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  • Locations,  Photos,  Stories,  Trips

    Mt. Rokko

    Mt. Rokko was another fun trip, one that I definitely suggest you do on a sunny day! When I went, I experienced all sorts of weather, everything from sunny with clear blue skies, to rain, to snow. If you go in the spring, definitely be ready for colder air on top and sudden changes in weather. You can either drive up there, take a cable car or public transportation. When you get to the top of the mountain, you can see all of Kobe and Osaka under you. It is absolutely amazing! Hopefully the air will be clear enough so you can see how far the two cities span, because…

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    Himeji

    My trip to Himeji was another one of my half-day trips, but this time I rode on the train for the first time! Luckily, JR (Japanese Rail) has signs in English, making the whole journey slightly easier. Google was still needed, but we managed! When we got to Himeji, we took a cab from the train station to the castle. It is definitely walking distance from the station, but since we wanted to make sure we saw everything, we thought the cab would be faster. Himeji Castle is beautiful and huge. Very impressive, especially since it was built in the 14th century. Just be aware of the fact that when…

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    Easter in the Czech Republic

    Even though the Czech Republic is mostly an atheist country, we’re pretty big on certain holidays that originate in Christianity. Just like Christmas, Easter is a big thing. So, we’re going to take a break from Pav’s Japan coverage and tell you a bit about it. Easter markets In bigger towns, such as Prague, they have Easter markets, similar to the ones at Christmas. Everything is decorated in spring themes and people can walk around various booths, buying Easter decorations and food. The traditions An important aspect of Easter traditions are the decorations. People usually decorate their homes in a spring theme – branches, flowers, Easter eggs (which can be…

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    Kyoto

    I was only in Kyoto for a couple of hours and I wish I could stay there longer and explore. There is so much to see in the city, so I definitely recommend spending at least one night there, so you can see all sides of the city. First, we wanted to see the Imperial Palace, but what we didn’t know was that you have to go on guided tours. And more importantly, that there are only two guided tours of the main palace a day, at 10am and 2pm. We got there at 10:15, so unfortunately, we didn’t have time to go for a tour. We did, however, go…

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    Universal Studios Japan

    Universal Studio Japan was such a fun experience. We spent the whole day there, going on all the big rides! First we went on the Hollywood Dream ride, which is a traditional roller coaster, the drop of which is the first thing you see and hear when entering the USJ. It’s a really fun ride and you get five options for songs you want to listen during the ride.  If you want to, you can do the Hollywood Backdrop, which is the same roller coaster, but going backwards. I refused to go backwards… Next up was the Attack of the Titans, which was a 4D Japanese anime movie. I really don’t…