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The Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto | Explore Japan

The Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto | Explore Japan

On Sunday, our flight was leaving in the evening, so we had the morning to see the last two things on our list. A Japanese shopping market where I bought several postcards, and of course we had to see the Fushimi Inari Shrine. The shrine has its own metro stop, so it is very easy to access.

Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto | Explore Japan

Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto | Explore Japan

One of my travel goals for this year was to go to Japan and experience a Cherry Blossom Festival. Checking the dates before hand and planning which city to see the beautiful sakura in, April seemed like the best month to go. After flying into Osaka, we boarded the train to Kyoto, a ticket buying experience that was a tad confusing. We stayed at an Airbnb that was really close to the metro and a fifteen minute walk from one…

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24 Hours in Hiroshima | Explore Japan

24 Hours in Hiroshima | Explore Japan

Since I live in South Korea, Japan is an hour flight away and I decided that since this is my last year in Korea, I am going to take advantage of the close proximity and see some places in Japan that I am interested in. The first one being Hiroshima. I do not get a lot of vacation time, so I decided to take a short weekend trip there and see history before my very eyes. I enjoyed learning about…

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Tokyo Disneyland | Explore Japan

Tokyo Disneyland | Explore Japan

Here is a statement for you: Disneyland is so much fun as an adult! It probably wouldn’t have been as much fun if I had a kid with me but I didn’t, so I had the best time. I had been to Disneyland (World? whatever one is in Florida) twice as a child and I have a few memories, but I think I will remember this trip a lot more. I found out that Tokyo has a Disneyland and I…

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Asakusa District, Tokyo | Explore Japan

Asakusa District, Tokyo | Explore Japan

We visited the very old area of Asakusa and the famous Senso-ji Temple twice. The first time we went was during the day and we spent our time walking through the souvenir shops on Nakamise-dori , looking at all the different trinkets and crafts that were available. It was hard not to buy all of it, especially the more traditional items.

Tokyo: The Streets, The Food, The Architecture | Explore Japan (Photo Essay)

Tokyo: The Streets, The Food, The Architecture | Explore Japan (Photo Essay)

There is such a contrast in Tokyo in terms of architecture. You’ll find the very old next to the new and skyscrapers in the background of a temple scene. When you explore the backstreets and residential neighbourhoods you’ll also find pieces of art that seem random (like dinosaurs on the side of a building) and really unique homes and apartments.     Happy Travels!!

A Bird’s Eye View of Tokyo: Skytree and Tokyo Tower | Explore Japan

A Bird’s Eye View of Tokyo: Skytree and Tokyo Tower | Explore Japan

While it is necessary to explore the backstreets and local hangouts of a city to really get a taste of the culture, people, and what makes a country unique, sometimes you also want to dapple in the super touristy stuff, especially when it is your first time in a new place.   Tokyo is home to two towers that give you that ‘top of the world’, or in this case Tokyo, view. And while you can see basically the same view…

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Temples of Ueno Park, Tokyo| Explore Japan

Temples of Ueno Park, Tokyo| Explore Japan

On our first day in Japan my friend and I went to Ueno Park in Tokyo. It was an amazing first stop and there is so much to see that I  decided to make two posts about the park. This is post two and it is all about the temples in the park. There are a lot, and so many in the surrounding area too.

Arriving in Tokyo and Walking Through Ueno Park | Explore Japan

Arriving in Tokyo and Walking Through Ueno Park | Explore Japan

My friend came to visit me in Korea over the Christmas holidays and we decided to take a little trip to Japan! My friend is obsessed with everything Japanese and so she had a lot of anime themed stops she wanted to make. I do not really know much about that part of the culture and so I was more interested in seeing the temples and exploring the other side of the culture. We took a three hour plane ride…

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