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Category: Travel

Osaka to Tokyo

This morning we travel back to Tokyo on the Shinkansen bullet train. 402kms, with 4 stops, in just 2 hours and 30 mins. There are trains going every 10 mins and they are full. a bullet train from Melbourne to Sydney, would then take about 5 hours to do the near on 880kms. That’s pretty…
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Universal Studios Osaka

Super Nintendo world within Universal Studios was to be the highlight of the trip for our eldest Charlotte, as well as Ellie. Unfortunately, despite checking with our kid travel agent, we discovered a few days ago that we needed to buy passes for Nintendo world weeks ago in order to guarantee entry. To say we…
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Asaka – Food Envy

It’s 30mins from Kyoto to Osaka on a rapid train service, and they come every 10-15mins maybe so we trekked off around 9am. Uber has made it to Japan, and we’ve been booking a few bigger vans to get around, ie to the train station, with our bags (ps the bag forwarding service is amazing…
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Kyoto & Movie Park

It’s Ellie’s 10th birthday so the day is going to revolve around saying yes to everything. The morning g starts off with some calls back home to friends and family in our traditional lounge. Next on the agenda is a trip to Kyoto Movie World. It’s basically a film set, where most of the ninja…
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Kyoto – Nara, Gion-Shijo and Giesha

Today we step back in time and visit temples from 700, as well as some magical deer that are supposed to be sent from the gods (or something). Basically that means they wander around like the own the joint… it’s quite the scene as you are about to see. Especially when they chase some little…
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Kanazawa to Kyoto

Todays adventure is a 2 hour train ride to Kyoto on the Thunderbird train. Yep we checked that twice because I’d have been surprised that our train service is called Thunderbird, but it was. As an aside, on all these trains we have reserved seats, and they sign post exactly where to get on. It’s…
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Kanazawa and the Kenro-ken gardens

Not much planned for today. The girls are exhausted, Ellie is fighting off a bug, and parents are tired. We enjoy a sleep in, western style breakfast, and I manage to get a run in. The hotel gym is one of the better gyms I’ve used, and with my Apple Watch, and iPad, I can…
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Hakone to Kanazawa

So our last morning at Hakone, and our breakfast is an eastern mix of fish, pork, miso and assorted vegetables. Honestly we are a bit sick of it and we crave breads! Charlie finally tried the fish and loved it because it was salty. Unfortunately the nearest bakery is a bus ride away. And oddly…
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Hakone

Day 1 We wake up at the Disneyland Hilton, and set off for a journey to Hakone. Navigating the train system is fairly easy once you get the hang of it. Train to Tokyo, 15 mins, then we need to find the line for the bullet train to Hakone. The train station is insane, with…
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Disneyland Tokyo

The kids were absolutely besides themselves to go to Disneyland. It was a short 45 min train ride, with multiple stops from our hotel, so needless to say, we caught a taxi because our stress levels were up and we didn’t feel like navigating Tokyo’s train system knowing what was ahead of us. Btw… Tokyo…
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