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Kyoto – First Impressions

We hardly said goodbye to Tokyo this morning (well, we will be back for a day before we leave Japan, but anyway). The next city is Kyoto and it takes only two hours to reach by Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo. As soon as we arrived in Kyoto, we left our stuff at the hotel and went out to discover this historical city. [Read more]

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Harajuku

Harajuku is a great place for visiting interesting shops, watching cosplay costumed people, and eating in nice restaurants and cafes. This region is especially lively on Sundays. I loved the fashion shops there and I spent half a day in Harajuku, but it was not enough. It is totally worth giving it a day at least.

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Shibuya

This is one of the busiest districts in Tokyo. It is famous for the crossing which is usually seen in advertisements of Tokyo. There can be up to 2500 people all using the Shibuya crossing at the same time in rush hours. In my opinion this is the craziest place in Tokyo. We waited on a corner for a while and watched pedestrians crossing when it was green for them. [Read more]

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Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi is one of the biggest parks in Tokyo with a 550,000 sqm area. When you walk into the park from Yoyogi metro station, there is a very long path crossing the park until Harajuku. Along this path it is possible to see the huge ‘sake’ barrels on the left side, which are kept there as a memorial of Meiji, and the wine barrels on the right side that are presents from France to the Meiji family.

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Fuji

We decided to combine the Mount Fuji trip with the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park. Although I am not very interested in amusement parks, Baris wanted to see the park and try the roller coasters which were once the world’s tallest and fastest.

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Kamakura

Kamakura is one of the lovely cities near Tokyo that can be covered by a day trip. What makes it interesting is that it has a nice small beach and is full of temples since the city was the capital of Japan between 1185 and 1333. These facts make the city very attractive for tourists and even for Japanese people.

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Asakusa

Asakusa is one of the ‘must see’ places in Tokyo. The famous Senso-ji temple (which is shown on the cover of the Tokyo book I have been carrying around every day) is located in this region. There is a long path between the temple and the Kaminarimon gate, which is full of traditional Japanese snacks and souvenir shops. The shops are so fun and the prices are very good that even locals recommended that we shop for souvenirs from this place.

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