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  • Holy Hot Spring in Kagoshima Holy Hot Spring in Kagoshima

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      On the island of Sakurajima is a hot spring that is also a Shinto shrine.

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  • Three reasons why Japan's Izu Three reasons why Japan's Izu Peninsula is the perfect budget getaway

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      Tokyo in the summertime is surprisingly humid, for a non-tropical region. If you plan to go outside, even to make a dash from your hotel to the train station, in the name of all that is holy don’t leave without a rag or you’ll regret it. Nothing says summer fun like blinking the burning sweat out of your eyes.

      Don’t worry, relief can be found not north, but just a couple hours west, on the Izu Peninsula. If you’re in the Tokyo area, I highly recommend taking a detour there for a couple of days. It’s still hot, but not as humid, and the sea is only a few steps away. In fact one of my best memories of living as an expat in Japan is packing up and taking over a beautiful, Japanese style hostel in the area with a group of friends.

      K’s House Ito OnsenK's House Ito Onsen

      K’s house is a popular hostel chain in Japan. I’ve been to a few, but none have left their mark on me like the one in Ito. Though modern, the interior retains a traditional Japanese aesthetic. Rooms floored in tatami are hidden away by sliding paper screens. A path of cool, smooth stones leads to the kitchen and common room. And best of all, the hostel has its own public and private onsen (hot springs). There’s nothing like taking a long soak in the hot spring after a day at the beach. The feeling of water just this side of boiling on my aching muscles is bliss, and I always come out feeling like putty. The next stop is the common room, which has a big sliding door opening onto a terrace, a peaceful view of the river right below the hostel, and green hills in the distance. Sitting out there after the hot spring, with the sound of the crickets and the breeze on my still steaming skin, is the closest I’ve ever gotten to Zen.

      This place gives the impression of staying at a traditional and expensive Japanese Inn at less than half the price: about $30 USD for a bed in the dorm, or up to $60 USD for a private room ensuite room.

      Shirahama BeachShirahama Beach

      Shirahama beach in Shimoda is a little bit of a journey from Ito, but worth the trip. Besides, the view from the train is gorgeous, and the ride will cost you around $15 USD one way. About an hour long train ride beside lush, green mountains, palm-tree lined roads and sparkling blue sea leads to Izukyu Shimoda station, on the Izukyu line.  From there the bus, which is about $3.50 USD, goes straight to the beach. There’s also a grocery store five minutes’ walk from the station, perfect for getting cheap snacks.   

      Shirahama beach is popular, and it’s easy to see why. In summer the water is warm and clear, with soft rolling waves. The sky is a luminous blue not marred, but enhanced by the white clouds trailing across it. The scenery is as beautiful as any beach in the Caribbean, but at the edge of the beach is a slight cliff. A rocky path leads to the summit and there sits a Shinto shrine, fronted by a red torii, or gate, which stands aloof and proud as if to say, remember, this is Japan.

      Ito Eats

      Within 10 minutes’ walk of the station is a shopping arcade with a few restaurants, including some Izakaya—traditional Japanese restaurants serving many appetizers and cocktails. Izu, so close to the sea, has some of the freshest and tastiest sushi and sashimi you’ll eat in all Japan. It melts in your mouth, and the restaurants in the area serve it up with delicious miso soup, fluffy rice and pickled vegetables. There are also a variety of other foods. The most daring of us tried basashi—raw horse meat. I really like the fried crocodile. Dinner and drinks is no more than $30 USD a person, and often much less, making Ito, and a stay at K’s Hostel, one of my favorite budget getaways.

       

       

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  • 7 Year Itch 7 Year Itch

    • From: djohnson816
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      My husband and I are trying to decide on a travel destination for our family.  The trip won't take place for about 7 years and our kids will be 11 and 9.  We'd love to go somewhere international but staying in the US would be ok as well, there are so many awesome places yet to visit.

      So far I've got Japan, Egypt and Norway on my list but perhaps there are better places to take kids of those ages?

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  • Plan Your Affordable Vacation Plan Your Affordable Vacation in Australia

    • From: enadowdy
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      The Great Barrier Reef, Bondi Beach, the Opera House and the Outback.  There are so many natural and cultural wonders to be visited in Australia that tourism is booming for travel "down under".  If you have been planning your Australian vacation, we've got some great news for you. 

      Australia is experiencing a real growth in business, commerce and population.  It is great news for travellers who have always wanted to visit Australia as there are more flights available now than ever before, and more airlines competing with pricing and willing to take you there.  

      Depending where you are travelling from in North America, the flight to Australia is is about twenty hours.  Typically the airlines will stop in Vancouver Canada, then Japan and on to Australia.  Historically the cost has hovered around $2000 or more per person and part of the reason that travellers have hesitated in the past to fly to Australia is due to the length of the flight and also because of the cost.  But thanks to the increased demand for flights, it is possible to get cheap flights to Australia and book them conveniently online. 

      • Avoid direct flights.  While convenient (and available from some major cities on the west coast) they are the most costly. Direct flights can also be more exhausting for some travellers (can you commit to more than twenty hours on one flight?).  There are more comfortable and convenient options.

      • Most travellers will book stop-overs on their way to Australia.  Countries such as Dubai and Hong Kong are fabulous to visit on a one day stop over.  Not only does it give you the opportunity to rest from the flight but it also allows you to take in some of the exotic local flavour of other countries on your way.  It enriches your travel experience and will leave you refreshed and ready to take on the adventurous continent of Australia when you arrive.

      • Lastly if you are planning on travelling for a few weeks, explore the opportunity to  purchase an "around-the-world" ticket which leaves you free to visit other continents usually for the same price as a direct flight to Australia.   It literally opens a world of travel opportunity if you have the time and inclination to explore.

      When booking your travel to Australia (like other flights) the most economical rates will be for connecting flights that are also booked well in advance.  Since a trip to Australia is a more expensive vacation, plan at least two months ahead of time in order to get the best rates and choice availability for your flights.

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  • Ali Mountain in Taiwan Ali Mountain in Taiwan

    • From: x123456
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      Located 75 kilometers away in the east of Jiayi City in Taiwan, Ali Mountain which is surrounded by high mountains is National Forest Recreation Area with an altitude of more than 2000 meters high and with an area of 1400 hectares, where it’s very cool, with an average temperature at 10.6 centigrade. And It’s averagely 14.3 centigrade in summer and 6.4 centigrade in winter.

       

      On our way to Ali Mountain, we sometimes had some rest. At about 11 in the morning, we arrived at the scenic area of Ali Mountain. As expected, refreshing breeze was blowing to me, with clouds haunting groups of beautiful mountains, and sometimes on my skin dropped some water drops which seeped into my skin pores as if they relieved me of some of my tiredness and depression. That’s what I had prayed and dreamed for in my dream. Before we got there, we were all expecting to see beautiful Ali Mountain that looks hazy with some mists haunting it.                                       

       

      And We were also expecting to breathe fresh air there. First of all, we went to Fengqi Lake in Jiayi County at an altitude of 1.405 meters high. Initially, it’s called Fengji Lake because it looks like a dustpan; however since the name sounds very inelegant, later it was given that name. On the other hand, near to a relay station of the railway station in Ali Mountain where trains often pass by is Fengqi Lake, and there are the oldest streets, train-shaped cookies, fast food, and so on. That’s a must-go place for tourists who come to Taiwan.

       

      When I came to Fengqi Lake for the first time, I wanted to have a taste of some fast food there sold at the railway station. Surprisingly, it tasted much better than I had expected. Despite a drumstick, a spiced corned egg, and some vegetable as my simple dishes for my lunch, they reminded me of the past.       Furthermore, From the internal decoration of the railway station, I could imagine the hardships railway workers had gone through.        

       

      The Old Street of Fengqi Lake is situated 500 meters away from the train station. In the times when Taiwan was ruled by Japan, the Old Street was a town where geta shoes were made. Ever since tourist industry in Ali Mountain got developed, different kinds of special local foods have been sold at shops in the street, such as local fast food, Toufu, cake and some other delicious food that are all very popular to tourists. Those ancient buildings which were built there along mountains make Fengqi Lake more classic and also this shows Taiwan had a very old culture and history.                      

       

       

       

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  • Moss Garden Moss Garden

    • From: peghaz
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      Forest glen in the Moss Garden near Kyoto, Japan.

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  • Mossy Forest Path Mossy Forest Path

    • From: peghaz
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      A magical trail through a Japanese mountain forest.

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  • Beware of Monkeys Beware of Monkeys

    • From: peghaz
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      High on a mountaintop on the Japanese island of Miyajima, we were informed by a sign on the protocol should we encounter a monkey on the trail...lucky for us, we did not.

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  • Summer at the Whistler Alpine Summer at the Whistler Alpine Chalet

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      Joffre Lakes Trail

      We have had such a lovely summer so far!  Interesting and fun guests from England, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Italy, Japan, Spain,  the USA and of course, Canadians!

      It has been such a pleasure to introduce them to the unique beauty in and around Whistler: whether it is hiking the Rainbow Lake trail, shopping in the cosmopolitan resort village of Whistler or simply relaxing in our hot tub after a satisfying day exploring, our guests really and truly relax at our Chalet.

      We haven't had any bears dropping in for some fresh cookies this year, but one never knows!  Two years ago, while our Chef was baking Maple Chocolate Chip cookies, a big black bear wandered into the Chalet and began sniffing around!  Of course, the chef was very quick to open the back door and the black bear just sauntered through into the back yard.

       

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  • Moss Garden Moss Garden

    • From: peghaz
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      An intimate view through the trees and water at Kyoto's Saihō-ji Temple Moss Garden.

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  • Japan Garden Branch Japan Garden Branch

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      Japanese gardens, such as this one in Kyoto, are characterized by quiet beauty composed with simple, lovely plant forms in every shade of green.

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  • Tokyo Garden Koi Tokyo Garden Koi

    • From: peghaz
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      The composition for this image was inspired by the oblique views often seen in Japanese prints.

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  • Serene Shrine Garden Serene Shrine Garden

    • From: peghaz
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      Sand forms in the gardens of the Kamigamo shrine in Kyoto.

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  • Garden of Greens Garden of Greens

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      A Kyoto garden is a study of green in all its shades and forms.

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  • Kyoto Shrine Kyoto Shrine

    • From: peghaz
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      Mesmerizing sculpted sand garden at the Ginkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto.

       

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  • Kyoto Reflections Kyoto Reflections

    • From: peghaz
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      Reflections...in both senses of the word...in a Kyoto garden.

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  • Sky Water Moss Sky Water Moss

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      A simple montage of moss, water and reflected sky captured in Kyoto's Saihō-ji Temple Moss Garden.

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  • Buddhist tours- Experience the Buddhist tours- Experience the life of monks

    • From: rajasthantourbooking
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      Buddhist tour is one of the most spiritual journeys which will take you the path of practice and spiritual development .It is one of the most followed paths which is followed by various followers from all over the world. During this tour you will get a chance to visit the most famous places which is really belongs to Lord Gautama Buddha. The famous Buddhist sites are famous in all over India which will give you a chance to experience the Buddhist life style and teaching. Some of the famous best places which is included in the Buddhist Tour are given below.

       

      Lumbini: This place is very much famous among the tourist because it is the birth place of Lord Buddha which is located at the foothills of Himalayas in the India and Nepal boarder. This place is visited by various devotees to spread awareness and the knowledge related to Buddhism. Some of the famous places of this place are Maya Devi Temple, Puskarni, The Ashokan Pillar, The Buddhist Temple, The China Temple, Japan Peace Stupa etc.

       

      Bodhagaya: This place is located at Bihar state. In this place lord Buddha got the enlightenment. Some of the famous religious attractions of this place are Mahabodhi Temple, Mahabodhi Tree, Different Buddhist temple monastery etc.

       

      Sarnath: This place is located very close to the religious center Varanasi. In this place first time lord Buddha starts his teaching towards life.

       

      Kushinagar: This place is located at the state Uttarkhand which have the last memories of Lord Buddha. Lord Buddha feels so much ill and spends his last moments of life in this place.

       

       

      Leh - ladhakh tours package offers an extraordinary experience to the visitors which is majestic terrain of Buddhism. The place Ladakh is very much famous for the old age monasteries and world famous Buddhist cultures. This tour will take you one of the famous places that are Hemis Gompa which contains various paintings and art that is related to Lord Buddha. Another famous place of this place is Thiske and shey which are architectural masterpieces of world.

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