Overwhelmed is probably the best way to describe how I felt in Japan. Overwhelmed by the heat and humidity. Overwhelmed bustling Tokyo and the serene mountains of Nikko. Overwhelmed by incredible beauty and fascinating history.
In between starting a new job and some general life craziness, I managed to tick a country off my bucket list – Japan. Thank goodness for a JetStar two-for-one flight deal! I spent a wonderful twelve days traveling to Tokyo, Kyoto and Nikko, indulging in temple hopping, sushi and sake.
Japan is a country I have wanted to visit for years. At primary school we learnt Japanese and while I remember very little of the language, my interest in Japanese culture has never faded. Japan has become a very popular tourist destination for Australians in recent years, with airlines such as Jetstar making this stunning country easily accessible. When I saw that two-for-one flights were available I didn’t even think twice about booking flights!
There are so many things to love about Japan. The people, the food, the culture, the history and the landscape are all special. I have hundreds of photos to share with you from my adventures, but for the moment here are some snapshots from Tokyo.
Because of the heat (I don’t think we experienced a day of less than 38 degrees and crazy high humidity) we spent most of our time in Tokyo visiting gardens and temples. Luckily, Tokyo has no shortage of gardens and parks that allow you to cool off and escape the hustle and bustle of the city! What makes Tokyo so special is the blend of old and new. Modern skyscrapers surround city parks full of history, temples from an era long gone and bridges to help transport you through time.