Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 10: The Villages Of The Hida Mountains

We started the day with breakfast at the station from the ‘French’ bakery DONQ that we’d been eyeing up the night before. Whilst Anne-So went for some classic French options with her coffee I went for a more colourful collection of Japanese buns. Both food and drink were rather good and we made a note to return the following day. Before getting our coach I … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 10: The Villages Of The Hida Mountains

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 9: The Gardens Of Kanazawa

Train: Limited Express Thunderbird 29 Kyoto to KanazawaDepart Kyoto Station: 16:10Arrive Kanazawa Station: 18:26Seats: Car 11, Seats 5C and 5DTrain: 683-4000 series Top Speed: 100 mph (160 km/h) We finally hauled, harried, pulled and dragged our way to the platform and unlike the perfect organisation of every other train we took in Japan this felt like chaos. As per usual the platform was littered with … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 9: The Gardens Of Kanazawa

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 8: Living the Suite Life in Kyoto

We checked out and made the short walk to the station to continue our train journey from the day before, this time bound for Kyoto. Train: Sakura 540 Hiroshima to Shin-Osaka (Followed by a local train to Kyoto Station)Depart Hiroshima Station: 08:26Arrive Shin Osaka: 09:53Seats: Car 5: Seats 12A and 12BTrain: Kyushu Shinkansen 800 Series Maximum Speed 160mph (260 km/h) The journey flew by and … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 8: Living the Suite Life in Kyoto

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 7: Hiroshima Mon Amour

We checked out very easily from the Okura and got the metro to Hakata station. Not having all the time in the world we spotted Seattle’s Best Coffee and ordered a breakfast set. Apparently hot dogs are a popular breakfast item in Japan and who am I to argue! The food was well packaged for our trip on the shinkansen to Hiroshima. In the end … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 7: Hiroshima Mon Amour

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 6: Sunsets and Yakitori in Fukuoka

We picked up our baggage and dragged it towards the airport via the metro and airport express. We arrived at CTS later than planned but after a little drama finding our way as well as getting someone to manually check us in and tag our bags to Fukuoka we had enough time for some lunch, or at least Anne-So did… Flight: JL3512 Sapporo to FukuokaDepart … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 6: Sunsets and Yakitori in Fukuoka

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 5: Dinner, Beer and Diarrhoea in Sapporo

We arrived super early for our shinkansen at Odawara and were fortunate enough to get all our seat reservations sorted for the rest of the trip, result! We waited for a while before boarding our bullet train to Tokyo. Train: Kodoma 640 Odawara to ShinagawaDepart: Odawara Station 11:42Arrive: Shinagawa Station 12:09Seats: Coach 12 (Seats Unknown)Locomotive: Shinkansen N700 Top Speed 177mph (285 km/h) And Train: Keikyu … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 5: Dinner, Beer and Diarrhoea in Sapporo

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 4: Hakone Hot Tubs And A Mount Fuji Feast

I should have been really excited that morning as it was to be our first time riding the shinkansen or bullet train, something I had dreamed of since I found out that such a thing existed. This was up there along with Concorde, monorails (now maglevs, though I did get to ride the monorail on this trip!) and the Orient Express. Sadly the closest I … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 4: Hakone Hot Tubs And A Mount Fuji Feast

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 3: Fortune Favours The Fortunate (36 Hours in Tokyo)

Our flight landed around 20 minutes late into Narita and we were glad to be on our way and off the plane. With us already being behind schedule the wait to get our passports stamped with tourist visas and pick up our baggage felt endless. In the end it didn’t really matter as we still had plenty of time to pick up our Pasmo cards … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 3: Fortune Favours The Fortunate (36 Hours in Tokyo)

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 1: 24 Hours In HEL

We jumped on the bus outside the Renaissance and two stops later arrived at Heathrow Central. It was then just a short stroll along the travellators to Terminal 3. We were quickly checked in as for once there was no queue whatsoever. Security was the same, a minimal wait and straight through. We also realised it was our first time travelling from Terminal 3 not … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 1: 24 Hours In HEL

Intro: Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side

We’d always wanted to go to Japan. For me it was a love of all things bullet trains, anime, food and fashion. Anne-So loves nature, food and that sense of spirituality that Japan promises (and was less keen on the trains and me blowing all the spending money on clothes!). Unfortunately a trip of this magnitude requires some serious investment for two average working folk. … Continue reading Intro: Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side