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The word you are looking for is haikyo (廃墟, "ruin"), and Japan has plenty of them for pretty much every conceivable category of building... except temples and shrines. Unlike corporate enterprises that get abandoned as soon as they stop making money, temples and shrines were never intended as money-making enterprises in the first place, so their costs are ...


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Great answer by jpatokal. One more thing to add to the kaimyō topic is that Japanese temples are run by private people as a business under something you could call a "religion business license" which is 100% tax-free. These businesses however do not only operate religious services such as funerals but also a lot of other non-religious operations such as golf ...


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My wife and I booked through Barking Gecko Travel last January and had a really great experience. Barking Gecko Travel is operated by Travel Hub, so I think it would be fair to expect reviews about Travel Hub may translate over to Barking Gecko. The tour guides provided spoke great English and we really felt that we were being taken into the jungle and ...


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I suggest the Perhentian Islands. It's off the east coast of west Malaysia (so not Borneo) and is relatively less frequented by tourists. Access is easy from the town of Kota Bharu - part of the Jungle Railway route - from where it takes 1.5 hours by taxi (or slightly longer by public bus) to reach Kuala Besut. A speedboat ride should cost about 60 MYR and ...


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It seems the boats are leaving from Guayaquil and take 3 to 4 days. A page of the Galapagos Voyagers web site, gives some information about this. These are cargo boats that supply the islands with food and other goods required for all the tourists. One of the two companies that run these boats was the owner of the oil tanker that caused the 2001 Galápagos ...


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It's a bit of a drive, but when I was there I saw lots of wild koalas at Kennet River. It's along the Great Ocean Road though, so at least there's lovely scenery for the 160km drive! On local advice, we went up the road behind the caravan park into the hills (I think it was Grey River Road from looking on a map, but you might want to check if you can't spot ...


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Primanti brothers is an excellent and iconic sandwich place in Pittsburgh. Wikipedia link has a list of notable mentions this enterprise has received. There are multiple locations in the city. The Cathedral of Learning is the second tallest university building in the world and houses 29 nationality rooms which are a must visit. The Duquesne incline is an ...


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Though honestly, none of the dive sites in peninsular Malaysia are even remotely close to the mindblowing beauty of Sipadan. Then some eco-tourism on the Kinabatangan river (saw live wild Orang Oetang there) and there really is no reason not to go back to the Eastern tip of Borneo. If you really prefer peninsular Malaysia, the east side has better diving. ...


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When I went to Japan I wanted to hunt for some abandoned places as well, even though I was mostly interested in modern-looking places like Nara Dreamland. Anyway, my starting point was Jordy Meow's site. He is a French photographer based in Tokyo specializing in urban exploration. Temple of Lies* is just an example. Beware that he doesn't give any ...


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The closest place that I can find in the area is the town of Bislig, which also has it's own Airpot. There are 3 hotels in the town, all available on Tripadvisor. From there it's only a 30 minute car ride to the river. Next closest larger city would be Butuan City, from where it's 1.46 hours to drive. There, you do not have more hotels, but the quality ...


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There is no chance to hitch hike a boat to the galapagos islands. We tried it several days to get into the harbour of Guayaquil, but they didn't let us in. You need special permissions (like a register for working on a boat). They got even more strict talking about the galapagos islands. The only way seems to be by airplane.



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