The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

July 18, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

Renovated May 2018

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya is certainly one of my favourite restaurants. TripAdvisor rating is #22 of 1,025 Restaurants in Pattaya, however in my opinion it is in the top 10.

Perhaps a salad to start with.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya Lots of choices at Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya.

The photo does not do it justice.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

The Oxtail soup is fantastic, I often drop in and have it for lunch, followed by a waffle of course. 🙂

Of course I sometime have the pancake instead of the waffle. 🙂

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya They are both delicious.

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya Dining with my friend Hamish & my brother Warren in May 2018 just after the renovation was completed.

The Tuesday night special.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya Without a doubt they serve the best lamb shank in Pattaya, perhaps even the northern hemisphere.

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya The new decor is attractive & modern. This was at 6.30 pm & I was the only customer. 🙂

In case you were wondering, here’s Patrick.

Patrick's-Belgian-Steakhouse-Pattaya

He used to be a parachuter, now he is a biker. 🙂

Early May 2018 they gutted the restaurant.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya The finished product is excellent.

Here we are at the old restaurant.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya I’m with Greg Clee & Hamish Elton celebrating Hamish’s birthday in 2015. Notice the old fashioned decor?

One final look at the Tuesday special.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya Lamb shank (French style) & potato au gratin. I only have one criticism of this fine restaurant, the house wine is far too expensive. Everything else is excellent, many thanks for visiting my Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya photo blog.

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Longest Trips Air Sea Road FiveStarVagabond

July 17, 2018 by David Herd

The Long & Winding Road

Longest Trips Air Sea Road

Longest Trips Air Sea Road

Longest Trips Air Sea Road that I have ever taken over all my years of travelling the world. Starting with a six week cruise way back in the 60s from Sydney to Southampton. I’m boarding the Fairsea with my best friend Glenn Beasley.

The old shipboard romance

Longest Trips Air Sea Road Leanne Scot was from Adelaide, we spent a lot of time together during the 6 week cruise & later living in London. More photos on THIS LINK.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road

Longest Trips Air Sea Road We worked for a few months at the White Lion Hotel in Cobham, about 20 miles south east of London. We lived upstairs & had 1.5 days off each week. The pub closed around 2012.

7th engineer on the La Maria.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road I did two trips from Europe to Duluth in the Great Lakes in America, whilst not the longest voyage in distance it certainly was in time at sea, around 6 months.

My longest taxi ride, around 300 kilometers.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road We travelled from Natal to Recife around the coast of north east Brazil.

Praia de Pipa

Longest Trips Air Sea Road On the way we stayed in Pipa for a few days, it became one of my favourite places in Brail.

Porto de Galinhas

Longest Trips Air Sea Road Is an hour south of Recife, in English it means the port of the chickens.

My lovely travelling companion

Longest Trips Air Sea Road Simone & I met online 3 or 4 years ago & we always catch up when I’m in Brazil.

A very long road trip.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road 

Three Japanese students, Yukako, Megumi & Noriko & I travelled from the Gold Coast in Queensland, through Broken Hill  NSW to Coober Pedy in South Australia, a fascinating opal mining town where most of the population live in underground houses, then on to Ayers Rock and back home to the Gold Coast via Hervey Bay where we went whale watching. On our marathon journey all through the Australian Outback we traveled 7,000 kilometers  which was around 82 hours behind the wheel. 

It was a wonderful trip

Longest Trips Air Sea Road The girls were so excited seeing the Australian outback that it made the trip much more special for me.

It’s way out of focus but you get the picture.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road At sunset the rock seems to glow.

Whale watching at Hervey Bay

Longest Trips Air Sea Road This was our last stop after the longest road trip I have ever taken.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road

Longest Trips Air Sea Road Such magnificent creatures.

My longest flight was from Rio de Janeiro to Brisbane.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road Thirty five hours with a 5 hour stopover in Buenos Aires.

I was a very tired boy when we arrived in Brisbane.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road I don’t ever want to attempt such a flight again. 🙂

My longest residence

Longest Trips Air Sea Road Twenty one years I lived in the beautiful home I designed & built in Surfers Paradise, from 1990 until 2011.

My private jetty

Longest Trips Air Sea Road At the front of my waterfront home.

My yellow canary

Longest Trips Air Sea Road I drove this wonderful Mercedes for 17 years until 2007.

My longest relationships

Longest Trips Air Sea Road First there was Carol Luciano from Double Bay in Sydney, we were an item for 3 years or so in the 70s.

Karen Smith was also a 3 year term.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road Karen was from Melbourne & we lived together for 3 years in the 80s. 

Thanks for visiting my Longest Trips Air Sea Road photo blog, & they say nostalgia is a thing of the past. 🙂

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Sensational Sydney Fish Market

July 12, 2018 by David Herd

Too much seafood is never enough.

Sensational Sydney Fish Market

Sensational Sydney Fish Market

Sensational Sydney Fish Market in Pyrmont Bridge Road is always a hive of activity. We were there on a Monday in July 2018 and it was as crowded as a Sunday.

A very famous name….

Sensational Sydney Fish Market The Doyles family first opened their doors in Watsons Bay in 1885. Since then and for over 5 generations, the Doyle family have been serving Australian Seafood in a number of outlets around Sydney.

Doyles at Watsons Bay in 1982

Sydney World's Best Harbour I’m with my girlfriend Helen Burke in 1982 at one of our many lunches at Doyles.

Sensational Sydney Fish Market

Sensational Sydney Fish Market Australian seafood is as good as you will find anywhere in the world.

An endless variety of seafood.

Sensational Sydney Fish Market As they say in the classics, “shop till you drop” at the Sensational Sydney Fish Market. 🙂

A perfect lunch

Sensational Sydney Fish Market Sydney rock oysters & fresh prawns.

Did I mention oysters?

Sensational Sydney Fish Market I just spent 4 days on the Gold Coast & 3 times I visited Chevron Island seafood to swallow a dozen Coffin Bay oysters from South Australia. My good friend Frank is the owner & discounted them to $20 a dozen.

Famous Murray Cod.

Sensational Sydney Fish Market For some strange reason I don’t think I have ever eaten this iconic Australian fish.

Anyone for a swordfish steak?

Sensational Sydney Fish Market Looks very interesting indeed at the Sensational Sydney Fish Market.

Still busy after 2 pm.

Sensational Sydney Fish Market Half the lunch crowd had left but there were still lots of people eating.

Giant crabs

Sensational Sydney Fish Market These monsters would be perfect for a long lunch.

My lunch companions

Sensational Sydney Fish Market My brother Bryan Herd on the right & Viv Kennelly. Thanks for visiting my Sensational Sydney Fish Market photo blog.

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Sydney Inner City Adventure July 2018

July 11, 2018 by David Herd

Restored Victorian buildings and street art.

Sydney Inner City Adventure

Sydney Inner City Adventure

Sydney Inner City Adventure using Newtown, a diverse, bohemian neighbourhood that bustles with activity day and night, as my home base for a four day birthday celebration.

46 Egan St

Sydney Inner City Adventure I stayed with my lovely niece Alyssa in this little terrace house about 200 meters from the main drag.  I can’t believe the rent they pay in Sydney, this little joint is $730 pw.

Sydney Inner City Adventure

Sydney Inner City Adventure Here is Elyssa with her dad, boyfriend Chris & daughter Isabel (who doesn’t look too happy.)

The best breakfast in Newtown.

Sydney Inner City Adventure It’s a cafe called Dr Earth & you get all this including an excellent coffee for $16.50.

Different day different cook. 🙂

Sydney Inner City Adventure Same breakfast different style.

One of the many Newtown pubs.

Sydney Inner City Adventure Great spot for a beer or 2 on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Dinner at The Bach Eatery

Sydney Inner City Adventure A delightful New Zealand restaurant serving interesting food. Bach is Kiwi talk for weekender.

Chicken liver pate.

Sydney Inner City Adventure TripAdvisor is #2 of 128 Restaurants in Newtown.

A view of the busy main St at Bach.

Sydney Inner City Adventure One of the many eateries offering multicultural fare which caters to locals and University of Sydney students.

The Old Darlington School

Sydney Inner City Adventure We walked from Newtown to Chippendale to have lunch at Central Park & passed this wonderful old Darlington School on the way.

Old Darlington School

Sydney Inner City Adventure

A fine example of a single storey Gothic Revival style suburban schools designed by the Architect to the Council of Education: George Allen Mansfield. An important public building of the former suburb of Darlington, the smallest municipality in Sydney.

Central Court

Sydney Inner City Adventure Many more new buildings should copy this great idea with lots of plants covering the whole site. Check out THIS LINK on this wonderful building.

My lovely niece Elyssa.

Sydney Inner City Adventure Enjoying lunch at Din Tai Fung. TripAdvisor rating is #1,494 of 5,042 Restaurants in Sydney.

Cruise Bar at Circular Quay

Sydney Inner City Adventure Here is Laura another one of my lovely nieces & her husband Jordan belting out a few numbers on a cold Sunday afternoon.

Sydney Inner City Adventure with Golden Boy & the Bell. 🙂

Sydney Inner City Adventure It was terrific catching up with this lovely couple.

Circular Quay Sydney

Sydney Inner City Adventure What a fabulous part of this great city.

Newtown street art

Sydney Inner City Adventure One man’s graffiti is another man’s street art. 🙂

Sydney Inner City Adventure

Sydney Inner City Adventure The street art really brightens up my Sydney Inner City Adventure. 

Saturday July 7 at Mr Wong

Sydney World's Best Harbour I celebrated my birthday with my old boss & friend from Sanyo Office Machines Ross Radford. I worked for Ross in Adelaide & Melbourne way back in the 70s.

Heading east up William Street Darlinghurst

Sydney Inner City Adventure On my way to Woolahra for dinner at Big Mamas.

Let the games begin.

Sydney Inner City Adventure Pre dinner drinks with Wayne (Woody) Morris, we spent some time together in Vietnam in 2015.

Two more friends at Big mamma’s

Sydney Inner City Adventure Roland Bonnici & Robbie Bonett, Roland is a well known Sydney Barrister & Robbie owns Sydney Wheel Repairs and Tyres in Victoria Rd Drummoyne.

Sydney Fish Market

Sensational Sydney Fish Market My brother Bryan Herd & Viv Kennelly, for more shots of the market just follow THIS LINK.. Many thanks for visiting my Sydney Inner City Adventure photo blog.

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Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

July 4, 2018 by David Herd

Lots of bacon, eggs & Turkish toast

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 was a short and sweet weekend of overindulgence. I stayed with an old friend at 21 Daimler Avenue in Bundall which was only 300 meters from my old home in Upton St where I lived for 21 years until 2011. The photo above is my old friend Tony Murphy & I having coffee on the Isle of Capri.

Great breakfast

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 I really miss Turkish toast & quality avocados in Thailand so my breakfast at Manolas Brothers Delicatessen on the Gold Coast is a real treat, but much more expensive than Pattaya.

New skyscraper overlooking the beach.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 Lots of new buildings going up on the Gold Coast.

Costa Dora in Orchard Avenue.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018Has been serving good Italian for around 40 years.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 Great lunch at Omeros Brothers seafood restaurant, chowder & baby octopus. TripAdvisor rating is #2 of 47 Restaurants in Main Beach.

My brother Ian in his new home.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 Building his dream home in Mermaid Waters on the Gold Coast.

It’s July 2018.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 They are planning to moving in by Xmas.

Wonderful view

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 Perfect to see the magic Gold Coast sunsets.

While on the subject of new houses….

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 This one does not impress me at all, located in the northern end of Upton St about 4 houses along from my home where I lived until 2011.

Lets get back to some Gold Coast food.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 A fabulous steak at Tribeca NYC on Chevron Island.

One of my favourite restaurants.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 Rated by TripAdvisor #7 of 291 Restaurants in Surfers Paradise.

Coffin Bay oysters from South Australia at Chevron seafood.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

This was the 3rd dozen I devoured in 4 days, absolutely delicious.

The Curry Muncher on Chevron Island.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

A good little BYO on Chevron Isle, TripAdvisor rating is #128 of 291 Restaurants in Surfers Paradise.

The Shiraz was from the Liquor Market Southport next to the Ferry Road Tavern.  It’s the best liquor store in the area, this Shiraz was only $6.

Here is where I was staying.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 With my old friend Ari in Daimler Drive. Thanks for visiting my Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 photo blog.

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Overnight Narita Station APA Hotel

June 24, 2018 by David Herd

Farewell Japan after my 5th visit since 2007.

Overnight Narita Station APA Hotel

Overnight Narita Station APA Hotel

Overnight Narita Station APA Hotel before flying home to Thailand after another wonderful Japanese holiday. My six hour flight was scheduled to leave at 10.00 am so staying in Tokyo would have meant getting up very early.

There is a free shuttle bus from the APA hotel to the airport which takes about 30 minutes.

All you can eat restaurant.

Overnight Narita Station APA Hotel The Spiral Staircase is a small “hole in the wall” restaurant that offers unlimited food for a set price of around 2,200 Yen. They also included the largest glass of red wine that I have ever been served.

Desert included

Overnight Narita Station APA Hotel A pancake with ice cream, delicious.

Reminds me of an old song

Overnight Narita Station APA Hotel Smoke gets in your eyes, sung by the Platters way back in the 50s. 🙂

Overnight Narita Station APA Hotel

Overnight Narita Station APA Hotel Huge glass of red from Chile + a large salad.

My lucky day….

Overnight Narita Station APA Hotel I scored a window seat in am exit row.

Great view from the plane.

Overnight Narita Station APA Hotel A beautiful blue sky and ocean.

Another remote atoll

Overnight Narita Station APA Hotel About an hour out of Tokyo on the way to Bangkok. Thanks for visiting my Overnight Narita Station APA Hotel photo blog.

The APA hotel is located beside Narita station, if you book through THIS LINK you will get an excellent room rate of under $50 AUD, + you have a free cancellation option.
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Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan

June 23, 2018 by David Herd

Day & night Tokyo is fantastic.

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan come alive at night as does most of this great city. The lights, the restaurants, the bars, there is so much to do and see in Tokyo. Above is a busy arcade at Asakusa.

Early evening & the crowd is building.

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan A slow build up however the crowds will come.

A little hole in the wall for dinner.

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan A typical small Tokyo restaurant.

Delicious Yakitori

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan My favourite Japanese cuisine, as you probably know by now.

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan Asakusa is fabulous at night as is most of Tokyo.

Wet night in Shibuya

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan My last night in Tokyo tomorrow I take the Shinkansen to Sendai.

Shibuya is about 45 minutes from Asakusa

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan A direct ride on the Ginza line.

Time for dinner.

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan So many restaurants to choose from, there must be 5,000 restaurants in Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan.

Soup & dumplings.

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan Both delicious.

Starbucks in Shibuya overlooks the famous Shibuya scramble.

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Ping pong club

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan Very different from those in Bangkok. 🙂

Tokyo Sky Tree

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan The view from Asakusa.

Creme cake in Asakusa

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan

You are never too old to enjoy a creme cake, I hope he is hungry. 🙂

Glass skyscraper in Asakusa.

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan A terrific building in Asakusa. Many thanks for visiting my Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan photo blog. 

Tawaramachi Station

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo

I stayed at the Agora Place hotel which was a wonderful location close to 3 metro stations   Tawaramachi, Ueno & Asakusa. You can get an express train direct from Narita & you can catch the Shinkansen from Ueno. Book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate

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Gastronomical Japanese Adventure

June 20, 2018 by David Herd

Eat to live, or live to eat?

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure

 Gastronomical Japanese Adventure

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure in May 2018, started with the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Sendai, then I flew to Sapporo before another flight south to Nagoya. After a couple of overcast days I had a short trip on the Shinkansen to Kyoto. Four days later I rested in Hikone for 2 days before spending my final night in Narita.

The Yakitori chicken above was in Tokyo & absolutely mouth watering. 🙂

Sushizanmai is my favourite sushi chain of restaurants.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Always fresh & delicious.

Grilled Avocado at the Cellar Grill Omotosando in Tokyo.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Quite an amazing taste.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure continues in Sendai

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Sendai is famous for oysters, “a cold current that contains nutrient-rich water travels down the coast from north to south. The two currents collide at around the Sanriku area, which includes the coast of Miyagi Prefecture.” The mixing of these currents leads to plankton blooms, which attract migrating fish. “This same nutrient- and plankton-rich water makes Matsushima Bay oysters delicious,” these wild oysters were first discovered as a culinary delight and harvested from Matsushima Bay back in the 17th century.

Salmon & almonds was delicious.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure At the ANA Holiday Inn in Sendai.

Mongolian Lamb in Sapporo.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Lunch at the Beer Garden should certainly be on your bucket list.

Rare roast beef salad at Bistro Masuya Sapporo

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Something a little different for a change.

Sapporo seafood market

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Hokkaido of course is famous for seafood.

While on the subject of seafood markets,

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Here I am at Omicho market in Kanazawa in 2016.

Can you believe they sprinkle edible gold leaf  on top?

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Kanazawa’s history with gold leaf began 400 years ago. Kyoto and Edo (modern-day Tokyo) used to make gold leaf, Kanazawa now is the only remaining production hub of the coveted craft. 

Lunch at Nagoya

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure A chicken & salad wrap followed by a cream bun.

Yakitori for dinner in Nagoya

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Asparagus wrapped in pork.

Yakitori for dinner in Osaka.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure You probably realise by now how much I love Yakitori. 🙂

I also found my fabulous grilled avocado again in Osaka.

Osaka 1st night (71) Talk about my Gastronomical Japanese Adventure, this creation ranks right up there with the best.

Succulent steak in Kyoto

Gion day one (22) Cooked to perfection.

Fabulous Ramen at Miami Ave restaurant in Kagoshima.

Miami Ave good restaurant (3) This city is a long way off the beaten track but really worth a visit.

Dolphin Port sushi train

Dolphin Port sushi train (4)How good is this?

The happy guys at Dolphin Port.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure They all love a photo. 🙂

I’m still in Kagoshima 

Unagi (5) I really love Unagi (eel)

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure

Gorm's (1) Fabulous Pizza at Gorms, which hails from Copenhagen. I first ordered this in their Nagasaki branch, then I repeated the effort in Fukuoko. 🙂

More wonderful food in Kagoshima

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Yakitori to die for at the Kagomma Furusato Food Village.

Duck Confit in Hikkone

Apprenti (6) Absolutely mouth watering & cooked to perfection.

Giant Gyozo aat the Spiral Staircase in Narita.

Spiral Staircase restaurant (8) An excellent all you can eat restaurant 10 minutes walk from Narita station.

Here are some locals I met in Kyoto.

1 Had a few beers with these nice locals in a tiny beer bar in Gion.

Hamosh & I drinking ice cold Ashari in Osaka.

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Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan

June 19, 2018 by David Herd

A city between Tokyo & Kyoto

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan sits by the shore of Lake Biwa the largest lake in Japan. In previous blogs I have been a little harsh when writing about Hikone, however the Castle was interesting & I dined at two very good restaurants. Above is Castle Road which as you can guess leads to the famous Castle.

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto JapanApparently the buildings along Castle road have been designed like town houses from the Edo Period with white walls.

It was a long walk to Starbucks

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan Always worth the effort though. 🙂

My hotel to Starbucks

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan I’m sure it took me longer than 31 minutes. 🙂 Hotel Sunroute Hikone is also only 4 minutes walk from the station, you can get a room for around $30 AUD if you book through THIS LINK.

I stopped for an ice cream on the way back to my hotel.

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan I tend to walk as much as possible to help my fitness, plus you see more of the local environment. Most days I was walking more than 10,000 steps.

Cute coffee shop

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan Also there are lots more photo opportunities when you walk.

A monster supermarket

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan By far the biggest I have ever seen anywhere in the world.

The famous Castle

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan Five castles in Japan are national treasures, this is one of them. Hikone Castle’s three storied castle keep is relatively small but displays a unique design that combines multiple different architecture styles. This is one reason why the castle keep has been designated a national treasure, the highest designation for cultural properties in Japan, held by only four other castle keeps, namely HimejijoMatsumotojoInuyamajo and Matsuejo. 

The other four.

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure Hikone Castle is a 15 minute walk along the straight main road from Hikone Station.

Here I am with the owners of Apprenti restaurant.

Hikone Small City Near Kyoto Japan Masanori & his wife Hiromi are 2 delightful people who provide excellent French food & wine in their small French restaurant.

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Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure

June 18, 2018 by David Herd

It was a long hot climb to the Castle.

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure is one of five in the whole country. It is regarded as one of Japan’s most beautiful and historic castles.

It was close to 1000 steps to get to the Castle.

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureExcellent views of the city once I got to the top.

Here is the entrance.

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure It was a very hot day & when I got to the top I really needed needed some liquid refreshment.

This is just what the doctor ordered. 🙂

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure

An ice cold Asahi is my favourite beer.

As you can see it’s a rather spectacular building.

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure was worth the effort to take on all those steps.

Good view of Hikone

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureThat’s Japan’s largest lake – Biwako – and is an easy day trip from Osaka, Kyoto or Nagoya.

Looking down on the city centre. 

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureIt was a 30 minute walk from my hotel near the station. Then you had to climb to the top. Hotel Sunroute Hikone is also only 4 minutes walk from the station, you can get a room for around $30 AUD if you book through THIS LINK.

Spare a thought for the poor delivery man. 🙂

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure Supplies for the shops etc have to be delivered the hard way. 

 Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure

Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure The castle is certainly impressive & the view of the surrounding city is worth seeing.

Here is a good example of the sloping stone walls.

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureAs you can see there are lots of photo opportunities.

Work in progress

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureI’m guessing work never stops on these ancient buildings.

Take a boat around the moat.

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureNot a bad idea.

You gotta love the coolie hats.

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureEqual opportunity exists in Hikone, a male & a female.

The gardeners are hard at work.

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureAs I said before work never stops at Hikone Castle Japanese National Treasure.

Japanese treasures.

Hikone Castle Japanese National TreasureHere are the location of the five treasures.

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