Climbing Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan stands at 3776 metres high. The dormant volcanic mountain soars from the ground, standing by its lonesome, daring the 400,000 people who attempt to climb each year to reach the summit to see the first rays of light, streak from the clouds to light up the day.

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A guide to hiking Oirase River.

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The main  reason we traveled to Aomori prefecture wasn’t for Lake Towada, which we wrote about in our last post, but to hike the 14 kilometre track along the Oirase river. This is the only river draining Lake Towada and is the most popular tourist spot in the prefecture. Continue reading “A guide to hiking Oirase River.”

Aomori’s Lake Towada

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Aomori prefecture seems to be a world apart from the hustle of Osaka.  Aomori is raw, isolated but extremely beautiful. We spent four days in the prefecture staying on the tranquil Lake Towada, which fills the volcanic caldera, approximately three hours  from the prefecture’s capital. Continue reading “Aomori’s Lake Towada”

Summer time in Osaka, Yodogawa Fireworks

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Summertime in Japan can be hot and humid and this year temperatures soared to extreme highs making it nearly unbearable to live in. As well as the extreme heatwave Japan was hit by strong typhoons with the eye of the typhoon being Kobe, the city I live in. There’s also been strong earthquakes and torrential rainfall throughout the Kansai area, causing some anxious times over the Summer.

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Penang’s Monkey Beach, what we thought.

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The west coast of Malaysia is not renowned for its beaches and if you were coming all the way to Penang just for the beach then you really have come to the wrong place. Penang is known more for its food and its Nyonya culture actually, the capital Georgetown is a world heritage city.
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The illusions at Penang’s 3d Trick Art

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If you are with children or you just want to have a bit of fun after exploring the world heritage sites of Georgetown then why don’t you spend some time at the Penang 3D Trick Art Museum located in a two story shophouse in King Street.

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Georgetown, Penang’s world heritage town

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As we drove from the touristy built up beach town of Batu Ferringhi towards downtown Georgetown the scenery changed from jaded beaches, palm trees to simple local warung restaurants, high rises formed in the rich suburbs of Guerney Drive where the renown night market is held.

The taxi kept driving and spotted amongst the buildings were our first signs of life under British rule pure white colonial style buildings built centuries ago now hosting restaurants, official offices and the grand E&O hotel. The taxi then came to an abrupt stop outside a long bricked wall which would be Fort Cornwallis built by the convicts in 1808-1810.

The driver gruffly said 50 Ringett, a quick glance at the meter showed 35 before we got out.

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