My Journey To Japan
I am half Japanese and when I was a kid I lived there for two years. I haven’t been back in years and I was extremely excited to finally come back. Japan is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever been to and it’s almost like a whole different world out there. It’s a much slower paced lifestyle and their society is revolved around respect.
My first stop in Japan was Tokyo. Tokyo is one of the most densely populated cities in the world and theres an unlimited amount of things to do. My first mission was to get my hands on some REAL ramen, not the instant ramen crap that were used to in the United States. I always heard about Ichiran Ramen and I was luckily right down the street from me in Shinjuku. This might have been the best ramen I have ever had in my life. If you ever come to Tokyo, this is the ramen place you want to eat at.
My next goal was to find an arcade. The arcades in Japan are on another level, they even have some 5-story arcades! I walked down the street until I came across a Sega Arcade. This arcade was absolutely massive, with three separate stories. Each story had a it’s own purpose. The first floor was coin pushers, the second was claw machines and the third was Pachinko, which is the most popular type of gambling in Japan. I spent most of my time playing these claw machines and ended up winning a bunch of random things like snacks and also got myself a backpack. If you go to Jaoan, you need to checkout these arcades. They are so popular there’s literally one every couple of blocks.
After a week in Tokyo, I made my way towards Kyoto which is a bit south of Tokyo. This was a drastic change, from a hectic city to one of the most peaceful places I have ever been. I took a famous Japanese bullet train down and it was amazing seeing all the scenery that you go by. I could literally sit in that train and look out the window forever.
When I got to Kyoto I was immediately in peace. This was one of the most peaceful and beautiful places I have ever been to.
The first thing I did was go to Nishiki Market, this is 400+ year old market with over 130 little shops. I tried a bunch of little street foods that were absolutely amazing. My favorite was these little hot-homemade donuts that they made right in front of you!
My next stop was the Bamboo Forest. This is one of the most popular attractions in Japan and I knew that I would have to come here and take some nice shots. You have probably seen this location on Instagram before and I had to make sure I did my part to get a nice Instagram post for myself!
I was on a bit of a journey to take the most amazing Instagram photos I could so right after this I went to Fushimi Inari. You also have probably seen this on Instagram before. There isn’t too much to see here but it is the setup for an amazing Instagram photo!
I had an amazing time in Japan and I will definitely be back next summer to explore this place even more! I would highly recommend everyone to travel here at least once in their lifetime. It’s a completely different world out there and I highly recommend everyone to visit at least once in their lifetime.