Tatumaki – jigoku – “Water Spout Hell” This is a geyser that reaches over 50 metres high but to protect the surrounding area a rock enclosure was built ( the mind boggles at building this during the quiet period) The geyser is very reliable going off every 30 to 40 minutes and lasting 6 to 10 minutes. I have forgotten the name of this Jigoku. It was a small mud spring that once had a shrine.The shrine was destroyed in […]
We went to 4 hot springs over two days but I thought I would put them all together. These are the first 2 of Beppu’s 8 Hell of Hot Springs. jigoku means hell in japanese Chinoike-jigoku “Bloody Hell” The red colour comes from acidic iron & magnesium filled clay that bubbles up from 200 m the temperature is around 78C Umi-jogoku – “Sea Hell” Iron sulphate colours this 98C water an amazing blue. Also at Sea Hell was another […]
Usa Hachimanju Shrine Nakatsu Castle – impressive black castle in use from 1587 – 1871 Aono-domon Tunnel built by the Buddhist priest Zenkai. Took him over 30 years to build the 185 metre tunnel with chisel and hammer. Yabakei stone bridge – the longest arched stone bridge in Japan
Left snowy Kyoto to spend a couple of days in Hong Kong This is the building in Hong Kong that David finished building in the late 80s. Still looks good. “I Love Donut” Exhibition of ceramic work by Korean born US based artist Jae Yong Kim.
Most of my images are of the trip up to the Parthenon. Better pictures than mine can be found in books and on the internet so here are some images on the way up. Photo from the rooftop bar and restaurant at our hotel first stop for food and beer
Sagano Scenic Railway also known as the Romantic Train runs along the Hozugawa River from Arashiyama to Kameoka. From this lovely old train with open carriages and wooden bench seats you can see the most wonderful scenery. You can purchase a return ticket or come back on the Hozugawa River Run. The day we did the trip the River was closed due to heavy rain. I have done the River Run and it was heaps of fun.
Trip to Mishima started on the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Mishima. Shirley’s first trip on the Shinkansen The Mishima Skywalk is one of the best places to view Mt Fuji…that is if it’s not a rainy overcast day. Unfortunately the day we were there it was a rainy overcast day with not even a hint of the mountain. As we walked over the bridge, Japanese people kept apologising that we couldn’t see Fuji. So typical of the Japanese Still an […]