Singapore

Jethro: Singapore was a beautiful one to approach on the plane, in the morning light. A bit fuzzily from the night flight, we circled the island citynation around from the east, over ocean and land, both Indonesia and Malaysia. We hadn’t been this far south in Malaysia last time (stupid monsoons) and it is a…

Seoul

Jethro: I guess we were getting pretty indulgent, taking 3 flights in one week. I mean, we are backpackers! We should have been on horrendous night busses, not a cheeky 1 hour flight from jeju island in the south to Seoul in the north. We had 4 days to see Seoul, before heading back to…

Jeju and Seongsan Ilchulbong

Lauren: Whilst we were still in Japan I had a quick look on Google at things to do in South Korea and a really popular thing to do is climb up an old volcano at the edge of this tiny island called Jeju. This is one of the reasons we came to South Korea so…

Busan

Jethro: Intrepidly, we boarded a plane heading across from Japan to North Korea. Nukes were flying past the plane window as we rocketed towards the rogue state. Then I woke up on the night bus and remembered we were going to south korea. And that one is the beautiful modern one with the world’s fastest…

Hiroshima

Jethro: We were on our way down to Hiroshima, but as we had a couple hours stopover in Osaka we had time to go to Osaka castle! It’s set in a big bustling park, and when we arrived we had to contend with a massive crowd who were queing for [we think] some Japanese Wonderboy…

Nara – Hello Deer

Jethro: Nara is famous because it has a huge park filled with wild deer ambling about. There’s hundreds of them, and they sometimes wander out of the park and go exploring the city. Peach: Naturally, one of the first things we did when we arrived in Nara was to go to the giant park in…

Kyoto

Jethro: We arrived in Kyoto in the run up for their biggest festival, Gion! Giant floats are being constructed at various Intersections of the Old District, many 20 feet tall and often with a tree planted somewhere in the float. After a half day nap (we did a night bus last night!) we walked past…

Mount Fuji

Fuji! Jethro: Mt Fuji is a mean mountain. A week ago, we had arrived in Tokyo at the perfect time to climb it. The trail we wanted to do opens by that time, but it’s just before a very busy period. It’s a sweet spot when the snow has just melted but the summer hoards…

Japanese Onsen Anniversary

Jethro: I could paint our 2 year anniversary in a very good or a very bad light. If I said I took Lauren on a 1 hr bus journey, stayed in the cheapest guesthouse in the village, and treated her to a dinner of cold snacks from 7-11, I might be considered a cheap boyfriend,…

Takayama and Shiwakawago

Jethro: Next on our mountainous route was a town called Takayama. This is like Looe in Cornwall or Broadway in the Cotswolds; It’s a place where the locals go to see a pretty old town. We arrived in the morning, and after the now familiar process of constructing our Japanese futon beds, we went off…

Alpine Pass

Peach:  Japan has been pretty spectacular so far with the hustle bustle of Tokyo and then the relative calmness of Matsumoto and the beautiful Kamikochi National Park. So we were well aware that when we decided to take the full day ‘Tateyama Alpine Pass’ that it would definitely be beautiful. It included busses, trolley busses,…

Matsumoto

Jethro: If we had planned to do Japan before leaving UK, we would have got the JR rail pass. You have to get it before you leave home, but it lets you use unlimited trains, and Japanese trains are awesome. Japanese trains are also super expensive (£80 for a couple hours journey) but so are…