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Visiting Mt. Yoshino and its endless cherry trees

In Yoshino By the mountains, the flowering Cherry blossoms: Simply for snow I did mistake them! Ki no Tomonori, from the Kokin Wakashū (c. 905) Of course I use “endless” in hyperbole, but looking at Mt. Yoshino from certain viewpoints would give you the impression that the crowds of cherry trees go on and on, down the other… Continue reading Visiting Mt. Yoshino and its endless cherry trees

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Hase-dera and Kotoku-in: Two temples in Kamakura

One of the things I love about going to another country is exploring its houses and temples of worship. (I have had some annoyed travel companions because of this in the past, when they can’t keep up with my desire to cover so much land in a day, even though the temples all look alike at… Continue reading Hase-dera and Kotoku-in: Two temples in Kamakura

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The Island of Enoshima in Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture

Tokyo Day 3 Notes around 8:00 AM go to Shinjuku Sta., exit to Odakyu Line purchase Enoshima-Kamakura One-Day Free Pass (¥1,470 + ¥600 for upgrade to Limited Express “Romance Car”) 08:53 AM board the Odakyu Line Limited Express “Romance Car” for Katase-Enoshima around 10:00 AM arrival at Katase-Enoshima cross the causeway to the island go to Enoshima Shrine… Continue reading The Island of Enoshima in Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture

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Tokyo: From Akihabara to Roppongi, with the Imperial Palace and Ginza in between

Tokyo Day 2 Notes around 8:30 AM go to Ueno Sta. visit Ueno Zoo (admission: ¥300) alternative: Tokyo National Museum (admission: ¥300); temples (free) around 11:00 AM from Ueno Sta., take JR Yamanote Line to Akihabara (¥140) go crazy shopping and hunting for anime/manga-related stuff around 1:00 PM from Akihabara Sta., take JR Yamanote Line to Yurakucho… Continue reading Tokyo: From Akihabara to Roppongi, with the Imperial Palace and Ginza in between