Yokohama, Whistler, Vancouver

Yokohama Harbor

Yokohama Harbor

After all the travelling in the US, UK, Europe and Vietnam I recharged by batteries for a few weeks back at my home base in Narita. I did, however, spend a couple of days in Yokohama (my favorite city in Japan). I took the rapid train from JR Narita station, it takes about 2 hours direct on the Sobu line and costs about ¥1900 one way. This is a good time to catch up on that favorite book you’re reading. It’s nice to travel by train in Japan as they have a silence code. You won’t find people loudly talking on their phone, drinking beer or making a mess. I met up with a friend and had lunch at TGIF’s, the food here has gone downhill and so expensive. After I went on to Minato Mirai 21. This is the business district of Yokohama with designer buildings built all around the harbor. I stayed at the New Otani Inn overlooking the Yokohama Harbor. This is one of my favorite harbors and is spectacular at night time when everything is illuminated, especially the Big Clock Ferris Wheel. There is a huge Japanese sailing ship called Nippon Maru that sits in the harbor and is now a museum.

Nippon Maru

Nippon Maru

The Old Warehouse Buildings are good to visit for interesting shops, restaurants, brew pubs and markets.

Walking over the bridge at night with all the lights reflecting on the harbor is…. AMAZING

Yokohama Clock Wheel

I left Narita Mid September and flew to Vancouver. Then took the Pacific Coach Lines bus to Whistler. What a looong day. After I arrived in Whistler Blackcomb Suites I was hungry as the food on my Air Canada flight was TERRIBLE. YUK…so I quickly ran out and got some pizza and ran back up the hill to the hotel in the dark hoping a hungry bear wouldn’t attack me. During my 2 week stay in Whistler I saw 5 black bears. I saw 3 grazing on clover on the blackcomb slope, and a mother and cub walking up hill.

Mother and cub on Blackcomb mountain

Mother and cub on Blackcomb mountain

He's staring right at me

He’s staring right at me

It was still sunny the first week I arrived in Whistler and I had my shorts on, the second week I wore skinny jeans and a rain jacket. It’s always nice to have the fresh mountain air. I eventually used the gas fireplace in the apartment which was nice and warm. However, the last 2 days of my stay there was a power outage and had to use candles and glow in the dark wands. The hotel eventually moved me to their sister hotel the Cascade Lodge which was in the centre of Whistler village.

Next stop was Vancouver, on the bus back I saw a pod of whales jumping in and out of the ocean, I enjoyed the moment and had no time to take a photograph.

I stayed at the Sandman Signature Hotel. On 27th September I saw the Blood Moon during the lunar eclipse so I caught a few photos and it was amazing….Blood Moon

Blood Moon Vancouver