Favourite Places in Japan: Seto Ohashi

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m going to write a bit about Seto Ohashi (瀬戸大橋). Technically, I’m not sure whether it’s really a favourite place of mine, but it seemed easiest to place it with the other such posts. For, rather than a favourite place per se, it’s a place…

Favourite Places in Japan: Kagoshima

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m writing about Kagoshima (鹿児島). I have been to Kagoshima many times, having first gone there in 1992 when I travelled around much of Japan (including all of the four main islands) on JR Passes. When I first went I didn’t like Kagoshima much, but…

Favourite Places in Japan: Minoh

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m writing about Minoh (箕面 – みのお) in Osaka prefecture (not to be confused with Mino in Gifu, which may be more well-known). I have been to Minoh many times, having first gone there in 1990 when I was based there for about 5 weeks…

Favourite Places in Japan: Kanazawa

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m writing about Kanazawa (金沢). I have been there three times (I think) – once during a trip to Japan in 1992, during my time in Japan on the JET Programme, and then in 2015 for some research and so I could travel on the…

Favourite Places in Japan: Naka-Itabashi

I believe that this is my 400th blog post. Given that I have been writing about my favourite shinkansen recently, it would have been appropriate to write about the 400 series – but I’m trying to do those posts in order and I wasn’t ready to get to that shinkansen yet. Perhaps I could even…

Favourite Places in Japan: Takayama

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m writing about Takayama (高山). I have only been there once – during my time in Japan on the JET Programme in 1994. Although I went through Takayama again many years later on the train from Nagoya to Toyama, I’ve not had a chance yet…

Favourite Places in Japan: Tottori Sand Dunes

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m writing about the Tottori Sand Dunes (鳥取砂丘). I have been there a couple of times – once during a trip around Japan in 1992 and then again towards the end of my time in Japan on the JET Programme in 1994. That means I’ve…

Favourite Places in Japan: Yoron

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m going to write about a place that I have only been to once, but really enjoyed. The place is the island of Yoron (与論島) (also known as Yoronjima or Yoronto), the southernmost island of Kagoshima. I visited Yoron back in 1994 during the Golden…

Favourite Places in Japan: Seto

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m going to write a bit about another – Seto (瀬戸市) in Aichi. As many people assume that you are talking about the Seto Inland Sea when the name ‘Seto’ is mentioned, it is common to refer to Seto not only as Seto city, but…

Favourite Places in Japan: Zeniarai Benten in Kamakura

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m going to write a bit about another – Zeniarai Benten (銭洗弁天) in Kamakura. I’ve only ever been there twice (I think) – once in 1990 and then again in 1993, so I’m due another visit (when I will hopefully I will be able to…

Favourite Places in Japan: Takamatsu and Ritsurin Park

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m going to write a bit about another – Takamatsu (高松). I’ve only ever been there twice (I think) – once in 1992 and then again in 2020. Thanks to the improvements in cameras, the pictures in this post will be from the 2020 visit,…

Favourite Places in Japan: Sekigahara

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m going to write a bit about another – Sekigahara (関ケ原). Although I have never stayed there, and more often not I just pass through, I have always liked the look of the area and like its special place in Japanese history and culture. The…