Yes it’s true, I’ve recently become a dog walker. I sold the travel business late last year and it took some time to decide the next move. Initially I hoped to make a living from web design and search engine optimisation. As readers may know, jobs where you can work from anywhere you have an internet connection really appeal to me. Whilst I don’t have a motorhome at present to tour the country, the travel bug certainly hasn’t left me. Indeed Ewelina and I have discussed getting a small campervan or a caravan one day in the future for short
After returning our Mazda Bongo campervan to Japan Campers it was time to head to our hotel for the last 2 nights and some Tokyo Sightseeing. The hotel we ended up staying at was the Sakura Hotel Hatagaya. It was well located and reasonably priced. The hotel staff were friendly and welcoming and we will always remember the hotel for the earthquake that woke us up early one morning. It was a 7.4 magnitude that struck off the coast of Fukushima and Tokyo seemed to carry on as normal. Tokyo Sightseeing – The places One Tokyo landmark that appears on
As our Japanese campervan tour was nearing the end our next location to visit was Yokohama. In the planning stages of this trip it was not a must see for us. This was partly because we are not really fans of cities and would already be seeing Tokyo and Kyoto. Despite this the drive to Tokyo would have been very long and stopping at Yokohama seemed a logical choice. I had also seen some interesting photographs taken at night, so it appealed to me. Yokohama – A modern, confident city As we neared the city we decided to look online
Our next location after leaving Kyoto was to visit Meoto Iwa and Futami Okitama shrine. When planning this trip we had considered heading as far west as Hiroshima. We quickly realised that with only 2 weeks driving in Japan this would be impossible, it may have been a different matter had we been using bullet trains. In an ideal world we would the journey from Kyoto to Meoto Iwa would have been via Nara and Todai-ji to see the giant Buddha. According to online sources it is open everyday but I’m sure it was closed the day we would be
Most of the popular attractions on a Kyoto sightseeing itinerary are close to the centre. We decided to look for good value accommodation with parking so that we could leave the campervan parked up in what is a relatively congested city. Having transport meant we could visit any attractions that were not within walking distance of the accommodation. We would spend a total of 2 nights in Kyoto. Kyoto Sightseeing – Japan’s former capital and home to many temples Before I list our top 10 Kyoto points of interest I should state that the order that they appear are not
If you are a motorhome enthusiast, or you’re looking to buy one for the first time, then it might be worth attending the various motorhome shows that occur throughout the year. Often spread out over a few days or a weekend, motorhome shows around the UK are filled with a great deal of entertainment for the whole family, as well as the chance to look at all the latest models. Designed for those who love the outdoors and are looking for the latest equipment to aid their hobby, or those who are looking for a new way to holiday in
One of the places Ewelina and I were really keen to visit when we reached Kyoto was Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. We had seen lots of photographs on websites like Flickr, 500px and Google plus when doing our research for the trip. Indeed it’s one of the most photographed places in the Kyoto area, along with Kinkaku-ji Temple and Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine. It was also mentioned and highly regarded in our Lonely planet guidebook. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is actually about 10km west of the centre of Kyoto and we decided to visit it before checking into our accommodation. As we parked up and
We left Kanazawa in the afternoon heading in the direction of Kyoto. We decided to stop at a Michi-no-Eki close to Lake Biwa to spend another night in the campervan. Again we were amazed at just how many Japanese sleep in their vehicles, and how small some of these cars can be. The following morning we were greeted by dull overcast conditions. We could not really complain as for most of the trip so far we had great weather. The flat lighting however was not exactly ideal for photography and hence the reason for the black and white treatment of
After leaving Jigokudani Monkey Park it had been our intention to do the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. It’s supposed to be spectacular but it’s also relatively expensive. It would also not look its best in the overcast weather that was forecast. Instead we headed for Kanazawa where we wanted to visit Kenrokuen Garden. Unsure how easy it would be to find somewhere to park and sleep in the city we decided to instead book a hotel. Kanazawa Central Hotel was good value and offered free parking. It was a good decision as we were able to enjoy a hot shower and I
When planning our Japan Campervan Tour one of the Japanese attractions that Ewelina and I were both keen to visit was Jigokudani Monkey Park. We are both wildlife fans and wanted to make the effort to visit this place. Many of the must see sights in guidebooks tend to be temples or shrines so a day spent at Jigokudani Monkey Park can be a pleasant change! You will often hear them referred to as the snow monkeys of Japan. Images of the monkeys enjoying the hot spring with snow lying on the ground have been hugely popular on social media
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