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Month: April 2015

Temple Run Buddha’s Bidding – Kyoto and Nara

Temple Run Buddha’s Bidding – Kyoto and Nara

  Out now, the new real-life version of Temple Run. Your mission: see as many temples, shrines, gardens and groves as possible in Kyoto and Nara. We gave it a try. Here’s what we found:   Level one: The Southern Higashiyama Walk First challenge: Wandering around crowded Kiyomizu-dera. We won a bonus and got a free tour by three Japanese girls, students from Osaka who want to practice their English by guiding foreign tourists. We mastered the walk through pitch black Tainai-me-guri, and…

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Nagoya and Nakasendo

Nagoya and Nakasendo

  After not being very lucky with Mount Fuji we were a bit worried about our plans to visit the Japan Alps. We based ourselves in Nagoya, which is a perfect gateway for that region, just a 90 minutes train ride and you’ve travelled from a top-notch 21st century modern metropolis to a marvellous mountain scenery where time seems to have stopped 200 years ago.

Where is Mount Fuji??

Where is Mount Fuji??

  Mount Fuji is the epic landmark of Japan – a must see on every travel itinerary. Since it’s not hiking season (that’s only July and August) we decided against climbing to the top and instead we went to the “Fuji Five Lakes” Area, where you are supposed to have a nice view of  the mountain. When it’s not hiding behind the clouds. When we arrived in Kawaguchiko, with the touristy but nice Fujikyu railway, it was raining cats and dogs. So…

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Tokyo

Tokyo

  Tokyo is big, it’s very big… The two days that we had to explore were nowhere near enough to see all that the city has to offer. But we did get a good idea. Tokyo is a vibrant, lively, loud, fun city. And crowded. We arrived on a Friday night, during rush hour and had to take the metro – with our big backpacks and luggage, that’s definitely an experience. Though something to avoid in the future, if we…

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Camper’s resume – our favourite campsites in New Zealand

Camper’s resume – our favourite campsites in New Zealand

  For three weeks we’ve been living in and out of this van. I was not really sad when we gave it back – the roof leaked water, the lights didn’t work reliably and overall it was in rather poor shape. But it got us around. And at least we got a 200 Dollar refund when we gave it back and complained about it.

Northland

Northland

  We spent our last week in New Zealand exploring the region north of Auckland. We based ourselves in Waipu and Whangarei. There are some nice beaches, beautiful coastlines and cliffs, subtropical forests, waterfalls and exciting caves. We went to see Abbey Caves in Whangarei, but these were not as easily accessible as the ones in Waipu. Going in would have included some serious climbing, and we weren’t really prepared for that, so we didn’t enter this time. Henry still…

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