Tokyo, Kyoto & Nara
Is it bucket list worthy?
Japan stands as the single most amazing country I have ever visited and it’s not even close!
When I am asked to recommend one country to go to, I always say Japan.
It’s absolutely fantastic!
And I even have to admit that I am actually a beach kind of person.
Maldives and the Caribbean is where my heart is. I love the white beaches and the blue sea but Japan…. what can I say, besides listen to Nike! Just do it! Go!
From the moment we set foot on Japanese soil I knew this was something special – it’s the simple things that makes this country stand out.
The airport train was so clean that we could eat of the floor if we wanted to, did not try though! 🙂
The day to day actions of the citizens of Japan is what truly makes this country unique and an absolute bliss to visit!
That and all the cool buildings and temples of course as well as the best sushi in the world!
Simple things such as getting into an elevator, using escalators or boarding a train pretty much blew my mind.
Walking around Tokyo and never spotting a trash bin, but at the same time never seeing any trash anywhere is almost confusing!
How is this even possible?
It definitely wouldn’t be possible here in Europe where I am from or in the US of A but the values of the people in Japan are just so different compared to the ones in our part of the world – it’s all about honor and responsibility from this amazing people and I absolutely love it!
Besides meeting this amazing people, temple hunting is the thing to do!
The architecture is stunning and we used days walking around checking out the different temples and shrines and I really can’t recommend this country enough!
The city of Nara and the deer park there is also a must, it’s quite the experience.
Thousands of wild deer’s that are extremely friendly are all around you while you walk the park and look at temples, feed the animals and take some awesome photos of course!
A few days a month you can also get the full Japanese experience in Nara and experience a tea ceremony while being dressed up in traditional Japanese clothing.
Just accept it takes time as it took several people a couple of hours to properly dress my wife in her kimono.
But it was worth it!
When in Japan, if you like sushi, you are in for a treat!
Though I have to admit that post Japan, I am pretty much out of options to eat it anywhere else as it’s just not up to the same standard in our part of the world!
Also make room for Ramen… My personal favorite and pretty much the only food I have ever lined up to get!
The line I am in below I got to skip though as all the locals forced me to move forward in the queue! 🙂
Oh and besides good food, remember to check out the Geishas in Kyoto.
That is quite the spectacle and an amazing experience to be able to spot these traditional Japanese female hostesses walking around on their way to meetings and events.
As previously mentioned, Japan stands as my favorite country I have ever visited but it’s hard to put into words and photos exactly why, it really has to be experienced and I promise you that if you do, you won’t regret it!
I for one, can’t wait to go back!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
Till next time, here’s Tokyo after dark!
Have a good one!