My Trip to Japan

About 6 months ago I finally got to visit Japan. While I’ve been here (Asia) for a while I have never ventured to the famous little island to the East. Unfortunately due to the lack of funds I could only stay for 3 weeks, but it was well worth it. Japan is an amazing country. It is completely different to any other part of the world I have even been to. And I mean that in a good, yet strange, way.

Here’s some highlights of my time there…

 

Japan

 

Temples

Japan has some of the best looking temples in the world. They keep them renovated to look brand new. Even though they are look fantastic they still have that traditional feel. Most of them are still in operation and you can only visit in hours outside of their services. Kyoto has the best ones. I also recommend going to some of the smaller ones. You can often find that you have those ones all to yourself.

 

Tokyo

Tokyo isn’t just big, it’s HUGE! It’s like 20 cities in one and you could spend a day exploring each one. Just jump on a train/subway and go exploring. It’s tiring on the legs, but well worth it. There are so many markets, temples and buildings to see.

 

kids

 

Traditional Dress

I love it when Japanese girls dress up in a kimono. It’s probably my favorite traditional dress. Children look cute and ladies look stunning. I imagine it takes forever to get dressed up like that. It’s always amusing to see someone so dressed up on a subway!

 

Japanese

Before going I tried to learn their language using the Rosetta Stone Japanese Box Set. I had mixed success. I’m not too bad at picking up languages and I think I did okay, but I would need longer there to really get into the swing of it.

I do like their language and when it’s sprawled across advertising. When you see it, you KNOW you are in Japan.

 

Flower

 

Kyoto

This was my favorite part of Tokyo. It had the perfect balance between busy Japan and laid back Japan. It has more temples than you can poke a stick at and the town is really easy to get around. I can’t recommend visiting this place enough. I’d even pick this place over Tokyo.

 

Friendliness

Japanese people just seem to be the friendliest people I’ve ever met. They seem to want to be nice to you and if you try your best with your Japanese, they will go out of their way to help you out. I’m not the only one who thinks so.

 

Game

 

Weirdness

Japan is weird, but in such a good way. Everything is over the top and is mind blowing. People get dressed up and look like, well, anything they dam well want. Around every corner you will find something different to look at that you would never have seen before. One of my favorites was the weird slot machine game they have there called Pachinko. I had no idea what I was doing, but it was fun!

 

Food

I love Japanese food. It’s also pretty cheap too, which is great considering the country on a whole is pretty expensive.

 

Sources – en.rocketnews24.com/2012/12/21/the-nicest-city-to-visit-in-the-world-according-to-tourists-is/

rosettastonejapanesereview.com

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pachinko