Japan – Kamakura

Great Buddha, Kamakura, Japan

If you’re planning to spend some time in Tokyo, try to also visit nearby places.
Kamakura is a nice, small, coastal city, located about 50 km from Tokyo.

Kamakura is a popular tourist destination.
You’ll find here many temples, shrines and historical monuments together with the large bronze Buddha statue presented on today’s picture (it’s possible to go inside the statue!).

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Japan – Coastline

Coastal town Kamakura, Japan

Japan consists of almost 7,000 islands, so it has to have a very long coastline. Actually, Japan is within the first 10th countries with the longest coastline!

Unfortunately, the Japanese islands are located in a volcanic zone on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire. Because of that, earthquakes or tsunami are not unusual here…

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Japan – Kabuki

Tokyo, Japan

Have you ever heard about Kabuki?

When I was planning my trip to Japan, I wanted to experience something typical Japanese. So, watching kabuki performance was on my list.

Kabuki is a classical Japanese dance-drama.
To watch it, I visited a theater in Tokyo. It was very interesting and colorful.
What surprised me the most, people weren’t elegant, and during the intermission, they’re eating meals while sitting inside the theater!

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Japan – Nagoya

Nagoya Castle, Japan

Today, I’m showing you a bit dark view of the beautiful Nagoya Castle.
I think, it’s the most interesting place in this city.
In general, I like a lot Japanese castles, they are very unique buildings!

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Japan – Inuyama

Inuyama, Japan

Inuyama, another Japanese city with very old wooden castle.
Here, you’ll also find a tunnel of red torii gates (in Sanko Inari Shrine). My favorite “torii path” is the one from Kyoto, but this from Inuyama is also nice.

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Japan – Nara

Nara, Japan

Nara is a beautiful city with very old temples. Definitely, you can spend there busy days visiting all sites.

In Nara, you’ll also meet many deer. They can be cute as well as aggressive (I couldn’t resist with this photo ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).
Deer can be also quite persistent to get some food, so play with them on your own risk. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Japan โ€“ Kokeshi dolls

Kokeshi Dolls, Japan

Kokeshi, it’s a name of the Japanese dolls (a few examples presented in today’s picture).

Kokeshi are simple dolls without legs or arms, handmade from wood, with painted faces and patterns on their clothes.

If you want to have a nice souvenir from Japan – buy Kokeshi doll. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Japan – Matcha tea

Tea Ceremony, Kyoto, Japan

Matcha is fine powder green tea.
To prepare this tea correctly, you need a special whisk, spoon and bowl.

While being in Kyoto, you have to try matcha tea. But not only tea! Variety of desserts are flavored with matcha. I love green tea (matcha) ice cream. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Japan – Torri gates

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

I found in Kyoto many interesting places so I could easily prepare a full month in my blog about Kyoto. Maybe one day…

Today, I want to show you a very unique Shinto shrine from Kyoto, called Fushimi Inari Taisha. It’s famous for thousands torii gates. The path between two buildings of the shrine is covered with these red torii gates. It’s a lovely hike (takes about 2-3 hours to walk), however, for the next few days, I could see only torii gates when I closed my eyes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Japan – Kyoto

Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), Kyoto, Japan

If someone asks me what’s the most beautiful city in Japan – my answer is Kyoto. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kyoto is a lovely city with many temples, shrines, other nice buildings, etc. Just everything makes it so special!

Kyoto was so charming for me also from one more reason – I was visiting Japan in winter and Kyoto was covered with a tiny layer of snow. It looked like from a fairy tale; I have to admit it was a bit muddy and slippery, but still delightful! ๐Ÿ™‚

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