We are leaving for Japan in two months! We’ve been looking forward to this trip for a very long time, and I can hardly believe that it’s almost here. Will and I are intrigued by Japanese culture, and we can’t wait to explore a new country. Will minored in Japanese in college, and we want to go before he forgets it all. And let’s be honest – Japanese food is my favorite. You best believe that I’m looking forward to eating all the authentic ramen, sushi, and zazzy street food that we can get our hands on. We’re staying 5 nights in Osaka, 2 nights in Kyoto, and 4 nights in Tokyo. We haven’t ironed out a legit itinerary yet, but I’ve written about a few activities we’re interested in below.
Osaka is a cosmopolitan city best known for being the culinary center of Japan. It’s the second largest metropolitan area in Japan, after Tokyo. We’re staying in Dōtonbori within the Namba district, renowned for its nightlife and street food. We plan to visit the Osaka Castle, eat some amazing sushi, take a biking tour, explore some popular neighborhoods, and see the shark whales at the Osaka Aquarium.
Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over one thousand years, before moving to Tokyo. It’s full of ancient temples, shrines, and gardens. We plan to visit the Kiyomizu-Dera Temple and the Nishiki Market. Maybe we’ll wander to the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and look for monkeys. Maybe we’ll participate in a traditional tea ceremony or watch a Kabuki Dance Performance?
Tokyo is the capital of Japan. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, so we plan on doing some major people watching and exploring. We’ll wake up early to catch the Tsujiki Fish Market and eat fresh sushi for breakfast. I want to see the Harajuku district and Will is set on us going to a crazy robot restaurant, haha. I can’t wait!
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