Japan - Hokkaido
accommodation tip- I have visited Niseko a few times and always stay in theseunreal properties run by The Niseko Company. The places are fully kitted out andare perfect for small to large groups
Japan - Kyoto
Kyoto was Japan's capital and the emperor's residence until 1868. See the old palace, temples, shrines and Nijo Castle the one time residence of the famous Tokugawa shogun (did you see the movie?) I hadn't booked accommodation so just walked around checking the traditional Japanese hotels called Ryokans. Fun to visit and cheaper than the western style hotels. Find a half day or full day bus tour from the train station and go see this great city. As a woman of 60 on my own, I felt so safe an....
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Japan - Okayama Prefecture
Kurashiki Beer Gardens
For 2500 Yen (the one on top of the shopping centre), you get all you can eat and drink (beer etc.) for 4 hours. Good food, and probably the best price around. Go with some friends.
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