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Last Day in Japan, Day 12 Time to Fly Back to UK

So today was the day we fly back to UK but, we still had a morning free before heading off to the airport - well, whole afternoon really but didn't want to join the rush hour trains carrying luggage... These were the manned stations you have to go through instead of the regular gates if you want to use your JR Pass. Thing is, not all exits have...


Trip to Japan Day 9 – Osaka. Den Den Town and Shopping

We were off to Osaka today. Originally I wanted to visit Osaka Castle early morning when there should be fewer people but my friend wanted to go off to a Virtual Reality conference back in Tokyo so we decided to skip it. It was going to be a pop culture day again because we were going to head straight to Den Den Town which was basically Osakas...


Trip in Japan Day 8 – Shirakawa Village, Takayama

Well, after a day's break of wandering around shops, it was back to touring the land of the rising sun. While I'm a big fan of Japanese games and Anime, I was also interested in Japan's culture thanks to all the TV programmes I grew up watching such as documentaries and travel programmes so I decided we should go visit a rural village while...


Trip in Japan Day 7 – Break Day, Rail Museum, Nagoya Shopping

Today was a break day for us. Originally I never planned any rest days but my friend didn't want to travel to places every single day in case it was too much of a tow so, we did our separate things today. Was probably a good idea since holidays was about relaxing and visiting places by the clock can be quite stressful. All that rushing around...


Trip in Japan Day 6 – Nara. Nara Park, Toudaiji, Fushimi Inari Temple

We were off to Nara today, Japan's very first capital city established back in 710 before it moved to Kyoto and then today's Tokyo. I was at the back of the hotel now after the room change. Don't know what the building opposite was but it had a well kept garden. Never actually seen or heard of Nara before until my friend mentioned it while I...


Trip in Japan Day 4 - Shinkansens and Green Seat Carriages

Today we were going to move base to Nagoya because it was in between the other places we wanted to visit next. It was also going to be our first time on the Shinkansen (Bullet Trains) which was exciting because they looked awesome to travel on. The JR Pass is valid for Shinkansen rides too and you have the choice of reserving seats or not...


Trip in Japan Day 3 – Ghibli Museum, Fujiko Fujio "Doraemon" Museum

Ah yes, Ghibii Museum! This place is so busy you'll have to book 3 months in advance if you want a chance of getting in. Especially during the holiday seasons. It was either a JR train to Mitaka Station or a Keio train to Kichijoji. We chose Keio even though we had a JR Pass because it was faster by a 5 minutes or so. I read the route from Mitaka...