Monthly Archives: October 2015

Japan 2015 Day 4

  Really? Only day 4? I’m already slowing down. I should’ve slept better last night because the hotel was about as quiet as you can get but I’m still having stomachaches at night. It’s odd being that close to the train station and hearing almost nothing. I went walking around the train station trying to kill an hour and a half and I ended up just hopping on a shinkansen’s non-reserved seating car just to get the heck out of dodge. I wasn’t expecting that much from Kokura but it’s a hopping little town. I got to the hotel early to drop off my bags and the place was a … Continue reading

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Japan 2015 Day 3

You know there’s something odd when the tourist guide says, “eat the famous Higa beef!” and you can’t find a restaurant with any Higa beef. I just spent $99 eating dinner. But first things first. There’s good news and bad news about last night. The good news is that I finally powered through my 4AM wakefulness and didn’t get up until my 6AM alarm! The bad news is that I had a stomachache during the night (maybe I shouldn’t have had that saké at dinner) and I woke up with a headache. I’m guessing the headache was from my allergies and all the smorkiness from the wood fire they had … Continue reading

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Japan 2015 Day 2

Today was another day of sitting. Sitting on the shinkansen, sitting on a bus, and finally getting to Kurosawa Onsen. I made it to Kurosawa Onsen and the place I’m staying didn’t send a van to pick up my baggage. Everyone else was wandering around until the “set Japanese onsen opening time” of 3PM and I was the only clown wheeling around his suitcase. That didn’t stop me from eating some nice Japanese treats. I also had a cream puff because the place was so highly rated on tripadvisor. Turns out the place I’m staying isn’t even in Kurosawa Onsen, but somewhere nearby in Oguni. They have two men’s baths … Continue reading

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Japan 2015 Day 1

I have a couple of crazy travel days (not counting the ones where I travel between countries) and this is one of them. Look at how I started the day off. I had to cross this THREE TIMES, once to get to the shinkansen way too early and twice to go and return from the Starbucks. I’m visiting my cousin to see the new grandkid (my third cousin twice removed?) and to see my aunt. My aunt has lost her sight but fortunately she hears just fine. My mom can see OK but she can’t hear much. Weird how that works. My cousin’s place is not that far from a … Continue reading

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Japan 2015 Day 0

It’s about 5:35AM in Portland right now, which isn’t too terribly early but I’ve been up since 7AM yesterday. It’s only about 9:35PM in Shinagawa and I’m about to fall over. I’m here alone this year and I had a bunch of “errands” to run when I got to Tokyo. Some I always go – pick up my rail pass, get SIM card for my phone, etc. But I also had to pick up a SIM card that I had delivered to a convenience store (something you can do in Japan), get all my train tickets since I was traveling a lot on the front end of the trip, and … Continue reading

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