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A VISIT TO JAPAN - OSAKA & THE REGION 3  2017-06-29


A delicate touch of a Sakura branch on a small river in Osaka. Early in the morning we moved to the railway station and enjoyed a ride of about two hours in a truly comfortable train with leather seats. Our double goal for the day: a visit to Toba Aquarium and then Pearl island. Both are situated on a peninsula, quite far to the east of Osaka, on the entrance of a large bay, but facing the open ocean already. You can learn about this position by searching "Toba, Japan" in Google earth.


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A VISIT TO JAPAN - OSAKA & THE REGION 2  2017-06-28


While we were in Osaka, the cherry-blossoms started to "snow". These are the very last days of the Sakura, and uppermost charming.


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A VISIT TO JAPAN - OSAKA & THE REGION 1  2017-06-26


After Kyoto, Yoshihiro Goto invited us for a rather long stay - several days - in Osaka. For the occasion, we spend time in the same hotel I frequently went to for almost 3 decades: Miyako Hotel, now bought by Sheraton hotels and called Miyako-Sheraton at present. This hotel is comfortable, surrounded by practical shops, equipped with western and Japanese cuisines and it is situated in the very heart of Osaka.


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A VISIT TO JAPAN - KYOTO  2017-05-23


After our busy days in Tokyo, we moved to the very heart of Japan: the historical and romantic city of Kyoto. Kyoto is rather small today: about the same size of Brussels, with one and a half million people. For more than a thousand years, Kyoto was the capital of Japan, which left it with a tremendous cultural heritage. The emperor left Kyoto for Tokyo in 1869. Much like Bruges in Belgium, Kyoto was quite well preserved during the WWII. It is a classic destination for tourists in search of an original "Japanese" experience. The city never deceives, despite the fact that much of the older Kyoto is hidden between a wealth of modern architecture.


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A VISIT TO JAPAN - TOKYO 2  2017-05-10


Our last full day in Tokyo was not less busy than the first one. In the morning, wake up at 6 am, rush through the breakfast and in the taxi for a visit to famous Tsukiji market.


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