If you ask a local about Japan’s nature their response will often be “Japan has no nature”. And yet, just a 45 minute train ride from Shinjuku, the heart of Tokyo, you’ll find yourself at the base of a small mountain called Mt Takao. To reach the summit you can use one of the six … Continue reading
You’d never know I was a real “city girl” when the majority of my blog posts are of beaches or mountain ranges. But when you live in (or very close to) cities as big as Tokyo, taking a day trip into the countryside to clear your head is needed every so often. My first choice … Continue reading
While the history of the Heian Jingu Shrine may be short in comparison to others of Kyoto, it’s worth a visit for the gardens surrounding the main shrine buildings. The Shin’en has a total area of approximately 33,000 square meters and was created over a 20-year period. The Japanese-style gardens are designated as a national scenic spot which represents … Continue reading
More Kyoto photos… These were taken at the Yasaka Shrine, situated at the east end of Shijō-dōri in the Gion District.
Another highlight of Kyoto is Kinkaku-ji, or in English “the Golden Pavilion”. The top two floors of this beautiful Zen temple are completely covered in gold leaf, and the structure is built overlooking a large pond. The temple’s gardens hold a few other spots of interest including Anmintaku Pond that is said to never dry … Continue reading
Kyoto continued… Easily one of the most popular tourist spots in Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera is a designated national treasure and a fixture in the minds of Japanese people. The historic temple, that was established in 778, is an enchanting glimpse into the Japanese culture of past and present. The street leading to the temple even makes you … Continue reading
Finally catching up on photos from Kyoto I should have posted months ago… First stop – Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine This shrine, which is situated at the bottom of Mount Inari, is famous for the (seemingly endless) 5000 orange torii gates that follow the trails leading from the main building into the woods and up the mountain.
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon in summer than wandering through sunflower fields, somewhere in the countryside of Japan.