Our Kansai adventures

19 08 2009

In 3 weeks we have

  • been to 6 festivals (Cosplay in Nagoya, Noisy drums in Kuwana, Peace Festival in Hiroshima, Fireworks in Kyoto, To-kae in Nara and O-bon Daimonji in Kyoto)
  • visited 7 castles (Nagoya, Inuyama, Hiroshima, Takayama (ruins), Osaka, Himeji, Nijo/Kyoto)
  • slept in 6 cities (Nagoya, Takayama, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nara, Osaka)
  • eaten amazing food at 15 restaurants from the Vegan Pocketguide.
  • spent about $90 per person per day
  • been on 7 forms of transport (walking, bike, train, tram/streetcar, bus, cable car, ferry)
  • dressed up 3 times in kimonos or samurai armour (Inuyama-Jo, Himeji Museum and Maiko Makeover)

The longest day of travel was 12 hours on the train (from Kyoto through to Kisarazu), the most we walked in one day was 25km in Hiroshima and the place with the best vegan Japanese sweets was Takayama.

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!