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Shinkansen Japan’s high speed bullet trains

December 11, 2016 by David Herd

Shinkansen Japan’s high speed bullet trains

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains Shinkansen Japan’s high speed bullet trains are the perfect way to see this wonderful country. Rather than arrive at an airport 2 hours before your flight simply travel to the centre of one city to centre of the next.

Tokyo was the start of my trip

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains My good friend Kayo came to Tokyo Station to help me sort of all the tickets for my trip to six cities I had never seen before.

Currently a Japanese rail pass can only be purchased outside the country however from March 8th 2017 selected Japanese stations will sell them at a more expensive price.

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

As of January 2017 $100 usd = 11,695 Yen.

Tokyo to Kanazawa 4 hours

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

One thing to keep in mind, I stay in budget hotels which are usually near the station. In many cities you can’t check in until 3 or 4 pm. Often I would just leave my luggage and head off to the nearest attraction.

My hotel was great value in a perfect location with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

How about the edible gold leaf?

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa 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. 

Kanazawa to Hiroshima about 5 hours

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

 Hiroshima was an emotional experience that I’ll never forget. Seventy one years ago at 8.15 am on August 6th 1945 U.S. pilots dropped an atomic bomb which instantly killed 140,000 people. 

As if that was not shocking enough 3 days later they killed 70,000 in Nagasaki.

For a super room rate in a great location with free WiFi just book through THIS LINK.

Cenotaph & park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park A memorial is held here every year on August 6th.

 Hiroshima to Kumamoto 2 hours 40 minutes

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

I was on my my to Kagoshima so I thought I would stop for one night to see the damage done to the castle by the recent earthquake.

My budget hotel was in an excellent location, good rooms with free WiFi, for a great rate just book using THIS LINK.

Three years to repair wall

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains The city hopes to repair the main keep within three years, while the rest of the grounds are expected to require about 20 years to be fully repaired.

Kumamoto to Kagoshima 2 hours

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Well worth a visit, the city lies opposite an active volcano.

Wonderful smiling faces

Kagoshima restaurant village Some things in Japan you can be sure of, happy smiling faces, they love to be in a photograph, & people are just so nice & polite.

 My hotel was only 10 minutes walk to lots of restaurants & the ferry terminal, a great location with free Wi Fi and a great room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

Kagoshima to Nagasaki 2 hours

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

I had heard a lot aout Nagasaki so I was eagerly looking forward to visiting this seaside city, in particular the atom bomb site & Battleship Island.

 My favourite Nagasaki sign

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains It’s on billboards, the side of trains & trams, wonderful Japanese humour. 🙂

My hotel was only a three minute walk to the station. Rated highly by AGODA, book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate with free WiFi.

Nagasaki to Fukuoka 2.5 hours

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

The final leg of my Shinkansen rail trip through Japan.

I would certainly recommend the hotel Ascent, for a very good discount just book through THIS LINK.

Craving a change of cuisine

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan As much as I love Japanese food after 2 weeks I was craving a change. The fabulous pizza is a speciality at Gorm’s, part of a Danish restaurant chain, opened 2014 in Nagasaki & shortly after in Fukuoka.

Fukuoka was anther surprise packet, lots of things to see and do. Think about flying into Tokyo & out of Fukuoka as I did, travel by bullet train in between these 2 cities.

On the way to Osaka in October 2015 with my friend Hamish

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

Hamish of course is world famous for the number of selfies he takes. 🙁 Look closely and you can see me in the background. 🙂

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Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

December 6, 2016 by David Herd

Tokyo is a wonderful city

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station were the main areas where I spent my time in October 2016. Three nights and 2 days is just not enough time to fully enjoy this great city. It was however my staring point for my 2 week 6 city adventure on the Shinkansen or bullet train. 

I travelled to 6 interesting Japanese cities, includung Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Nagasaki & Fukuoka

 Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station Lets start around the Tsukiji area, here is my friend Kayo inspecting the produce. 🙂

Sushizanmai

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station My favourite sushi restaurant located close to the Tsukiji seafood market.

We both love Sushizanmai

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station I have also eaten in their braches in Osaka, Hiroshima & Fukuoka.

The eel is absolutely fabulous

 photo IMG_5001.jpg There is always a queue waiting to get in, make sure you sit at the sushi counter on the ground floor.

Bluefin Tuna Sells for $117,000 at Tokyo Auction

I have stayed in two excellent budget hotels very close to Sushizanmai, use these links to book and get a very good rate. Hotel Tokyu-Stay and Hotel Ban.

 Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station Around the Tsukiji market area there are many sidewalk stores selling fresh seafood. The huge market was supposed to relocate by now, the 81-year old fish market is one of the largest of its kind in the world and is a Tokyo cultural icon.

Many stores will cook for you

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station Many people rate the market as the number one attraction in Tokyo.

 

Everyone deserves a break

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

He probably started work at 3 am so it’s time for a break. 🙂

My hotel was great value in a perfect location with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

We say farewell to the Tsukiji market area

 photo IMG_5036.jpg However I can assure you we shall return. 🙂

Lets take a 15 minute walk to Ginza.

 photo IMG_5043.jpg On the way we pass the famous Kabuki Theatre.

The theatre dates to 1889 & has been destroyed by fire, earthquakes and war. It re-opened in 2013 and attracts 900,000 visitors a year.

Tokyo love buildings with a twist

 Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

One of the great attractions in Japan is seeing the oild and the new.

The Ginza

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station Back in the 1990s real estate in the Ginza was unbelievably expensive, one square meter of land was over 100 million yen. Prices now in 2016 have fallen dramatically however the area is still very expensive.

You can buy anything in the Ginza

 photo IMG_5049.jpg Just make sure you have your black Amex card with you. 🙂

 Kayo & I at a Spanish restaurant

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station Close to my hotel there were a number of restaurants including this Spanish one.

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Kayo had a snack & I stuck to the beers & red wine.

Instead of Spanish I chose a busy noisy Japanese restaurant

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station I had only been in Tokyo 24 hours so I was craving Japanese food. 

Shumai?

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

These look more Chinese than Japanese. 🙂

This is more like it

 photo IMG_4994.jpg Chicken Yakitori delicious.

So many restaurants

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station And such little time. 🙂

Tokyo Station

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station There is now a bus from Narita that will bring you to a stop opposite Tokyo Station or Sukiyabashi crossing in Ginza for only 1000 Yen. 

Adjacent to Tokyo Station

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

The lights of Tokyo at night are magnificent. 

Akihabara

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station famous for its hundres or perhaps thousands electronic shops.

My hotel was excellent.

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station Close to 3 metro stations including the Hibuyu line with with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

After 3 nights in Tokyo

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station I’m off for a two week trip to 6 cities I have never seen before. Many thanks for visiting my Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station photo blog.

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Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

November 30, 2016 by David Herd

Oyama Shrine

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants kept me very busy for the short time I was in this interesting city. This was my first stop after 3 nights in Tokyo on my 7 city Shinkansen adventure.

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The Oyama Shrine gate originally guarded the entrance of Kanazawa Castle, and was later moved to Oyama Shrine.

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants The Oyama Shrine is in the heart of the city only 7 minutes walk from my hotel. First established in 1599 and moved to its present location in 1873.

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I stumbled on a little princess

 Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

You won’t see too many sweeter young Japanese girls as this little princess. I almost had to beg to get this great photo. 🙂

Map of the city

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants An interesting sculpture of Kanazawa city.

My hotel was great value in a perfect location with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

People having fun in Central park

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants A sunny day without a cloud in the sky, so lets go to the park.

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Central park is between the main city street & the castle, there were some Hawaiian dancers entetaining the crowd.

Tere is a cute little Japanese girl here stealing the limelight from the Hawaiian dancers.

Wedding

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants The Museum of Cultural Exchange is also in Central park, a wedding reception was about to begin in the restaurant.

Gorgeous girls

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants The girls look absolutely gorgeous dressed in Kimonos. 

The bikers come to town

 Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants These fabilous looking machines were parked on the footpath outside my hotel.

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Very expensive looking machines.

Kanazawa parking

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants Making the ost of the available space.

Kanazawa railway station

 photo Kanazawa station.jpg A very modern railway station, almost a work of art.

Department store

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants Most cities I have visited in Japan all seem to have at least one department store at the railway station.

Lunch boxes

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants Naturally I purchases one of thse salmon roe or caviar, whatever you wish to call it, absolutely delicious. I ate it on my way to Hiroshima on the shinkansen.

Yakitori tour of Japan 🙂

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants This should be the name of my holiday, I was always searching for good Yakitori restaurants.

Yakitori no Meimon Akiyoshi was the restaurants name.

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

There are 2,969 restaurants in Kanazawa & tripAdvisor rated this one 426th.

Lots of chefs

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants A typical busy noise yakitori restaurant with delicious food.

Toyoko Inn

Omicho Fresh Food Market Kanazawa 

My hotel was great value in a perfect location with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

My hotel is beside bus stop number 16 & is within walking distance of all the places of interest.

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Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

November 30, 2016 by David Herd

Gyokusen’inmaru Garden

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle is absolutely stunning as you can see from the header in this post. This is one of my favourite photos from my two week seven city Shinkansen trip in October 2016.

Constructed in 1634 if flourished for between 200 & 300 years before being abandoned. However a full reconstruction began in 2013 to produce the wonderful result we see today.

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle After a five minute uphill walk you arrive at the castle entrance.

Adjacent to the castle

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle These are a few shops just before you reach the castle.

Kanazawa Castle

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle A huge fire in 1759 destroyed the whole castle then it was re-built in 1788. That year is also when 11 ships with 1,530 people onboard, 736 of them convicts, arrived in Botany Bay a few miles south of Sydney Harbour in Australia. This event is known to all us Aussies as “the first fleet”.

My hotel was great value in a perfect location, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount. Make sure you are in the downtown one at Korinbo, it’s more convenient than the one near the station.

The Imori moat

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

If you are going to build a castle then you gotta have a moat.

Spectacular

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle Once again I was very lucky to have the beautiful blue sky to highlight my photos of Kanazawa Castle.

 The buildings look new

 Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle Even though it was rebuilt 228 years ago it still looks brand new. 🙂

As usual built on a hill

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle The castles always take the high ground, all the better to resist their enemies.

Through the gate we go

 Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle The Ni-no Mon is what they call the second gate. 

Picture perfect

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle As you can see the buildings and grounds are in perfect condition. 

Not a cloud in the sky

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle A perfect day for wandering around Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle and the beautiful Kenrokuen garden right next door to the castle.

I was so fortunate to have perfect weather

Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa Japan

Photos look so much better when there is a beautiful blue sky. There seems to be a lot of rain between November & February.

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle A final look at this beautiful garden within the castle walls.

Toyoko Inn

Omicho Fresh Food Market Kanazawa 

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Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

November 27, 2016 by David Herd

Beautiful Japanese garden

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa, an eastern coastal city, Kenrokuen is rated number one out of 167 things to do in Kanazawa by TripAdvisor. It certainly is a tranquil peaceful place to wile away a few hours.

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa The garden has an area of 11.4 hectares & is located on a hill in central Kanazawa next to Kanazawa Castle.

 Absolutely beautiful

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa My hotel was great value in a perfect location only 14 minutes walk from the gardens, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

Close to everything

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

Toyoko Inn is an excellent place to stay.

Artificial lake

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa Close to the Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa Japan is the Kanazawa castle which is certainly worth a visit.

Prince Yamoto Takeru

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa 

His historical existence is a mystery but there are books that date his life to the 4th century.

Kenrokuen Garden lantern

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa There is a surprise around every corner of Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa.

 Which way shall I go?

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

Decisions, decisions, there is so much to see at Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa Japan. Perhaps I’ll just take a selfie. 🙂

Make sure you have lots of time

Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa Japan The gardens are quite huge so make sure you allocate at least 2 or 3 hours to enjoy it fully.

I was so fortunate to have perfect weather

Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa Japan Photos look so much better when there is a beautiful blue sky. There seems to be a lot of rain between November & February.

Let’s check the maps

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa It seems like these ladies are planning carefully planning their schedule. 🙂

 Just behind those ladies

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

Is this rather large stone statue.

Stone bridge

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa One of the stone bridges at Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa Japan.

Carp I presume

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa There were quite a lot swimming in the lake.

Rated one of the three best gardens in Japan

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa It’s easy to see why this garden is so highly rated in Japan.

Toyoko Inn

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa 

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Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa

November 26, 2016 by David Herd

Close to Higashi Chaya District

Japanese drummers Geisha District KanazawaJapanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa is located along the Asanogawa river only five minutes walk from the larger more popular Higashi Chaya District. Geishas are the traditional, female Japanese entertainers who regularly perform in these areas.

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa The district overlooks the Asanogawa river & seems rather quiet & peacful.

That was until I heard the sound of drums

The noise seemed to be somewhere up on the hill so I took some narrow winding steps up to the top. I was so lucky to be in the right place at the right time, I was walking through Kazue-machi, the old geisha district located along the river between Asanogawa Ohashi Bridge and Naka-no Hashi Bridge, when I heard these fabulous drums.  

 Five minutes they added a flute

I was so happy to be able to see these wonderful street performers in action. About ten days later I had some more good fortune in Nagasaki when I saw some more fabulous drummers doing their thin. Check out my photo blog through THIS LINK.

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa  Chaya houses have a beautiful lattice called “kimusuko” on the walls of the ground floor.

Tiny streets

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa As you can see many of the streets are just tiny narrow alleys in Kazue Machi Chaya District Kanazawa.

Tea House

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa The historical rows in this teahouse town have been designated as Japan’s cultural assets since 2008.

Lattice is called “kimusuko”

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa A typical Chaya house which is noe a tea house or restaurant.

 Many interesting buildings

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa So many photo oppotunities in Japan which is one of the many reasons I love travelling here.

Torii Gate

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa Torii gates usually mark the entrance to Shinto shrines, however they seem to be used in many other areas as well.

Another example

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa This large Torii gate is quite different to the previous one.

Toyoko Inn

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa 

My hotel was great value in a perfect location, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount. Make sure you are in the downtown one, it’s more convenient than the one near the station.

You can take a bus but I prefer to walk

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa

The Busses leave from the front of Toyoko Inn. Turn left just before you cross the river to get to Kazue Machi Chaya District Kanazawa.

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Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa

November 25, 2016 by David Herd

Two-story Chaya houses

Old Japanese Geisha Town KanazawaOld Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa, Higashi Chaya is one of three similar districts in Kanazawa. The cities tourism department holds a Geisha show in these Chaya districts every Saturday. Another district is Kazue-machi which is featured in another post.

Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa  A chaya house has a beautiful lattice called “kimusuko” on the walls of the ground floor.

A close look at the lattice

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa Hopefully the rather large body of the well fed FiveStarVagabond does not stop you getting an idea of the  “kimusuko”.

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa I’m guessing this is probably where the Geisha girls perform every Saturday.

A couple of locals sharing a happy moment.

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa 

The chaya houses used to be in central Kanazawa but were moved into four districts away from the city centre in 1820.

Photo opportunity

Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa We all love photos to help us remember these wonderful places.

Hello boys

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa I’m sure the big guy on the right had an Australian accent.

Smile please

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa

TripAdvisor rate the Higashi Chaya District 3rd out of 167 things to do in Kanazawa so naturally the tourists (including myself) flock here with their cameras.

Magnificent blue sky

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa How lucky was I to have this beautiful sky?

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Time to relax with an icecream

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa A rather unique tradition in Kanazawa is to sprinkle edible gold leaf on top of ice cream and other food. Check out my Omicho Fresh Food Market Kanazawa photo blog for other examples.

 Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa This whole area along with Kazue-machi which is close by, and Gion in Kyoto have been designated as Japan’s cultural assets.

Just across the bridge is Kazue-machi

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa Kazue-machi overlooks the Asanogawa river.

sound of drums

The noise seemed to be somewhere up on the hill so I took some narrow winding steps up to the top. I was so lucky to be in the right place at the right time, I was walking through Kazue-machi, the old geisha district located along the river between Asanogawa Ohashi Bridge and Naka-no Hashi Bridge, when I heard these fabulous drums.  

More great homes

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa really has quite a wonderful unique style.

If you are feeling lazy

Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa These guys are at your service. 🙂

But first lets negotiate the price. 🙂

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa It seems like a very friendly negotiation.

Lovely shop

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa Lots of nice shops & tea houses in Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa.

Toyoko Inn

 photo Shinkansen to Kanazawa 12.jpg My hotel was great value in a perfect location, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount. Make sure you are in the downtown one, it’s more convenient than the one near the station.

You can take a bus but I prefer to walk

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa

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Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa

November 24, 2016 by David Herd

Omicho Seafood Market

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa, Omicho was a delight to visit, the noise, the atmosphere & the food. I enjoyed a terrific lunch with edible gold leaf sprinkled on my sashimi.

Fresh seafood packed on ice

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa

The only problem I found was finding somewhere to sit after you purchased some food.

Fresh crab

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa These look great but reasonably expensive at 4,500 Yen.

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa There were lots of species here I was not familar with.

Salmon roe is absolutely fantastic

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa I could almost eat it every day. 

My hotel was in a perfect location just a short walk to the market, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

So many choices

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa The market really does have an enormous variety of seafood.

Fresh fruit as well

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa Being Japan the quality is very high indeed.

I decided to have lunch at one of the popular restaurants

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa Very busy and excellent fresh sashimi.

Very crowded

Omicho Market Kanazawa Well it was Sunday lunch time so I guess that is one of the busiest times to be there.

Check this out

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa The sashimi came in three sizes, I chose the middle one, it was excellent.

How about the edible gold leaf?

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa 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. 

Lets have a closer look

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa Naturally the leaf is used in jewellery, cosmetics etc as well as the edible product you see here.

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The salmon roe is absolutely delicious.

Fresh oysters

 photo Omicho market 21.jpg I really love fresh oysters but I decided they were a little too expensive and I have five more cities to visit. 🙂

A great selection of seafood

Omicho Fresh Food Market Kanazawa Omicho Market has been around for over 300 years, initially however it only supplied the privileged towns near the castle.  Finally in 1904, the market was opened to the public and ever since then has been one of the most popular places to shop in Kanazawa.

Sushizanmai

Omicho Fresh Food Market Kanazawa Sushizanmai is my favourite chain of Japanese restaurants with the best one at Tsujiki markets in Tokyo. I have also eaten at their branch in Osaka & Fukuoka.

The market is 10 minutes walk from my hotel

Omicho Fresh Food Market Kanazawa

You can take the bus but I prefer to walk.

Toyoko Inn

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Hiroshima city food transport

November 22, 2016 by David Herd

Ōta River Hiroshima

Hiroshima city food transport Hiroshima city food transport, as you would expect the top four or five things to see in Hiroshima revolve around the shocking event on August 6th 1945. Sadly 140,000 people lost their lives when U.S. airmen unleashed the first atomic bomb on the unsuspecting Hiroshima civilians.

Three days later of course the repeated the horror at the beautiful city of Nagasaki.

Hiroshima Peace Clock Tower

Hiroshima city food transport

One of many symbolic monuments within the Memorial Peace Park the clock tower marks the exact time of the explosion, 8.15 am. 

The castle

Hiroshima city food transport Reconstructed in 1958 after being totally destroyed by the bomb, a must to see when visiting this very nice city. Check out my photo blog through THIS LINK.

 Hiroshima streetcars

Hiroshima city food transport Streetcars or trams are a great way to get around the city, however I prefer the bus. If you hold a JAL rail pass the bus is free, this paticular one called the loop bus leaves from in front of the Hotel Granvia beside Hiroshima station. There are two different routes which take you past all the Hiroshima attractions, you simply hop on & off as many times as you wish. For a super room rate with free WiFi just book through THIS LINK.

Covered shopping arcades

Hiroshima city food transport They are a common feature in most Japanese cities, rain hail or shine you can move around & shop in comfort.

Japanese Craft Beer Café

Hiroshima city food transport Close to the railway station & my hotel is Raku Beer a Japanese Craft Beer Café, an interesting selection of excellent beer.  

Pour me another please.

Hiroshima city food transport 

There is a happy hour daily from 5pm to 7pm.

 Another great meal

Hiroshima city food transport Many restaurants in Japan are noisy, busy and a lot oif fun & atmosphere. This one was all those things along with terrific food.

Barbequed chicken

Hiroshima city food transport To my surprise they also sold Jack Daniels & Soda in large mugs.

Jack & soda with Crispy burdock root

Hiroshima city food transport Now there’s a new combination.

Crispy burdock root

Hiroshima city food transport

 Crispy burdock root, a Eurasian species of plants in the sunflower family, cultivated in gardens for its root used as a vegetable. Not only had I never tried it, I had never heard of it before, apparently the nutritional benefits are quite high.

 My new friend

Hiroshima city food transport Made sure I always had a JD & lots of food. 🙂

Daikichi

Hiroshima city food transport

I tried to look up the meaning of Daikichi & got several different explanations. 🙂

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One of my best dining experiences so far on my seven Japanese cities adventure.

So many interesting bars & restaurants in Hiroshima.

Hiroshima city food transport In fact it’s a case of so many bars & such little time. 🙂

Hiroshima city food transport

 photo Hiroshima 70.jpg Wandering through the back streets is a marvellous experience in Japan, I don’t know of any safer country except perhaps Singapore.

Hiroshima at night

 photo Hiroshima 69.jpg

In all Japanese cites there is always lots of neon lights.

A happy group of tourists

 photo Hiroshima 57.jpg Japan is a place where you can’t help being happy.

Even this old fellow looks happy

 photo Hiroshima2055.jpg He seems to have a large collection of colourful dolls.

A typical corner bar restaurant near my hotel

 photo Hiroshima 86.jpg You don’t have to walk far in Hiroshima to get a cold beer or some food.

Opposite my hotel

 photo IMG_5492.jpg The bridge take you to an elevator down to the underground arcade to the station.

Toyoko Inn

 photo Map.jpg My hotel is in a perfect location close to the station and a short walk to the major Hiroshima shopping area.

 Underground plaza

 photo Hiroshima station.jpg From the railway station you walk through this underground arcade which brings youout about 80 meters from my hotel.

Good band playing in the plaza.

As well as entertainment there are coffee shops etc here.

Toyoko Inn

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Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

November 21, 2016 by David Herd

Castle entrance

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958 Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958 after being destroyed by the atomic bomb on August 6th 1945. Originally built in 1590 and there is concrete bunker where the first radio broadcast originated after the 1945 atomic bomb.

Bridge across the moat

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958 Originally there were three moats however today only the inner moat remains.

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958 The keep is a stunning five story 26 meter high building.very popular for selfies as you can imagine. 🙂

Let’s take a selfie

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

The selfie is nearly as popular with ladies as their handbag mirror. 🙂

I climbed the stairs to the top

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958 From here you get a wonderful view of Hiroshima. This building is now a museum with an entry fee of 360 Yen, or $3.25 USD as at November 21 2016.

View from the top

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958 Up to now I have been very lucky to experience terrific weather, so much better for taking photographs.

Hiroshima population is 1,196,853

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958 Curiously there are 40,000 more females in the city than males.

Mountains in the distance

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958 Hiroshima Castle is just north of the Atomic Dome and the Peace Museum.

The atomic bomb

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958 Certainly one of the most horrific events ever in the history of the world. Please check out my photo blog on the Peace Memorial Park.

 Museum

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958 Many interesting exhibits in the five story museum.

Gold plated roofing tile

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958 Roof tiles don’t get any fancier than this. 🙂

Dating back to the 16th century

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958 I have never seen a better looking roof tile in my life. 🙂

A Samuri suit

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958 

I’m guessing this is what your well dressed Samuri wore in the 16th century, my apologies for the reflection on the glass cabinet.

Adjacent to the castle

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958 Forgive me for not knowing the purpose of this gate & building adjacent to the castle.

One of the most interesting visitors at the castle

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958 When a lady visits the castle she needs to dress to impress. 🙂

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