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// OCTOBER 2014
To Tokyo and even further...

Inspiration

Japan was always among the destinations that we wanted to visit but there was always some inconvenience stopping us from doing so. The journey was too long, the days needed for it too many, the tickets always too expensive, the connecting flights too unreliable and the combination of air companies too difficult. So we kept postponing it for later…and later.

In 2011, after the catastrophic earthquake and the tsunami that followed it, the possibility of a journey there became even more distant and we thought of visiting Japan four or five years later.

In 2012, when we visited Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska and the Coast of the Pacific Ocean in USA and when the thematic part of journeys around the Ring of Fire (around the volcanoes which are situated in the Pacific Ocean) started forming itself, the thought of Japan returned again.

“The Ring of Fire” includes 452 volcanoes, meaning the 75% of active and inactive volcanoes in the world. At the “Ring of Fire” takes place the 90% of earthquakes globally and the 80% of the most tremendous ones, more over.

It is a zone which has the shape of a horseshoe and it is created by the shores of the American Continent and the shores of Asia bordering the Pacific Ocean. The length of this horseshoe is 40.000klm and its parts are connected with an almost continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arks, volcanic zones and lithosphere plaques.

In 2013, when we managed to go to New Zealand and to Indonesia, areas with plenty of volcanoes, all part of the “Ring of Fire”, and while the puzzle was completing itself more and more, the thought of Japan became even more intense.

After 2010 and onwards, when we visited Chile, Peru, the coasts of the Pacific Ocean in USA, (Hawaii too, which is a completely volcanic island complex, although not included in the maps of the Ring of Fire), Alaska and New Zealand_ with our older journeys that took place in 1989 to Papua, New Guinea and Fiji Islands also included_ Japan was the only place left for us, so us to conclude the circle of our journeys to the Ring of Fire.

With a journey to Japan we would cover the basic destinations at least, since, I hope, that there will always be chances for partial destinations and new journeys to this particular part of the world…

For instance:
Kodiak Island: For observing the bears
Aleutian Islands: We will find a reason to visit them too, definitely
Philippines: The time will come for a journey there too
Tonga Islands: Also in the Pacific Ocean and a “must” too.

In my mind, Japan was always connected with two seasons.

Spring, at first, (end of February, beginning of March), when the cherry trees blossom and the landscape is beautiful in the whole Japan and autumn, secondly, (from October to November), which was always nearer to my own choices and tastes and again a proper season for us to see the beautiful colors of the birches and several other trees, into Japan’s forests.

So, as soon as we had completed our journey from Boston to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Canada, to Nova Scotia and after having enjoyed the so called “Indian Summer”, with its beautiful colors, in September 2014, we thought that this feast of colors could be continued to Japan too.

It was the right season to go there and we would make an attempt to visit it.

I started my search for journeys to Japan with Turkish Airlines and I found extremely good prices.

It didn’t take us too long to make the final decision.

We thought of combining the journey to Japan with a visit to Seoul in South Korea, so as to take a first taste of that country too, and to repeat later on another journey there, which could last more days.

We thought of arriving to Tokyo and then departing from Seoul on our way back home, or the opposite, probably.

But a journey like that always includes some dangers, in case something won’t work in a one way flight from one country to another. Therefore, we preferred to arrive to Tokyo and depart from it too, leaving the flight to Seoul as an intermediate stopover, something that we would be able to manage.

So, that was the inspiration for the journey to Japan. Of course, from then on, while organizing our schedule for partial courses, we were always relying on Globus for specific advice.
 

The Ring of Fire 

 

Country: Japan
Date: 2014
Route: Japan - S. Korea
Cities: Narita, Nikko, Nagoya, Ise, Hiroshima, Yoshino, Koya, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nara, Kamakura, Seoul, Tokyo
Duration: 15
Cost:
Population: 126.311.000
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Country: Japan
Date: 2014
Route: Japan - S. Korea
Cities: Narita, Nikko, Nagoya, Ise, Hiroshima, Yoshino, Koya, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nara, Kamakura, Seoul, Tokyo
Duration: 15
Cost:
Population: 126.311.000
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Country: Japan
Date: 2014
Route: Japan - S. Korea
Cities: Narita, Nikko, Nagoya, Ise, Hiroshima, Yoshino, Koya, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nara, Kamakura, Seoul, Tokyo
Duration: 15 days
Cost:
Population: 126.311.000
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