Skiing Hokkaido

It was time to fly north for some snow. We left Hiroshima on the shinkansen to Shin Osaka station and then changed to an express train to Kansai airport. Once again we had been unable to reserve seats on the shinkansen and a large group of people were lining up for the non-reserved cabin. Our…

Hiroshima

We jumped on the Shinkansen again to Hiroshima, just a couple of hours from Kyoto. This time we managed to reserve specific seat numbers on the reserved carriages. The countryside quickly whizzed past and we pulled in to the station just after lunch time. We were a bit more prepared this time and had bought…

Kyoto

We reluctantly said “sayonara” to Tokyo and jumped on the shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto. Rail Pass &¬†Shinkansen¬† We bought a 7 day JR rail pass, which we had been using on some of the lines around Tokyo and it would also allow us to travel on the trains down to Kyoto and beyond. The…

Exploring Tokyo

During the summer holidays in New Zealand we would usually be sailing our boat Wildwood up to the Marlborough Sounds and cruising around with our friends for a few weeks. This year however our friends James & Elisa asked us if we would like to join them in Japan for an adventure there instead. It…