Japan - Part 1

Welcome to the Rising Sun Country

The first stay of our trip will be in the Rising Sun country.Nous arrive the first night in Tokyo from Haneda airport. The time to reach our hotel, we have a first glimpse of the megalopolis. 


The next day we went to Tokyo station to retrieve the Japan Rail Pass, the precious ticket that gives us free access to almost all trains in the Japanese rail network. 


Once the pass in hand, we take a Shinkansen (bullet train) to go to Kyoto.

Kyoto

We stay in a backpacker in the historic district of Gion. It's very traditional with lighted streets with lanterns and residents in Kimono. It is even possible to see geisha or maiko. 

We will visit various temples (Kyoto is known as the city of 1600 temples). We follow the Path of Philosophy to the Silver Temple. The traditional houses rub shoulders with modern buildings. We also come across groups of students who want to take pictures with us. We finish by the Imperial Gardens and miss the Golden Temple (closed after 4:00 PM)

We will spend two days in the city before hitting the road for the Kii Peninsula.

Kii peninsula

Kii peninsula is a mecca of religion in Japan. We decided to stay overnight in a temple in Mount Koya-san and join Ise tomorrow. We rent a car at the INTERNATIONAL Osaka airport (after the wrong airport ...) and ride to the temple atop the mountain.

 

The arrival at the temple will be the end of the afternoon, just in time for a session of meditation. Then we will have a delicious typical vegetarian meal. At night, we put on our yukata for us to make Onsen. The it is to get completely naked to slip into the hot spring. The discomfort of nudity is quickly forgotten because it is very relaxing. we will sleep in a traditional room with fuitons.

the next morning we explore the Okunoin, this huge cemetery of more than 200,000 graves. The atmosphere is unreal, with giant trees that leave just filter some sunshine. Envoutant! 

the next morning we explore the Okunoin, this huge cemetery of more than 200,000 graves. The atmosphere is unreal, with giant trees that leave just filter some sunshine. Envoutant! 


Then we hit the road for a stop at Ise Futami Okitama Jinja. Then the GPS is sending us in the wrong place and it will take all the kindness of a local to take us to the guesthouse. Moreover the Japanese are really friendly and helpful. In the evening we are entitled to a private concert at Kazami guesthouse. 


Then we bring the car at Osaka to take a other Shinkansen to Hiroshima...

Hiroshima

We take our time in Hiroshima to enjoy a good Okonomi. This topped pancake is cooked front of us and served at the bar. Yummy !! 


We visit the island of Miyajima, known for its famous giant Torii and released deer. 

Then we spend the evening in the park A-Bomb for a duty to remember. Hard to imagine the horror of atomic fire but the memory should allow not see that kind of horror. 


We taste some ramen and spend the evening in a arcade video games.(mostly Romain). Then we will take a night train to cross to Aomori Japan, for a chance to observe the Sakuras.

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