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Castle and Sushi in Odawara, Japan

October 7-9, 2017 If you are taking the shinkansen (bullet train) to Hakone, a mountainous weekend getaway out of Tokyo, you might find yourself in Odawara. How about a castle and sushi before heading into the mountains? Odawara Castle, a … Continue reading

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Sleeping and Dining in Kanazawa, Japan

October 1, 2017 For sights in Kanazawa see the previous post.   Hotel Resol Trinity This Western style hotel is a nice break from a series of ryokan. Not that I don’t like the ryokan experience but sometimes it’s nice … Continue reading

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Honjin Hiranoya Annex, Takayama, Central Honshu, Japan

September 30, 2017 For sights in Takayama please see the previous post. The Honjin Hiranoya Annex an upscale ryokan (traditional Japanese hotel) is very Western friendly. The staff speaks good English, they take care of your car and they offer … Continue reading

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Hotel Meitetsu, Inuyama, Japan

September 23, 2017 The big resort style hotel, the only real hotel in town I think, is overpriced for the dated feel. Although given the number of guests at breakfast it seems to be very popular with the Japanese. Looks … Continue reading

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Other Sleeping and Dining Options, Kyoto, Japan

September – October, 2017 While staying in a ryokan is a great way to experience Japanese culture and cuisine, sometimes you just want a normal bed and a place to hang out in the afternoon other than on a tatami … Continue reading

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Victoria Falls in September, Zimbabwe

September 1 – 2, 2016 Staying at the Ilala Lodge on the Zimbabwe side of the falls, it was an easy walk to the entrance of the Victoria Falls Rainforest Reserve. We visited the park twice, once late in the … Continue reading

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Chobe Elephant Camp, Chobe Nat’l Park, Botswana

August 30 – September 1, 2016 The compound is set on a ridge overlooking the river valley. The open air common rooms and pool area as well as the cabins all have the same great sunset view. The rooms, individual … Continue reading

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