Travel Photos of Tokyo

Tokyo has been on my mind a lot recently due to the Olympic Games, so I thought I would share some of my favorite photos of this amazing city. Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, is the biggest city in the world and is home to 36 million people. Yet it is amazing that with so many…

Travel Photos of Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is Japan’s third largest city and is the cultural capital of Japan. Founded in 794, it is one of Japan’s oldest cities. It is the home of temples, shrines, parks, great restaurants, and all that comes with the polite helpfulness that the Japanese are known for. theTravelsketcher and I visited in July, 2016 and…

Nippara Limestone Cave

Our first trip to Japan was in July, 2016. I wouldn’t suggest going to Japan in the summer, it is oppressively hot and humid which made it difficult to spend much time outside. We got a break from the intensity of the heat when our friends who live in Tokyo took us to see the…

Silver and Gold

Kyoto, Japan is an amazing and historical place to visit. I have been there only once; in July when the weather was absolutely sweltering; not the best time of year to visit. There are many sites to see in Kyoto, but the highlight for me was Ginkakuji also known as the Silver Temple. This temple…

Shrines and Temples in Tokyo and Seoul

Visiting temples, shrines and cathedrals can be an inspirational way to connect with the community when visiting a new place. I enjoy visiting cathedrals in Europe, and I love to find the smaller ones located in villages, rather than the huge, famous ones in the big cities. These are usually quiet and deserted, which makes…

Day Trip to Akigawa Valley and Tomonaga Akimitsu Museum

During our visit to Japan, our friends treated us to a day trip to the Akigawa Valley. Located about one hour from Suidobashi Station, the valley can be reached by train or car. Cabins are available for rent for longer stays. This is a beautiful place to visit that offers many activities including hiking, hot…

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

The Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens in Tokyo dates back to the early 1600s, at the beginning of the Edo Period. It is the oldest garden in Tokyo and a delight to experience. I first wrote about this garden earlier this year; you’ll find that post here. It was July when my husband and I first visited,…

The Wedding

As many of you know by now, my trip to Japan was prompted by a wedding invitation from a young woman, Saori, who was our exchange student about 10 years ago. She lived with my husband, daughter and I for three months, and it didn’t take long for the four of us to become close…

Tokyo, Big City, Intensity and Bright Lights

Tokyo; it’s filled with such intensity, throngs of people, big, bright, flashing bill boards, video game arcades, neon lights, cars, busses, horns, bikers flying past you on the side walks, motorcycles, scooters; it is an endless sea of energy and excitement. Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, is the biggest city in the world and is the…