Year: 2016

NARA & KOBE

Both cities are close to Kyoto and Osaka and if you’re using the Japan Rail Pass you can get there in about 30 mins on the bullet train. Nara is most famous for its deer which roam the parks and streets freely. You can purchase crackers to feed them but beware, they can surround you! They have even learned to bow to ask for crackers.Most are very docile and will let you pat them but beware in Autumn when it’s mating season, the males will regularly start fighting. Nara was a capital of Japan and is an incredibly old town. Some of the temples here are the centuries old and Todaji Temple, a major attraction, holds the second largest buddha in the world inside, the structure itself is the largest wooden building in Japan. Kobe is famous for its beef which cost hundreds of dollars, but it’s also considered by Japanese people to be a very pretty town. Right next to the train station is the Ropeway. It gives amazing views of the city and …

KYOTO

Kyoto is a very special city to visit. It’s so rich in history and culture and it’s almost difficult toΒ not come across a temple or shrine. There are both shinto and buddhist structures, the most famous that you might know is the Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) and Fushimi Inari Taisha, famous for its hundreds of red tori gates. Kyoto is an excellent place to stay not only for its various attractions but also for it’s proximity to other beautiful cities such as Osaka and Nara. One of the most beautiful places to walk through is Higashiyama and around the temple back streets that stretch from Yasaka Shrine to Kiyomizudera. Along the way you’ll see inviting shops selling Kyoto crafts and sweets, and vendors selling dried fruit and even bbq crab meat sticks. Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion) which is famous for its gold leaf exterior is the biggest tourist spot in Kyoto. Ginkakuji (the Silver Pavilion) which is not as famous (no this one is not covered in silver) as Kinkakuji is still worth a visit, it …

TOKYO

Tokyo is probably the city most people are familiar with in Japan. It’s crazy and overwhelming. Tokyo is a city of lights, energy and food. If there’s something you’re looking for, you’ll find it. Cat cafes, skyscrapers, robot restaurants and endless floors of shopping, Tokyo literally has it all. Something very special about Japan is their train stations and department stores. You’ll find two basement floors under the station dedicated to produce and cafes. Vendors sell expensive fruit, fresh seafood, traditional Japanese sweets, chocolates, cakes, fried food on sticks, dumplings, grilled chicken, the list is endless. It’s here you’ll find stalls by Godiva, Wittamer and Dean & Deluca. Every item purchased is carefully wrapped, put in a box with a little ice pack and given to you in a beautiful bag. If you go up you’ll find floors of shopping and if you go to the top two floors, you’ll be especially delighted to see these floors filled by restaurants. Hawaiian burgers, American biscuits and gravy, Italian, Thai, Korean and of course Japanese food. It’s …

Delicious delicious bagel in Japan

  If you don’t already, follow me on Instagram @ddbagel. A lot of pics will be coming out that may not get posted on here. As some of you may or may not know, I recently went to Japan for almost 4 weeks! It was an amazing trip and I really ate like a king! The cities that I visited were Tokyo of course, but also Kyoto, Kanazawa, Osaka, Nara, Kobe, Miyajima and Nagano. I’ll do a few posts on each city so you can learn a little about them and see some photos. Stay tuned!