Flights: JAL from Heathrow, around £600 return London-Tokyo/Haneda airport (Arriving at Haneda Airport is very useful as it’s only a 15 min train ride into Tokyo, it takes a lot longer from Narita. There is also a little shopping village inside the airport – useful for last minute gift buying and your final noodle fix)
Self catering apartment which was fully equipped with a little kitchen and washing machine. Would especially recommend if you’re staying for a few nights as it’s a lot cheaper than most hotels and you have your own kitchen. Most hotel rooms are also very small so apartments can be more comfortable.
“Ojizo San” is what these little statues are called , you see them a lot round shrines, they are there to protect people.
Fushimi inari – Shinto shrine with thousands of “tor-ii” gates lining pathways up a mountain. We didn’t make it all the way!
Travelling around Japan – with JR Pass: this is a train pass only available to people who are not resident in Japan. You can use it as often as you like and go anywhere as long as it’s on a JR train and you reserve a seat. (It doesn’t include the fastest Shinkansen called Nozomi fyi. The second fastest is fast enough though!) It costs from around £180/week. Definitely recommend getting this if you’re going to multiple places.
Mai Tanaka, Japanese food stylist, photographer and blogger treated us to some fantastic images of our Nadia Minkoff London ‘food’ charm necklaces snapped ‘Japanese style’ . Am so loving the final results, good enough to eat 🙂
Last time I visited Japan I was fortunate enough to take some time out to go and relax at the beautiful Sensoji temple. Now I am well aware that the art of communicating these days evolves to a great extent around our mobile phones… do I really like it? I am not sure, in fact I think I don’t. Am I allowed to say that without being sent to the gallows?? I hope so.
I see people looking at their phone more than they look at people, people eating together completely absorbed by their phone, on the bus, train or park the phone is a palm distance away.
So on reaching the temple it was quite lovely seeing tradition take over,ladies in Kimonos,good luck trinkets to be bought from the monks, incense to be lit… a step back in time. Am I kidding myself? one peep round the corner and oops, there it is again, mobile communication.