We’re back from an amazing trip through Japan – we travelled around 770 km between Osaka and Tokyo in two weeks and had a great time. Initially, we were worried to get lost as we did not have a guide (just a guide book) and don’t speak a word Japanese, but this was no problem at all. There was enough English spoken and written on our trip, and everyone was really friendly and helpful.
We landed in Osaka Airport and travelled straight to Kyoto, which was Japan’s capital until it was moved to Tokyo in 1868. We stayed five nights in what is considered by many to be Japan’s most beautiful city with almost as many designated Unesco World Heritage Sites as Rome has! Many temples, shrines and a quick visit to Nara followed, before we made our way to Takayama.
Takayama is a city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture, which has retained a traditional touch especially in its beautifully preserved old town. It’s famous for its Sake breweries. We went on a day trip to Shirakawa-go, which is famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.
After a quick stop-over in Matusomoto, at it’s well-known castle built on the plain rather than on a hill or mountain, we took the Shinkansen bullet train to Tokyo.
In Tokyo we did lots of sightseeing, from the fish market to the Bridgestone Museum and the viewing platform on the Government Tower, and also squeezed in a day trip to Kamakura in the south, with lots of famous Zen temples and a big Buddha statue.
Follow me over the next days as I’ll tell you more about our trip.