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Pseudo Japan Hour adventure to Awaji Island and Kagawa

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Hope you guys have been enjoying the Japan posts! So far we’ve been taking train to all our destinations, but on Sunday we did something a little different – where our host M rented a car and took us for a drive around the nearby areas which weren’t on the main train routes. Just some side info: this post is named for one of my favourite shows to stumble upon – Japan Hour, a long-running documentary in Japanese that introduces far flung places to the internal Japanese tourist, spots where international tourists are unlikely to frequent.   Akashi Kaikyo Bridge …

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The neverending Torii of Fushimi Inari

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After an afternoon in Arashiyama, we didn’t have much time to visit many other places as most of the stuff in Japan closes at 4-5pm, even in the summer. We headed off to Fushimi Inari, famous for its rows of Torii Gates and most importantly, did not have a closing time. If you’re wondering what a Torii is, this is what it is: You’ll usually see one of these marking the front of a Shinto temple in Japan, and wikipedia has unearthed quite a fascination amount of information regarding the types and origins of Torii if you’re interested to read …

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The charms of Arashiyama (Tenryuji Temple, Togetsuko Bridge)

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We hadn’t actually planned to go to Kyoto at all – both Y and I had already been to Kiyomizu, but after perusing the guide, it seemed like the most interesting place to go, so that’s we headed. We opted for the slightly more offbeat places. After some pondering, we headed to Arashiyama ?? to check out their famous bamboo forest. As all our days in Osaka, it was exceptionally HOT. We took quite awhile to get there, having to take the subway and train to Kyoto, and then change another train to get to Arashiyama on the western outskirts …