Well it seems its true what they say about the travel bug, once you get a taste for it, you can’t stop. The dust hadn’t even settled and Bianca and I were off to Japan.
We didn’t have a great deal of time so we picked the wonderful and very welcoming cities Tokyo and Kyoto, only knowing a few sentences of Japanese and no understanding of Kanji we packed our bags and put one foot forward.
For our time in Tokyo we stayed at the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu right above the chaotic Shibuya Crossing, the district was full of bright neon signs, food stalls, pubs, restaurants, standing sushi bars they had everything. We wandered the back streets of Shibuya up Cat Street to Harajuku stopping at every single shop we could find. As you can imagine it took forever, not so much the walk but taking it all in.
Roppongi, Kamakura and Asakusa were also on the list, checking out temples and places of worship, in our time in Tokyo it was Spring Festival so we had the privilege of experiencing the Japanese culture first hand.
After 6 days in Tokyo Bib and I were ready for a change of pace and we jumped on the Shinkansen which reaches speeds close to 300 km per hour. On the 3 hour ride to Kyoto I tried to take a GoPro time-lapse however a lesson well learned that 5 second intervals will not cut it at those speeds, so the footage was a bust.
Kyoto was the old capital of Japan and the serenity it is truly breath-taking, we stayed at The Hotel Granvia at Kyoto Station, we stepped of the platform and we could almost touch our bed with views of Kyoto Tower, the main strip and surrounded by mountains on all sides it was breathtaking.
On the list in Kyoto was the Arashiyama bamboo forest, Kinkakuji aka (The Golden Pavilion), Fushimi Inari Shrine, the Arashiyama Monkey Park and the Kyoto Aquarium with shopping and exploring we almost ran out of time, but we managed to fit it all in. You can do most of that on push bike but I would allow at least 3 days to fit it all in.
This is where this journey ends, we said goodbye to Kyoto and Tokyo and the monkeys at Arashiyama and headed back to Sydney. We both can’t wait to get back to Japan you could spend a life time trying to see it all.
Much Love LB