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My name is Mathew Fedley and I am an international educator who has lived in Taiwan, Japan, Kazakhstan and China but currently resides in Singapore. Some of my passions include my main profession (teaching) along with travel, geology and photography.

Since 2011 I have been traveling around Japan with the aim of visiting all 47 prefectures in some depth. During winter 2019/20, I will be visiting Hyogo, Shiga, Mie, Kyoto, Kagoshima and Fukuoka prefecture. For my last trip to Japan, I will be posting some user reports which hopefully will encourage people to 'get off the beaten track' and see all that Japan has to offer.

general profile
nickname
mfedley
residing
Singapore
member since
22 May 2012
birth year
1982
sex
Male
nationality
Australia
ethnicity
White/Caucasian
languages
English
job
Science, Teacher
interests
History, Movies, Nature, Onsen, Photographs, Travel, Walking, Science

travel reports

2020/1/6 - Kagoshima to Tarumizu

2019/1/4 - Obscure Kyushu : Minamata

2017/6/25 - Rishiri Island - Hokkaido

2017/1/30 - Hells of Beppu

2016/7/21 - Karatsu City - Saga

2016/7/20 - Kokura - Fukuoka

2016/2/19 - Marugame & Kotohira - Kagawa Prefecture

2016/2/16 - Seiyo

2016/2/15 - Kochi to Otsuki

2016/2/12 - Naruto to Toya

2016/2/11 - Takamatsu to Naruto

2015/7/19 - Accommodation in Japan - Last Post

2015/6/28 - Kurobe Dam Railway - Toyama

2014/6/7 - Ajiro Onsen

2014/5/17 - Gifu City

2014/4/26 - Togakushi & Nagano

2014/4/13 - Toyokawa & Toyohashi

2013/12/31 - Yamaguchi

2013/12/28 - Hiroshima

2013/12/26 - Kurashiki

2013/12/22 - Okayama

2013/12/8 - Ito - Through The Seasons

2013/11/17 - Showa Kinen Koen

2013/11/9 - Shosenkyo Gorge - Autumn Report

2013/10/24 - Oirase Stream - Autumn Report

2013/10/21 - Tono - Shrine Cluster

2013/10/20 - Central Tono - Iwate

2013/10/2 - Kamikochi - Autumn Report

2013/9/14 - Atami - Shizuoka Prefecture

2013/8/8 - Lake Toya - Hokkaido

2013/8/7 - Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

2013/8/4 - Akita Kanto Matsuri

2013/7/10 - Kyoto - Mt Hieizan

2013/7/9 - Kyoto - Ohara

2013/7/7 - Kyoto - Koryuji Area

2013/7/6 - Uji - Summer

2013/7/5 - Hikone

2013/5/13 - Geibi-kei Gorge & Ichinoseki

2013/5/11 - A Rainy Hiraizumi

2013/5/7 - Matsusaka Walk

2013/4/13 - Inuyama Town & Castle

japan travel profile
how often
more than five times
how long
more than two months
travel budget
medium (10,000 - 20,000 yen per day and person)
travel pace
medium
travel style
individual travel
travel interests
Castles, Gardens, Historic Towns, Hot Springs
accommodation used
Hotel
Business Hotel
Ryokan
Minshuku
Pension
Hostel
Temple Lodging
Serviced Apartment
transportation used
Train
Shinkansen
Bicycle
City Bus
Highway Bus
Domestic Flight
Car
Taxi
Ferry
tickets used
Japan Rail Pass
JR Kanto Pass
Oneworld Air Pass
Star Alliance Air Pass
Hokkaido Rail Pass
Seishun 18 Kippu
destinations visited
Hagi
Inujima
Izu Peninsula
Kiso Valley
Koyasan
Naoshima
Noto Peninsula
Rishiri and Rebun
Takahashi
Yaeyama Islands
Yakushima
Akiyoshidai
Amami Oshima
Amanohashidate
Asuka
Bandai
Daisetsuzan
Fukuoka
Fukuroda
Furukawa
Hakodate
Hakone
Hirado
Hiraizumi
Hirosaki
Huis Ten Bosch
Inuyama
Ise Shima
Izumo
Kamakura
Kamikochi
Karatsu
Kinosaki
Kochi
Kumamoto
Kumano
Kunisaki Peninsula
Kurashiki
Kurokawa
Kusatsu Onsen
Kyoto
Marugame
Matsue
Matsuyama
Miyajima
Nagano
Nagasaki
Nara
Nichinan
Nikko
Noboribetsu
Nozawa
Obuse
Okayama
Okinawa Island
Omi Hachiman
Onuma Park
Osaka
Sado
Saga
Sakata
Shimabara Peninsula
Shimokita Peninsula
Shirakawago
Shizuoka
Takachiho
Takamatsu
Takayama
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Tokyo
Tono
Towada
Uchiko
Ureshino Onsen
Usuki
Uwajima
Yamadera
Yamanouchi
Yufuin
Yutoku Inari
Zao
Aizu
Akita
Amakusa
Aomori
Asahikawa
Beppu
Boso Peninsula
Dazaifu
Dewa Sanzan
Fuji Five Lakes
Fukui
Furano
Hikone
Himeji
Hiroshima
Kaga Onsen
Kanazawa
Kawagoe
Kawasaki
Kitakyushu
Kobe
Kotohira
Kurobe Gorge
Manza Onsen
Matsumae
Matsushima
Minamata
Miyazaki
Munakata
Nagoya
Narita
Naruto
Otaru
Ozu
Sapporo
Sendai
Shikotsuko
Takeo Onsen
Tottori
Toyako
Uji
Yamaguchi
Yokohama
Yoshino
Arita and Imari
Aso
Fukuyama
Hachimantai
Iga Ueno
Iwakuni
Iwami Ginzan
Kagoshima
Kairakuen
Kirishima
Kushiro
Satsuma Peninsula
Kofu
Tsuwano
sightseeing spots visited
Tanzan Shrine (Asuka)
Urabandai (Bandai)
Tokoji Temple (Hagi)
Geibikei Gorge (Hiraizumi)
Takkoku no Iwaya (Hiraizumi)
Meiji Mura (Inuyama)
Ito (Izu Peninsula)
Jogasaki Coast (Izu Peninsula)
Kobe Beef (Kobe)
Katsura Villa (Kyoto)
Shinnyodo Temple (Kyoto)
Matsuyama Castle (Matsuyama)
Glover Garden (Nagasaki)
Horyuji Temple (Nara)
Kanmangafuchi Abyss (Nikko)
Farmhouse Stay (Shirakawago)
Shosenkyo Gorge (Kofu)
Takachiho Gorge (Takachiho)
Matsuyama Castle (Takahashi)
Lake Towada (Towada)
Mampukuji Temple (Uji)
Stone Buddhas (Usuki)
Monkey Park (Yamanouchi)
Sankeien Garden (Yokohama)
Aizu Bukeyashiki (Aizu)
Ouchijuku (Aizu)
Tsuruga Castle (Aizu)
Kanto Festival (Akita)
Around the Island (Amami Oshima)
Beaches (Amami Oshima)
Keihan (Amami Oshima)
Amanohashidate (Amanohashidate)
Ine (Amanohashidate)
Nariaiji Temple (Amanohashidate)
Nebuta Matsuri (Aomori)
Okawachiyama Village (Arita and Imari)
Asahiyama Zoo (Asahikawa)
Mount Aso (Aso)
Hasedera Temple (Asuka)
Kashihara Shrine (Asuka)
Muroji Temple (Asuka)
Beppu Hot Springs (Beppu)
Jigoku (Hells) (Beppu)
Mount Nokogiriyama (Boso Peninsula)
Asahidake Onsen (Daisetsuzan)
Sounkyo Onsen (Daisetsuzan)
Tenmangu Shrine (Dazaifu)
Haguro-san (Dewa Sanzan)
Yudono-san (Dewa Sanzan)
Hoto Noodles (Fuji Five Lakes)
Kubota Museum (Fuji Five Lakes)
Sengen Shrine (Fuji Five Lakes)
Eiheiji Temple (Fukui)
Ichijodani Ruins (Fukui)
Canal Area (Furukawa)
Takumikan Museum (Furukawa)
Nyuto Onsen (Hachimantai)
Tamagawa Onsen (Hachimantai)
Aiba Waterway (Hagi)
Daishoin Temple (Hagi)
Former Castle Town (Hagi)
Hagi Castle (Hagi)
Meirinkan (Hagi)
Fort Goryokaku (Hakodate)
Motomachi (Hakodate)
Hakone Hot Springs (Hakone)
Lake Ashinoko (Hakone)
Odawara Castle (Hakone)
Genkyuen Garden (Hikone)
Hikone Castle (Hikone)
Himeji Castle (Himeji)
Kokoen Garden (Himeji)
Mount Shosha (Himeji)
Hirado Castle (Hirado)
Matsura Museum (Hirado)
Chusonji Temple (Hiraizumi)
Hirosaki Castle (Hirosaki)
Peace Park (Hiroshima)
Shukkeien Garden (Hiroshima)
Sukodo School (Iga Ueno)
Ueno Castle (Iga Ueno)
Inuyama Castle (Inuyama)
Urakuen Garden (Inuyama)
Inner Shrine (Ise Shima)
Outer Shrine (Ise Shima)
Kikko Park (Iwakuni)
Omori Town (Iwami Ginzan)
Former Taisha Station (Izumo)
Izumo Taisha (Izumo)
Museum of Ancient Izumo (Izumo)
Atami (Izu Peninsula)
Irozaki Coast (Izu Peninsula)
Kawazu Cherry Festival (Izu Peninsula)
Kiunkaku (Izu Peninsula)
MOA Museum of Art (Izu Peninsula)
Mount Omuro (Izu Peninsula)
Shimoda (Izu Peninsula)
Shimoda Park (Izu Peninsula)
Shuzenji (Izu Peninsula)
Natadera Temple (Kaga Onsen)
Kagoshima Aquarium (Kagoshima)
Reimeikan Museum (Kagoshima)
Sakurajima (Kagoshima)
Senganen Garden (Kagoshima)
Engakuji Temple (Kamakura)
Hasedera Temple (Kamakura)
Hiking Trails (Kamakura)
Kenchoji Temple (Kamakura)
Kairakuen Garden (Kairakuen)
Kodokan (Kairakuen)
Kenrokuen (Kanazawa)
Oyama Shrine (Kanazawa)
Kitain Temple (Kawagoe)
Hot Springs (Kinosaki)
Magome (Kiso Valley)
Nakasendo Hiking (Kiso Valley)
Tsumago (Kiso Valley)
Moji Port (Kitakyushu)
Earthquake Museum (Kobe)
Hyogo Museum of Art (Kobe)
Kobe City Museum (Kobe)
Sorakuen Garden (Kobe)
Katsuo no tataki (Kochi)
Kochi Castle (Kochi)
Mount Godaisan (Kochi)
Kompirasan (Kotohira)
Garan (Koyasan)
Okunoin Temple (Koyasan)
Temple Lodging (Koyasan)
Katsuura (Kumano)
Kumano Kodo (Kumano)
Nachi Taisha (Kumano)
Kitsuki (Kunisaki Peninsula)
Usa Shrine (Kunisaki Peninsula)
Canal Area (Kurashiki)
Arashiyama (Kyoto)
Daigoji Temple (Kyoto)
Daikakuji Temple (Kyoto)
Eikando Temple (Kyoto)
Gion (Kyoto)
Hieizan (Kyoto)
Higashiyama (Kyoto)
Kenninji Temple (Kyoto)
Kinkakuji (Kyoto)
Kodaiji Temple (Kyoto)
Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto)
Myoshinji Temple (Kyoto)
Nanzenji Temple (Kyoto)
Nijo Castle (Kyoto)
Ninnaji Temple (Kyoto)
Ohara (Kyoto)
Sanjusangendo (Kyoto)
Sanzenin Temple (Kyoto)
Shugakuin Villa (Kyoto)
Tenryuji Temple (Kyoto)
Tofukuji Temple (Kyoto)
Yoshiminedera (Kyoto)
Mimoca (Marugame)
Matsue Castle (Matsue)
Yushien Garden (Matsue)
Entsuin Temple (Matsushima)
Dogo Onsen Honkan (Matsuyama)
Ishiteji Temple (Matsuyama)
Daisho-in Temple (Miyajima)
Itsukushima Shrine (Miyajima)
Mount Misen (Miyajima)
Ninpo Museum (Nagano)
Togakushi Shrine (Nagano)
Zenkoji Temple (Nagano)
Dejima (Nagasaki)
Gunkanjima (Nagasaki)
Mount Inasa (Nagasaki)
Nagasaki Peace Park (Nagasaki)
Sofukuji Temple (Nagasaki)
Art House Project (Naoshima)
Benesse House (Naoshima)
Kasuga Taisha (Nara)
Naramachi (Nara)
Shin-Yakushiji (Nara)
Todaiji Temple (Nara)
Toshodaiji Temple (Nara)
Yoshikien Garden (Nara)
Sawara Town (Narita)
Whirlpools (Naruto)
Hangetsuyama (Nikko)
Lake Chuzenji (Nikko)
Senjogahara Marsh (Nikko)
Taiyuin (Nikko)
Toshogu Shrine (Nikko)
Hot Springs (Noboribetsu)
Jigokudani (Noboribetsu)
Keta Taisha Shrine (Noto Peninsula)
Kita Residence (Noto Peninsula)
Kongo Coast (Noto Peninsula)
Myojoji Temple (Noto Peninsula)
Nozawa Hot Springs (Nozawa)
Old Town (Obuse)
Kibi Plain (Okayama)
Korakuen Garden (Okayama)
Okayama Castle (Okayama)
Churaumi Aquarium (Okinawa Island)
War Memorials (Okinawa Island)
Mozu Tombs (Osaka)
Garyu Sanso (Ozu)
Sado Gold Mine (Sado)
Honma Museum of Art (Sakata)
Kamo Aquarium (Sakata)
Moerenuma Park (Sapporo)
Sapporo Beer Museum (Sapporo)
Chiran Tokko Museum (Satsuma Peninsula)
Flower Park (Satsuma Peninsula)
Ibusuki (Satsuma Peninsula)
Rinnoji Temple (Sendai)
Zuihoden Mausoleum (Sendai)
Shimabara Castle (Shimabara Peninsula)
Unzen Onsen (Shimabara Peninsula)
Osorezan (Shimokita Peninsula)
Ogimachi Village (Shirakawago)
Kunozan Toshogu (Shizuoka)
Sumpu Castle (Shizuoka)
Daizenji Temple (Kofu)
Kai-Zenkoji Temple (Kofu)
Kofu Castle (Kofu)
Takeda Shrine (Kofu)
Amano Iwato Shrine (Takachiho)
Raikyuji Temple (Takahashi)
Sanuki Udon (Takamatsu)
Shikoku Mura (Takamatsu)
Hida Folk Village (Takayama)
Higashiyama Walk (Takayama)
Old Town (Takayama)
Takayama Jinya (Takayama)
Hama Rikyu (Tokyo)
Kyu Shiba Rikyu (Tokyo)
Sensoji Temple (Tokyo)
Shinjuku Gyoen (Tokyo)
Showa Memorial Park (Tokyo)
Tsuwano Castle Ruins (Tsuwano)
Uchiko History Museum (Uchiko)
Uchiko-za Theater (Uchiko)
Yokaichi Old Town (Uchiko)
Byodoin Temple (Uji)
Mimurotoji Temple (Uji)
Samurai District (Usuki)
Tenshaen Garden (Uwajima)
Joeiji Temple (Yamaguchi)
Mount Yoshinoyama (Yoshino)
Sakuramotobo Temple (Yoshino)
Zao Ski Resort (Zao)
Fukushima Museum (Aizu)
Oyakuen Garden (Aizu)
Suehiro Sake Brewery (Aizu)
Mangrove Forest (Amami Oshima)
Tanaka Isson Museum (Amami Oshima)
Chionji Temple (Amanohashidate)
Kono Shrine (Amanohashidate)
Arita Town (Arita and Imari)
Asukadera Temple (Asuka)
Imaicho Town (Asuka)
Omiwa Shrine (Asuka)
Yamanobe-no-michi Trail (Asuka)
Oita Art Museum (Beppu)
Kanzeonji Temple (Dazaifu)
Churenji, Dainichibo (Dewa Sanzan)
Iyashi no Sato (Fuji Five Lakes)
Lake Kawaguchiko (Fuji Five Lakes)
Panoramic Ropeway (Fuji Five Lakes)
Dinosaur Museum (Fukui)
Maruoka Castle (Fukui)
Tojinbo (Fukui)
Fukuyama Castle (Fukuyama)
Tomonoura (Fukuyama)
Goshogake Onsen (Hachimantai)
Lake Tazawa (Hachimantai)
Shoin Shrine (Hagi)
Morning Market (Hakodate)
Detached Palace (Hakone)
Gora Park (Hakone)
Hakone Checkpoint (Hakone)
Hakone Shrine (Hakone)
Hakone Tozan Railway (Hakone)
Owakudani (Hakone)
Castle Road (Hikone)
Christian Sites (Hirado)
Dutch Trading Post (Hirado)
Motsuji Temple (Hiraizumi)
Takadachi Gikeido (Hiraizumi)
Fujita Garden (Hirosaki)
Neputa Mura (Hirosaki)
Hiroshima Castle (Hiroshima)
Hiroshima Downtown (Hiroshima)
Danjiri Museum (Iga Ueno)
Ninja Museum (Iga Ueno)
Oharaimachi (Ise Shima)
Kintai-kyo Bridge (Iwakuni)
Silver Mine (Iwami Ginzan)
Kawazu Nanadaru (Izu Peninsula)
Shirahama Beach (Izu Peninsula)
Shiroyama Park (Kagoshima)
Hachimangu Shrine (Kamakura)
Hokokuji Temple (Kamakura)
Jochiji Temple (Kamakura)
Jufukuji Temple (Kamakura)
Meigetsuin Temple (Kamakura)
Myohonji Temple (Kamakura)
Tokeiji Temple (Kamakura)
Zeniarai Benten (Kamakura)
Zuisenji Temple (Kamakura)
21st Century Museum (Kanazawa)
D.T. Suzuki Museum (Kanazawa)
Higashi Chaya District (Kanazawa)
Kanazawa Castle (Kanazawa)
Nagamachi (Kanazawa)
Omicho Market (Kanazawa)
Seisonkaku Villa (Kanazawa)
Honmaru Goten (Kawagoe)
Warehouse District (Kawagoe)
Kawasaki Daishi (Kawasaki)
Nihon Minkaen (Kawasaki)
Town Center (Kinosaki)
Kirishima Onsen (Kirishima)
Kirishima Shrine (Kirishima)
Kokura Castle (Kitakyushu)
Yawata Steel Works (Kitakyushu)
Arima Onsen (Kobe)
Chinatown (Kobe)
Meriken Park (Kobe)
Sake Breweries (Kobe)
Kochi Downtown (Kochi)
Kanamaruza Theater (Kotohira)
Kongobuji Temple (Koyasan)
Tokugawa Mausoleum (Koyasan)
Hayatama Taisha (Kumano)
Prefectural Museum (Kunisaki Peninsula)
Ohashi House (Kurashiki)
Kushiro Marshlands (Kushiro)
Chionin Temple (Kyoto)
Daitokuji Temple (Kyoto)
Fushimi Inari Shrine (Kyoto)
Ginkakuji (Kyoto)
Heian Shrine (Kyoto)
Honganji Temples (Kyoto)
Kiyomizudera (Kyoto)
Kyoto Station (Kyoto)
Maruyama Park (Kyoto)
Nishiki Market (Kyoto)
Philosopher's Path (Kyoto)
Shorenin Temple (Kyoto)
Takao (Kyoto)
Toji Temple (Kyoto)
Yasaka Shrine (Kyoto)
Marugame Castle (Marugame)
Adachi Museum of Art (Matsue)
Hearn Residence (Matsue)
Samurai District (Matsue)
Fukuura Island (Matsushima)
Godaido (Matsushima)
Matsushima Bay (Matsushima)
Zuiganji Temple (Matsushima)
Dogo Onsen (Matsuyama)
Senjokaku (Miyajima)
Olympic Facilities (Nagano)
Chinatown (Nagasaki)
Confucian Shrine (Nagasaki)
Dutch Slope (Nagasaki)
Kofukuji Temple (Nagasaki)
Meganebashi Bridge (Nagasaki)
Nagoya Castle (Nagoya)
Ando Museum (Naoshima)
Chichu Museum (Naoshima)
I Love Yu (Naoshima)
Lee Ufan Museum (Naoshima)
Heijo Palace (Nara)
Kofukuji Temple (Nara)
Nara Park (Nara)
Yakushiji Temple (Nara)
Aeon Narita (Narita)
Naritasan Temple (Narita)
Otsuka Museum of Art (Naruto)
Ryozenji Temple (Naruto)
Botanical Garden (Nikko)
Futarasan Shrine (Nikko)
Irohazaka (Nikko)
Kegon Waterfall (Nikko)
Rinnoji Temple (Nikko)
Tamozawa Villa (Nikko)
Yumoto Onsen (Nikko)
Okunoto Coast (Noto Peninsula)
Sojiji Temple (Noto Peninsula)
Tokikuni Residences (Noto Peninsula)
Wajima City (Noto Peninsula)
Wakura Onsen (Noto Peninsula)
Hokusai Museum (Obuse)
Canal Area (Otaru)
City Museum (Otaru)
Herring Mansion (Otaru)
Nikka Whisky Distillery (Otaru)
Sakaimachi Street (Otaru)
Old Town (Ozu)
Ozu Castle (Ozu)
Ogi Town (Sado)
Sado Bugyosho (Sado)
Honma Residence (Sakata)
Sankyo Warehouses (Sakata)
Historic Village (Sapporo)
Mount Moiwa (Sapporo)
Odori Park (Sapporo)
Cape Nagasakibana (Satsuma Peninsula)
Chiran Samurai District (Satsuma Peninsula)
Osaki Hachimangu (Sendai)
Takachiho Shrine (Takachiho)
Takahashi Old Town (Takahashi)
Sunport Takamatsu (Takamatsu)
Yashima (Takamatsu)
Morning Markets (Takayama)
Kurobe Dam (Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route)
Murodo (Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route)
Akihabara (Tokyo)
Ginza (Tokyo)
Harajuku (Tokyo)
Institute for Nature (Tokyo)
Meiji Shrine (Tokyo)
Shibuya (Tokyo)
Shinjuku (Tokyo)
Tokyo Tower (Tokyo)
Ueno Park (Tokyo)
Yasukuni Shrine (Tokyo)
Yoyogi Park (Tokyo)
Zojoji Temple (Tokyo)
Kannonin Temple (Tottori)
Sand Dunes (Tottori)
Tottori Castle Ruins (Tottori)
Showa Shinzan (Toyako)
Toyako Onsen (Toyako)
Usuzan Ropeway (Toyako)
Usuzan West Craters (Toyako)
Inari Shrine (Tsuwano)
Old Town (Tsuwano)
Kamihaga Residence (Uchiko)
Koshoji Temple (Uji)
Uji River (Uji)
Ujigami Shrine (Uji)
Taga Shrine (Uwajima)
Uwajima Castle (Uwajima)
Rurikoji Temple (Yamaguchi)
Yamaguchi Daijingu (Yamaguchi)
Chinatown (Yokohama)
Cupnoodles Museum (Yokohama)
Minato Mirai (Yokohama)
Osanbashi Pier (Yokohama)
Yamashita Park (Yokohama)
Yamate and Motomachi (Yokohama)
Chikurin-in Temple (Yoshino)
Kinpusenji Temple (Yoshino)
Nyoirinji Temple (Yoshino)
Yoshimizu Shrine (Yoshino)
Iimoriyama (Aizu)
Akita Museum of Art (Akita)
Aso Shrine (Aso)
Government Ruins (Dazaifu)
Samurai District (Hirosaki)
Atami Castle (Izu Peninsula)
Great Buddha (Kamakura)
Ryoanji Temple (Kyoto)
Oura Church (Nagasaki)
German House (Naruto)
Toki Forest Park (Sado)
Aoba Castle (Sendai)
Roppongi Hills (Tokyo)

japan living profile
living duration
1-5 years