Japan Day 2

Today, we travelled to Kyoto for our first day of cherry blossom viewing. Our first stop was Ginkakuji Temple where we saw an immaculately kept garden, which seemed to never end. It was an amazing place to see as no matter which direction you looked, you were faced with jaw dropping scenery. Our next destination was the Philosopher’s Path, which is a stone path that is lined with cherry blossoms. Upon our first visit, we travelled half (we thought we had done the entire thing, but more on this later) of the path and saw the famous cherry blossoms they …

Japan Day 1

Day 1 of our epic 3 week Japan trip began on the Shinkansen (bullet train) as we made our way from Tokyo to Osaka. The Shinkansen was a spacious welcome after being cooped up on a plain for over 10 hours. It was also the first time we used our Japan Rail Pass, which we soon realised was an awesome investment for our trip. The train ride was smooth, quiet, and comfortable and it let me see a glimpse of the awesome scenery that was to come. Our first meal was a cold bento box (a mistake I’d never make …