There are so many temples to visit in Japan, all unique and pretty, but my favorite was Fushimi Inari Taisha. Maybe simply because of the colors, maybe because the Tori path, but the temple felt somehow special. The path on a sunny day feels a bit mysterious yet fun.
Although everything is covered in snow here and I am wrapped in nicely in my warm and cozy bed, I will take a step back and show some more autumn colors from the trip to Japan. Bamboo forest is definitely a place worth visiting in Kyoto. As the path through forest might be overcrowded, not making it less interesting at all, the park and a walk down the river is much calmer and relaxing. There´s a lot to see in that area, clearly we missed many interesting spots, but our long walk was already one of the highlights of our trip.
I never get bored of Christmas market in my hometown. Not that I visit it so often, but the first moment when I see a Christmas tree and little houses in the old town square feels always the same. It simply feels like Christmas. Even if there is no snow.
The best thing is that it started snowing this morning and it still is! Oh how I have been waiting for snow this year, I almost miss those -20C winter evenings (remind me that when these evenings come). Now I am ready for Christmas!
I must confess that the first moments in Kyoto weren´t pleasant. We took an overnight bus from Tokyo to Kyoto. It is a good way to save money, the trains are more comfortable and faster for sure, but also more expensive. Plus we saved the expenses for a night in a hotel for four persons. The bus itself is totally fine, nothing too uncomfortable. But we didn´t really consider the fact that my boyfriends parents are not at the same age as us. They were very good travelers the entire trip, but the morning we arrived we were all exhausted, especially the parents. Problem here was that we didn´t have anywhere to stay in the early morning we arrived. What made things much worst was the pouring rain. We did have a hostel booked, but the check in time was only at 3PM. So we stayed at the common room, parents were sleeping, I was nervous, my boyfriend was stressed out trying to hold everything together. Not a fun start at all. But everything got better when we finally got out and took a walk visiting temples and eating at a ramen place. Traveling is not only fun and games, sometimes the stress will hit you, very often the situations are not under your control, but it is important to learn to overlook it all, in the end it´s all worth it.
I felt in love with Kyoto after this rough morning. We visited Japan in very right time when everything is amazingly colorful. I´ve always liked autumn and this season is very unique in Japan. Even with a bit of rain, how could you not love those colors?
I took the chance to participate in Share Your Word tag. What a great idea!
What is your favorite toppings on pizza?
I have not yet found the one and only for me, I usually choose seafood or vegetarian, but I love everything with sun dried tomatoes.
I want to learn more about …
I will learn Italian language, I really want to learn how to speak that language. And I want to learn how to drive the car, I am taking the lessons and really enjoy it.
What are three places you’ve enjoyed visiting?
I left a part of my heart in Brazil. Would go back in Ilha Grande anytime
I had really great time in Malta
It is hard to choose so few out of travel destinations, so lastly I show a place closer to me. I am really happy every summer when I get the chance to visit my country home. Everything there is built by my grandfather and I simply love that place. It is a perfect time-off.
Do you prefer eating the frosting of the cake or the cupcake first?
I eat both at the same time.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Last week was extremely stressful for me. But in the end I am really proud of myself that I took huge step forward with my thesis and the finish is getting closer. I am so very thankful for my boyfriend that he has been there for me through it all. For the next week I look forward for the first Christmas party, will dress myself up and relax a bit.
Our second day in Tokyo was full of walking. The ground didn´t shake anymore, but it was a bit more chilly, so besides being outside, we also found some things to do inside.
Our hostel was in one of those building on the left side. Nothing fancy, but a good place to stay.
Our plan was to visit sumo stadium and museum. You would never guess that, but Estonia has something to do with this Japanese sport! One of our most famous person, Barto, is a very talented sumo artist and he succeeded a great deal in Tokyo. I find him very inspiring, although I don´t know much about sumo.
Sumo stadium was one of the places I was excited to visit, but we did not have much luck there. Our city guide that we took from information point stated that it is open all day long. Well it was actually closed the entire day. Trusting paper guide was the biggest mistake we kept doing the entire trip. It seems convenient, but the information there does often not match with reality. It is much safer to carry lonely planet or similar guidebook with you. Each country is different in that matter, but our lonely planet was very useful in Japan.
As we failed to take a closer look to sumo world, we decided to visit Edo-Tokyo museum, as it was just next to the stadium. It ended up to be a good decision. Edo-Tokyo museum gives a great overview to Japanese history and culture.
Our next stop was Tokyo metropolitan Government Building. It is a great option to check out the view, the observation deck is free for tourists and it gives good panoramic view. It really hit me there how huge this city is. There´s also a tourist information center and pretty cool toy store.
I will come back to Tokyo once more, but our next stop was to wonderful Kyoto. There´s so much to see and do in Japan, I only got a small part of it. But that was already wonderful.