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June 5th, 2017 | Tagged , , | 4 Comments | 1051 reads

Vor einem guten Monat erfolgte auf diesem Blog eine Leserumfrage über die beliebtesten Reiseziele in Japan (die Umfrage und der Artikel befinden sich here). Die Frage lautete:

WAS SOLLTE MAN IN JAPAN UNBEDINGT GESEHEN HABEN?

About 400 Stimmen wurden abgegeben. Natürlich muss man die Umfrage mit Vorsicht genießen – schließlich habe ich die Auswahl getroffen, und über die lässt sich natürlich streiten (zum Beispiel indem man Ise in der Präfektur Mie mit Shibuya in Tokyo austauscht). Interessant ist das Ergebnis trotzdem, wenn auch nicht unbedingt überraschend: Der schwimmende Torii von Miyajima bei Hiroshima landete mit großem Abstand auf Platz 1, vor Shinjuku in Tokyo. Die Antworten würden sicher auch anders aussehen, wenn man zum Beispiel nur Städte nennt (Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe…).

Unschlagbar die Nummer 1 in der Beliebtheitsskala: Der schwimmende Torii von Miyajima

Unschlagbar die Nummer 1 in der Beliebtheitsskala: Der schwimmende Torii von Miyajima

Hat man Japan nicht richtig gesehen, wenn man diese 10 Sehenswürdigkeiten nicht abgeklappert hat? A clear answer: No, das kann man so nicht sagen. Ich habe es auch erst beim vierten oder fünften Japanaufenthalt nach Miyajima geschafft, war dafür aber zu der Zeit schon in Gegenden, die das Gegenteil von Touristenattraktionen darstellen (Yokkaichi for example), on the way.

Da es die Möglichkeit gab, die Liste zu ergänzen, gab es auch über 25 andere Vorschläge, wie zum Beispiel Akihabara in Tokyo (ausgelassen wegen Shinjuku) oder Yakushima in der Präfektur Kagoshima (ausgelassen wegen zu weit weg).

Die gesamte Liste von 1 to 10 findet man ab sofort auf dieser Seite.

Ich danke noch mal Allen für’s Mitmachen – und die zwei Bücher sind auch schon verlost (und auf dem Weg).

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Hokuriku- Shinkansen-Reise (3. & last part)

March 10th, 2016 | Tagged , , | 4 Comments | 659 reads

The Hokuriku Shinkansen- verbindet Tokyo mit Toyama und Kanazawa an der Nordostküste Japans. In March 2015 wurde das Teilstück zu beiden Städten als Erweiterung der Linie von Nagano aus fertiggestellt.

Der Hokuriku-Shinkansen erreicht die Station Omiya in der Präfektur Saitama vom Bahnhof Tokyo aus in gerade einmal 25 Minutes. Vom Bahnhof Ueno sind es sogar nur 19 Minutes.

Hokuriku-Shinkansen im Bahnhof Tokyo

Hokuriku Shinkansen-

Saitama – Omiya

Omiya war einst eine Poststation auf der alten Nakasendo-Route, die quer durch das zentrale Bergland Japans Kyoto mit Tokyo verband. Heute ist Omiya eine moderne, hochgewachsene Stadt, und die Gegend rund um den Bahnhof von Omiya wird von etlichen Hochhäusern dominiert.

Eisenbahn-Museum. Photo mit freundlicher Genehmigung des Eisenbahnmuseums

Eisenbahn-Museum. Photo mit freundlicher Genehmigung des Eisenbahnmuseums

The Eisenbahnmuseum von Saitama war das erste seiner Art von heutzutage vielen exzellenten Eisenbahnmuseen in Japan. Das Museum konserviert zahlreiche Züge aus dem langen und reichhaltigen Erbe der japanischen Eisenbahnen, aber es bietet auch einen Einblick in die Zukunft der Bahnen in diesem Land. Besucher können sich an einer Mahlzeit in einem Restaurantwagen laben und mit einer Minieisenbahn im Eisenbahnpark außerhalb der Ausstellungshalle fahren.

Das Saitama Bonsai-Museum sowie das Bonsaidorf liegen nebeneinander zwischen den Bahnhöfen Toro und Omiya Koen und sorgen für ein besonderes Erlebnis für Liebhaber dieser stilvollen, eleganten kleinen Bäume.

Zwischen Tokyo und Takasaki, im bereits ländlichen Abschnitt der Präfektur Saitama, liegt der Shinrin-Park mit einer Fläche 65 mal so groß wie der Tokyo Dome. Dieser Park ist vor allem an Wochenenden und Feiertagen beliebt bei Paaren und jungen Familien. Der Shinrin-Park bietet eine interessante Mischung verschiedener Landschaftsformen inklusive Seen, Flüsse, Wälder und Sümpfe. Es gibt unzählige Gelegenheiten zum Spaß haben, darunter ein Abenteuerspielplatz für Kinder, ein Discgolfkurs, ein Wander- und ein Joggingweg, Fahrradwege (Fahrräder können im Park geliehen werden), eine Segway-Tour, ein Kräuter- und ein Wildblumengarten sowie zahlreiche Orte zum Einkaufen, Ausruhen und Essen. Es gibt sogar spezielle Hundetoiletten sowie Hundekekse für die Vierbeiner. Der nächstgelegene Bahnhof ist der Shinrin Koen-Bahnhof an der Tobu-Tojo-Bahnlinie.

Filmhaus  Fukaya

Filmhaus Fukaya

Kumagaya, eine weitere alte Poststation an der Nakasendo-Strasse, ist berühmt für das nahegelegene Filmhaus Fukuya. Das Minikino hat gerade einmal 57 Sitze und befindet sich in einer 300 Jahre alten Sake-Brauerei. Die Gegend wird gelegentlich bei Dreharbeiten benutzt und zieht Menschen vor allem wegen ihres Showa-Flairs (das ist die Epoche vor und nach des Zweiten Weltkrieges) in den Bann.

Das Museum für moderne Kunst, Saitama

Das Museum für moderne Kunst, Saitama

The Museum für Moderne Kunst in Saitama (MOMAS) liegt im Kitaurawa-Park und wurde vom preisgekrönten Architekten Kisho Kurokawa gestaltet, der auch für das Stadtmuseum für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Hiroshima, the Nationale Kunstzentrum, Tokyo, sowie das Wissenschaftsmuseum der Präfektur Ehime federführend war. Das Museum befindet sich innerhalb eines beeindruckenden Gittermuster und stellt vornehmlich Werke von Künstlern aus, die eine Verbindung zur Präfektur Saitama haben oder Künstler der Region stark beeinflussten. So findet man hier unter anderem Werke von Paul Delvaux, Moise Kisling, Claude Monet und Pablo Picasso, um nur ein paar der bekanntesten Künstler zu nennen. Das Museum für Moderne Kunst von Saitama bemüht sich so, einen Ausstellungs- und Förderungsort für örtliche Künstler zu bieten. Ein besonderes, aufregendes Merkmal des Museums sind die zahlreichen künstlerisch gestalteten, stilistisch interessanten Stühle, die zur Ausstellung gehören und von den Besuchern auch benutzt werden dürfen.

 

Gunma Prefecture

Die Tomioka-Seidenmühle in der Stadt Tomioka, Gunma Prefecture, war der erste moderne Industriekomplex Japans und wurde 1872 in Betrieb genommen. Die Originalgebäude aus der Gründungszeit sind noch immer intakt und bieten eine eindrucksvolle architektonische Kulisse und historisch wertvolle Stätte. In 2014 wurde die Tomioka-Seidenmühle zum UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe bestimmt und ist damit die erste Industrieanlage Japans, der diese Ehre zugutekommt.

Die Seidenmühle befindet sich mitten im Zentrum der Stadt Tomioka und hat selbige vollends geprägt. Mehr als ein Jahrhundert lang war die Seidenmühle die wichtigste Industrieanlage der Stadt, und es gab kaum einen Stadtbewohner, der nicht in irgendeiner Weise mit der Seidenmühle zu tun hatte. Das ist heute nicht anders – es ist eben jene Seidenmühle, die Besucher von außerhalb anzieht, und damit für einen guten Teil der jetzigen Einnahmen der Stadt und deren Bewohner sorgt.

Tomioka-Seidenmühle (Photo mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Tomioka-Seidenmühle)

Tomioka-Seidenmühle (Photo mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Tomioka-Seidenmühle)

Das Ziel der Seidenfabrik, als sie gegründet wurde, war nicht nur die Produktion von Seide – damals eines der am heißesten begehrten Produkte in Europa – sondern auch die Einführung westlicher Industrieproduktionsmethoden in Japan. Damit war die Mühle der Vorreiter für die Zukunft eines industrialisierten Japans.

Die meisten Gebäude im Industriekomplex der Tomioka Seidenmühle stammen aus den 1870ern, und sie wurden bis heute in der ursprünglichen Form belassen. Selbst die in Frankreich hergestellten Glasfenster stammen noch aus jener Zeit.

Tomioka-Seidenmühle (Photo mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Tomioka-Seidenmühle)

Tomioka-Seidenmühle (Photo mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Tomioka-Seidenmühle)

Zu den Originalgebäuden gehören das Östliche Kokon-Lagerhaus, die Kokontrocknungsanlage, die Seidenspulfabrik und das Brunat-Haus, in dem dereinst der Fabrikdirektor Paul Brunat residierte.

5 Kilometer südlich der Seidenmühle befindet sich der Gunma Safari-Park, in dem man sich eine unerwartete Prise des tropischen Afrikas mit seiner ehrfurchteinflössenden Tierwelt holen kann.

 

 

Präfektur Niigata

Takada-Burg

Takada-Burg

Joetsumyoko ist ein nagelneuer Bahnhof, der eigens für die Eröffnung dieses Teils der Hokuriku-Shinkansen-Trasse im März 2015 fertiggestellt wurde. Der Bahnhof liegt in der Stadt Joetsu im Südwesten der Präfektur Niigata. Nördlich des Bahnhofes Joetsumyoko erstreckt sich der Takada-Park mit der gleichnamigen Burg – ein moderner Nachbau basierend auf Originalbestandteile der einst viel grösseren Festung. Die Burg wurde ursprünglich im Jahr 1614 von einem Sohn des legendären Tokugawa Ieyasu errichtet, doch das Bauwerk wurde später während der Meiji-Zeit geschliffen.

Myoko-Kogen – Imori-Teich

Myoko-Kogen – Imori-Teich

Der Takada-Park ist berühmt für seine 4’000 Kirschbäume, die nachts angestrahlt werden und so für wundersame Spiegelungen in den alten Wassergräben der Burg sorgen. Zahlreiche Imbißstände im Park öffnen bis spät in die Nacht und sorgen so für Erfrischungen. Es gibt einige Nachtbustouren von den nahegelegenen Ski– and Onsengebieten of Myoko Kogen südwestlich der Stadt Joetsu. Die Gegend westlich vom Takada-Park bewahrt bis heute etwas von der Atmosphäre einer Burgstadt aus der Edo-Zeit mit seinen altertümlichen Holzhäusern und Sake-Brauereien.

Diese Region von Niigata war einst die Provinz Echigo und bekannt für seine furchtlosen Samuraikrieger, darunter die legendären Rivalen Kenshin Uesugi und Takeda Shingen. Kenshin Uesugi nannte die nahegelegene Burg von Kasugayama sein zu Hause.

Unweit des Bahnhofs Katamachi an der Shin’etsu-Hauptlinie und direkt an der Küste befindet sich Unohama, ein kleiner Kurort mit heißen Quellen. Dieser Ort liegt etwas abseits und ist ein Geheimtipp mit seinen zahlreichen Ryokan – traditionelle japanische Herbergen, in der man nach Herzenslust heiße Quellen und zwei Mal am Tag füllende Mahlzeiten mit vor Ort gefangenen Meerestieren genießen kann – vor allem die für diese Region besonders bekannten, allerdings nur zu bestimmten Jahreszeiten erhältlichen Schneekrabben.

Die Skigebiete der Myoko Kogen-Berge zählen nicht nur zu den besten Skigebieten Japans, sondern sogar von ganz Asien. Mitten im Joshin’etsu Nationalpark befinden sich übrigens die beiden höchsten Gipfel der Präfektur Niigata: Der Myoko und der Hiuchi, beide jeweils knapp über 2’450 Meter hoch.

Die Gegend ist besonders bekannt für ihren feinen Pulverschnee und hohe Schneewände. Seki Onsen and Akakura Onsen sind zurecht bei Skifahrern und Snowboardern beliebt – bieten sie doch eine wunderbare Kombination aus Pulverschnee und heißen Quellen. Akakura Onsen gibt es seit 1816, und der Ort ist noch immer der größten Onsen-Kurort in der Gegend. Seki Onsen ist hingegen der älteste Onsen-Kurort unter den Onsen in Myoko – der Ort mit seinen heilenden, heißen Quellen lockt bereits seit 1729 Besucher an.

Nur ein bisschen weiter südlich liegt der Ort Ikenotaira, ein weiterer alpiner Erholungsort mit der bezaubernden Kombination aus Pulverschnee und heißen Quellen. Es gibt drei verschiedene Skihänge verschiedener Schwierigkeitsgrade und eine ausgezeichnete Sicht auf den alles überragenden Berg Myoko. Etwas östlich eben dieses Berges liegt das abgelegene und friedvolle Tsubame Onsen, benannt nach den unzähligen Schwalben, die dort jeden Sommer in den Felsen nisten. Das Quellwasser dort ist milchig-weiß, und im Winter kann man mit heftigen Schneefällen rechnen.

Im Sommer kann man hier sogenannte “Waldtherapie”-Wanderungen auf dem Sasagamine-Hochland unternehmen. Die lieblichen alpinen Blumen sowie die Buchen, Kiefern, Wasserfälle und Sümpfe erinnern dabei stark an die europäischen Alpen. Dort findet man auch das Sasagamine-Gehöft, zu dem Weidegründe für die örtliche Rinderzucht gehören. The Imori-See bietet ein Besucherzentrum sowie einen Pfad rund um den kleinen See, der vor allem im April besuchenswert ist, wenn an den Ufern plötzlich tausende weiße Scheinkalla (a Aronstabgewächs) flourish,de. An klaren Tagen spiegelt sich zudem der Berg Myoko in dem glasklaren Gewässer.

 

Prefecture Toyama

Die am besten von Toyama Stadt erreichbare Tateyama-Kurobe-Alpenroute ist Teil des Chubu Sangaku-Nationalparks und ist ein herausragender Höhepunkt der Natursehenswürdigkeiten der Hokuriku-Region – vor allem während der Herbstlaubfärbung, wenn die Natur traumhafte Farben hervorzaubert. The Strecke kann man im Bus, in der Standseilbahn, der Schwebeseilbahn sowie im KEPCO-Trolleybus, aber auch zu Fuß zurücklegen.

 

Die Tateyama Kurobe Alpenroute

Die Tateyama Kurobe Alpenroute

Die Tateyama-Kurobe-Alpenroute beinhaltet auch eine Passage durch einen Schneekorridor mit bis zu 20 Meter hohen Schneewänden, die am Berg Tateyama vorbei durch die Hida-Bergkette führt. An der gleichen Strecke liegt auch der Kurobe-Staudamm, with the 186 Meter höchste Staudamm des Landes. Die Stauermauer ist ganze 492 Meter lang und läßt im Schnitt 10 Tonnen Wasser pro Sekunde passieren.

Ein Teil der Alpenroute wurde während der Konstruktion des Staudamms gebaut. Jener wurde 1963 in Betrieb genommen, um in diesem entlegenen Teil des Landes durch Wasserkraft erzeugte Elektrizität zur Verfügung zu stellen.

Murado liegt 2,450 Meter über dem Meeresspiegel und bietet den imposantesten Anblick besagter Schneewände, vor allem zwischen April und Mai, wenn die Tateyama-Kurobe-Alpenroute für den Verkehr freigegeben wird. Dieser Abschnitt ist auch für Fußgänger geöffnet, damit man so in Ruhe die gewaltigen Schneemassen beiderseits der Straße genießen kann.

Kurobe-Staumauer

Kurobe-Staumauer

Es gibt noch weitere interessante Orte wie zum Beispiel den Mikurigaike (みくりが池) – den tiefsten Hochgebirgssee in den Japanischen Alpen, die bis in den Juni hinein schneebedeckt sind. Das tiefblaue Wasser des Sees reflektiert die schneebedeckten Gipfel des Tateyama-Gebirges, und am See findet man zahllose Vogel- und Pflanzenarten.

Nicht weit davon entfernt befindet sich Mikurigaike Onsen, eine Berghütte auf 2’410 Meter Höhe und nur einen Spaziergang vom Murado entfernt. Dieses Onsen rühmt sich dafür, die höchstgelegenen heißen Quellen des Landes zu haben. Das heilende Wasser strömt aus dem umliegenden Jigokudani (literally: Höllental) herein. Das nahegelegene 4-Sterne-Hotel Tateyama ist Japans höchstgelegenes Hotel und bietet einen unvergesslichen Aufenthalt abseits der Menschenströme.

The Tateyama-Museum von Toyama (立山博物館展示館) bietet Ausstellungen über die Flora und Fauna der Tateyama-Berge, über Shugendo – eine religiöse Tradition, die seit der Heian-Zeit in den Bergen der Region praktiziert wird, sowie über die komplexe Geologie und Ökologie dieses Hochlandes, welches einst von Pilgerern, die sich auf den so mühsamen wie gefährlichen Weg durch die Berge machten, als heilig betrachtet wurde.

Man benötigt ungefähr 5 Hours, um die Tateyama-Kurobe-Alpenroute zurückzulegen, und dazu gehört sechsmaliges Umsteigen. Man beginnt am Bahnhof Dentetsu-Toyama, von wo es weiter bis zum Bahnhof Toyama is, und dann nach Shinano-Omachi, von wo Züge Richtung Norden nach Nagano sowie Richtung Süden nach Matsumoto fahren. Die Strecke ist für den normalen Verkehr von Mitte April bis Ende November geöffnet – für den Rest des Jahres bleibt sie gesperrt. Man kann diese Route nur mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln zurücklegen, da der Abschnitt zwischen dem Bahnhof Tateyama und Ogizawa für Privatfahrzeuge gesperrt ist.

 

Prefecture Ishikawa

The name Kaga Onsen (Kagaonsenkyo) ist ein Sammelbegriff für die insgesamt vier größeren Onsenkurorte in Kaga und Komatsu in der Präfektur Ishikawa: Awazu Onsen, Katayamazu Onsen, Yamashiro Onsen und Yamanaka Onsen.

Die Geschichte dieser heißen Quellen geht über 1’300 Jahre zurück, as, so wird es jedenfalls berichtet, wandernde Shugendo-Ästheten auf ihrem Besuch des heiligen Berges Hakusan selbige entdeckten.

Einige der traditionellen Herbergen in Kaga Onsen können ebenfalls auf eine lange und besondere Geschichte zurückblicken. Das Hoshi Ryokan in Awasu Onsen eröffnete bereits im Jahr 718 und gilt als das zweitälteste, noch betriebene Hotel der Welt. Seit mehr als 45 Generationen wird das Hotel von der gleichen Familie betrieben (man nimmt an, dass das Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in der Präfektur Yamanashi das älteste Hotel ist – Tokugawa Ieyasu übernachtete dort zwei Mal).

Zu den berühmtesten Besuchern von Kaga Onsen in seiner langen Geschichte gehören der Priester Rennyo (1415–1499) und der berühmte Haiku-Dichter Basho (1644-1694), die den Ort aufgrund seines heilenden Wassers aufsuchten.

Awasu Onsen

Awasu Onsen

Awasu Onsen wurde angeblich vom gleichen Mönch entdeckt, der den nahegelegenen Natadera-Tempel gründete. Dem Wasser sagt man verschiedene Heilwirkungen nach, und man kann es in einer Herberge oder in dem modernen, öffentlichen Bad Soyu geniessen.

Katayamazu Onsen liegt an der Shibayamagata-Lagune. Entdeckt im Jahr 1653, wurde hier seit der Meiji-Zeit ein Kurort errichtet. Dieses Onsen zeichnet sich durch den spektakulären Anblick des Berges Hakusan in der Ferne aus, den man während eines Bades geniessen kann. Katayamazu war früher als “Vergnügungs-Onsen” (歓楽温泉) known, da es neben den heißen Bädern noch zahlreiche weitere Unterhaltsamkeiten bot und bietet, wie zum Beispiel das Ice- und Schneemuseum, the Kitamae-Schiffsmuseum oder einen künstlichen Geysir, der jede Stunde Wasser aus dem See speit.

Yamashiro Onsen wiederum ist vor allem für seine beiden großen und einzigartigen Badehäuser bekannt – das Soyu und das Ko-Soyu (das alte öffentliche Bad). Das Ko-Soyu wurde originalgetreu im Stil der Meiji-Zeit restauriert.

Yamashiro-Onsen

Yamashiro-Onsen

Yamashiro Onsen befindet sich nahe der Kakusenkei-Schlucht in den japanischen Alpen. Die Straße, die man auf jeden Fall gesehen haben sollte, is Yuge-Kaido genannt und beginnt am Kino-no-yu. Dort findet man zahlreiche Handwerksläden, in denen lokale Kunstwerke wie Lack- und Holzprodukte verkauft werden, sowie zahlreiche japanische Retaurants und Bars, in denen man die verschiedensten Sachen probieren kann. Basho war einer der ersten Bewunderer des Ortes, und so adelte er Yamashiro-Onsen, together with Arima Onsen in Hyogo und Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma, zu den besten drei Onsen Japans.

Die elegante Stadt Kanazawa ist momentan die Endhaltestelle des Hokuriku-Shinkansens. Even as “Klein-Kyoto” known, hat es Kanazawa geschafft, etwas von der Kultur und Atmosphäre des alten Japans zu bewahren.

Eine Fahrt mit dem Hokuriku-Shinkansen zwischen Tokyo und der Hokuriku-Region, zwischen Pazifik und Japanischem Meer, erschließt eine völlig neue und sehr photogene Seite Japans: Eine traditionell landwirtschaftlich geprägte Reisanbaugegend, die heute Heimat hochmoderner Industrien, aber auch uralter kultureller Bräuche und unzähliger Freizeitvergnügen ist. Von Skipisten bis zu Heißwasserbädern, von Reisfeldern bis zu Spitzenrestaurants – es gibt allerhand zu entdecken in dieser sehr vielfältigen Region im Nordosten der Insel Honshu.

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Summer, Sun, Sonnenschein…

July 28th, 2015 | Tagged , , | 14 Comments | 1546 reads

Strand kommt immer gut, Zumindest für die Kinder. Hier am Pazifik, bei Kamakura

Strand kommt immer gut, Zumindest für die Kinder. Hier am Pazifik, bei Kamakura

… und schon fällt man in das Sommerloch. Das geht noch einfacher mit zwei kleinen Kindern, die von Mitte Juli bis Ende August Ferien haben, und während dieser Ferien natürlich tagein, tagaus bespaßt werden wollen. Das ist leichter gesagt als getan, denn der Sommer hat sich kraftvoll zu Wort gemeldet mit Temperaturen, die in den letzten Tagen zumindest in Tokyo regelmäßig über 36 Grad liegen.
Was macht man also mit den lieben Kleinen? Freunde treffen ist eine Sache. Man kann sie auch in Museen oder Galerien schleifen, wo es etwas kühler ist, aber das ist auf Dauer nicht sehr unterhaltsam. Der Kindergarten unseres Jüngsten bietet ein Übernachtungsprogramm an, bei der Mütter mit ihren Kindern im Kindergarten übernachten können. Und nachts mit dem Kindergartengründer einen bechern können.
Neulich, im Okamoto Tarō-Museum

Recently, im Okamoto Tarō-Museum


No, das ist dann erst später, wenn die Kinder schlafen. Wie das allerdings so vonstatten geht, kann ich mir nicht so recht vorstellen, denn der Kindergarten beherbergt rund 1,000 Children. Interessanterweise sind die Väter aber sowieso von vornherein von der Aktion ausgeschlossen. Das ist zwar schade, aber das ändert bei mir nichts, da ich sowieso zur Arbeit muss. Und das sieht im Sommer so aus:

8:45 – bei praller Sonne und 32 Grad mit dem Fahrrad 4,5 km zum Bahnhof fahren
9:00 – im vollbesetzten, on 22 Grad heruntergekühlten Zug nach Shibuya fahren
9:25 – at 32 Grad in Shibuya mit Tausenden anderen gleichzeitig ca. 200 Stufen Treppe steigen
9:30 – im vollbesetzten, on 22 Grad heruntergekühlten Zug nach Ebisu fahren
9:32 – at 33 Grad gut 10 Minuten und stets schattensuchend vom Bahnhof zum Büro laufen
9:45 to 20:45 – im auf 26 Grad heruntergekühlten Büro staunen, wie heiss es draussen aussieht

und danach das gleiche wieder zurück. Währenddessen kann sich meine Frau ausdenken, was sie am besten am nächsten Tag mit den Kindern anstellt, die natürlich am nächsten Morgen wieder punkt 6:30 auf der Matte stehen und im Chor sagen: “Und was machen wir heute?” Das sind die Momente, bei denen ich mir nicht sicher bin, wer mehr bezahlt werden sollte. 4 Wochen Ferien noch. Und während dieser Zeit habe ich sogar selbst eine Woche Urlaub. Allerdings werde ich ein paar Tage davon ganz allein auf einer einsamen Insel verbringen: Yakushima. Aus Recherchegründen, understood.

Wer ein paar Geheimtipps abseits von Disneyland, Ueno-Zoo (um Gottes Willen…) und dergleichen hat — immer her damit!

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Reading material: Five new pages

March 5th, 2014 | Tagged , | 3 Comments | 4091 reads

So, so no one accuses me of laziness: Five new pages within the Japan Almanac are now ready and ripe, to the public (or search) to be released. Alle 5 Sites are part of the now 130 Places comprehensive Japan-Guide. As there would be:

Ishigaki:
http://www.tabibito.de/japan/ishigaki.html
Ishigaki is an island in the Yaeyama Island group in the southwest of Okinawa Prefecture. And while me, the main island of Okinawa enthusiastic halfway, I was very fond of Ishigaki. An abundance of nature, gorgeous coral reefs and extremely nice natives.

Taketomi:
http://www.tabibito.de/japan/taketomi.html
The Insel Taketomi lied nur 10 Minutes by boat from Ishigaki away and is much smaller. Nice is the place in the middle, and the beaches are beautiful – and that says someone, which lurches rather than hang around through the mountains to beaches. Only the promised Star sand is harder to find, than you might think: There is not much sand on the star rating sandy beach.

Iriomote:
http://www.tabibito.de/japan/iriomote.html
Until the second half of the 20. Malaria-infested century, Numerous attempts have failed, to settle the largest of the Yaeyama Islands comprehensively. And so Iriomote is still a rarity in Japan: A very sparsely populated area with a lot of nature. These include the largest mangrove Japan… and himself scarce solubilizing Iriomote Wildcat.

Yubu:
http://www.tabibito.de/japan/yubu.html
The Insel ist so small, I had to think, whether I devote their own page. But why not. Finally Yubu is probably the only island in Japan, which can be reached only by water buffalo carts.

Hamamatsu:
http://www.tabibito.de/japan/hamamatsu.html
Hamamatsu is located between Tokyo and Nagoya in the prefecture, is Japan “Little Brazil” – here there is the largest Brazilian community in Japan. Who wants to be polish portuguese, wants Japanese eel prepared loves or Hamanoko Lake through tons of hermit crabs wade, this is the one right.

And that's about it. Some more work is already in. For some destinations should here be Zooming Japan commended: The author is not lazy and has also written for several or even all destinations above a little (all in English, mind you).

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Ski Holidays

February 14th, 2014 | Tagged , | 3 Comments | 2572 reads

Skigebiet in der Präfektur Niigata

Ski resort in Niigata Prefecture

Since it took me but after good 10 Recently devious years in Japan for the first time in a ski resort in Japan. The last time, that I was on two boards, was there about 28 years ago. And if I remember correctly, that was then over a wobbly and really quick anyway, since one of the classmates, it was a school trip, had fallen into a stream. This time it was a big part of the family for skiing. 11 People, with 4 Children between 1 and 7 Years. Ultimately, I do not know, what was exhausting: Of Ganz Equipment, borrowed everything, hold together or the group of children. I would have loved even once Snowboard down, but I have finally joined me and the majority borrowed skis. When I saw, as a few snowboard amateurs with their boards like ripe grapes plopped from the lift, I found that the decision in retrospect fit.

Actually, you should often times go skiing. If yes, finally just here. Although falls directly only in Tokyo very seldom much snow (although it probably again tomorrow to heavy snowfall), but with the Shinkansen takes only an hour, and you get stuck in deep snow. Lack comparison, I do not know now, whether skiing in Japan runs differently than elsewhere. Probably not. You need a lot of money (Equipment, Night, Lifts, Lockers, etc.) and a lot of patience, when traveling over the holidays. The slopes, we have seen, were well prepared. Helmets seem to be largely unknown – I have not seen anyone with helmet. And Snowboards are just as uncommon as ski. No wonder, that Japan in Sochi snowboarding “cleared” has, if one in a bronze- and silver medal may say so. And – many seem happy to send their children to the slopes. Multiple many tots have overtaken me in quite a fast pace.

Conclusion: When you live so close to the mountains, one should probably actually do more often. Although only two days were, but makes it fun always, and slopes are plentiful in all sorts of difficulty levels. Also dann – Ski intact!

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The Hermit

January 7th, 2014 | Tagged , | 7 Comments | 3319 reads

Lage der Insel (rot)

Location of the island (red)

Japan consists of many islands terribly. In total, there are 6'852 – and this number had to be corrected only in the past year, was born as a new island by a volcanic eruption. 97% the area is used for 4 Main islands, and only good 430 Islands are also inhabited. This therefore means, that in Japan a total of 6'420 good 無人島 mujintō – “deserted islands” are. Really? Not quite.

While researching before and after my trip to the Yaeyama Islands, I'm on an island called 外 离岛 Sotobanari-jima (literally: Outer Distant Island) encountered. The crescent-shaped island is a mile long, a good square kilometers, and if it is a short walk, you can circumnavigate the island within an hour. The island is only a few minutes away by boat from the west coast of the much larger island of Iriomote. And west of Iriomote there … virtually nothing. There is preliminary to the end of the world.

The island is partially wooded, but has no fresh water sources. Officially it is uninhabited, but that's not quite: For about 20 Years there lives a man named 长崎 真 砂 弓 Masafumi Nagasaki, now 78 Years old, in self-imposed isolation. The he leaves at most once a month, around for the 70 Euro, who sends him his sister, buy the most necessary. Otherwise, he lives – usually naked – alone in front of him and feeds on the, was the Natur, vor allem das More, so provides, and there are plenty of. The man is meanwhile known as Uncle naked – the naked grandpa. And about him VICE has turned a beautiful documentary, and having, look here at a, even English subtitles.

Photo der Umgebung: Links Uchibanari, rechter Rand: Sotobanari

Photo of the environment: Links Uchibanari, Judge Rand: Sotobanari

It is interesting, that the man is quite talkative for a hermit and has a lot of humor. And – he seems to be very at peace with itself. Some of his views are amazing. So he replied to the question, what does he do, if he is sick so alone times, just: “I'm trying to simply, not to get sick”. Also the reason, why he moved to the island, is quite interesting.

Although life in the video looks quite tempting, so it should still be quite hard: We were there in December, and when we were in the corner, in which the island is, It was only 12 Grad warm, very stormy and very rainy. The typhoons in summer there may have contained: Before 7 Years ago there was a particularly severe typhoon with wind speeds over 250 Kilometers per hour. Probably even more, because when the wind speed probably the meters went in two.

So here are the video. Photos und Text (in this case, unfortunately only in Japanese) there are at VICE.

So, that is now doing really sorry. In the last post of the past year I have indicated, maybe write times over nude women. Instead, is the first post of the new year of the naked about a man. And then even an old man …

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Trip to the countryside – Yatsugatake

May 7th, 2013 | Tagged , | 5 Comments | 1445 reads

Yatsugatake-Massiv, von Nobeyama aus gesehen

Yatsugatake-Massiv, seen from Nobeyama from

It's Golden Week – Child's holiday, There are four free days at, and you would not like to spend but completely at home. So think 130 Every year millions of Japanese, and so everything pulls through the country, which has enough time and some change left. So we also, and it was also a good opportunity, to seeing good friends and to wander together through the area. The goal this year was the 八ヶ岳 Yatsugatake-Solid, focused on between the prefectures of Nagano and Yamanashi 30 km long stretches. The peaks in the massif are up to 2'899 meters tall.

Actually traveling is a nightmare in the Golden Week, because everything is overcrowded. A fortiori, when it was decided quite spontaneously and thus could not reserve tickets. The trip also started equally well at home station buying tickets. “Two adults, a school child, to Kofu Please” I told the lady switch, and looked at me pityingly equal: “Oh dear – there was a personal injury in Shinjuku, why are all the lines in the direction, and we do not know, when it goes. Do you still want…?”. Personal injury – which may be a suicide or simply too much crowd on the platform, and the latter is connected to the 1.4 Billion passengers per year world's busiest train station in Shinjuku, no trick. With 30 Minutes late and much Herumsteherei way it went but still going. We met up with our friends in Hachioji (Westen Tokyos), to move from there to the late and also coming from Shinjuku Express. Place cards we had not, and the wagons with the non-reservable sites were proppevoll. But after all, the trip took only an hour, and we were there. In Kōfu we went to the Hoto-food – these are very broad, thick noodles in a very healthy soup, with half pumpkins, Potatoes, Carrots, Taro-Kartoffeln, Beans and what-do-I. Very pleasant, when very large, thick noodles like, and one of the specialties of the prefecture.

'Ist das Ihr Kind auf dem Trekker?' - 'Öhm, wie kommen Sie darauf!?'

'Is your child on the Trekker?’ – 'Um, how to get it!?’

Shōsenkyō or, was the decision after. Or: Go by bus and cable car, or with the train. The long queue at the bus stop did not bode well, and so it went on the express train until after 小淵沢 Kobuchisawa and from there a taxi to the train station piglets 清 里 Kiyosato, a district of Hokuto, and after all, already located at over 1,200 meters above sea level. Without your own vehicle to get away from there, but not, so we went to the nearby park 萌え木の村 Moegi-no-mura (literally: Growing Tree Village) – a beautifully landscaped park, in which one tries, to make agriculture with the familiar whining offspring or vice versa. Admission is free, there is much in the area produced food and all in all the idea is nice and quite nice for children. Since 1971 there is the system, and it is among other things an American priest named Paul Rusch due, of the 1925 until his death 1979 In Japan lebte (see more here).

After adequate Keep the fun we went back to the station, only to find, that the departing train in front of us, the last for the following 1.5 Hours should be. We decided an early dinner and went to a restaurant recommended to us, which probably specializes in casseroles. 17:15 we were there, and instruction plate should 17:30 be opened. We waited, and 10 Minutes later, waited with us already to the 10 People behind us. A good sign! Shortly before 17:30 woman stuck her head out and said, “Please wait a bit!”. There was 17:30. Then 17:40. Our train should 18:30 go, which is almost. At 17:45 makes one to. We are the first, be placed in the farthest corner, and then take the orders on. Of all the other guests first. We make the time to worry, and when the operation finally comes to our table, we ask as a precaution: “Our train leaves 18:30. We create the?” The answer is pretty harsh: “No, which is probably nothing”. So let us hungry checks. Either you like the restaurant in no rush, no foreigners, or no children. Apparently the latter was the case: When we left the restaurant, We saw some small notices: “Please change diapers in the restaurant no”. “Please do not let children run around freely” and a few other signs prohibiting. Given.

In diesem Restaurant bleibt wohk die Küche kalt

In this restaurant, the food stays cold wohk

So we drive a station further, because there we stay. We call on the board, for us to do so, so you can get us. We have now eaten nothing but. The woman on the phone says: “You can at the Onsen (Note: What Heiße) something to eat. In that case, we simply come to the station, give you the free tickets to the hot spring, and if you are there ready, call us again to, and we will pick you up from the hot source”. This is very helpful indeed. Said, done. An older man picks us up by car, gives us the free tickets, and chauffeured us to the 200 Meters away from the station Onsen. There is apparently heaven and earth – the onsen is overcrowded, but since we have already been there… In the adjacent dining hall, we still eat a few little things, during my 2-year-old decides to, all others present in the room, and not a few, through his songs in a totally unknown language the parents, to entertain his running around and other hooliganism. I would have like to claim, I do not know the bawling child, but the origin can be difficult to deny, especially since I am the only foreigner.

Against 9 Giant clock spits us out into the darkness Onsen. The pension man had previously explained to us, that there is only 200 Meters were to board, But we should call him anyway, because it was difficult to find because of the darkness. We just try our luck alone, but it is in fact dark as in the bear *****, So we call him. He drives off – several hundred meters to a bridge, they fall links, right, links, into the woods and getting along a forest path. When the finished, he drives an even narrower path along. Those were the longest 200 Meter, I have ever seen. We would not have found it until today. The room is nicely decorated. Mind you a pension, So European style, with real beds. And so what happens, if you let go of two accustomed to kids on futon beds? Stages! It takes one hour, place until they finally calm down and sleep. The old man, probably the innkeeper, previously said to me: “If you want to smoke or to drink a beer, just come into the living room!”. Said, done, asleep than anything. The living room looks like a museum. The board and its owners agile woman sitting with two regulars (I learn later) at the table and watch TV, while alternately tickle a properly large Labrador. As a family they sit there, and immediately engage me in conversation. This is pleasant, that people are not pushy and treat me as a foreigner, but “Ganz normal” talk to me. This is relatively rare in Japan and very pleasant. It is really “at home”, and the old man still obliges me to potato chips (not welcome) and a can of Japan's best beer (very welcome) on. Whoever dwells times randomly in the area and is not necessarily on tatami and futons – the Little House in Kai-Ōizumi (Kaioizumi station) than Bed & Breakfast definitely a recommended option. One night including breakfast costs 6’000 Yen and a great onsen and the train station are within walking distance. The only disadvantage: You can not eat dinner there, and too many ways to do this, there are not near.

Japans höchstgelegener Bahnhof: Nobeyama

Japan's highest-altitude railway station: Nobeyama

The next day we went to a more or less English breakfast go for a walk in the area. Da der City so liegt hoch, Here begins the spring until a month later than in Tokyo. Say, everything has bloomed blossoms. With snow-capped mountains in the background and around. Only the Fuji-san, let not show up, for there was too hazy. The second highest mountain in Japan, laid 3'200 meter hohe Kita-dake, was, however, nice to see, and so a large part of the other peaks of the Southern Alps Japanese. We drove to the small 小 海 线 Koumi-Linie two stations on to the railway station 野辺山 Nobeyama – which is already in Nagano Prefecture and is 1,345 meters above sea level (Swiss to smile about) the highest railway station in Japan. How beautiful. After Japan's northernmost railway station (in Wakkanai) and the station with the longest name (Chōjagahamashiosaihamanasukōenmae) So is now also checked. Unfortunately, there is not much in the town itself to see. There is a panoramic platform in a small park overlooking the Massif Yatsugatake, but the view is wonderful disturbed by heavy ignorable power lines and a highway. So now we have to kill two hours until the next train, but that is ultimately quite quickly: We are looking for a restaurant, walk there, order… and wait forever for the food. It has seemingly all the time in the world, but I've noticed for a long time: Time pressure and the velocity in Japanese cities is one thing – life in the country another. There one takes a little longer for everything, and they quickly, how much one has yet accustomed to living in a big city: The food comes first 10 Minutes or later, one is nervous. But the wait should be worth it: I blundered me of a dish called Stone ware Kaoru Tatari nn Getting メ nn – Estimate (Noodle Soup) with smoked beef tongue in stone pot, and it was something new and highly recommended.

Passabel: Geräucherte-Rinderzunge-Ramen

Passable: -Smoked beef tongue ramen

It continued thereafter with the same rail line north, hour and a half across … Landscape, up to 佐久平 Saku-Daira – from there you can continue with the Shinkansen. What we did, and the kids were thrilled of course. To the boarding, because of course the Shinkansen was hopelessly overcrowded, so that we 75 Minutes spent standing to Tokyo. But who gets involved it, to travel in the Golden Week, must always expect. It was still worth it, and that (or a similar tour) I can only recommend. The whole thing is doable as a day trip from Tokyo (and Rail Pass users have it good, as all train lines are JR and thus available), but one or two nights are more than justified. I'll be back sometime, when it is slightly warmer: The mountains in the Massif Yatsugatake irritate me.

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Green. Clouds. Onsen. Heat. Green. Kyushu III

September 5th, 2012 | Tagged , | 6 Comments | 1398 reads

Continued from Part I and Part II

Handsome: The Takachiho Gorge

After a second night in the dungeon of the hotel in Kumamoto we went the next morning to take the bus 高 千 穂 Takachiho in Miyazaki Prefecture. Ahh, Miyazaki! Finally! My last Prefecture. The village lies “behind” Aso dem-Massiv, is surrounded by mountains and very small. The last train was 2003 abolished, and the place is scattered. Although there are regular buses between the bus station and the main attraction, but otherwise you have to walk very far or take a taxi. We went first to the tourist office and let us explain where some. For lunch, suggested to us the cafe “Kalinka” next door, and it was a time travel: Retro. Japan in the 80ern! The equipment, windows (from the time of: always rounded!), the cards on the wall, The manga on the shelves, the golden age of employees – it was all from the 1980s. The service was very, very nice and the atmosphere of the, what they described as everywhere “authentic” would call. Not in the sense of “Traditional Japanese”, but “latter day, slightly dusty Japanese”. That should be our right. Especially since it “Chicken Nanban – (Chikin Nanban) – “Chicken on Western Art”. Marinated and roasted chicken with tartar sauce. Was Fish & Chips for England “chikin nanban” Miyazaki für. Very west.

Since it was just sweltering easy, we took a taxi to the famous gorge of Takachiho. The taxi driver managed, within 10 Minutes unsolicited lectures on the virtues of the Japanese occupation of the Korean peninsula, the failed foreign policy of North Korea, to keep the tourist nature, Takachiho and the geology of the Aso volcano. Unfortunately was not strong enough, the dialect, so as not to understand. But no matter. Once in the canyon, paid and we were overwhelmed by the crowds, But what else could we have expected too: It was O-Bon-time. Japan has half holiday. The Takachiho Gorge: There will be beautiful waterfalls, and you should be able to drive up from small boats to the falls, what is interesting listening. The taxi driver took us but – fortunately have noticed - the anticipation: “Also, This year, there are indeed a lot less tourists, since not ride the boats”. “The boats – not – more – go?” As now? Now, during the flood in June probably swelled the small river on strong, and a boat capsized. This happened probably before, why life jackets are mandatory for, but in June was probably good measure: The boat trips were banned. That was a pity, but then you could see so the canyon from above without boats. And the sight was fantastic: A narrow, emerald green river, concentrated by vertical cliffs, and a waterfall, which runs into the river. All this was framed by green. A lot of green. From the fantastic rock formations, that every geologist would be falling into a frenzy, Not to mention – The gorge is a small paradise.

Here she is so hidden ...

On foot, it went back to the place, a well-known shrine. From there we went back by taxi – around a 8 km distant with mystical significance. Has to do with the emergence of Japan's legend – more precisely with the sun goddess Amaterasu. The main goddess of Shintoism, Goddess of the sun and light, and ancestor of the Japanese imperial, crumbled to the legend, in a cave near Takachiho, because she was angry with her naughty brother Susano. With it the light disappeared, and the world plunged into darkness. The other gods were called not good and lured them out of the cave – among other things, with a divine mirror.
Our taxi driver asked us, how long we intend to stay there. He said, that with less than half an hour of the shrine “ready” was – and then if we need another cab, he could wait. That was us, all right. His description was not quite clear. He mentioned the Shrine, and then a sanctuary somewhere further from the river, However, where it would take a lot of time with the kids and it was too heavy anyway, the well can still be seen. Now, one minute after leaving the taxi, we were standing in front of the shrine, but all visitors moved on – at the shrine over. We followed. Into the woods. We followed. Down to a river – we let ourselves drift. We walked and walked, and suddenly we were faced with this great, black hole at the river. And, I wanted to see the! Not only shrine #3642. So here it is, the cradle of Japan, the mystical place, as on the new Japanese “Power Spot” designated place. I felt although not very different, but the location as such is in fact … mystical. The word fits already. In this – admittedly not very deep – 仰 慕 ケ 窟 Gyōbo-ga-Iwaya So-called cave hid Amaterasu. And most of the caves were deliberating, the legend, Japan 8 Million gods, how could they call forth again.

We started getting worried about the time. To have to charter a taxi waiting and has its advantages. Normally I try to avoid contact, and again showed, why: We were under time pressure. But that was all right, Finally, it is pretty damn young children, where and why the aunts had any time hidden. When we were back on the road, there was first a mango ice cream for the kids. Daughter decided, to lean on something, on what one should not lean, and thus 10 Second allocated on payment of mango ice selbiges on the street in front of the kiosk. The spontaneous onset, steiner soft facial (says someone at the Puss in Boots in Shrek? And, exactly) daughter of the ice cream man left immediately provide replacement. At the same time we called a taxi driver from the street: “Hey, they are the, who wanted to go back by taxi?” It was not our taxi driver, but his colleague. We've been good since 40 Minutes on the road, and according to our driver was probably in trouble – He drove off without us, would be bad, but if he does not know, when we come back, he loses potential customers. His colleague was appropriately by immediately by radio, that you have seen us. So we went back to the vehicle quickly. The driver was a little bit of acidified, But he gave an honest effort, to let on. The people in Takachiho were all very nice and patient. And with our children, it was easy, to strain the patience.

With the title of this article I have certainly not bluffing ...

But we should at least return the favor to the taxi driver. We mentioned, that we are the next day to the airport from Kumamoto want. By bus we would take up nearly 7,000 Yen pay, and by taxi 14,000 Yen. However, the buses were so unfavorable, that we are almost at the airport 5 Hours have been, and we wanted to do to us and the children do not necessarily. So we stayed in the morning rather have a few more hours in Takachiho and then called our chauffeur. The roaring actually took less than an hour to the airport from Kumamoto. The parents also soon trundled, and all flew back. Alle? Except for a. For three days I go finally get even – Finally, I still had a business lunch in Miyazaki before me. From the airport it was therefore continue by bus – East coast, after Yufuin. The bus is called 九州 横断 バス Kyūshū Ōdan Basu – Kyushu-Traverse-Bus, and that's it, what makes the bus. He travels across Kyushu, through the crater of Aso, then up to the crater rim, over a wide plateau, and finally on the くじゅう 連山 Kuju Mountain Range – a continuation of some active volcanoes with the highest mountain of Kyushu (1,791 m) in the middle. The road is called やまなみ ハイウェイ Yamanami Highway and runs through the 1,333 Meter high 牧 ノ 戸 峠 Inter-no-to-Pass. Certainly the beauty of this route strongly affected by weather, but I was very lucky. The vision was just fantastic, and it gradually became evening. Whether arriving by car, Bike or if necessary even by bus: I recommend anyone that route only.

On par with the Aso - by Kuju massif seen

Als der Bus in Yufuin ankam, It was already dark. I had booked a room there in an interesting looking hotel with onsen – and the only cost 4,000 Yen. So far, so good. However, when I called the hotel and asked, how to get the best, there was only one answer: Taxi,en. Check-in bis 21 Clock please. It was shortly before 20 Clock. So again Taxi. I told him the address, and the taxi drove off. The first two kilometers in Japan normally cost between 640 and 720 Yen. Das Taxi fuhr. And drove. 900 Yen. 1,300 Yen. At 1,800 Yen it finally stopped. Since I had just picked a nice spot – away from it all, middle of the countryside. Of course, I had not eaten, and in the vicinity, there was nothing. So I asked the driver to wait, checked in and went straight back. The driver I recommended a yakitori(spit-roasted dead bird)-Pub. Before, I had to look but still, what was going on in the center, because there just was the Bon Odori (O-bon-Tanz) celebrated. It does not matter, where I am going in the summer in Japan – somewhere I get more into a Bon Odori. Die Yakitori waren gut (The area is, after all, known for chicken), and they went back to the hostel by taxi.

After messing around Haz an onsen was just right. And my strategy worked well: Japanese, especially on trips, bed early. So I had dinner at 10 The outdoor bath of hot spring for me completely alone. Almost at least, because for some reason there ran a handsome stag beetle around the basin, I kept watch on the safe side. You never know.

Yufudake - and here easily measurable cloudtops

Now I am not driven by the onsen because Yufuin – although that is the main reason for most visitors. I had it on the 由 布岳 Yufudake apart, one 1,583-meter high volcano with a distinctive twin peaks, sits above the city. I wanted to get up there. So we went the next morning by bus to the start of the trail. At 35 Degrees in the shade. It all went in 816 Meter – So I had about 750 Altitude at full heat before me. The first mile run through the woods, But then you get into a tree-free zone, and 35 Degree I started fast brood, What in hell had prompted me, voluntarily, without any coercion, to crawl on that mountain. But reversed? No, will not work either. After all, seemed from the summit and covered in clouds to be. Finally I came to the saddle between the peaks of. From there it is a valuable platform 10 Minutes on the two summits, and sometimes it is preceded only by chains. But it should pay off. The clouds and the wind cooled slightly, and now and then allowed a gap in the clouds looking down. The sight was so beautiful, I even went back to pass and climbed to the second summit. Hurtling there saw white clouds on the mountain and directly, grazing the top, Pull up. A grand spectacle. And still this rumble. Rumble? As now? And why are the clouds in the neighboring mountain as bleak? Whether or not the storm came closer, was hard to tell. But I would not be surprised at a bare hillside of thunderstorms, So it went down quickly. After 4 Hours were a total of about 1,700 meters and 10 Km done, come and the storm could. In reality, it had, however, – unfortunately? – warped.

With 95 Degree a little bit too hot for bathing ...

Hardly back in Yufuin and a foot bath in a walk-Onsen (very relaxing after a mountain climb) it went to the next train 别 府 Beppu on the coast. In Beppu, I was already about 10 Years, on my way from Shikoku to Kumamoto, but at that time I had no time for the place. The next day was therefore – at least partially – Beppu reserved. The city is known for its… exactly, Onsen. Slightly away from the center, there are many more or less natural onsen in all possible formats – as mud volcanoes, with white water, red water, blue water (at least the blue, however artificially), and a tour of the various onsen is interesting up to a point. Had a number of sources, not developed into a sort of Disneyland.

Beppu it finally went on to the Tsubame-Express Miyazaki 宫 崎– that lasts at least three hours, But the journey from the coast to the mountains makes the ride pretty short piece. I was a little bent but, when I noticed, that the Tsubame-Express is no longer the, what it used: More than 10 Years the train was fairly new and had among other things a street cafe. And if I love one, then it is, to stare at a neat cup of coffee in the passing landscape. Those days are over – the Stehcafé was rationalized.

Devil's Washboard - Aoshima

The city of Miyazaki was relatively unspectacular. It is probably the only prefecture capital of Japan, in which there is no automatic ticket barriers, but everything is tied by hand. Interestingly, there was already a small island called 青島 Aoshima a few miles south of Miyazaki. The tiny, tropical ambiance island is only good 4 Hectares, but surrounded by an interesting rock formation: The washboard of the devil. Neogenes sedimentary rock has come to the surface in Aoshima and has been exposed to the waves and the weather – which brought forth interesting shapes. But also a passage in the center of the island – at a small shrine over – is very impressive: You imagine yourself in the jungle. According to the sign at the entrance of the island (there is a bridge to the mainland), Aoshima is the northernmost region of natural subtropical to tropical flora.
Well – The surrounding countryside is incidentally also famous for beautiful beaches and waves suitable for surfing. For someone like me, which, after 10 Minutes in the sun turns into a pile of ashes, The course is only of limited relevance.

And that he was already – Kyushu report. Back to life!

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Travel Planning – Cruel facts

December 20th, 2011 | Tagged , | 8 Comments | 1168 reads

Actually I wanted to leave time between Christmas and New Year for a change, the country – Finally, the Japanese yen is currently quite strong and therefore the chance of very low. I actually quite thirsty, but it mainly, again to go to a new country. After some searching I gave up but. It's not worth it anyway, for 4 Nights somewhere to fly for hours (So I'm not still here too long!).

Ex-hostel in Miyako: Google Maps ist up to date...

Instead, I am once again somewhat, which is simply illogical: I drive from Tokyo, where at the time cold and the days are very short, north, where it is colder – and the days are even shorter. It does not matter. There are three prefectures, not yet in the dubious pleasure of my visit came. This is one of Iwate in the Northeast. For one day it will it go to Miyako to the coast. The place is famous for two things: For his wild, rugged coastline. And for that, that the tsunami took away half the town in March. If Ex-(?)Geographer drives me, of course, a certain curiosity: What really happened there, and how it looks now there?

Also – Search for accommodation. Very positive mention there is a small, fine hostel (a Ryokan, to be exact). Looked up quickly, where the hostel is. And switching to Google Street View. Weia. It says nothing. Only the foundation. And the mark of Google Maps: Jodogahama inn (Jodo-ga-mites Ryokan). After all, it has probably made the manager of the hostel and his family, to escape in time. Mediator present I could find another accommodation – a small hotel. Where only the first floor was destroyed.

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Cows with two Köppen / Vacation worries / This and that

July 15th, 2011 | Tagged , , | 10 Comments | 7713 reads

Since then plunged yesterday and the day exceedingly radioactively contaminated beef – and everyone seems to wonder. The beasts came from the vicinity of the reactor accident, so apparently the now customary newspeak for Fukushima I, and in no time came into the food chain. Now, according to the media announced big surprise: Nanu, if you put into it verstrahltes grass up in a cow, comes out contaminated meat? How can this happen because? And yet, all cows measured radiation… naja … at least around the outside. Interior not really. Finally, one can not merely look at the cow before slaughter, and when once they have been cut, they already have to eat.
No, The naivety is very impressive. Sometimes I feel, that 99.99% The people here still do not understand, to which long-term effects are yet to get involved here. Still radioactively contaminated food are at the beginning of the food chain – avoiding simple greens, Meat and dairy products from the region. But it is increasingly difficult – already in yogurt do not remember it, where is coming from the, and animal food, it is quite interesting. Who can say, which were fattened beasts which. For a while, then will probably have to serve Aussie Beef.

In August a team – finally – the usual week's vacation at. And I play with the idea, during the time somewhere to work as a volunteer in the disaster area. This is not so easy, Finally, my wife sulking because of legal: After all, it is also, Keep the fun for two children. Let's see. Perhaps a compromise can be so close – zwei, three days as a volunteer, the rest of the family vacation. For now, it's at least tomorrow with first family for three days from Hamamatsu (is located between Tokyo and Nagoya) in an onsen. The need to relax and recharge the battery first rich.

For diminishing blog entries I have to try a few more like excuses: In recent days I've finally finished writing my self-written image archiving program (Program is a bit too much to say – It is a web application, a kind of Flickr for home use). Accordingly, it was first, to archive thousands of images. But it served its purpose: I just type “Fuji” one and I get all the pictures of the Fuji-san, which I have made over the years so many, lined up nicely. 're Already 66 Pictures… after all.
As if that were not enough, I am now also “president” (Manager!?) become a company. A company, which has split off from my previous company. No, I am not the owner, But if the company should be taken once by someone, would be the… now so, advantageous. Otherwise, however, does not change much: More work for the same money :)

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