This time, last year I was just back from a month vacation to Japan. It was one of the most fulfilling vacation I’ve ever had up to that point and today I’m gonna walk down the memory lane with you.
The first week I was there I went on a tour around Japan, and our first stop is Asakusa Temple. Asakusa is one of the must-visit-place in Japan. Located in the heart of Tokyo, many people from many country can be found inside. The temple itself is huge and there were a lot of little stores inside. The best part which I did not take a picture of, is the food. Many street food like takoyaki can be found there, and they’re way cheaper than here in Indonesia.
Japan is a very clean country, even though I was having a hard time finding trash bin there. There was no clutter and all of the nature are preserved well. I think it has something to do with their religion. It was a nice change, after a cluttered view of the street in Indonesia and a lot of trashing everywhere, seeing this obviously opened my eyes.
We went up high to the Alpine route, the eternal snow place. It was the first snow I have ever seen in my life, and although it was cold, I can say Mount Fuji is colder. Here I can get away with three layers, while in Mount Fuji I ended up taking all the clothes I can find inside my bag and wear that outside. Alpine Route is beautiful and breath taking, I highly recommend to visit the place if you can.
It was the end of spring, but the wind and coldness lingered. That is why I always go to the vending machine to buy warm drinks. I like to hold it in between my hands and they have been my saviour for my almost numb hands! This royal milk tea tho, is my favourite.
The last spot we visited while I was with the tour is Osaka Castle. The view from the highest floor of the castle is a wow. From there you can almost see the whole city, and as always with high places, literally or not, when you come back down you have different perspectives of life.
We get to look around at Shinsaibashi for a couple hours afterwards, and I couldn’t help with all the cute places! I love how the downtown is a somewhat open space because malls in general makes me sick.
And this is the only decent picture I took on Kyoto, where my cousin lives. We went to several places but the one that I managed to snap is Kinkaku-ji. Kin means gold, hence The Gold Temple. If you think this picture is very calendar, then visit the place yourself. It was very very calendar that you won’t believe your eyes.
This vacation was an early graduation gift from my aunt and uncle. They were so kind and generous, and Japan is the first country I visited (beside Singapore). Because it was the first long flight I’ve ever been into I was terrified, but once I was seated I feel okay. It was great.
This time last year, I was having a hard time moving on. I still kind of do even now. The most addicting thing about travel is the new you who comes back. Opening your eyes to the world and experiencing new things are great, and it shapes who you are when you come back.
Until next post!
From Japan with love,