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Japan 2015: Himeji

Japan 2015: Himeji

After returning from my Mount Shosha adventure on 18th December I decided to explore Himeji a bit more, and went in search of some kind of reward for my morning’s efforts. I soon found what I was looking for: Jidai Cafe. Jidai Cafe is a tacky tourist trap of a cafe serving ninja themed food, … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Mount Shosha

Japan 2015: Mount Shosha

On Friday 18th December I set off on a mission. My plan was to visit Mount Shosha (書写山), the site of the temple Engyoji (円教寺) which was partially used in the filming of the Last Samurai. (I know, I know, most of it was filmed in New Zealand, some people really don’t like this movie … Continue reading

Japan 2015: At Last – Samurai!

Japan 2015: At Last – Samurai!

I’ve travelled a fair bit in Japan and have researched about a lot of places I’ve yet to go, but one thing that always stumps me when asked is ‘where to go for samurai’. I mean, aside from just going to some castles, what is there to see? As much as I love samurai movies … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Hyogo (兵庫県)

Japan by Prefecture: Hyogo (兵庫県)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Hyogo (兵庫県). Hyogo Prefecture is part of the Kansai Region (関西地方) and the capital is Kobe (神戸). I’ve been to some parts of Hyogo, but there … Continue reading

Osaka, USJ, Himeji… and takoyaki!

Last weekend my friend and I went to Osaka.  Our main purpose was to go to Universal Studios Japan (USJ) but we also managed to see a bit of Osaka and visit Himeji Castle.  And, of course, we found time for some takoyaki, too! I went to Gifu on Saturday night and stayed at my … Continue reading