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Oslo

On Friday, when I got back home from work, Barış said “Let’s go to Oslo!” We packed a small bag, booked a hotel online quickly, then left by car. It all happened very quickly and I realized that we were about to spend a weekend in a city that we had never been to before.

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Odaiba

We had two days left in Tokyo before we got back to Sweden. We wanted to stay in a memorable place this time, so we booked New Otani Tokyo, which is a very old and famous hotel in Tokyo. It had a beautiful garden and beautiful old rooms.

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Last Day in Kyoto

Gion is the most attractive region in Kyoto. The beautiful small streets of Gion have traditional Japanese houses on both sides. I mentioned before that it is the traditional region which is famous for Geishas. It is actually the region that inspired the famous novel “Memoirs of a Geisha” (1997). [Read more]

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Nara

Kyoto has a good location that makes it possible to see the many other cities around it by short train trips. Nara was on the first place on my to-see list. This city was the capital of Japan between 710-784 and celebrated its 1300th birthday on 2010. This information made me expect to see a hilarious city with a rich culture and beautiful nature. I was not disappointed at all!

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Bamboo Forest

We took a train from Kyoto and headed to Arashiyama to see the bamboo forest. This region was like a small summer town with random streets, relaxed people around and the humidity. We walked around houses, picking any street that took our attention, and eventually reached the forest.

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Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle is one of the most interesting places to see in Kyoto. It was completed in 1626 and designated a UNESCO world heritage site. We walked around in the big garden and visited Ninomaru palace inside it. Since it has very well-preserved parquet on the floor, we needed to take our shoes off before entering the palace. [Read more]