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Japan Trip 2023 - Day 10, Laundry & Kitaro Tea House Re-visit

Been wondering why the partitions on apartment balconies can be removed and I think I know why; access to fire emergency stairs along the side. If you ever wondered how dirty cash can be check out the white tissue I wrapped my coins because I had too much and wanted to separate some. Not pretty... Morning was laundry time for mesince...


Japan Trip 2023 - Day 9, Suzume no Tojimari Locations

Another clear day. Weather's been mostly great this trip just like last time. Only a day of rain so far. I decided to go out and grab the rare Figma Pokemon Red figure for my friend in the morning because one I spotted in Lashinban, Culture Zone was already gone despite the £200 price tag. Might be the last chance to grab the second one I...


Japan Trip 2023 - Day 2, Nagano Kami-Suwa, Your Name Itomori Lake

Off to the Your Name, Tateishi Park today. Early morning so I could have more time to explore the place. Got up at half 5 to head to the station. The Azusa Limited Express is only available from Shinjuku so wanted to get there before rush hour. Despite being the first train of the day, there was actually quite a lot of people. There are quite...


Real World Locations in Japanese Anime and Games

I was inspired to do this post after realising how many locations I recognised from shows and games I've played after visiting Japan. You will probably too once you've been since so many fictional works are based on real life locations and the great thing is you won't have to go out of your way to find these places unlike say Makoto...


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 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...


Trip in Japan Day 2 – Kitaro Tea House, Jindai-ji, Kawagoe, Akihabara

Another nice day, around 20C and sunny. Today we were off to Chofu where the Kitaro O-cha-ya [Tea House] and Jindai Temple is. Early morning onigiri breakfast. This time I went to a nearby supermarket place instead of the Lawsons conbini. Didn't taste very good and they didn't support IC cards as payment so cash only ^^; I heard...