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Moss Ocean House, Yakushima

I stayed at Moss Ocean House on Yakushima recently for 3 days and enjoyed a combination of warm ocean breezes with great views, rainy trekking in the World Heritage forests and some delicious food served up by the wonderful people at Moss…

Yakushima Sunrise

I took a 3 day trip to Yakushima and came back with a few nice photos. Here are some rocks on the beach with a nice sunrise at Yakushima on my birthday.

Kyoto Streets

Just a regular snap of a regular street, but somehow mistakenly Japan. What are the things that identify this as Japan to you? the bicycles casually left at the side of the road? the abundant use of yellow to warn of some…

Evening Streets

I missed catching the setting sun but was able to just get a glimpse of the reflection as it disappeared over the horizon. I liked the contrast between day and night in this shot. It was handheld so we don't see the cars moving too…

Teramachi dori

Teramachi dori is one of the older well known streets in Kyoto. Its current image is one of a covered mall stretching from Shijo dori up to Oike dori, and then open air from there up to the old Imperial Palace. It stretches further…

Japan Highways

Transportation in Japan is known for generally being on time, clean and smooth. The highways are no exception to this and if you choose to drive in Japan you will find the highways are fun to travel on. You might want to avoid the…

Tokyo Station Shinkansen

I have been traveling a bit for work recently. It is always nice to arrive at the station for your train and to have it leave exactly on time. It is even nicer to have a bento and hot tea once the journey gets underway.

Travels

I have been away for the last 5 days and have some photos to catch up shortly. Can you guess where I have been?

Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture

Last year at the end of summer I visited to Suzumushi Temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto and also to Ishiyama Temple which is nearby, but in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture, an area well known for Lake Biwa. I have more photos from Ishiyama…

Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku Station is said to be the busiest train station in the world with close to 4 million passengers a day passing through. I was one of those millions passing through this week on my way to some meetings. The amazing part about the…

Huis Ten Bosch

At the end of last year I went on a trip to Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki. It is a theme park built towards the end of the economic bubble years in Japan, and struggled for a long time to attract enough visitors to make a profit. Recently,…

Arashiyama, Kyoto

A beautiful sunny day in Arashiyama by the water. Arashiyama is a great place to take a day trip from central Kyoto and enjoy the mountains and Temples in the area. On the weekend many families are out walking along the river.

Digital Book, Huis Ten Bosch

A friend introduced me to Canon's book printing service, PhotoPresso. I have tried a few photo book services before, but was quite surprised how easy the PhotoPresso service was to use and how quick and efficient their printing service…

Kyoto Station

With such a great train culture, there are also some interesting stations to visit in Japan. Tokyo Station still has some of the red brick buildings left, but here at Kyoto Station, you can see modern Japanese breezy station…

View from Japan

A lot of times, pictures of Japan show Tokyo and Kyoto with familiar images. Sometimes, it is nice to go to new places and see a different view. Here is a view of the bay in Kyushu. What great views of Japan do you know that are a…

Bamboo Walk in Arashiyama

This is the bamboo walk in Arashiyama, from a photo earlier in the year. It is getting close to the end of the year and the weather is getting a little bit colder. It is always good to see the reports on the news of first snow falls…

Kyoto View

It is always nice to climb the many towers that Japan has in each city and check out the view. I had some spare time when visiting Kyoto before catching the Shinkansen home and decided to take some photos of the sunset from Kyoto Tower.…

Togetsukyo Bridge, Kyoto

Although the Autumn colors had almost fallen away from the trees, I took a short trip to Arashiyama, Kyoto. Arashiyama is a great place to visit to see some of Japan's old style temples and beautiful country scenery. On the list to…

Japanese Railway Stations

I was out in Chiba today to play golf and passed this small railway station servicing a local line. There are many of these old wooden stations around Japan, mostly in the country areas. They look tiny compared with a Shibuya or Shinjuku…

Hokuriku Trip

I am in Hokuriku for 4 days and will be back in Tokyo by the weekend. In Hokuriku I am visiting Shirakawago and Gokayama, Toyama-Ken. In Kanazawa, Ishikawa-Ken I visited Kenrokuen and tonight I am at Kagawa Onsen. Tomorrow I will visit…

Shikoku Gift Shops

Whilst in Shikoku I saw lots of gifts for bringing back. The most popular items seemed to be Udon (Sanuki Udon in particular) and anything with Sudachi in it. What would you like as a gift from Shikoku ?