Germany, Japan · 17 Days · 76 Moments · June 2017

10 July 2017

Last night in Osaka... It's been an amazing holiday!!
Crazy Japanese signs...

9 July 2017

Life's a beach (2)...

8 July 2017

BBQ dinner at the hotel. Cook it yourself...
Oisin says there's Illuminati here 😂
The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is located within the Ocean Expo Park in Okinawa, Japan. It welcomed its 20 millionth visitor on 30 March 2010 and is a member of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The main tank, called the Kuroshio Sea, is 35 metres (115 ft) long, 27 metres (89 ft) wide and 10 metres (33 ft) deep.

7 July 2017

Photo # 1: what we'll be drinking. Photo # 2: NO WAY!!!
Life's a beach...

6 July 2017

We arrived at Okinawa just in time for a dip on the beach at sunset. The boys can't wait for tomorrow to enjoy the inflatable slides!!

5 July 2017

The Zentertainment, great show for our last night in Tokyo!
Akihabara electric town. Akihabara gained the nickname Akihabara Electric Town (秋葉原電気街 Akihabara Denki Gai) shortly after World War II for being a major shopping center for household electronic goods and the post-war black market. Nowadays, Akihabara is considered by many to be an otaku cultural center and a shopping district for video games, anime, manga, and computer goods. Icons from popular anime and manga are displayed prominently on the shops in the area, and numerous maid cafés are found throughout the district.
To the manor born

4 July 2017

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It is Tokyo's oldest temple (645 AD), and one of its most significant. Formerly associated with the Tendai sect of Buddhism, it became independent after World War II. Sensoji Temple is dedicated for Buddhist goddess of mercy and compassion.
Ito-ya is a nine-storey stationery shop in Ginza that's popular for its hard to find items and authentic Japanese products such as washi paper, calligraphy brushes and origami supplies. For us, the best part was its cafe on the 12th floor. They grow their vegetables by hydroponic technique on the 11th floor (method of growing plants in a water based, nutrient rich solution. Hydroponics does not use soil).
The Ginza (銀座) district of Tokyo, literally "Silver Mint", is in the Chuo ward. It is considered the high fashion center of the city and contains many upscale shops and restaurants. The best part was the Sony store.
The Tsukiji Market (築地市場 Tsukiji shijō), supervised by the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind.
Underground prepaid bicycle parking (Asakusa).

3 July 2017

More arcade games. This time, apart from the classic Mario Cart, the boys tried Pachinko and other games.
Walt has a lot to answer for!!
Check my actual Shibuya crossing in our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/oAXu_OWgSqk Shibuya is famous for its scramble crossing. It is located in front of the Shibuya Station Hachikō exit and stops vehicles in all directions to allow pedestrians to inundate the entire intersection. Three large TV screens mounted on nearby buildings overlook the crossing, as well as many advertising signs. The Starbucks store overlooking the crossing is also one of the busiest in the world. Its heavy traffic and inundation of advertising has led to it being compared to the Times Square intersection in New York City. 
Tokyu Plaza Omotesando. Really cool broken mirror ceiling.

2 July 2017

Eating / cooking at a restaurant in Asakusa.
Water bus trip from Odaiba to Asakusa (near our hotel)
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, simply known as the Miraikan, is a museum created by Japan's Science and Technology Agency. It was opened in 2001. See the robot in action on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/EYEO8TmfblQ
Driverless monorail in Tokyo. We were sitting at the front and got a video. Watch it in our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/queOPvYJiUk New Transit Yurikamome (新交通ゆりかもめShinkōtsū Yurikamome), formally the Tokyo Waterfront New Transit Waterfront Line (東京臨海新交通臨海線 Tōkyō Rinkai Shinkōtsū Rinkai-sen), is an automated guideway transit service operated by the Tokyo Waterfront New Transit Corporation, connecting Shimbashi to Toyosu, via the artificial island of Odaiba in Tokyo, Japan, a market in which it competes with the Rinkai Line.

1 July 2017

Ginza at night from our taxi... Beautiful!!
View from our hotel room. Day and night. Direct view of Tokyo Sky Tree (tower), Sensoji temple and the 5 store pagoda next to it.
At our hotel Asakusa View waiting for our room and witnessing a Japanese couple going to get married.
Enjoying a cuppa... and more cake!
Going to Tokyo!! Cleaners getting ready to tidy up the train before we board... 300 km/h (Sanyō)Hikari (ひかり, "Light") is the name of a high-speed train service running on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen "bullet train" lines in Japan.

30 June 2017

Katsukura - Kyoto
Kinkaku-ji, officially named Rokuon-ji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most popular buildings in Japan. Kinkakuji was built in 1393 as a retirement villa for Shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga (1358-1409). 
Railway Museum Kyoto

29 June 2017

Matcha & milk ice cream... Not sure if Ruairi liked it...
Tenryū-ji gardens
Posing in the beautiful Tenryū-ji gardens
Arashiyama Bamboo forest

28 June 2017

Meal at the hotel... So yummy!!!
Inside Kyoto station.
Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) is the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari which is 233 metres above sea level, and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometers and takes approximately 2 hours to walk up.
Rise and Shrine
Kyoto Station
View from our hotel room ☺Tower hotel in front of us. Day and night time views.
Train from Hiroshima to Kyoto.
Salad for breakfast... At Hiroshima station Yummy!!!

27 June 2017

Miyajima
Ferry cross to Itsukushima Shrine
Nice little deers... before they decided to eat our food and harass Nanny... 😱
Hiroshima
Our train to Hiroshima. 300 km/h (185 mph) The Sakura (さくら, Cherry Blossom) is a high-speed shinkansen service operated between Shin-Osaka and Kagoshima-Chūō in Japan since 12 March 2011. 
No 13th floor in our hotel. 👻
Brekkie with a view of Osaka
Breakfast at our hotel. You can even eat "serial"!! Serial killer???? 😨 At least the views were cool...

26 June 2017

Visit to Legoland. Much smaller than the one in Orlando but as much fun!!!
Sushi heaven here. Wasabi was Monica's favourite (maybe not...)😨
Pen pinapple apple pen...
Oisin playing Super Mario cart in the land where Mario was created... Osh won the race on his first try!!
Now you don't
Now you see us....
Worshipping at the temple in Dotombori
Starbucks with matcha pastries

25 June 2017

Jetlag is no fun... Oisin woke up at 10 pm (yes, at nightime) expecting breakfast. Suz had to take him to eat something. Of course, they woke me up and now I'm locked in the loo so I don't wake up Ruairi who is the only one asleep... 😱
Spot the real robot 😀
Visiting Dotombori area
Ruairi with the famous Glico man
Ruairi loved this menu with the "Big Boobs" cocktail
Standing room only
A fetching little Geisha
We can understand Japanese - I can read "22" and "Etc"already
Here is a satellite photo of the artificial island
Finally we are here!!! This is the reception we've got at Osaka Kansai Airport, which, by the way is located on an artificial island... Only in Japan...
Please don't stand in the toilets??
Japan, here we go!!!
Play time at Frankfurt airport! 😀
Last minute sweet shop stop before flight to Frankfurt...

23 June 2017

Getting ready for our trip! All packed and ready to go in a few hours... This is the weather waiting for us...