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Tokyo: Strolling through Akasaka (Hie Shrine, New Otani Garden, Toyokawa Inari Shrine, Nogi Shrine)

Tokyo is one of my favourite places to visit in Asia - and it is also very easy to visit with a baby. In fact, it is so easy (compared to Hong Kong) that we visited it twice within three months. Let me post a little bit about the different places we visited over the… Continue reading Tokyo: Strolling through Akasaka (Hie Shrine, New Otani Garden, Toyokawa Inari Shrine, Nogi Shrine)

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Great Japanese dishes

We've had lots of Soba and Udon noodles, tried different sushi and sashimi, but the dishes that were most memorable to me were the following: I've tried for the first time ever Okonomiyaki, which is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The batter and ingredients changes depending on where in Japan (or… Continue reading Great Japanese dishes

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Tokyo: Imperial Palace East Garden

Finally, on our last day, we visited the Imperial Palace East Garden. We had already been here the day before, on a Friday, when the entrance was closed. So we had to come back the next day, a cloudy Saturday. But we still enjoyed the visit. The entrance to the East Garden is the Ote-mon,… Continue reading Tokyo: Imperial Palace East Garden

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Tokyo: Metropolitan Government Building

Finally blue sky and sunshine over Tokyo... and what better way to make the most out of this weather then to visit the observatory deck on top of the two towers of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building? The best is that the observation decks are free of charge to the public! We walked a few… Continue reading Tokyo: Metropolitan Government Building

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Kamakura: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple

From the Kenchoji Temple we walked downhill to the main site in Kamakura. The Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine is about 15 mins by foot and is the most important Shinto shrine. Therefore it is also the most crowded and packed place that we visited in Kamakura. Everyone wanted to see the lucky charm in the shape… Continue reading Kamakura: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple