In my second time visiting Kyoto from Sendai we were booked a visit of the Imperial and Sento Palaces by a friend. Beautiful constructions with charming decoration details.
On our last day in Hiroshima, we decided to visit the Shukkeien Garden a lovely small garden planned and built as a traditional Japanese garden in 1620.
Miyajima or Itsukushima island is a very charming place that makes one of the three views of Japan. In this tourist hot spot, you can experience some adventurous as well as contemplating moments.
Hiroshima was an amazing opportunity in my travels in Japan. So much history, such deep feeling and such a mix of different history moments.
Sugamo is visited for its famous JIzo Dori shopping street. Filled with countless small sweets shops selling daifuku and other traditional sweets, this is also the place to look for Obaasan and Ojiisan clothes ( meaning granmas and grandpas).
When you visit the Edo Museum, near the Ryogoku station, you are taken to another time thanks to its main exhibit which illustrates the life of people living in the capital during this time.
On to Asakusa, mostly over-visited for the Senoji temple and Odaiba the artificial island build to strengthen naval defences.
It is a custom in Japan, we learned, to go to temples in the new year, hatsumōde, the first shrine visit of the year. We decided to follow the local tradition and we stayed with hundreds of people in Meiji jingu
Fuji san is a famous icon of Japan and from the moment I started to approach Fujiyama I realise why. The closer you get, the beautiful mountain dominates horizon making it the only thing you can see.
On that afternoon we traveled by train to Nikko city, which turned out to be a really nice nature escape from busy Tokyo.