Tokyo, the capital of Japan offers you a peek into the diversity the country offers. Though Japan's close-knit community may first come across as impenetrable and complex but you'll be pleasantly surprised with its many facets!Read More
Tokyo, the capital of Japan offers you a peek into the diversity the country offers. Though Japan's close-knit community may first come across as impenetrable and complex but you'll be pleasantly surprised with its many facets!
Head straight to the Shibuya after your first Kanji encounter… this is the seat of the famous modern Japanese imagery… dive into some sushi, look around at the lit ups and listen to some ‘Sakura no hanabiratachi’ while jiving on the streets.
The last to check off the list in Tokyo is the Iconic Kinkakuji Buddhist temple, take a picture here… to show your offsprings, the famous landmark engraved on the Yen.
We arrived at Shinagawa Station at exactly 17.01 as the schedule said. Yes, we’re in Tokyo now!
Tokyo is really different from Osaka. Osaka is pretty much a peaceful city, whereas Tokyo is a very busy and never sleep city. You can tell once you arrive in Tokyo. In Shinagawa Station, bunch of people walking around until you can’t see what is in front of you. It is very important to concentrate here, especially if you’re travelling with others.. If you’re not, you can get lost.
So in osaka you can find the most amazing architectural designs. They have wonderful museums there where you can wear the traditional kimonos and roam around in old japan created by the museum. I travelled to Osaka via the bullet train and i recommend that strongly . In osaka there is this wonderful restaurant Happy bali which serves finger licking food . I visited their Osaka university , which was a delightful experience. While going to Osaka through bullet train keep your eyes open and alert if you want to see mount Fuji.
Thanks to the Google gods, we were able to find a great restaurant where we could enjoy some local flavors like oyster and sashimi! And surprisingly, it was incredibly affordable! My meal set (pictured above) was under 2000 yen, and came with so many things to try! The oyster was 1100 yen or so on it’s own, and I have to admit that I much prefer mussels, but it was great to try. They also offer kaiseki meals (traditional Japanese meal sets) for a range of prices, but those might need a reservation. Anyway, I would definitely recommend Torimatsu to those of you driving through Kyotango! :>
Kyoto is connected to Tokyo by the Shinkansen or the Bullet Trains which can take you from Tokyo to Kyoto in times that range between 140 Minutes to 4 Hours for the 460 Kilometer journey, depending on the speed of the train you choose to travel in. Kyoto was the capital of the erstwhile Japanese Empire from the 8th to the 19th Century, and thus has numerous shrines, temples and other architectural structures like the Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle that provide an insight into Japan's history.
After trekking around Kyoto for hours looking at these temples in the heat we had been worrying that we’d be shunned from restaurants looking the way we did (read: sweat-stained tank tops, shorts and mosquito-ravaged calves). However, we were welcomed into a beautiful, traditional restaurant where we were invited to take off our rank sneakers, given a booth, offered sake to try and left with a bell to ring when we wanted something from our very pleasant waiter. In the pub we went to afterwards, the bartender poured us sake in addition to the drinks we ordered and invited us to try Umeboshi, salty plums, with the three locals sitting at the bar.