I have been to Japan in Spring, and I have felt like I have not seen enough so I returned in Autumn. I love Asia, but there is something special about Japan that makes me want to keep coming back. At first I thought that language barrier will make it difficult, but it turned out that it’s not a problem. Japanese people are really helpful and they are doing their best to make communication possible even if it means speaking to a translator on the phone. I had so much fun with these people who at first seem to be very reserved, but inside they are really warm and friendly.
Tokyo is a great big city, very crowded, yet organised at the same time. I will never forget queuing for boarding the train. Everything is in the right order and that’s what we would need in London:) People are very clean, trains are spotless, city is very safe and everyone works hard. Food is delicious. especially ramen! I enjoyed visiting Shinjuku, Shibuya 109 with the massive road crossings. I also remember that it was the time when new iPhone was released and queues outside Apple store for the phone collection was just endless. After 60 people have stopped counting!
After visiting beautiful Gardens and shrines I took a ride with bullet train to Kyoto! It seems to be more touristy, but it’s full of shrines and temples, I particularly liked Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kinkankuji temple. Did a trip to Osaka where i enjoyed seeing castles and trying local food, and of course Hiroshima and Mijajima island to see Inari shrine where views are stunning, and Atomic bomb museum which is not big, but it is a must see. Sitting in the park looking at the Dome was such memorable feeling. When I arrived in Nagasaki I went to the Peace memorial Park and watched children beautifully singing and paying respect to those who died in bombings.
Japan is very cultural place and people always remember the history, they take care of their country, they don’t even wear shoes at home. I guess we still have a lot to learn…