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VISITING FROM: 01/07/10 — 14/07/10

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When you hear the word 'Japan', what do you think of? Does your mind fill with images of ancient temples or futuristic cities? Do you see visions of mist-shrouded hills or lightning-fast bullet trains? Do you think of suit-clad businessmen or kimono-clad geisha?

Whatever image you have of Japan, it's probably accurate, because it's all there. But you may also have some misconceptions about Japan. For example, many people believe that Japan is one of the world's most expensive countries. In fact, it's cheaper to travel in Japan than in much of North America, Western Europe and parts of Oceania. Others think that Japan is impenetrable or even downright difficult. The fact is, Japan is one of the easiest countries in which to travel. It is, simply put, a place that will remind you why you started travelling in the first place.

If traditional culture is your thing, you can spend weeks in cities such as Kyoto and Nara, gorging yourself on temples, shrines, kabuki, ō (stylised dance-drama), tea ceremonies and museums packed with treasures from Japan's rich artistic heritage. If modern culture and technology is your thing, Japan's cities are an absolute wonderland - an easy peek into the future of the human race, complete with trend-setting cafés and fabulous restaurants. Outside the cities, you'll find natural wonders the length and breadth of the archipelago. From the coral reefs of Okinawa to the ski-resort of Niseko, Japan has more than enough natural wonders to compete with its cultural treasures. Then there's the food: whether it's impossibly fresh sushi in Tokyo, perfectly battered tempura in Kyoto, or a hearty bowl of rāmen in Osaka, if you like eating you're going to love Japan.

But for many visitors, the real highlight of their visit to Japan is the gracious hospitality of the Japanese themselves. Whatever your image of Japan, it probably exists somewhere on the archipelago - and it's just waiting for you to discover it!

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1 una williams commented on 31/07/10

Hi guys,just back from Medugorje after a month,it was amazing but hard work with the kid.We traveled around a bit and caught up with some old friends, some photos are up on my FB page if you get min. Luka was enjoying looking at your travels and the photos with me just now,he says hi to Axel.I am getting ready to put a book of my early work together I have all my old negs black and white and color slide,should be fun….
You guys must be away 6 months now are you homesick yet I was after only a month but the only thing I did not miss was the Irish weather.We popped down to the beach today it was lovely for all of 5 mins then it rained grrr,kids managed to collect more shells anyway lol…Joshua is potty training at the mo,not fun but very funny….hope you are all well big hugs Una xxx

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2 Maria and Kiko commented on 27/07/10

where are you guys? we are in kyoto?
Is there any change we see each other?

Maria and kiko

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3 Michelle Long commented on 26/07/10

Hi Axel it’s Michelle.  What is your favourite country so far?  Looking forward to seeing you in second class and hearing all about your great adventures.

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4 Una Williams commented on 15/06/10

Love this photo…

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