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Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge - Kobe, Japan (by Everything Everywhere)
Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge. The center span is over 1,900m (6,500ft) long

I am not in Osaka. I’m in Kyoto. I spent last night in Kobe after visiting Himeji Castle. Today I went to the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, the longest bridge in the world outside of Kobe.

I’ll be spending two full days in Kyoto before going to Osaka. My time in Kyoto should be packed as this place is crammed full of temples, shrines, castles and other bits from the close to 1,000 years it was the capital of Japan.

I’m exhausted from carrying all my gear around for the better part of the last day and a half. My current set up for my bags isn’t cutting it.

I can also tell a marked difference between Kobe/Kyoto and Hiroshima and Kagoshima. It is becoming much more crowded. The train from Himeji to here was nothing but two to three story buildings as far as the eye could see. I’ve had problems getting rooms in Kobe and here, so I’m going to have to do some pre-planning before I head to Osaka this time.

I still have two weeks on my Japan Rail pass, but I feel rushed. I’m going to have to take a week off to rest (yes, vacation from vacation) and get a stable address for a while to have stuff sent to me from home. I also need to get a new pair of glasses and sunglasses. I’m thinking Korea, but maybe I might work in a stop to Singapore from Hong Kong. We’ll see. I don’t think I can wait for Australia.

I have over 200 photos from Japan uploaded to Flickr. I’ll usually have things up there before I will on this website, if only because I have to get photos off my camera nightly. I still have a bunch from Himeji and the bridge I have to upload. I have one from each on Flickr now just so you can get an idea what it was like. I’ve also updated my map.

I’m going to eat some noodles and get to bed. Temples await me tomorrow!

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  1. Mike R. says:

    Oops, I was thinking of Osaka. If you do go to Osaka, check out the Coolabah and ask for the owner, Andy Carne http://www.coolabah.jp and tell him Mike from Imari sent you.

    In Kyoto . . . maybe check out “Bar Fakers”

  2. Gary says:

    Believe it or not, that is where I was today :)

  3. Brie says:

    Don’t miss one of my favorite shrines, Fushimi-inari. It’s located BETWEEN Kyoto and Osaka. Get off at Inari on the JR Nara line.

    The Fushimi-inari shrine is dedicated to the fox god Inari who is not the nicest of fellows. The cool thing about Fushimi-inari is that there are a bunch of trails on a big hill, all lined with torii. The torii were depicted in a Memoirs of a Geisha scene I think.

    In some places, the red gates are so close together they block the sun. Companies and business men sponsor the torii that bare their names in hopes that they will become successful and wealthy.

    As you get further up, there will be a lot of more people selling kitsune udon (kitsune is a word for fox in Japanese) and inari sushi (Inari is supposed to like these sweet sushi).

    The forest surrounding everything is pretty cool as well. You might see wild monkeys if you’re lucky.

    It’s of my opinion that it’s not worth it to go all the way to the top. Go up to the second landing and then wander around above it for a little bit and you will probably be good to head back down.

  4. Mike R. says:

    I took a vacation in Kyoto when I was in Japan. Oddly enough the things that sticks out the most to me is visiting the place where Nintendo started. Go figure.

    oh, question: Are you going to bars and trying to meet girls while you are in Japan? I know a good place in Kyoto, if so.

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