Japan 2016 Travel Log 08: Kurama & Kibune

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Kurama & Kibune, KANSAI, JAPAN

Not your usual tourist spot, Kurama and Kibune usually caters to japanese pilgrims or shinto enthusiast. Don’t really see much foreign tourists in this area. It was a nice change because we were getting kinda claustrophobic in Kyoto with the sheer multitude of fellow gaijins milling about.

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Japan 2016 Travel Log 07: Kyoto

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Kyoto, KANSAI, JAPAN

The hike up Kiyomizu-dera wasn’t any less arduous than it had been on my previous trip here.

Our day in Kyoto could be summed up in one word – wet. We went on a weekend, and the already narrow streets were exceptionally crowded. Girls took time to doll up nicely in kimonos and nice hairdos, dragging reluctant husbands along for the ride. You really can’t get a more traditional japanese experience then in Kyoto.

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Japan 2016 Travel Log 06: Kobe

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Osaka, kansai, JAPAN

Kobe is a really chillax quaint town and I’d definitely want to come back here again. We started from Shin-Kobe, and walked all the way down to Kobe station for the cable cars and beef steaks.

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Japan 2016 Travel Log 05: Hakodate

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Hakodate, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN

Hakodate was a crucial town in getting us from Tokyo to Sapporo and back. We stayed over for 2 nights (separately) which when totalled up, gave us more than sufficient time to cover the city, thereby ending our more than satisfactory rest stop at Hakodate.

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Japan 2016 Travel Log 04: Furano

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furano, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN

Furano worried me whilst planning out our day itinerary, because of how inaccessible everything was due to not having a car. Surprisingly we made good time on our actual day by walking. So we started out from naka-furano, and detoured to upper naka-furano to Saika no Sato, which was up on a hill. There isn’t a direct route upwards, so you’d have to circle the slope, and that amounted to loads and loads of walking.

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Japan 2016 Travel Log 03: Noboribetsu

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noboribetsu, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN

I must say Jigokudani was one of my favourite town in this trip, mainly because of their ultra cute and gar oni and the random oni kanabo which littered the town. To reach Jigokudani, you’ll have to take a bus up from Noboribetsu station. From there you’d start the actual hike to the top of the mountain and back. They have buffed-up handsome onis sending you off and welcoming you back! Locals and visiting japanese usually drive, but broke tourists like us had to rely solely on legpower.

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Japan 2016 Travel Log 02: Otaru

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Otaru, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN

So being directional idiots that we were, we got off to a lost start trying to find that street in Otaru and ended up detouring through the residential area at the start. Rule of thumb is to always just follow the crowd whenever you’re not sure which way to turn. But all was good as we managed to find our way in the end! \O/

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