Japan trip Photos!

Helloooo, I’m baaaaack!
I’ve been back since last week and getting back into reading blogs a bit here and there… it’s always a challenge to get back into blogging for some reason. I think it’s about routine. having 2 weeks of unstructured time really makes it difficult to follow a schedule again.
Anyway, this post is about my trip! I debated about the level of detail to include about my Japan trip – this isn’t a travel blog and I’m no travel writer. So I’ll devote a few posts to the trip itself: today will be an overview of where we visited with photos. I’ll do another post on random stuff like food and cultural stuff. Then, the MAKEUP!!!

We started our trip out with a 5 day stay in Tokyo:

Our first stop was the Tokyo Skytree

The view from up on the Tokyo Skytree
Penguin feeding time at the Sumida Aquarium
The famous Shibuya crossing
Senso-ji Temple
Senso-ji Temple
Akihabara District
Imperial palace grounds
Imperial palace grounds
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
Uneo Park & Zoo
Tokyo national Museum
Meji Shrine
Gundam statue in front of Diver City at Odaiba
National museum of emerging science (aka Miraikan)
Then we headed out of Tokyo, first to Nagano, then to Kanazawa, then Kyoto and finally back to Tokyo.

Matsumoto Castle in Nagano
View from inside Matsumoto Castle
Matsuya Ryokan (traditional Japanese Inn)
The same room is converted into our bedroom!
Omicho Market (fresh fish market) in Kanazawa
Higashichaya Old town in Kanazawa
Kenroku-en garden in Kanazawa
A crane at Kenroku-en Garden
Kanazawa Castle
Kyoto train station
Nijo Castle
Typical looking Japanese street in Kyoto
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
View from on top of Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kurodani Temple
Heian Shrine
Toji temple pagoda, the tallest wooden tower in Japan
Fushimi Inari Shrine
This nondescript building is the Sanjūsangen-dō Hall which houses 1,001 life-sized golden statues. No photos were allowed inside so this is the only photograph I have of the place.
Here’s a photo of the golden statues I found online. Source.
The Hippity Hoppity springtime parade at Tokyo Disneyland – I’ll devote an entry on my visit to Disneyland
Walt Disney and Mickey statue at Tokyo Disneyland
What I loved about Japan was the mix of modern with the traditional. My personal favourite was the short stay in Nagano: both the Matsumoto Castle and our overnight at the ryokan were highlights of the trip for me. I also really enjoyed Kyoto – the city of a thousand temples!  Thanks to everyone who followed me on Instagram and Twitter while I was away – I hope you enjoyed looking at a snippet of the sights I saw in Japan. There’s so much to explore there – I can’t wait to go back!

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