Touchdown: Japan

| We hear a lot of things about Japan. It’s a country with a rich history and culture. It’s the birthplace of modern gaming and anime. It’s a great tourist destination, with plenty of attractions, a great public transportation system and helpful residents. Its food is one of the most beloved by the world.

After choosing Japan as our destination this winter, the question of where to go arose. Tokyo is a must; it’s the capital city and hosts an array of sights. We also wanted to see Kyoto, which was the center of government when the Emperors ruled. Then again, we heard great things about the cuisine in Hokkaido, the northern part of Japan.

At Fushimi-Inari

Street at Night

Shirakawa Canal, Kyoto

We asked ourselves: what is really the face of Japan? The modern stuff? The history? The food? We couldn’t really decide so we agreed that we would explore and observe as much as we can, so that we can come up with something. Over the course of about two weeks, we explored Tokyo, Kyoto, Sapporo, as well as surrounding cities.

After our trip to Japan, we’re still as confused. Japan is all of those things we mentioned, and more. Much more. There is a different kind of feeling to everything that we do, from mundane activities like walking down the streets of Tokyo to almost-magical things like hiking to a temple on a mountain in the dark.

Canal at Sapporo, Hokkaido

Ginza, Tokyo

Gion, Kyoto

Over the next few weeks, we will discuss all the things we did, what we discover as visitors, and what we think you would like. Here is a summary of what you can expect:

Japan Attractions

Japan has a bunch of attractions that make it hard to decide where to go. From metropolitan Tokyo to small historical cities, we will discuss some places that you simply can’t miss.

Read about our experience in Tokyo here. For Sapporo, read here.

Nijojo Castle, Kyoto

Akihabara Billboards

Kawaii Monster Cafe, Harajuku

Foodie Heaven

A look into Japanese food that is unlike anything we have ever had. Hear the story of how we explore Japanese cuisine with some local friends who know what they like…and what they like was good. Read about Hokkaido cuisine here.

Japanese Food in Asakusa

Sea Urchin Bowl, Hokkaido Food

Oyster Plate, Hokkaido Food

Best Times to Go

With all the tourists coming to Japan, it may be hard to truly enjoy yourself. It’s near impossible to take a good picture. With the help of some local friends, we found out the best times to go to certain attractions in Japan.

Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto

Arashiyama at Dawn

Light Show in Tokyo

Tourist Dos and Don’ts

Just like in any other place, we have to respect the local culture. Here are some of the things we learned; some do’s and don’ts that hopefully will help you on your trip!

At Shirakawa Canal

Mount Moiwa, Sapporo

Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo

Subscribe and keep an eye out. We are excited to share our experiences with you, fellow travelers!

Alysta Lim and Athena Lim


Tokyo Attractions | Akihabara and Harajuku | Sapporo | Hokkaido Cuisine | Explore Kyoto | Mount Inari

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