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Trami (typhoon No.24)
It was a summer (and perhaps will be an autumn) of superlatives: the shortest rainy season, the hottest months of July and August, the deadliest floods and landslides (in Western Japan and Hokkaido), and the most powerful typhoons on record. Trami, or Typhoon No.24 according to the Japanese...
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Nihonkai Tour 2018 - Day 7
Typhoon No. 20 ('Cimaron') left flooded rivers, disrupted train services and several thousands of households without electricity in its wake, but caused no further havoc to Himeji. The post-typhoon high-pressure guaranteed perfect photo conditions (the photos below were taken with a smartphone...
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Nihonkai Tour 2018 - Day 6
After a hearty breakfast, we set out for Izumo-taisha (出雲大社), the Izumo Grand Shrine. It is located on the northwestern outskirts of the city and is one of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan. Though the exact date of its establishment is unknown, it is believed to be the oldest shrine in...
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Nihonkai Tour 2018 - Day 5
On Day 5, we left early for Matsue in Shimane Prefecture, about 120 km west of Tottori. There are no highways along the coast of San’in, only one-lane expressways, some of which are toll roads. We arrived in Matsue at noon, and the sun burned down relentlessly. Matsue Castle is one of the...
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Nihonkai Tour 2018 - Day 4
Busy day in Tottori. We visited: The dunes the Sand Museum the Tottori Castle Ruins the Ikeda clan graves Iwami to join a boat tour the Hakuto Shrine The famous dunes of Tottori, Japan’s very own desert. You can dress up in a localised Bedouin costume and ride on camels and dromedaries. Or...
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Nihonkai Tour 2018 - Day 3
We planned a brief stopover in Amanohashidate, one of the three Scenic Views of Japan, but ended up spending the whole day. Here’s why: Wonderful sights, wonderful food, and a roundtrip by boat. We reached Tottori City around 8 pm.
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