Kyra_Kiwa

Kyra_Kiwa

A writer and travel junkie, I had made a bucket-list of places to visit when I was a kid. Although I have struck many places off my list, every year, I add new ones! For me, travel is not something you do in your life, it IS life. That's my mantra; that's something I will live by forever.

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This charming little museum is a private collection that is open to public. The clocks represent an elite Japanese fascination with Western timepiece but were not just copies of Western technology. They were altered to reflect Japanese sense of time. The early clock faces even used the traditional Chinese zodiac symbols that divided the day in traditional Japan. Very fascinating, indeed! The major problem is that there are no English explanations, only Japanese ones. You will need someone who reads Japanese if you want to fully immerse into the experience.

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Motemnashi dome certainly dominates the skyline as you arrive at Kanazawa station. An attractive & symmetrical structure, it's also functional, protecting everyone from the weather. A good introduction to the city of Kanazawa, which is a sleek and modern city with multiple historic sites.

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My friend & I took the cable car to the crater top. We got there early to beat the crowds. The strong smell of sulfur and beauty of the hot springs was stunning. It was difficult to see the views sometimes because of the steam, but it just added to the thrill. There is also an noteworthy geological museum and several places to get coffee, etc. It was well worth the visit.

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Blanket Creek is a stunning campground South of Revelstoke on Arrow Lake. The sites are private and well maintained. We took a short drive from Revelstoke (25 minutes). Halcyon Hot springs is not too far either. This place was easy to find and it's a 2 minute walk from the parking spot. My friend and I spent a week in the campground and it is beautiful. There is no power but the potable water there tasted great. The park staff were very friendly, willing to answer all the questions we had. The man-made lake is clean, cool and very refreshing on a hot summer day. There is a sand beach and a playground near the lake. Sutherland Falls is a short walk from the campsite and it is worth it. The only problem was the ferocious mosquitoes. That can be solved with lots of mosquito spray and nets. All in all, a great place for some family fun.

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What an amazing day my friend & I had! The guided tour was expensive, but was well worth it. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and also fun to be with. His breadth of knowledge about geology, culture, plants, birds, etc was very impressive. Words really cannot describe the experience. Fragile stalactites, cave spiders, amazing rock features were some of the things we saw. So mesmerizing!

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