Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Japan Photo Diary I 2017



I recently hopped on a plane and flew over to the land of the rising sun for 2 weeks to enjoy a parade of bullet trains, heated toilet seats and endless plates of sushi. The trip was everything I could have hoped for and more. The awe-inspiring beauty of the country was only bolstered by the endless cherry blossom lined streets, courtesy of sakura season. The 2 weeks flew by far too fast leaving me craving for the next time I get to visit this amazing place. Without further ado here's my trip summed up in some of my favourite photos. 

TOKYO


The Chidorigafuchi Moat was one of the first places we visited in Tokyo as it was named as one of the best places to view cherry blossoms and it's easy to understand why. The place was flooded with people eager to catch a glimpse of the sakura but that only added to the lively atmosphere. The moat had small boats swimming through its water which made the whole scene so magical




This was the morning view from our hotel, we were staying in the Ginza area so it was crowded with tall skyscrapers in true Tokyo fashion. It was certainly an amazing sight to wake up to. 


Another area that had a building sprouting from every corner was Shinjuku. It was really a sight to see at night when the technicolored lights came on casting bright colours on the floods of people strolling the streets. 

        


One of the temples we visited in Tokyo was Asakusa temple. It had beautiful grounds with numerous structures surrounding it. It also had a long alley of food vendors and small shops leading up to its entrance which made for a good opportunity to try the local street food. 


I also checked out the Akihabara area as I had heard it was a great place to catch a glimpse of the anime/gaming culture in Japan. It was amazing to see such tall buildings decorated in the most vibrant colours advertising all things anime and electronics related.  


Of course no trip to Tokyo would be complete without a trip to the famous Harajuku area. This was everything it promised to be with crepe stalls every 50 meters and bright pink shop signs advertising clothing, beauty, accessories, you name it.  
     

I also paid a visit to the Meji Shrine next to Yoyogi Park. One of the halls was closed for maintenance but it was still a beautiful sight. My favourite part was the wall where people had hung their prayers on small tablets.

     



Being in Tokyo and only an hour away from the revered Mt. Fuji it would have been a shame not to pay the sight a visit. We took a bus and within 2 hours we were staring a the peak of one of the most famous mountains in the world. One of the most surreal moments of the trip. 


KYOTO


Kyoto was the next stop on our itinerary and a city I was extremely excited to visit as I had heard so much of its beauty. I certainly wasn't let down as every street had a hidden away temple or shrine and there were cherry blossom trees on every corner.  


One of the most iconic sights from Kyoto is the Fushimi-Inari Shrine. It was surreal to see the bright orange torii gates in person and even more amazing to realise that they went on for what seemed like infinity. 

 

Another one of the highlights from the Japan trip was the walk along Philospher's Path. It was a walk along a canal which was lined with more cherry blossom trees one could imagine. It was raining slightly on the day we went but the beauty of the place wasn't affected in the slightest. 


 

The area of Ararashiyama was another too beautiful for words kind of place. It had the air of an old town and streets were lined by the most quaint houses. The Togetsu-Kyo bridge was another stunning sight of the area. 


One of my favourite temples we visited while in Kyoto was the Ginkakuji temple. It had the most beautiful Japanese gardens and the serenity you could feel was surprising considering the number of tourists there were around.

That's all for Part 1 of my Japan Photo Diary. I'll be doing a second part sometime soon with my trips to Osaka, Kobe, Sapporo and Otaru. 

By Rabeyah x

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