This Christmas and New Year my girlfriend and I went to the UK to visit my family.
While we were there, she wanted to see some of the famous things around the area where we lived, so I took her to some nice places, not too far away.
Here are some of the places we visited.
First we went to Dungeoness
This weekend, we went to Yume no Tsuribashi, this means dream suspension bridge in English. Its in the Tsumatakyo gorge. Its not too far away from Kawane and Ikawa, both places that I've been to this year right out in the mountains in Shizuoka prefecture.
The bridge itself is a pedestrian bridge, es
As it was a nice weekend, we went to Umegashima to see the Autumn leaves and have a hot spring. The road from Shizuoka city to Umegashima is quite long and winding. It follows the river and there's some quite scenic views, no nice Autumn leaves until near the end of the journey though.
The last 10 k
Last weekend, we went to Mie prefecture.
From Shizuoka city, we drove to the Isewan Ferry port in Tahara, Aichi prefecture, then took the ferry from there to Toba in Mie prefecture.
The drive from Tahara to the port was very dull, just cabbage patches, but near the port there was some very nice scen
Recently, we ran a half marathon in Iwata. It was on Sunday and, as Iwata is near Hamamatsu, we decided to look around Hamamatsu on Saturday, stay overnight and then go to the marathon on Sunday.
Hamamatsu is the largest city in Shizuoka prefecture, its apparently a very musical city because the Yam
Last Monday and Tuesday, I went to Tokyo to see some art exhibitions, but also to do some other stuff.
The three art exhibitions I went to were, an impressionist exhibition at the Mitsubishi Art Museum near Tokyo Station; An exhibition of the treasures from the Lichtenstein royal family in Bunkamera
Last Monday, after a great weekend around Mt. Fuji and Yamanashi, we stayed in Shizuoka city and went to the biggest, most spectacular festival of the year there. It was a bit of a let down though..... I used to live in Sendai in Miyagi and the Jazz Festival weekend was amazing. So many acts from al
(This is a continuation of my previous post about caves and Fuji Five Lakes)
On Sunday, after waking up with a fire and having a really nice breakfast, I was actually pretty glad we didn't go camping because it was quite cold outside.
We left the Ryokan and went to one more cave very nearby, the dra
This weekend we went to the forest area around Mt. Fuji again. Its a really beautiful place, but the camp sites, which we were thinking of staying in, and which we looked at at least 4 places, are all totally crowded. If you want to experience what its like to stay in a refugee camp, go camping arou
Here's an interesting festival. Its for the flower called cosmos and we went there on Sunday, last weekend. It was really crowded because it was the ideal flowering time for the plant this year.
You could pick them, for a price, so many people were walking around with big bouquets of the flowers, ta
This Sunday we went to Shimada to see a famous three day festival which only takes place once every three years. This year was especially lucky as a big typhoon came through Japan on Saturday cancelling the festival on that day, but Sunday was hot and sunny. The festival is popular, lots of people g