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Narita's tourist attractions

Narita is one of Tokyo's two airports and a lot of travellers arrive here. One of the major downsides to this airport is that it's actually quite a ways out of Tokyo meaning you're up for a long trip into the city.

Since we were arriving late at night on our recent trip to Japan, we decided that we would just book a hotel near the airport and travel in the next day. we stayed at HOTEL MYSTAYS PREMIER Narita which worked out just fine.

After a good night's sleep, some excellent breakfast and a swim in the (rather empty) hotel pool we decided it would be fun to just go for a wander around the hotel. The concierge suggested instead that we catch a hotel shuttle bus in to town. Obviously I'd spent no time really looking into what there was to see in Narita but there was promise of some temples and it looked like it might be worth the effort. So 15 minutes or so later we disembarked in the town of Narita and started following the streets towards the temple complex.

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At the end of a narrow street that was packed with tourists and quaint shops we reached the start of the temples.

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The temples were quite spectacular. Certainly if you haven't seen too many temples in Japan yet, they are pretty amazing. And with the benefit of hindsight I think they are well worth the visit.

We got rather lucky as we were there on a Sunday and there was a service about to start in the great temple. We were invited to attend, and so sat towards the back of the temple while the events unfolded. It really was rather magical watching all the procedures they go through, banging various drums at different times. We just sat quietly and took it all in.

After the service we headed further into the complex. There were some amazing gardens to wander around.

This map kind of lays it out
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And the Great Pagoda of Peace
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By the end of it, we really felt like we had a perfect start to our trip with some really enjoyable temples and gardens.

If you find yourself arriving in, or departing from Narita on a trip to Japan, I'd highly recommend leaving half a day to explore this beautiful temple complex. Well worth it!

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Posted by Peter 04:52 Archived in Japan Tagged gardens temples japan narita Comments (5)

Chicago Meetup

sunny 9 °C

Beerman is describing the details of our meetup to perfection over on his blog, so I'll be skimpy on the words :)

Instead, here's a photographic record of the goings-on!

The duckies have arrived

The duckies have arrived


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Sue! At the Field Museum

Sue! At the Field Museum


Beerman showing the kids around.

Beerman showing the kids around.


Beerman and Isadora showing just a little too much interest in the worms

Beerman and Isadora showing just a little too much interest in the worms


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Love those bones

Love those bones


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May napping on the steps

May napping on the steps


Hanging out with Beerman's ear

Hanging out with Beerman's ear


Isadora, Wonkerer and Beerman on our end of the hangout

Isadora, Wonkerer and Beerman on our end of the hangout

Who let these kids out?

Who let these kids out?


May humoured by the goings-on

May humoured by the goings-on


Wonkerer vs May staring contest

Wonkerer vs May staring contest


Isadora and her chicken   mine in the foreground. Beerman's mashed potatoes and Wonkerer's salad to be seen as well

Isadora and her chicken + mine in the foreground. Beerman's mashed potatoes and Wonkerer's salad to be seen as well

Just please, no one mention the scrabble ok..

Posted by Peter 20:12 Archived in USA Comments (2)

Out and about in San Diego

sunny 20 °C

A few of the things we've been up to in San Diego

Visit to La Jolla

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Haggo's Tacos

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Very tasty and walking distance from the house we're staying in. Great combination :)

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Park

This branch of the San Diego Zoo is located out of town a bit at Escondido, but we really like it because of the wide open spaces and great enclosures for animals.
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Dinner at Jamroc 101's

A nearby caribbean place. May fell asleep at dinner. What's new..
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Nice sunsets

A short walk away we can watch the sunset over the ocean. A great way to finish the day.
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Posted by Peter 22:23 Archived in USA Comments (2)

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