Taiwan is China only nicer. Everyone is friendly and its very clean but they are still Chinese as Taiwan is not officially recognised as a country.
Nara is a great day trip from Kyoto. Its only an hours journey on the efficient Japanese trains.
From Hiroshima to Kyoto is 269 km and exactly half way is Himeji, famous for its spectacular white castle.
Just an hours journey from Hiroshima is Miyajima Island, the sacred island where God dwells.
Japan is so expensive that you need to make full use of everyday so be bought seven day Japan rail passes. Continue reading
We arrived in Tokyo in torrential rain I’m sure it followed us all the way from Moscow. We struggled to find our hotel but the end it wasn’t far and we settled in to our tiny room to dry off.
We were driven the seventy kilometres back to Irkutsk from Lystvyanka for a tour of the centre. This city on the Angara river is famous because the Decembrists who revolted against Tsar Nicholas l in 1825 were exiled there.