Aloha all :)
Last week, I was traveling a lot and it was quiet busy as well. I will give you a short review what I have done so far:
- Daibatsu / Meiji Jingu
- Nagano / Matsumoto
- Kyoto temples
- Another day in Kyoto
Matsushima is just 40 min from Sendai. To get to Sendai from Tokyo with Shinkasen was just 2.5h to get there. This is one of hot spots in Japan. It's a bay with 250 little islands. Unfortunately the weather wasn't good at all, but the temperature was nice So far, if you have to ask me, this was the best spot what I have seen
Daibatsu / Meiji Jingu was a trip from Tokyo - Kamakura and back. One of the biggest Buddha statue is the Daibatsu. Only there are more Buddha statues in Japan like in Nara. It was definitely nice to see and take a few shots of it and you are done
Between Harajuku and Yoyogi Park lays Meiji Jingu. On that moment when I was entering the temple, there was a Japanese traditional wedding. Very impressive and it was good to see how it goes The environment and the temple itself was amazing and it was free entrance as well
My last day in Tokyo I decided to go to Nagano and Masumoto instead of Nikko. It was during the weekend and it could be crowded in Nikko. So that's the reason I didn't go to Nikko. Besides I want to travel with the Shinkasen
The Olympic Winter games 1998 was held in Nagano. The city was nice and surrounded with temples. I went to a temple called Zenkji Temple and it was nice.
40 minutes from Nagano, there is a place called Matsumoto. You have the Matsumoto-Jo or Matsumoto castle. The place and the environment was amazing. Inside the castle was so tiny and it gave a good view about the history of that castle.
The next day I went with the Shinkasen from Tokyo to Kyoto. It was almost a 3h traveling, but definitely no regret with the Shinkasen.
When I arrived at my hostel, I met a lot of backpackers around the world. It was nice to hear about their experienced so far and what they did.
I explored the city and they have nice shopping centers. Also it isn't that hectic place like Tokyo
The next day was got up early and went to see the temples, shrines and castles. Everything what I had on my list I have seen it The temples were:
- Kyoto Imperial Palace
At the end of the day I went to the Nishiki Market. They have a lot of fish, cakes, sweet things etc.
Another day in Kyoto was non-stop checking around and what to see First Nijo Castle. Very beautiful, but it was to crowded. Lots of school children. I went with a few people from my hostel and one of those guys got an interview with one of those Japanese schoolkid. It was in English and it was so funny that one dude made a video about that whole interview
After that we went to the Bamboo Forest and Monkey Forest. Unfortunately it was raining, but after the rain comes the sunshine + humidity as well
At the end of the day we went to the Fushimi Inari. This is a free entrance to the shrines. One of the best spot in Kyoto! All those shrines have the color Orange To pity that we went end of the day, cause it went pretty fast dark, so the pics aren't that good at all
The rest of the week will be:
- Hiroshima (Atomic Bomb Dom / Museum / Park)
- Kyoto + finale World Cup 2010
Of course I saw the semi-final The Netherlands - Uruguay. So the final I will definitely gonna check it out and here at the hostel, people are gonna watching too and it will be 3:30 am kick off. So it will be worth to see
Till the next time
Greetz from Kyoto, Japan