Japan – A few Highlights

Hello and welcome to my blog! I have wanted to write about my travels for many years, but never seemed to find the time; however, the time is right, so here it goes! My goal is to share my travel adventures and photos, and to hopefully get some suggestions and comments from other travelers.

I have been fortunate to have visited many countries around the globe, but for a while I will be focusing on Japan. My husband and I have been there only once, but will be returning later this year, and will also visit Vietnam while we are in Asia. We have not yet been to Vietnam, so please leave a comment if you have suggestions for must see sights there.

Back to Japan; when we arrived at Narita, we were greeted by a young woman who lived with us as an exchange student some years earlier. She was our tour guide for much of our time there. Although it was wonderful to have a tour guide, and to spend time with her, Japan is very easy to navigate, which makes it a good destination for less seasoned travelers.

One of my favorite things about Tokyo are the many gardens and parks where one can find a quiet place to relax away from the intensity of the city. One of my favorites is Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, the oldest garden in Tokyo.

Another highlight was a trip to Odawara Castle.

The view from the top of the castle is spectacular.

The Nezu Museum and Gardens make for a lovely outing. It has a nice collection of pre-modern and East Asian Art, as well as a lovely garden.

I hope you enjoyed this post, please check in again next week when I will write more about our time in Japan.

Remembering Kyoto

It was hot, really hot and humid. July in Kyoto probably wasn’t the best choice, but we made it work.

The Philosophers Path to the Ginkaku-ji pavilion was quiet, rainy but so lovely. It was a hot day, but the rain helped cool us off a bit.

The temple and gardens were stunningly beautiful, and since the weather was lousy, the place was pretty much empty.

Later that day we visited the Kinkakuji temple, the Golden Temple. The weather had cleared, so it was quite crowded with tourists from all over the world. Walking into the temple grounds felt a little bit like entering a Disney theme park due to the many shops, cafes and other offerings. The temple itself, once we arrived was amazing.

We visited other places in Japan, so watch for more posts.

Wishing you happy and adventurous travels,