I have just returned from an amazing adventure to Japan. I tried some delicious food, saw some lovely sights and met wonderful people. There was so much to take in and as much as I could write about it all day I’d rather show you in photos.
First stop was Tokyo! We jumped off the plane and dumped our bags before heading for Akihabara and the Shibuya districts.
I have always loved Japanese culture, style and food and I have to say Tokyo did not disappoint.
After two days in Tokyo we headed towards Joetsu and then on to Kyoto. We visited Nara and the stunning Todaiji temple and entrance gate.Todaiji was once one of the seven great Temples and houses the worlds largest bronze statue of Buddha. Wild deer are abundant in the grounds and have become one of the main attractions. They crowd the shika senbei stalls, a deer biscuit that if you purchase you will soon be every deers best friend.
The temples were beautiful, rich in colour and heritage. Each time we visited a temple or passed a shrine we paid our respects and it was a very peaceful experience.
Then it was on to Fushimi Inari Taisha, the Fox temple sits at the base of a mountain called Inari. We walked the 2 hour trail up the mountain through a tunnel of Torii gates. This shrine is said to have around 32,000 sub shrines.
These wonderful objects in the photos below can also be found at the fox shrine. These are all wishes and hopes that people leave at the temple praying for good luck. The colourful streams of paper are all origami cranes. Each stream has 1000 cranes, it is said that if you make 1000 like this then you are granted a wish.
These are just a taster of the wonderful places I visited whilst I was out there. I loved everything about it and hoping to head out there again and explore all the bits I didn’t have time to see. Japan really made an impact on me through its food, culture and general way of life. I encourage everyone to look into traveling there at some point in their life.