Photo Diary // Japan (Part 1)

Hello everyone! Things have been a bit quite around here but I’m back!

At the beginning of April I visited Japan for the very first time for a long overdue holiday, (especially after spending most of March covering my supervisors role!) and so I thought I’d share some of the highlights of my trip.

Cherry Blossoms at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

On our first day in Tokyo we visited the Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens to view the cherry blossoms! There was an early bloom this year and so unfortunately this was our first and last look at the flowers full bloom.

Ramen in Kyoto

One of my favourite things about Japan is the food! My first meal in Kyoto was at this tiny ramen place that seated about eight people. We ordered and paid for our food through a vending machine that printed out a ticket, which we then provided to the chef. Can I just say yum! This meal was delicious and was one of my favourites during the trip.

Ema at the Nonomiya Shrine near the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Nonomiya Shrine is a small shrine at the entrance to the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and like most Shinto shrines there is a space for people to hang Ema. These wooden plaques are inscribed with the wishes and prayers of visitors from around the world.

Omikuji at the Heian Shrine in Kyoto

Omikuji are fortunes that you can receive from various shrines and temples around Japan. After putting forward a small offering, you would pick a slip of paper at random from a box to receive your fortune. The result varies from blessings (good luck) to curses (bad luck). In order to avoid bad luck or to increase good luck it is custom to attach the omikuji to fences within the shrine.

Heian Shrine gardens in Kyoto

The gardens at the Heian Shrine in Kyoto are beautiful and for me an absolute haven from the busy city. We were able to catch the remnant of this seasons sakura. Can you image how beautiful the gardens would be in full bloom?

Heian Shrine gardens in Kyoto

Absolutely serene! Entry to the gardens cost ¥600 ($7.30 AUD) and was worth every penny!

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Don’t be fooled! This picture of the torii’s at the Fushimi Inari Shrine was a really lucky shot. We visited the shrine at around 10am and it was teeming with people, but walking a little further up the mountain allowed me to quickly snap this . I do regret not walking to the top but we were quite limited on time that day.

Quick tip:

If you want to properly experience the Fushimi Inari Shrine get there early. Trust me!

Cherry Blossoms at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens

Cherry Blossoms at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

And a few more pictures of the cherry blossoms from the Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens because I love them so much!

And that’s part 1! I’ll be sharing more trip highlights from Osaka, Miyajima Island and Tokyo later on.

Have you ever been or would you like to go to Japan?

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