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. Advertisements
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 […]
Sakura-jima is one of the worlds most active volcanos. Located in Kagoshima Bay 8km west of Kagoshima City, population of half a million people. Sakura-jima has been erupting constantly since the 8th century While we were there it erupted frequently with steam of plumes of ash. Quite spectacular. We were to take the train to Kagoshima station to catch the ferry to the Island but missed our stop and ended up at Ryugamizu Station – in the middle of nowhere. […]
An excellent art Gallery. I’ve been to this gallery 3 times now and the exhibitions have always been so interesting and enjoyable. Here are a few pics of some of the exhibits. Have a look at their website for more information. https://www.kanazawa21.jp/exhibition_event_en.php I was mesmerised by “Ghost in the Cell” and there was a huge exhibition of Inoue Yuichi, a Japanese calligraphy artist plus so much more. Below is the work of Aono Fumiaki who transform objects washed up on […]
Thunderbird Express – Kyoto to Kanazawa. very comfortable 2 1/2 hours. Rainy day at Kanazawa Castle Interesting display of how these castles were built showing the wood joinery, walls and roof. Castle was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1881 so most of the castle has been rebuilt.
ilmare is an Italian restaurant located near Odawara fishing harbour. All the fish is freshly caught each day. Food was wonderful and the company was great. Thank you Hanatani san Satoko san, Ura san & Yuko san. David and I had a lovely day. Satoko san is a sushi artist and teacher. Too good to eat.
Bus trip to Lake Towado which is a very deep double caldera lake of an active volcano that last erupted in 915AD . Our guide told us there is only one other double caldera lake in the world and that is in the USA Here are some pretty pictures from our cruise around the lake. Shame about the lack of blue skies in most of my photos. Most of the trip was overcast. Went on the ropeway that carries up […]
The Seikan Railway Tunnel was opened in 1988 connecting Honshu & Hokkaido. The tunnel runs 240 metres below the Tsugau Straight and 100 metres below the seabed and is 53.85 km long. We went through the tunnel a few years ago. Next stop was the Sumo Origins Museum where some of the boys got to try on the Mawashi (sumo belt) Sumo ring (dohya) at the Sumo Shrine As a woman this is one of a few dohya […]
On tour to Kushiro Shitsugen National Park to row canoes through the wetlands. Very pleasant way to spend the day. A huge pod of Dolphins entertained us soon after leaving Kushiro. Next day was at sea – scenic cruising.