Have visas, will travel

14 03 2010

Benno had a busy week last week, going into Tokyo to get our visas and eat some vegan doughnuts. Unfortunately, he is always too hungry to stop and take photos of his food so there is no evidence that he went to Pita the Great and had 2 felafel rolls, or that he went with a friend to Korea-town and ate vegan korean food then went to karaoke.

However, now we have a Chinese tourist visa and a Vietnamese tourist visa and a ticket out of the country.

Here’s the plans so far:

Thanks to the google for the map.

From Tokyo, go to Kyoto and farewell our friends before heading by Shinkansen to Hakata, jetfoil ferry to Busan and KTX train to Seoul.
After Seoul, take an overnight ferry to Qingdao and train to Beijing. After Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Lhasa, Guilin, Nanning via train.
Train to Hanoi, down through Vietnam via Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, HCMC/Saigon via bus/train.
Overland to Phnom Pehn, maybe via Pastor Chang’s mission to Angkor Wat then overland to Bangkok, Thailand. From Bangkok up to Chiang Mai, down to Koh Samui and avoiding the south-eastern trouble spots on to KL. A spot in Malaka, seeing if I can recall any Bahasa Malay then back to KL for a flight to Melbourne. Driving back to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road with mum and dad and home again!

Only 5 more days of school – J3 have already had there final exams and their graduation ceremony. J1, J2 and H1 have 2 days of lessons then final exams, finishing on Friday 19th March. Hopefully, if I’m diligent, I can get the marking done quickly and write their grades by the end of the 19th. Then I won’t have to come in the week after and can focus on cleaning our apartment and posting stuff home. Isogashii desu ne!

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Japan Travel Itinerary

24 07 2009

Only one week until we head off to travel around Kansai for 20 days. Here’s where we plan to go:

From Kisarazu to Nagoya (with an overnight in Takayama)

Nagoya to Hiroshima (in time for the 6th August A-bomb festival)

Hiroshima to Kyoto

Kyoto to Nara

Nara to Osaka

Osaka to Kobe

Kyoto (with Himeji day trip)

Return home to Kisarazu (one day before Benno’s parents come visit)

Our travel route around Kansai.

Our travel route around Kansai.

We’ll be covering a far bit of ground, but only using local trains on our Seishun 18 Kippu (unlimited daily travel on local trains for Y2300).

We’ll keep you posted on our travel adventures!