Hello everyone! How are you?
I hope you are doing well.
Today, I'm going to introduce you to my 5 favorite places in Japan, which I highly recommend you to visit once you can travel!
Yes, we start with the capital!
After about ten days in Kyoto, I went to the Japanese capital. What a shock it was! I was surrounded by huge buildings, noise everywhere, the crowd, the bicycles among the pedestrians... and yet, I love Tokyo! The reason is very simple: Tokyo can please everyone.
Do you want to discover Tokyo’s nightlife? Go to the Kabukicho district, in Shinjuku!
Do you want to play video games and read manga? Akihabara and Nakano Broadway are yours!
Do you need to feel the traditional Japan spirit and find some peace and quiet place? Gotokuji and Shibamata will please you!
Not to mention the Harajuku and Shibuya neighborhoods that will be loved fashionistas (and for all budgets!), or Odaiba for those who want to see the Statue of Liberty (yes!) or take a walk by the sea!
Tokyo is a rich and huge city where you will find your happiness for sure!
My experience in Fukuoka was not really planned: I wanted to go to Sendai, but after the accident that took place in the nuclear power station, I had to find another place to visit. Then I was thinking, why not Fukuoka? So I decided to go there without preparing my trip, and it was probably the best decision I could make!
Fukuoka also shows the contrast between the Japanese modernity that you can see through stations and buildings, and the calm that you can find by walking only 10 min from Hakata station!
Located near Kyoto, Nara city is mainly known for the wild deer that you can meet in the park. It is a very charming place, which reflects the traditional side of Japan. In summer, many matsuri (= Japanese festivals) take place there. I advise you to go there in October: the colors of the leaves are beautiful, and unlike in summer, you won't find yourself sweating heat while you are patiently sitting at your bus stop!
I know it's a must, but Kyoto remains one of my favorite destinations in Japan. The first time I set foot there, the huge Kyoto train station left me speechless! The contrast between this ultra-modern station and the traditional landscape you can see when you leave the station is quite impressive. You can walk around the city on foot, by bike or by bus if you are not too tall (buses in Japan are relatively small... if you are tall you can try it, but be careful with sore legs!).
Do you already have ideas of places to visit in Japan? Let me know in the comments!