4 Weeks in Japan

I have just spent the most incredible 4 weeks in Japan. As I’ve been travelling I’ve tried to feed you little snippets of what I’ve bee doing via this blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, but I have in no way covered it all. As time goes on I will be posting about certain aspects of my trip in more depth but I expect it will take me weeks, if not months, to get everything sorted out and written up, and to upload all of my photos. So, for now, here’s a quick summary of what happened…

I visited 22 cities/towns in 12 different prefectures. I stayed in 18 different hotels/ryokans and 1 friend’s house, and visited a further 13 hotels/ryokans for work. I feel like I saw every kind of accommodation, from the most basic of shukubo (temple lodging) through to pure 5-star-deluxe luxury (which I really got a taste for!). The places I visited were: Tokyo, Ushiku, Nagano, Yudanaka Onsen, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kamikochi, Nagoya, Kyoto, Hakone, Yamagata, Naruko Onsen, Hiraizumi, Tono, Kamaishi, Rikuzentakata, Sendai, Shichigahama, Matsushima, Toyama, Takaoka, Nokogiri.

During the trip, I encountered…

Geisha dances

Kamogawa Odori Geisha Dances - no photos allowed, of course

Kamogawa Odori Geisha Dances – no photos allowed, of course

Matsuo Basho & his companion Kawai Sora

Matsuo Basho & Kawai Sora at Yamadera

Matsuo Basho & Kawai Sora at Yamadera

Exclusive Kit Kats

Kit Kat Choclatory

Kit Kat Choclatory

Breathtaking views

Kamikochi

Kamikochi

Festivals

Yamagata Hanagasa Festival at Rokkonsai

Yamagata Hanagasa Festival at Rokkonsai

Monkeys

Snow Monkey

Snow Monkey

Rabbits

Super cute rabbit at a rabbit cafe!

Super cute rabbit at a rabbit cafe!

Castles

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

Temples

Zenkoji, Nagano

Zenkoji, Nagano

Shrines

Sendai Osaki Hachiman Shrine

Sendai Osaki Hachiman Shrine

Giant Buddhas

Takaoka Daibutsu

Takaoka Daibutsu

Jizo

Jizo

Jizo

Kappa

Kappa in Tono

Kappa in Tono

Kokeshi

Kokeshi in Naruko Onsen

Kokeshi in Naruko Onsen

The sea

Kamaishi

Kamaishi

Ice cream

Häagen-Dazs 'Spoon Vege' - surprisingly nice!

Häagen-Dazs ‘Spoon Vege’ – surprisingly nice!

And so much more…

Me at Gohyaku Rakan in Tono

Me at Gohyaku Rakan in Tono

Watch this space for updates… they will come, but they will take time! The JLPT is coming up in 3 weeks and I’m going to have to get my studying head on before I can focus on getting too many blogs written up… がんばります! (^_^)v

14 thoughts on “4 Weeks in Japan

  1. Hehe, glad to hear you had a great time.
    Maybe you can now imagine how long it’ll take ME to get all of my 10928409385 trips sorted and online. It feels like it will take a few decades. T_T

    Woah, so many familiar sights! Can’t wait for more! ^_____^

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  2. You had such an amazing trip!! And you got to visit the Kit Kat store. It was a great journey and I’m hoping to add a few things to my to do/ to see list. Thanks for all the wonderful pictures. And being an inspiration, I don’t always get the chance to comment but I love reading your posts. Someday I hope to meet you~ 😀

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