THE GATE TO NANZENJI TEMPLE IN KYOTO
A gateway to contemplation.
ONE OF THE TRAINS ON OUR SLOW TRAINS TO KYOTO TOUR
They're not all bullet trains!
OUR MINIBUS BREAKS DOWN ON TOUR
Told to fill with diesel when it should have been petrol. Everyone thought it was part of the adventure. Toyota Rental, by way of apology, gave me a tin on biscuits.
HARLEY DAVIDSONS EN ROUTE TO KANAZAWA
A rather impressive sight, and sound, as they pulled out of the Circle K convenience store car park back onto the highway!
GEOCACHING IN KYOTO
A tin full of little goodies under the bridge in Kyoto, not plastic explosive!
ONCE UPON A TIME IN KUMANO
Posing at a wayside temple hall under construction.
COULD BE ANYWHERE IN JAPAN
The sort of street scene you'll see wherever you are in Japan
NOW A RESTING PLACE FOR HERONS
The Atomic Dome building remains still standing in Hiroshima.
RETAILS THERAPISTS IN TAKASHIMAYA
Amazing professional retail therapists at the information counter not enough? Need a model to greet you, too!
PARTY HATS AND WIGS
A diversion in Nara.
PARLOUR GAMES WITH GEIKO IN KYOTO
'Konpira fune fune'
MY FAVORITE GEIKO IN KYOTO
'nough said ...
Music-making at the Funky Monk's in Inner Kumano.
A TYPICAL SIGHT
Prostrate after a long day's hiking on one of Bob's Boot Camps.
DANCING TO KARAOKE AT OUR INN
Not long after a visit to the out-patients for stitches for that head wound!
DINNER AT OUR RYOKAN IN KYOTO
If you can't sit cross-legged long enough, well, there's no option!
UKIYO - THE FLOATING WORLD
Leandro Erlich's pool in Kanazawa.
WATER BABIES (1)
Nice pierced nipple!
WATER BABIES (2)
Bathing beauties in a hot spring on an Imperial Pilgrimage Tour.
SAMURAI WITH A RUSSIAN WARRIOR
At Matsumoto Castle.
REFLECTIONS ON MIYAJIMA
The floating shinto torii gate from Itsukujima Jinja shrine.
DANCE AT ITSUKUSHIMA JINJA SHRINE
Looking towards Hiroshima, through the torii gate.
JIZO IN THE SNOW ON MOUNT KOYA
Jizo guiding souls
To world of nothingness
And eternal happiness
Haiku poem by Julian Post
MACAQUE IN WINTER
Photo by Tomo Akiyama, photographer and guide.
Photo by Stephanie Oberst
We noticed this bat fighting its way against a headwind up the Kamikochi Valley. Simon put out his hand and the bat alighted on it. We continued on our way after putting the bat in a safe spot beside the path.
STANDING IN THE ROAD
Landslips are common after heavy rain in Japan. This, however, is not. The tree had clearly just slid down onto the road, remaining completely upright.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Enlightenment after hours of climbing through the forest!
At the Kongobuji Temple on Mount Koya, a couple on the pilgrimage with their dog!
JIZO IN A SEA OF MOSS
Jizo in a temple garden in Ohara near Kyoto.
PRINCE CHARLES AND CAMILLA
We happened to be visiting Todaiji Temple in Nara when, whaddya' know, Charles and Camilla breezed by with heavies in tow!
NEPUTA FESTIVAL IN HIROSAKI
Huge handmade floats trundle along, pulled by locals, each depicting stories and legendary characters.
FLAMING RAMEN NOODLES IN KYOTO
Health and Safety? Never heard of it.
SUNRISE FROM MOUNT HOTAKA
One of the many fine images taken by Patrick Weeks. This on on our Roof of Japan trek in 2013.
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Our mountain hiking tours aren't all like this. Promise! In fact Barbara's climbing a fixed steel ladder to the peak.
SELFIE ON HOTAKA
This one taken in a typhoon.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE EAST
Bob guiding a Yakushima Island Traverse with one of our excellent group of hikers.
MISTY MOUNTAINS OF KUMANO
On our Imperial Pilgrimage Route hike to the Three Grand Shrines of Kumano.
Fuji as it once looked. Photo by James Kenney.
MOUNT FUJI FROM ARAKAWAGOYA
Mount Fuji at sunrise seen from Arakawagoya mountain hut in the South Japan Alps.