Miyajima Ferry


Great Torii ferry services, which take you closest to the Great Torii, operate from Miyajima-guchi from 9:10 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.
JR Miyajima Ferry lets you enjoy a front view of Itsukushima Shrine through the Great Torii,
and take photos of these two notable features together from the sea. The Great Torii is well worth a view from the sea.


Tokyo…..Railway Network


Japan Railways (JR) has the most extensive network of train lines running both within and between Japan’s cities. JR is also the company running the shinkansen (bullet train) lines.

Tokyo's Railway System Explained

If you have a JR Rail Pass, you can use it to travel very cost-efficiently on all the JR lines, including the Shinkansen lines, in any area of the country.


Remember that all the Shinkansen lines are operated by JR. While the JR Rail Pass can be used on all the JR lines throughout the country, each JR branch offers their own convenient passes and discount tickets, such as the very convenient JR West Rail Passoffered by JR West. For information on discount tickets check the website of the JR branch operating in the region you’re visiting.

Taking into account that the JR Rail Pass is valid only on JR lines, if you want to save money while traveling around Japan, purchase a JR Rail Pass and try using mostly JR lines in order to move around.

Tokyo's Railway System Explained

The Tokyo Monorail is a service that connects Hamamatsucho, a station on the Yamanote Line south of Tokyo Station, with Haneda International Aiport. A ride on the Monorail will bring you from Hamamatsucho to Haneda International Airport in less than 20 minutes.

Buy a Japan Rail Pass online…..   https://www.jrpass.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0c66rLy42QIVFkwNCh3UwQEOEAAYAyAAEgKWDfD_BwE


Aomori Japan


Hiraki castle

If you decide to go to one place in Aomori it should probably be Hirosaki. At the center of the Tsugaru plain in the shadow of Mount Iwaki (known as the Tsugaru Fuji) Hirosaki has twice the character of the much larger Aomori City and Hachinohe put together. As the capital of the Tsugaru Domain which covered much of modern day Aomori Prefecture, Hirosaki is blessed with Aomori’s only extant castle – Hirosaki Castle. The diminutive castle is a lot less impressive than those in places like Kumamoto or Osaka, but unlike those castles, it is 100% authentic.

This festival for which Aomori is most famous takes place in towns and cities across the Tsugaru Plain during the week of August 2nd to August 7th. The main procession of the festival consists of large internally lit floats depicting kabuki scenes that are wheeled around wildly from side to side. Members of the public are free to join in as long as they are wearing the required haneto costume.

Nebuta festivals in other towns in Aomori differ in terms of style. Called Neputa in Hirosaki, floats are more of a distinct fan-like shape while in Goshogawara they are much taller.

The Aomori Nebuta schedule sees parades on each evening for the first five days with a procession of floats happening during the day on the final day with a large fireworks festival in the evening.



To book a train or ferry online from Amori to Hakodate……but the link is in Japanese…



Hokkaido Road Trip 2 to Furano


Lavender Field at Hinode Park….Located in the upper Furano, Hinode Park is a municipal lavender park run by the Kamifurano town. Often overlooked by visitors, the view from the park’s little hill is spectacular. It is highly recommended to visit Hinode Park in the morning and beat the crowds that will gather when the first buses comes in at around 9:00am.

Farm Tomita is located in Nakafurano and is the most popular farm in Hokkaido. Spanning a total of 10 hectare and divided into 6 different flower fields, it is made up of over 100 types of flowers including lavender, poppy, sage and more! Apart from lavender fields, the farm also consists of multiple facilities including cafes, shops, a lavender museum and a small factory showing the lavender essential oils production process.

this spot features a Christmas Tree. Photographers of any level will love this sight of this tree standing in the middle of nowhere. The atmosphere surrounding the tree changes throughout the day, making it a good spot for snapping pictures from sunrise to sunset. The Christmas Tree is even prettier during winter, when everything surrounding it is blissful white.


Summer is also a time when Hokkaido’s countryside bursts into color with beautiful summer blossoms, and Furano and Biei are two of Hokkaido’s best-known places where colorful flower fields are concerned. While these areas will have different types of flowers blooming from July to October, July is considered the best time to visit, especially for the lavenders, which will be mostly—if not totally—gone by mid-August.


Hokkaido Road Trips….


Cape Kamui walking track to the end

You enter Cape Kamui through this gate which literally means “women are forbidden” but women can walk through..


Macleay Island


Macleay Island is an island located in Moreton Bay, South East Queensland, Australia.[2] The island constitutes a town and locality within the City of Redland. It has the postcode 4184. Perulpa Island is a small island attached to Macleay Island by a causeway.[5]Macleay Island is the fourth largest island in Moreton Bay after North Stradbroke Island, Moreton Island and Russell Island.

Macleay Island is the second largest of the four Bay Islands, situated 30km from Brisbane in the Moreton Bay Marine Park at the southern end of Moreton Bay. It is 6.5km long and 4km wide at its widest point. Protected by North Stradbroke Island to the east, Macleay is connected to the mainland by ferries and barges, which also connect to inter-island transport for the four Bay Islands.

More than 3500 people are resident on Macleay, enjoying several beaches for swimming and fishing, as well as a bowls club, golf course and boat club. There is also an Arts Complex consisting of a studio, gallery and pottery shed

I am leaving Macleay on the vehicle ferry. The jetty is currently being enlarged and there will be added parking. Currently you have to walk up a steep road to get to the shops and services, or take a taxi if you do not have your own car.

I have been going to MIAC..Macleay Island Arts Centre..where I take, and run, printing classes.

There is a Gallery there with exhibitions that change regularly showing local artist work. At the Gallery there is also Pottery and Painting classes. Most classes cost $5 a session and you bring your own materials.

Macleay Island has sandy beaches and mangrove foreshores. These are spots for fishing, swimming, sailing, picnicking and barbecues. A launch spot is the Dalpura Ramp towards the north of the island. Pat’s Park at the northern end of the island allows for swimming, BBQs, picnics and has children’s play equipment. The Anzac day services are held at the Cenotaph located there. The island has a skate park for the younger generation, which opened in 2014.

Other recreational facilities include boat, bowling and golfing clubs. The Heritage Trail is marked by signage for users. Macleay is also home to a growing community of artists, some quite well known, and the Arts Centre is well used by painters, potters, sculptors, plus other crafts. Bird watching is a popular activity. There are also various classes available in martial arts, tai chi and yoga. Dragon-boating has recently commenced from the boat club on Sundays.


Macleay Island


The Tingira Boat Club is located on Macleay Island which is part of a group of Islands called the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.  Sundays, when the tide is right, are boating days, with the Club owning a number of Vagabonds and canoes, members can be seen enjoying the waters of Moreton Bay.
Dragon Boats
The Club also enjoys an exciting Dragon Boat program where practice takes place every Sunday. Either at the Club or Karragarra Island depending on the tides.
Macleay Island Classic
Each year the Club hosts the Macleay Island Classic, a canoe race around Macleay Island.