Tokyo National Museum

After a month in Japan our time was nearly up. We had checked out of our apartment in Shibuya and travelled by train to Nippori where we had stored our luggage in luggage lockers ready to go to Narita airport at the end of the day. Now we were back in Ueno Park, where we had finished the…

Kyoto’s Hōnen-in temple

After leaving Ginkaku-ji we followed part of the tree lined Path of Philosophy alongside a narrow canal down to Hōnen-in temple. The path takes its name from 20th century philosopher, Nishida Kitarō, who often wandered along the path deep in thought. For us, we were deep in concentration as Hōnen-in was allegedly easy to miss. However…

Kanazawa and Kenroku-en Gardens

Our time in Takayama was over and now we boarded the train heading north to Toyoma and then another to Kanazawa. The journey through beautiful countryside was a pleasure, especially as the trip up to this area had been a rainy gloomy day. Here are a few photos from the train window of the trip. In…

Hida Folk Museum

As the markets came to a close in Takayama we started the 1.9 km walk out to the adjoining town of Hida. Our aim was to visit the reputed Hida Folk Museum. It was a steady uphill walk as we came into the foothills where the museum was located. As we entered, three of our…

Tokyo Take 2

The following day, Monday, after walking to the Shin Okuba station we took the train to the east of the city first. Our first stop was the Tsukiji fish market, which is a bit of an icon in Tokyo. Apparently it is closing next month. If you arrive really early at 5:00 you have a chance…