Japan 2015

IMG_6855Japan was always on my bucket list and I am so glad I made an incredible trip last Fall considering that it is the other end of the globe from the U.S. In my previous blog I discussed Tokyo and now it’s time to discover the rest of Japan. In two weeks, we explored Tokyo, Kyoto, Kawaguchiko region near Mount Fuji, Gero Onsen, Takayama, Osaka, and Nara. There were so many places on my list, but it was very hard to do all of it, so we decided to stick with these cities/regions.

Bullet trains are so fast and convenient, and its probably one of the biggest invention of mankind. It made our journey so incredible that we didn’t have to take any flights in Japan. It is slightly expensive but so much more convenient than other modes of transportations. I would highly recommend buying a weekly pass or the duration you are staying in Japan.

Kyoto, is beautiful and is famous for it’s traditional pagoda temples, shrines, and food. It is a widely spread out city, so connectivity is not as good as Tokyo, but you can take cabs, which are little more expensive than the ones in New York.

Must see in Kyoto: Kinkaku-ji, Kiyomizu-dera, Nijo castle, Fushimi inari-taisha, Β Arashiyama, Tenryu-ji, Yasaka shrine, Imperial palace and Nuno-miya. There are other beautiful gardens and temples to see and the ideal time to visit these places would be inΒ April, during cherry blossom festival.

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Inside the beautiful temple, Fushimi-inari-taisha, Kyoto
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Beautiful historic temple Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto
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Walking on the streets of Kyoto on my way to the temples. Sunglasses: Miu Miu; Top: Zara; Jeans: Jbrand; Shrug: Bershka; Bag: YSL; Accessories: Turkey
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Gardens of beautiful Tenryu-ji temple
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Me and this guy outside Ginkaku-ji temple
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Beautiful zen temple made of gold- Ginkaku-ji, Kyoto
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Outside Nijo-castle, Kyoto. Sunglasses: Miu Miu; Dress: C21; Bag: Louis Vuitton; Sandals: Tory Burch; Watch: Cartier; Fitness acessories: Jawbone
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On the way to Arashiyama, Kyoto
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Must try this amazing place called Tsujiri Tea house in Kyoto, it is super old and famous for it’s teas and desserts.
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Walk inside Arashiyama bamboo grove (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Kyoto

 

Kawaguchiko is a small town, from where you can view Mount Fuji on a clear day. You can also take a cable car to view points and spend some time there. It is a an hour and half drive or train ride from Tokyo.

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All set to go to Kawaguchiko to see Mount Fuji near Tokyo! Sunglasses: Fendi; Top: H&M; Blazer: Zara; Jeans: J brand; Shoes: Toms; Bag: Goyard; Accessories: Turkey; Fitness accessory: Jawbone
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Beautiful Views of Kawaguchiko from one of the view points
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Found this camera shy cutie there
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Mount Fuji

Gero Onsen is a cute laid back heritage town of natural hot springs in the mountains. We stayed in a beautiful Japanese style Ryokan that has amazing five star amenities. We wore traditional Kimonos and lived typically like any Japanese. There is a small Ghasso village and small shrines to see in this cute town of Gero Onsen.

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Our Ryokan hotel in Gero Onsen

 

 

 

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Gorgeous gardens of Ghasso village

 

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Statue of Buddha in one of the shrines in Gero Onsen
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Admiring the gardens of Ghasso Village. Hat: Forver21; Sunglasses: Aviators (find similar here) Top: New Balance; Pants: Reebok; Shoes: Nike; Bag: Goyard; Fitness accessory: Jawbone

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Enjoying the zen garden of Ghasso village
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Taking a quick break on the way back
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Enjoying the yummy Japanese traditional breakfast at our Ryokan, wearing the traditional Kimono

Takayama is a very historic city in Gifu region of Japan. We rented bikes and rode all over the small city. Enjoyed seeing the temples, shrines and a narrow shopping street where all the stores and houses are made of wood.

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View on the way to Takayama from our train
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Love riding bike in the small town of Takayama. Dress: Zara; Bag: YSL; Sandals: Tory Burch
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Exploring temples in Takayama

 

Osaka is a commercial city and very densely populated like Tokyo. Osakan cuisine is a must try, and to die for. Since I have shell fish allergy, I couldn’t eat all of it but my husband loved it entirely.

Must see in Osaka: Osaka Castle; Shinsekai area and Dotonbori is very lively and you will find street shops and street eatery also to try.

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Osaka Castle, Osaka
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View of beautiful city of Osaka from the rooftop of Osaka Castle
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Way to happy exploring this city!
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Delicious Osakan Cuisine
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Donton-bari, Osaka

Nara is a beautiful small city, where you will find deers freely roaming around on the streets and parks. Todai-ji is a must visit temple and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also one of the most beautiful and powerful temples in Japan.

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Buddha sculpture in gold in Todai-ji temple, Nara
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Petting this cutie near the temple

 

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How gorgeous is this deer?! Isn’t it?
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I don’t know what went inside me, I started dancing like a fool. Sunglasses: Aviator (find similar here); Dress: Banana republic; Shrug: Bershka; Bag: Goyard; Necklace: Topshop; Bracelets: Turkey; Fitness accesory: Jawbone
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Another sculpture inside the temple in Nara
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Love this one with Buddha in the background

Weather: Winters are very cold and summers are bearably hot. Fall time was pretty good, it was neither hot, nor cold. I would highly recommend you to visit Japan in April as mid of April is the major tourist season because of Japanese cherry blossom festival.

What to wear? Comfortable footwear and clothing is necessary, a lot of walking is required in exploring these gorgeous cities and towns. Keep a shrug or a shawl in your bag, sometimes it rains and it gets cold. For the cities situated in mountains, a light quilted jacket is a must, as it gets cold sometimes.

Your two weeks itinerary for Japan is ready, time to pack your bags and fly to Japan.

Syonara!!

xx

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