready a bit before 5AM and Julius tried … Continue reading

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One last Japanese sunset

Leaving tomorrow, back to Hanoi. Very different from previous times when we left. Knowing the flight is much shorter / less of an ordeal, and actually liking our home in Hanoi But we will be back soon anyways.

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Yakiniku feast

We had tried this nearby all-you-can-eat yakiniku place last year and were looking forward to go again. This time the whole family, which made the whole ordering and grilling thing a bit easier. I did not remember this place to … Continue reading

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Exploring Akihabara

Like Shinjuku, Shibuya and Kichijouji before, I took Julius out today one our 4th exploration tour of a Tokyo area. Akihabara is known as geek heaven, with lots of anime, electronics, maid cafes and lots of other quirkiness going on. … Continue reading

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Hossawa Falls and Forest of 10.000 Hydrangea

From our ryokan we started to explore more of Akigawa gorge. After check out and leaving our luggage we hiked around 5km through Hirohana village (the only village in Tokyo Prefecture!) to the parking lot of the Hossawa Falls, and … Continue reading

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Our humble dinner at Honjin Ryokan

Ritsu found us a very nice, traditional ryokan for the night. And as it is custom, multi course Japanese food is included. So, after taking a Japanese style bath (and a nap) we were called into the dining room to … Continue reading

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Room with a view

I think we got very lucky with the rooms we got at Honjin Ryokan. Both of them very traditional in style and great view into the trees towards the river and the mountains … … and we have private toilets … Continue reading

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Trout fishing in the Akigawa gorge

For several months now julius had voiced his wish of going fishing sometime (for his birthday) and Ritsu located this great place in the not too distant ‘mountains’. A bit more than an hour by several trains and then 20 … Continue reading

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Sleepy Julius

We are heading out of the city today and Julius passed the time on the train (1h15min plus several changes) by trying to catch up on some sleep.

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Dinner was Italian

We pass this restaurant every time we come and go to Sengawa station, but not until today we tried it (and only because the yakiniku place we wanted to go to had it’s day off). The building seems like specifically … Continue reading

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Julius rode over 10km today

First we started with a nice pre-lunch ‘let’s explore the neighborhood’ ride, which included finding the cutest little Uniqlo, but then it started drizzling and we had to return. But hey, 6.22km. And then for lunch Ritsu and I alternated … Continue reading

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Exploring Kichijouji

Next item on the to do list after the zoo visit was a long promised lunch at McD for me and J. The shopping area of Kichijouji is very nice, like a compact version of Shibuya / Shinjuku / Ginza … Continue reading

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Return to Inokashira Park Zoo

We had been to this small zoo before, in winter, when a lot of animals were hibernating. This time most of them were in full swing, some of them dozing around, some of the showing signs of being caged (endless, … Continue reading

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Some random rainy day shots

Lots of unnecessary HDR magic all over. Because pretty! Regarding this ‘devilish’ looking building: This is indeed a half-pipe roller coaster on top of a Don Quijote department store. But it is non-operational as this snippet from wiki explains: In … Continue reading

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Tokyo is totally walkable!

For the many years I have been visiting Tokyo I have always been under the impression that it is incredibly vast, hence we rely on the superb public transportation system and down in those tubes, you can hardly see a … Continue reading

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