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Posted by Ross

My trip to Japan! 

Hi everyone. I'm now back in the UK after my trip to Japan and as I promised before I left, I will have news for you on the Japanese audio in Omega Quintet very soon indeed.

I had a fantastic time in Japan, both on my own, and after I joined my Inside Japan tour. Inside Japan were very helpful and I'd definitely recommend them if you've never been to Japan before and feel you might need some help. The tour itself was excellent and their staff were very helpful before I went.

Tokyo itself was incredible, I stayed in Askusa which was very pretty.

And I also really enjoyed exploring Akihabara where I ate at the Gundam Cafe, and visiting the Edo Tokyo Museum was another highlight in Tokyo. Although there is just so much going on in Tokyo that even after 6 nights I feel I barely scratched the surface of this amazing city.

Another city I barely scratched the surface of was Kyoto, which was very different to Tokyo, but no less interesting. Kyoto station itself is both unbelievably massive and very modern, but once you got away from it, the old parts of Kyoto were very pretty. In addition to seeing temples and shrines such as the Inari Shrine.

In Kyoto in exchange for agreeing to be filmed by the Japan National Tourist Organisation, the group was entertained by a maiko for an hour. I also found time to visit Uji & Nara which were both fascinating. In addition to all the famous sites, it was a lot of fun seeing the incredibly tame deer in Nara.

Even outside the main cities Japan was a lot of fun. In Sendai I really enjoyed visiting the castle, where I also saw a very impressive statue of Date Masamune.

The pilgrims trail in Kamakura was a very interesting walk and in addition to visiting the giant Buddha I also saw the Zelda shrine.

Hakone had some stunning scenery and while the onsen bath I had there was very relaxing, I think the highlight would be taking a cable car over an active volcano to get to my ryokan (traditional Japanese inn).

My other stop was Morioka, and while it's not exactly a very touristy city, it was very pretty and it was very interesting to visit a Japanese city away from the tourist trail.  Also, I did get to make some reimen noodles while I was there, which was fun.

That's all for now. I hope you didn't mind hearing a little about my trip to Japan. I'd love to go back some time soon. Next week normal service should be resumed with more news from Ghostlight. Until then why not follow us on our Twitter and Facebook pages, our Youtube Channel and our  Google + account, where we’ll be posting all the latest news from Ghostlight You can also follow me on Twitter for a more personal take on all things Ghostlight.

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