Japan

Buried alive in volcanic sand: a spa with a difference in Ibusuki

hot volcanic sand bath ibusuki japan

Sometime last year the BBC aired a short documentary series called “Japan’s Enchanted Islands”, and one episode centred on the southwestern islands and their gateway, the Kagoshima area. It showed how the people there adapted to the constant geological activity,…
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Volcanic footspas and the world’s smallest mandarins: exploring Sakurajima

visiting Sakurajima volcano Japan

After Tokyo and Hiroshima, it was time to take the shinkansen all the way down into the south of Japan, to the port city of Kagoshima. Having now been there, I can’t recommend this as the most exciting place to…
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Hiroshima: an afternoon in the city of peace

Hiroshima city of peace A-bomb dome

Hiroshima was a late addition to my Japan itinerary. I decided that I couldn’t miss it out, especially as it was sort-of on the way to Kagoshima from Tokyo, but I would only be staying one night, so I had…
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Tokyo : a bento box of old and new

Tokyo old and new

First off, I can’t claim credit for the analogy in the title of this post! When I was waiting for my follow-up appointment at the hospital in Tokyo, I was chatting to the guy who was translating for me about…
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Visiting the snow monkeys at Jigokudani

Visiting snow monkey park Jigokudani from Tokyo

I’m not sure when I first heard about the Jigokudani Monkey Park, but by the time I’d booked my flight to Japan, I’d seen enough pictures of the snow monkeys to know that I wanted to go and visit them…
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Getting sick in Tokyo

Getting sick ill in Tokyo

So my trip didn’t get off to the best start. It was a fairly disastrous start in fact. I’ve not been well since the beginning of January, but I thought I’d mostly fought it off, until, a few days before…
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