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Friday, February 22, 2019

Hello Kitty reveals the Puuuurfect Railway Escape

If you have been following our news before you may have read about JR West`s plans to launch a Hello Kitty inspired Shinkansen (bullet train). Well, now that news has become a reality. In...

The Great Hanshin Disaster – Kobe, Japan

The Great Hanshin Earthquake or Kobe Earthquake occurred on January 17, 1995, at 5.46am in the morning. It came in at a powerful 6.9 and caused widespread destruction, especially in the closest city of...

Osaka Castle – Osaka’s Famous Landmark

The one major landmark you can be sure people in Kansai hold in high pride is Osaka Castle, perched upon a raised platform and surrounded by a large moat it stands tall in its...

Moving into Your First Apartment in JAPAN – THE EASY WAY

Starting Out So one of the most exciting, but scary things that must be done when arriving is moving into your first Apartment in Japan! When I first arrived in Japan I experienced multiple ways...

Hello Kitty says ‘Hello’ to Japan’s Shinkansen

Cartoon or anime inspired trains have long been a common sight across Japan's entire network, but as the Evangelion 500 series themed Shinkansen is soon to retire, get ready to say 'Hello' (or ハロー/Harro...

Kinkaku-ji – Kyoto’s Golden Treasure

Kyoto is a traveller's paradise for Buddhist temples and shrines (like Kinkakuji) and heralded as the Traditional Capital of Japan, the number of tourists flocking to these historical places of worship just keeps climbing....

Kobe Tower – Kobe, Hyogo

Kobe Tower stands at 108 metres tall and is the highest structure you will observe skirting the port town. Featuring a see-through glass floor from 75m above and a stunning colour display of 7000...

Journey in Japan Part 24: When Haricot Met Celery

I wake up at 9am and head down to the lobby for my Japanese style breakfast. The food is almost identical to yesterday. Grilled fish of the day is once again salmon. The only change is that...

Journey in Japan Part 23: Height of the Lifting Tread

Today I wake up at 4 am. My sleep pattern is so messed up from a week in a fourteen bedroom dormitory room; always being woken up by shuffling, or case repacking, or inconsiderate chicken...

Journey in Japan Part 22: O Browser, Where Art Thou?

Today I leave Kyoto; but before I do, I head to the roof of Kyoto Station, to the sky garden. It takes nine consecutive escalators to reach the top; a place called ‘Happy Terrace’....

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