Japan: Shibuya (Tokyo)


Red Light


Green Light

Harajuku is a neighborhood of the Shibuya ward, so of course we wanted to explore more of Shibuya. Shibuya is most famous for the busy intersection at the Shibuya Station – the Shibuya Scramble. All of the lights at the crossing turn red and green at the same time. I think in most top 10 lists for Tokyo you’ll find the Shibuya Crossing. You can also spot it in a lot of TV shows or films that feature Tokyo. Like in Girls (40 second mark):

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Japan: Yamazaki Distillery (Kyoto/Osaka)


Entering the Yamazaki Distllery

Visiting Nikka in Sendai wasn’t enough, we also wanted to visit Yamazaki to explore their offerings and take part in a Japanese whisky tasting!

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Japan: Nikka Distillery Day Trip from Tokyo


Koen’s only request for our trip to Japan was to visit a couple of whisky distilleries, specifically Nikka. Nikka Whisky is actually comprised of 2 distilleries: Miyagikyo in Sendai and Yoichi in Hokkaido – both in northern Japan. Seeing as Yoichi was a 10 hour train ride from Tokyo, Sendai seemed more than doable at 3 hours each way by train (so 6 hours travel in total). Well worth it for whisky lovers!

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Scotland Day Three: Islay Woolen Mill, Bruichladdich, Ardbeg, and Lagavulin


More sheep than people on the Isle of Islay!

With only two full days on the Isle of Islay, we had a lot to fit in!

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Scotland Day Two: Trek to the Isle of Islay


Our ferry to the Isle of Islay


Day Two we made our way from Glasgow to Kennacraig for the ferry to Port Ellen on the Isle of Islay. Before reaching Kennacraig, we stopped at Loch Goil and at the Fyne Ales Brewery for lunch and a tasting.

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