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    Following Cherry Blossoms in Japan

    Plan very early, because it does get busy and the nicer hotels will be fully booked months ahead of time. I think we started about 6 months in advance.

    Few years ago, we spent a little over two weeks in Japan just following the blossoms.

    Arrived in Tokyo and shortly afterwards headed south.

    1st set (of 3 in Tokyo).

    Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens



    Ueno Park



    Nihombashi Sakura Festival



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    Get this out of the way. The hotels.

    The Tokyo Station (arrival): 東京ステーションホテル【公式】|THE TOKYO STATION HOTEL

    Four Seasons Marunouchi (before departing): Tokyo Luxury 5-Star Hotel | Marunouchi Boutique Hotel | Four Seasons

    Hotel Nikko Kanazawa: https://www.hnkanazawa.jp/english/

    Hiroshima/Candeo Hotels Hiroshima Hatchobori: https://www.candeohotels.com/en/hiroshima-hatchobori/

    Osaka/The Westin Osaka: https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotel...saka/overview/

    Kyoto/Hotel Ethnography: https://www.hotel-ethnography.com/en/

    Nara/Noborioji Hotel: https://noborioji.com/english/

    Hakone/Hyatt Regency: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/ja...-and-spa/hakhr

    We were able to get a room for our Japanese guide at each of the hotels above except while in Tokyo (where she lived) and while in Kyoto (she stayed at another hotel just down the street).
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Few years ago, we spent a little over two weeks in Japan just following the blossoms.
    FFS Stop it, Tell me this is a wind up please

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    Sir Landreth.

    TD Globe Trotter of The Decade.




    ^ you're just jealous because he's richer than you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    you're just jealous because he's richer than you.
    Don't be ridiculous

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    Ole fkin eco boy must have a carbon footprint larger than Lewis Hamilton’s by now.

    Certainly the largest carbon footprint of anyone on this forum, and schemes to ‘offset’ this are very frequently bs.

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    ^Remember it’s policy not just what one individual can do. As what recently happened in the US and Australia.

    Voting is critical. Everything starts at the voting booth.

    US.......

    Biden signs Inflation Reduction Act affecting health, climate and the economy

    With the signing of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) on Tuesday Aug 16, the most significant climate legislation in US federal history (so far) became law.

    Australia........

    Passes a climate bill

    Independent MP Dr Sophie Scamps has given her support to the Greens climate trigger legislation:

    The science is clear, we must stop burning fossil fuels such as oil, coal, and gas if we are to avert the worst impacts of climate change. It is estimated there are over 100 new coal and gas projects up for assessment under the EPBC Act. We need to ensure the impact from the emissions that these projects will create are assessed and that approvals under our national environmental law are not just a smokescreen that provide fossil fuel companies cover to continue profiteering while destroying Australia’s environment.

    The Albanese government cannot have it both ways. They cannot say the climate wars ‘are over’ and legislate our emissions reduction targets while also refusing to act on the root cause of climate change – fossil fuels.

    It is time our national environmental laws were strengthened. And the first step in doing so, is ensuring every major project is assessed for its future climate change impacts – our environment, our economic prosperity and our future depends on it.

    Science and continued awareness,.........rule.
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    So... anyone else gonna post up a nice picture travel thread. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
    I would suggest that any cvnt that can spend 2 weeks following cherry blossoms has bigger problems than his carbon footprint.
    I'll hold my hand up, nothing wrong with it as a path through Japan at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    So... anyone else gonna post up a nice picture travel thread. :-)

    Not likely.

    Getting back on track.


    Here's a few of my Cherry blossoms pictures from Japan.

    Following Cherry Blossoms in Japan-img_20170328_121706_142-jpg


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    ^ The blossoms are a little out of focus imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    Here's a few of my Cherry blossoms pictures from Japan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    I'll hold my hand up, nothing wrong with it as a path through Japan at the same time.
    Watch, he’ll get bored with the pictures, advice, precautions and little bit of history I’ll share and the next thing you know he’ll be asking for pictures of the two women traveling with me while they were in the hot-tub (more like a pool https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/spas/Spa...kone/home.html )

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Watch, he’ll get bored with the pictures, advice, precautions and little bit of history I’ll share and the next thing you know he’ll be asking for pictures of the two women traveling with me while they were in the hot-tub (more like a pool https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/spas/Spa...kone/home.html )
    Well that has to be TD's most contrived brag of the year.

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    ^There’s a little history from the Cuba thread……

    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
    Bugger all that shite we can see on the internet.

    Make the thread interesting and get a few pics up of the Thai gf

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    2nd set of Cherry Blossom pictures while in Tokyo. The 3rd set will be towards the end of the thread when we arrived back in Tokyo.

    Chidori-ga-fuchi Boat Pier




    Imperial Palace East Gardens



    Naka-Meguro Cherry Blossom Festival



    Next, traveling south to Kanazawa before traveling further south to Hiroshima. We took different trains to get around Japan while visiting.

    A warning/some advice. Get your tickets as soon as possible. But, some of the trains cannot be booked more than a month out. So, if you do schedule your trip early keep it in mind. A lot of tourists and Japanese travel this time of year for obvious reasons and the trains can be packed.

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    Absolutely riveting. Is there no end to the fun chasing cherry blossoms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Next, traveling south to Kanazawa b
    Kanazawa was a real favourite. There is an impressive castle in a beautiful gardens, well preserved samurai houses and a geisha district. I also visited a very charming shrine half way up a mountain.

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    ^part of our schedule years ago.........



    There was a slight drizzle while we were at Higashi Chaya Street. So, our guide decided to take us into an old Geisha house where we (and others) were able to listen to some stories and ask questions from former Geishas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
    Absolutely riveting. Is there no end to the fun chasing cherry blossoms?


    no need to raise the earths temperature by 1C, causing floods in pakistan, conflagrations in california and famine in somalia by flying 20,000 miles to japan for this rather overdone non event.

    just take a bus to harrogate in may.








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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Watch, he’ll get bored with the pictures, advice, precautions and little bit of history I’ll share and the next thing you know he’ll be asking for pictures of the two women traveling with me while they were in the hot-tub (more like a pool https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/spas/Spa...kone/home.html )
    Thanks for the pics sent by PM. You are a real kinky bugger.

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    ^You are a strange one. I haven’t sent anyone a PM since DD passed away.

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    First some news: Japan to lift restrictions on foreign tourists. Tourists will be able to visit the country without a visa, and will no longer need to go through a travel agency, from 11 October.

    I didn’t take any pictures while on Higashi Chaya Street, because it was raining. See post 18.

    Kenrokuen Garden











    Nomura Family Samurai House










    We did visit the Omicho Market. It is a nice market but I didn’t save any pictures.

    Next week. Hiroshima






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    Excellent pics. Thanks. For sharing

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    ^Thank you. If you take enough pictures, you’re bound to get at least one good enough to post. Related to my last post above it’s not even all the Hiroshima Dome pictures below that I took.



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    Suggestion. If you’re an American and going to be with a Japanese guide during your visit to Hiroshima who lost two relatives due to the bomb, have an answer to the question,………Why?

    A must see.

    Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum











    Miyajima Itsukushima Shrine










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