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 ...
I could not find any reference that confirms these claims. Anyway I found out this article in The Guardian:
Cruise ships carrying more than 500 passengers will be prohibited from landing anyone. Only 100 visitors are to be allowed on shore at any given time, in an attempt to prevent damage to the region's unique ecosystem.
So it seems that the limits ...
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 ...
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 ...
There is a system in Wrocław, Poland. There are 31 stations in the city. First 20 minutes is free, but you need to register first at http://www.nextbike.pl/ where you need to make a small (1 PLN) bank transfer to authorize yourself, and then you also need a mobile phone or a paypass debit/credit card to unlock the bike.
There are many punts ("batea" in Spanish) around Galicia.
They are mostly situated on the estuary ("ría" in Spanish) because it is a more protected part of the sea and fishermen need to do "maintenance" or collect the product safely.
There are punts all over Galician estuaries (Rías Baixas: Ría de Vigo, Ría de Pontevedra, Ría de Arosa, Ría de Muros).
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 ...
According to their website, that would be Frontiers North Adventures, they mention their permits on the website (emphasis mine)
In addition to having permits to access areas of the Churchill
Wildlife Management Area where only Frontiers North Adventures can go,
we are also the only travel company with a license to host guests to
stay at Cape ...
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 ...
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 ...
I have some additional information about Liechtenstein. I'll also add hints how to get from the shop to the capital, since there are the most sights. In Liechtenstein, there are four different bike shops that also rent bikes. These shops are:
A small shop in Balzers, right in the South of Liechtenstein. It is approximately 10 kilometers ...
Vienna has a substantial and well-used system with a dense presence in the city center, as well as an extensive system of well-marked and well maintained bike trails (on the sidewalks!).
Unfortunately, the system itself is a bit awkward to use compared with the modern Bixi system deployed in London, Montreal, and Boston (and soon, New York City).
To use a ...
In Turin, Italy, there is [TO]BIKE, which offers rental of bicycles in various places in the city.
You can buy a weekly or a daily subscription, take the bike at any bike station in the city (there 116 of them around Turin) and left it in every station (you don't have to take it back to the starting station).
Batumi, on the Black Sea coast in Georgia, has a bike rental system that's available for casual hire called BatumVelo.
There are references to it on the Batumi Wikipedia page and the Batumi Wikitravel page.
The heart of Rias Bajas is actually the ria of Pontevedra. I am quoting the tourist office in Vigo.
I was focusing on Vigo ria, which has many boats, but mainly going to Cies.
Around Pontevedra ria there are many cities with boats that do the mussels route. In Vigo there is only one that does it mainly on Sundays. So the offer is very scarce and it is ...
This is an old question but there is a lot of conflicting information above, and much it conflicts with my personal experience living on Ikoma Mountain in 2000-2001 (at the time of this writing I live in Okinawa, and the situation isn't entirely different). I lived in front of a large shrine called 石切神社 in Eastern Osaka. (Oh! it has its own website now! (O.o)...
Kraków, Poland has a bike rental system called BikeOne. You need to register at the website before you can rent your first bike.
Apart of that there are several private bike rental agencies, mostly in the city center.
The city of Cascais, in Portugal has one place to rent them. You only need a citizen Id-card and it's almost free, but the bikes are not too good :). You can use them for one day (from 9 am to 5:30 pm).
Cascais site in Portuguese only, sorry.
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. ...
Aveiro in Portugal has a public bike system. It´s called BUGA. It was the first portuguese city having such a system. You can check more information here.
In Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain you also have bikes. More information here.
In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (part of Europe politically), there is biciambiental, which seems to be funded by tax money. You can rent bikes for free for up to three hours, after registering by SMS. There are various stations in the city.
In March 2013 I preregistered online, then received a PDF that I printed and signed. With the printout, I went to the ...
There are a number of different tourist boats serving the area"
When I last visited in 2016 there was at least one company with a glass bottomed boat
They have a booking office in Vigo, and on the website you can see a picture of the 'vision submarino' boat.
The website does not seem to have an English version. But is ...
The answer depends on where exactly you want to go. If you're going for Shkodra, the fastest route would be to fly to Montenegro and take a cab:
If you want to go to Vlore, where some of the best beaches are, you could instead fly to Tirana and take a bus:
Considering how fast things tend to get built in Southern Europe, I wouldn't hope to fly into a new ...
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 ...
Yes it can be done but you need to get away from the major ports. The key is the correct city and it is none of the ones mentioned. Head to Bahia de Caraquez in Manabi province. The many fancy yachts you see by the bridge are the round the world yacht types. Their bar is Puerto Amistad. Go their and ask around and drink with them. Many of the yachts you see ...
You have been to Healsville, but have you been to the Moonlit Sanctury? While this has the standard 'roos and Koala's they also offer nighttime walks around their enclosures when the animals are active and you can see
Nocturnal birds are active, tiny feathertail gliders dart around,
giant yellow-bellied gliders gracefully move overhead; endangered