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Our week in Osaka, Japan

We ended up staying in Namba in Osaka for several days and used our JR Rail Pass to travel to surrounding cities. This is all possible, of course, because of Japan’s highly efficient and speedy rail network. We stayed in an apartment,  a ten minute walk from the Namba train…
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Shanghai and the Ferry to Osaka, Japan

After a hectic few months through Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and then the whirlwind visit to Australia, Di and I needed a rest. As we had been to Shanghai before we opted for a few lazy days there whilst we waited for our ferry to Japan. We did, though,…
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Jhiben Hot Springs and the Amazing Alishan, Taiwan

We left Hualian Train Station bright and early the next morning by High Speed Rail (HSR) for the five hour trip to Taitung – the cost was TWD$343 each (AUD$15). On arriving at Taitung we exited the train station and turned left and waddled along the road for about 500…
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The Spectacular Taroko Gorge and National Park, Taiwan

We left Taipei from Taipei Main Station by train for the coastal town of Hualien. The train we caught was a High Speed Rail (HSR), it took 5 and a half hours and cost NT$550 each (AUD$27). We booked our seats a few days in advance. The trains are comfortable…
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