Patrick Keady

Yokoso Japan – sights, sakura, food and more

 

I’ve just returned from a 21 day holiday in Japan, that was extended to 35 days.  What a holiday!.  What did I like about Japan?  What didn’t I like.  Here is the list of my favourites. Elsewhere on this blog, you will find comparisons of health services in Japan and the UK.

 

Favourite City/Town: Koyasan

Other Cities and towns visited: Tokyo, Hakata, Kagoshima, Nara, Kyoto, Koyasan, Nagoya, Hakone-Yumoto, Hakodate and Sapporo

 

Favourite Historic Sight: Senganen

Other historic sights visited:

  • Nara – Todaiji Daibutsuden, Tempura Asuka, Ninjatsudo Hall, Sangatsudo Hall, Tamukeyama-Hachimangu, Kasuga Taisha, Gangoji, Kofukuji, Kaneiji and Toshogu

  • Koyasan – Daito, Kondo, Saito, Fukuchiin, Ichijin, Tokugawa, Kongobu-Ji, Treasure Museum, Reihokan Museum, Fudoudo, Kompan Daito, Daimon and Daighi Kyokai

  • Kyoto – Higashi Honganji, Nishi Honganji, Kinkakuji, Ninnaji and Ryoanji.

  • Kagoshima – Reimeikan and Tenmonkan

  • Tokyo – Imperial Palace, Sensoji and Asakusajinja

Favourite Sights: Sakura and Shinjuku Gyoen

Other sights visited:

  • Kagoshima – Sakurajima volcano

  • Tokyo – Sony Building, Nissan Building, Toyota Auto-Salon, Tokyo Tower, Rappongi Hills, Asahi TV, Marunouchi Building, Imperial Theater, International Forum, Metropolitian Art Space, Sunshine City Observatory, Metropolitian Government Building Observatory, Midtown, Meijijingu, Nihombashi bridge, Electric City, Ueno Onshi and Nakanise

  • Nagoya – Toyota Plant

  • Sapporo – TV Tower, Morning Market and Clock Tower

  • Hakodate – Mount Ropeway and Red Brick Warehouses

Favourite Food: Shojin-ryori

Other memorable food – Crab, Kagoshima Ramen, Mochi, Tontsuka, Ekiban Bentobox, Sukiya

Favourite accommodation: Rengejoin

Other accommodation:

  • Ryokan Matsumae – Nara

  • Ryokan Kyoraku – Kyoto

  • Tokyo House, Ikebukuru

  • Ichinoyu Honkan, Hakone

  • Cassiopeia, Tokyo to Sapporo

  • Toyoko-Inn – Hakata-guchi ekimae 2, Kagoshima Chuoeki Higashi-guchi, Nagoya-eki Sakura-guchi Honkan, Sapporo-eki Kitaguchi, Hakodate Ekimae Asaichi, Akabane Iwabuchi Ekimae and Tozai-Sen Nishi-kasai

Favourite train: Shinkansen Tsubame – between Kagoshima and Shinyatsushiro

Other trains travelled: Cassiopeia, Narita Express, Shinkansen Yatsushiro, Relay Tsubame, Shinkansen Tsubame, Shinkansen Hikari Railstar, Shinkansen Kodama, JR Nara Line, JR Yamatoji Line, Nankai Koya, JR Osaka-Loop Line, JR Special, Rapid Service, Hakonetozan Railroad, Odakayu Hakone, JR Saikyo Line, Super-Hokuto, Hakucho, Hayate, Spacia Nikko and Shinkansen Hikari

 

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Updated  27th October 2010

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