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Staying in the Akihabara Washington Hotel, Tokyo

Staying in the Akihabara Washington Hotel, Tokyo

During a recent visit to Tokyo I stayed at the Akihabara Washington Hotel for 8 nights. Here are my photos and a small amount of information about the hotel. The hotel is in Akihabara on the East side of central Tokyo. It is a three minute walk from the JR Yamanote line – this is the line that circles central Tokyo and goes to many of the [...]

Can you walk across Tokyo in a day?

Can you walk across Tokyo in a day?

Once you’ve seen all the main tourist sites in Tokyo what can you do next? Why not try walking across the city! I recently did two walks across central Tokyo, one from Akihabara to Shinjuku, and one from Shiba area (Hamamatsucho station) to Shibuya. Both these walks are from East to West from one side of the Yamanote loop train line to the [...]

Viewing Mount Fuji

Viewing Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji (known as Fuji-san) makes one of Japan’s classic and most famous images. It can however be notoriously difficult to view as clouds and mists often obscure it (see the film Cherry Blossoms for an example). Winter can be a good time to view it as the air tends to be clearer. I went at the end of December. Your best bet for seeing [...]

Riding on Tokyo’s Toden Arakawa tram line

Riding on Tokyo’s Toden Arakawa tram line

If you want to see something ‘non-touristy’ in Tokyo then taking a ride on the Toden Arakawa tram line is worth considering. At one time Tokyo used to have many of these streetcar lines, but now only two remain. The Tokyu Setagaya line is the other one. That one only has 10 stops, but the Toden Arakawa line has 30. The best way to see [...]

Who are North Korea’s 13 Twitter friends?

Who are North Korea’s 13 Twitter friends?

In the past few months North Korea has embraced social media, first creating a YouTube channel, and in August a Twitter account with the name @uriminzok, which roughly means ‘our people’ in Korean. North Korea has since been busy and has already racked up 457 tweets for its 10,334 followers. Pyongyang is however being very selective [...]

Prince Hotels at Shinagawa and Shinjuku in Tokyo

Prince Hotels at Shinagawa and Shinjuku in Tokyo

In the past year I’ve stayed at two different Prince Hotels in Tokyo. The Shinagawa Prince Hotel, and the Shinjuku Prince Hotel. Shinagawa Prince Hotel The Shinagawa Prince Hotel is right across the road from Shinagawa Station. A number of lines are accessible from here including the Yamanote Line which loops around central Tokyo stopping [...]

Toyoko Inn Kagoshima and Nagasaki

Toyoko Inn Kagoshima and Nagasaki

I recently stayed in two different Toyoko Inn (東横イン) hotels in Kagoshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Toyoko Inn is a massive hotel chain; there are often multiple Toyoko Inn hotels in each city. Below is the outside of the Nagasaki Toyoko Inn. Toyoko Inn is a budget business chain. The rooms are comfortable, but [...]

Huis Ten Bosch theme park Nagasaki

Huis Ten Bosch theme park Nagasaki

Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki prefecture is a place that has to be seen to be believed. It is a theme park whose theme is Holland. Here the Japanese have created an idealised version of Holland complete with windmills, red brick buildings and canals. It is about one and a half hours from JR Nagasaki on the Sea Side Liner train. The return [...]

Sakurajima Volcano Kagoshima

Sakurajima Volcano Kagoshima

If you have a few days in Kagoshima then spending one in Kagoshima city, and one visiting Sakurajima Volcano makes a good itinerary. The volcano is still active, and on some days sends smoke over Kagoshima. To get there take the Sakurajima Ferry. This leaves from Kagoshima Port ever 10-15 minutes for most of the day, and ever 30-60 minutes [...]

Kagoshima, Japan

Kagoshima, Japan

We arrived in Kagoshima via the Naha to Kagoshima ferry and took the shuttle bus to JR Kagoshima station. At the station we picked up the very useful ‘An Insider’s Guide to Touring Kagoshima’ from the tourist information, and also bought a City View pass for ¥600 which would allow us to use the Kagoshima City View buses and the [...]

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