Introduction to Shirahama Beach

Castle in the Sky was interesting, pretty far off the beaten track, and a lot of fun; all in all though, we were ready for some more R-and-R. The rest and recovery included lazing around on the most beautiful beach I had ever seen, located in Shirahama.

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Castle in the Sky

Visiting the Taked-jo Castle in the Sky was high on my priority list as huge fan of anime, but while in Osaka we had to visit the Cup Noodle Museum.

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“Wind Rises” in Nagoya

A huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, it was a lot of fun stopping off on our way to Toyota in Nagoya. Then off to the Toyota Factory tour.

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Toyota Factory Tour

Visiting the Toyota Factory Tour and museum was a highlight of the trip. It provide insight into corporate businesses and the Toyota Production System.

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Ferry from Kagoshima to Yakushima

Our exploration of Yakushima had been intense and exciting, pushing us to the limits and rewarding us with natural beauty and exploration of the wild. One of the few things we did not expect to see were cows, especially not as we were getting on to the ferry to go back to Kagoshima.

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Turtles of Yakushima

Turtles being turtles, they only come ashore during the night; continuing our crazy streak we went out in a torrential downpour to watch them.

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Volcanic Sakurajima

We were off to Dinosaur park on Sakurajima Island. Urban camping at, which then came with 2 story location, pet hawk, and viewing of a Submarine.

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