Let's Go To Japan!


9/6/2019 - Category: travelling,

I had an extraordinary time in Japan! Besides the beauty of the country and the richness of the food, one of the most enjoyable things there is how respectful people are! This is so refreshing! I'm definitely looking forward spending quite a bit of time there in the future!

Here are some of the best pictures I took during the trip. Then you'll find precious informations about what to do and see in Japan.

Golden Pavillon in Kyoto


Kiyosumi Park in Tokyo


A shrine at Mount Nokogiri


View of the city of Kyoto


View of the bay of Tokyo from Tokyo Tower


Forest at Mount Kurama in Kyoto


View of Kamakura


Japanese garden in Kyoto


Imperial Palace in Tokyo


View of Ginza from the Imperial Palace Garden


Hongwanji temple in Tokyo


Sculpture at Mount Nokogiri


Massive buddha at Mount Nokogiri


View of the bay of Tokyo when going up to the top of Mount Nokogiri


Yokohama by night


Ginza Six mall in Tokyo


Bowl of sashimi at Tsukiji Kanno in Tokyo


Kaiseki at Matsukiya in Kyoto with Omi beef (wagyu) from the Shiga area (east of Kyoto)


Omi beef sushi in Kyoto


Best ramen I've had in japan so far: Yatai Ramen Takaryu



Guide

There are 2 airports in Tokyo: Haneda and Narita. If you can, book your flights to arrive and leave from Haneda. It is a smooth and smaller airport. It also is much closer to the center of Tokyo than Narita.

First things to do when arriving in Japan

As soon as you're done with the immigration department at the airport, get cash from an ATM! Japan is a very modern country but ironically, you'll be using cash for most payments.

The next step is to get an IC card (SUICA or PASMO) at a machine to easily take the metro, the bus and sometimes the boat! Load the card with some cash and scan the card each time you get in and out of a metro station. You can also use your loaded IC card for small payments around town (convenience stores, automated drinks machine, food stores...).

I've also easily used the bike sharing system called Docomo Bike Sharing. It costs close to nothing and it's fun to bike in Tokyo (even though it can get intense given the amount of people and cars in the streets!). Register here (I selected the Individual - One Trip Membership). Check where the bikes are located here.

Maps

Here's the maps I prepared before going to Japan. It is color coded. In purple, the must see things. In green, 'must eat at' places. In red, some Michelin starred restaurants. In blue, optional food ideas. In orange, must go traditional breakfast places. In yellow, optional breakfast places.



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