Ha Long Bay - Vietnam

Ha Long Bay – Vietnam

I’m in Vietnam, having landed in Hanoi a few days ago. I’m also part of a pretty well-organised tour. What’s nice about going on an…

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Hong Kong in 48 hours

Hong Kong in 48 hours

Hong Kong has been my stop-over on the way to Hanoi, as well as being a place I’d heard a lot about (good and bad),…

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Dinner in Kyoto

Dinner in Kyoto

After arriving in Kyoto by Bullet Train, I checked into this nice ryokan near the station and promptly fell asleep for a couple of hours. Well –…

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Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

I very stupidly referred to Himeji Castle as Hideki Castle, by accident. It was an honest mistake, but perhaps the equivalent of referring to Neuschwanstein…

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Kiyomizu Temple and surroundings - Kyoto

Kiyomizu Temple and surroundings – Kyoto

I had very little time in Kyoto, so I made a bee-line for the Imperial Palace. Unfortunately, the Palace was closed for tours because it…

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Bullet Train to Kyoto

Bullet Train to Kyoto

I left Tokyo on the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Kyoto. Modern Shinkansen on the line from Tokyo to Osaka run at 170mph. Some on other…

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Cat Cafe - Shinjuku, Tokyo

Cat Cafe – Shinjuku, Tokyo

I’d heard about the Cat Cafe phenomenon through a Guardian website video earlier this year. Urban apartments are often small in densely-populated Japan. Quite often,…

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A Temple and a Shrine - Tokyo

A Temple and a Shrine – Tokyo

I visited a temple and a shrine on consecutive days in Tokyo, but figured it would make sense to fold both into this one short…

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Tsujiki Market - Tokyo

Tsujiki Market – Tokyo

One of the must-see items on most guide books lists, and on most peoples lips is Tsujiki Market. Also known as “Tsujiki Fish Market“, it…

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Hiking Mount Takao

Hiking Mount Takao

Tokyo’s been overcast and rainy the first few days, but yesterday was gloriously sunny. I took the opportunity to go hiking up Mount Takao, which…

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