My Thoughts on Japan

It has been quite a while since I last posted! Unfortunately My blog was blocked in China, so I was unable to work on it. Well now that I am back home in Canada, I finally have the time and resources to do a last few posts to wrap up my trip.It has been almost 3 weeks since I have been in Japan now, but since I had such an AMAZING time there, I wanted to say a few things about one of my favourite countries I have visited.

I had a full three weeks in Japan to explore. I spent the first week with Tyron exploring Takayama, Hiroshima and Nikko and the second two weeks  with Emily, one of my best girlfriends from back home. Emily and I visited Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara , and Koyasan.

My favourite thing about Japan was how friendly the people were. When looking puzzled on the street locals would come up to ask us if we were okay and offer direction. More than once we had people take the time to walk us to where we were going, even if it was out of their way.

If you go to Japan, of course it is exciting to visit the big cities but I also think that it is important to see some of rural Japan. the landscape is breathtaking there, mountains, forests, and rivers. Just make sure you bring your phrase book, as English is much less common outside of the city. I really wish I had some more time to visit Japan, and would love to go back one day as there is still so much I would like to see.

My Top Japan Highlights

Drinks at the Park Hyatt New York BarTokyo If you have ever seen the film Lost in Translation, this is the hotel bar that Scarlett Johanson and Bill Murray hang out at. The drinks were rather expensive, but absolutely worth the night time city line view on the 52nd floor. The city twinkled!

Drinks at Golden Gei, Tokyo. Golden Gei is an area in Tokyo that is filled with cosy and intimate bars, seating only about 5 or 6 people at a time. It is a great way to meet new people since you are so close you cant help but strike up a conversation.

Sakura We planned our time in Japan around the Sakura (Cherry Blossom) blooming in Japan. By the second week, there were still no blossoms and we were starting to get worried that we missed it, but 3 days before we left, Tokyo exploded with pale pink and white flowers. Locals spread out big blue tarps under the trees and spent the afternoons picnicking and drinking. What a great way to celebrate nature!

Relaxing in an Onsen All over Japan you can visit naturally heated thermal baths called  Onsens. After long days of walking all over the city, my muscles were so happy to get some attention.
Sushi at the Fish Market. I fell in love with the sushi in Japan, and the best place to try it is at the fish market in Tokyo. We woke up bright and early to see the Tuna auction one morning, and after had a sushi  breakfast. We tried to be adventurous with a variety plate, but my favourite is still salmon and tuna.

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5 responses to “My Thoughts on Japan

  1. You realize that by going to Tsukiji market for sushi you won’t enjoy most of sushi in Canada anymore…nothing can level up 🙂

  2. Good to read your blog from Japan and glad to know you are safely ‘home’. You have inspired me to get out of the armchair and go see New Zealand and Japan. A plate of sushi such as you depict is now on my ‘bucket list’.
    Sorry you couldn’t detour home via Southern part of Africa!

    • I regret not coming to South Africa. Next time I promise to be there! It feels so great to be home.

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