Welcome to my travel diary for Japan, which Carol and I visited in October 2016.
Senso-ji Buddhist temple, Yanaka streets and a graveyard, busy Tokyo at night.
Harajuku, Meji Jingu, Takeshita-dori, ukiyo-e woodblock prints, Kagurazaka, Tokyo National Museum.
Trains and buses, Honke Bankyu ryokan, our first onsen, an amazing dinner.
Wandering around Yunishigawa-Onsen. A trip to Nikko and another traditional ryokan; the Kanman-ga-Fuchi Abyss; the Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.
Tosho-gu temple complex, the tomb of Ieyasu, Futarasan-jinja, Rinno-ji; a train to Takayama.
Morning markets, the Yoshijima Heritage House, a long walk and a train to Kanazawa.
Kanazawa Castle Park and Kenrokuen Garden; the Higashi district. Green tea and geisha houses.
Eastern Kyoto: Arashiyama bamboo grove; the Okochi Sanso estate.
Some of the most popular temples and shrines of western Kyoto.
Nijo castle and gardens; sumo wrestling and a bit of shopping.
The stunning Fushimi Inari shrine, flea market at Toji temple; Kyoto at night: Pontocho alley and the Gion district.
Beautiful historical customes on parade at the Jidai Matsui festival; Nishiki food market and downtown Kyoto by night.
A long journey from Kyoto to Koya-san. Temple lodgings, the Okunoin Buddhist cemetery and Kobo Daishi mausoleum.
Temple hopping in Koya-san. The Bladerunner-esque nightlife of Osaka.
Train to Hiroshima; the touristy but surprisingly beautiful island of Miyajima.
Itsukushima-jinja shrine, Senjokaku hall, oysters for lunch, back to Hiroshima.
Hiroshima pilgrimage, trip to Himeji, floodlit castle by night.
Himeji castle, trains to Nara, Mickey and his excellent Airbnb apartment.
The Daibutsu Hall, and a giant bronze Buddha, feeding tame deers, woodland shrines and 8th century artifacts.
Back to Tokyo by train and Shibuya nightlife.
Shopping, geeky Akihabara, Tokyo city view by night, and a fantastic meal with great people.