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.
Some of the most popular temples and shrines of western Kyoto.
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.
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.