Julia and I just returned from a 10 day trip to Japan. We started out in Kyoto and took day trips to Miyajima, Nara, and Koyasan. We then traveled to Tokyo and added day trips to Kamakura, Nikko, and Mt. Takao. I took over 2000 photos in Japan, and will be doing individual write-ups for each trip. I’ll also be doing a “how-to-guide” for those of you planning to make your own trip to the “land of the rising sun”. For now, I give you my 20 favorite photos!
1.) Staying at a temple in Koyasan was my favorite part of this trip. We woke up at 6:00 AM to partake in prayer and for one and a half hours were treated to one of the most moving chants I’ve ever heard.
2.) We arrived in Kyoto just as the cherry blossoms were beginning to color the landscape.
3.) Tokyo is a special place. The blend of old and new can be found around every corner.
4.) You’ve never experienced train travel until you’ve taken a ride on the high speed Shinkansen.
5.) A stunning five story pagoda in Nara.
6.) When the tide is low, you can walk right out to the Torii Gate in Miyajima.
7.) It was cold in Nikko, but well worth the trip
8.) The Giant Buddha in Kamakura is the third largest Buddha in Japan.
9.) It was a tough call between Shinjuku and Shabuya at night for this 9th slot. So much character in these neighborhoods.
10.) Kyoto Tower made for a welcome introduction to the beautiful city of Kyoto
11.) Nijo Castle was once the seat of the shogun.
12.) This was our first day in Tokyo. Asakusa was a great place to begin.
13.) Danjo Garan in Koyasan is the temple complex built by Kobo Daishi.
14.) Cherry Blossoms at Kiyomizu-dera
15.) This was taken in the garden of the Yasaka Shrine.
16.) From the summit of Mt. Misen on Miyajima Island
17.) It’s impossible to truly capture the scale of the wooden Todaishi Temple
18.) I’m going to have to revisit Lake Chuzenji in summer to take these duck boats for a spin.
19.) The view of Nara from Nigatsu-do was pretty special
20.) No caption needed here. Just a beautiful bell.
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