We all have that place we’ve been dreaming about traveling to since we were very young.  For Nicole, that place was Japan.  When she was 10 years old her family took in two exchange students from this beautiful country and Nicole learned about their traditions and way of life.  It was so different to Australia and even at that young age she knew one day she would visit this fascinating country.

Fast forward to 2014 and she finally got to live out that dream.  It was great to finally cross it off the bucket list and immerse herself in the country she had been dreaming about for so long.  And the even better news was that the country didn’t disappoint.  You know how sometimes you can work yourself up about something only to be greatly disappointed.  Well that wasn’t a problem here!  The country completely met her expectations and then some (and mine too!).

We visited both Tokyo and Kyoto and enjoyed ourselves immensely.  They were very different and despite being in the same country you will have unique experiences in both.

Tokyo is a city that is so big that you could make a strong argument that there are several cities within the city.  Each of these ‘mini cities’ have different characteristics and are well worth visiting.  While in Tokyo we suggest you just jump on a train/subway and then go for a walk around a different area each day.  There is plenty to do all over the city and sooooooo much food that is generally well priced.

Kyoto on the other hand is a lot smaller and has far less tall buildings.  However, what it lacks in tall buildings it makes up in spades with stunning temples and shrines.  Kyoto has no less than 2000 of them!  Yes, there are plenty to choose from when visiting.

Even though a lot of the beauty of Japan is in the atmosphere of being there, we did try to capture the charm of this wonderful country through the lens of our camera.  We hope our photo post captured this wonderful country.  Please enjoy Japan Postcards – Our Journey through Tokyo and Kyoto.

 

Tokyo

 

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The Sensō-ji Temple and surrounding shrines

 

 

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A traditional Japanese Tea

 

 

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Barrels of sake wrapped in straw are offered every year out of respect to the soul of Emperor Meiji and Shoken by the local sake producers

 

 

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Lanterns

 

 

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One of the busiest pedestrian intersection you will ever find – Shibuya Crossing – Traffic will stop in all directions and the green man will light up – this is then followed by chaos as 100s (if not 1000s) of people try to cross the road

 

 

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A Japanese lantern in one of the many parks in Tokyo

 

 

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One of many Love statues around the world – Spread the love!

 

 

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Another photo from around the Sensō-ji Temple

 

 

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A typical Tokyo pedestrian street

 

 

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A small temple located near our Hotel

 

Kyoto

 

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Cherry Blossoms – We may have been a few weeks early for all the trees to be in full bloom, but we did get some of the early blossoms!

 

 

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More Cherry Blossoms

 

 

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Japanese chopsticks – We slowly mastered the art while here

 

 

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One of our meals was bought to us on this little grill – Inside there are hot coals to cook your food – Now that’s freshly cooked!

 

 

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Two young girls in kimonos

 

 

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Our attempt at trying the ancient art of printing on traditional Japanese paper

 

 

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Writing carved into a stone just looks so much better in Japanese than English

 

 

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Cherry Blossoms in front of a Temple

 

 

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Just one of the many many temples in Kyoto

 

 

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An archway to walk through

 

 

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No matter where we go we will always be reminded of home! (We do not condone the destruction of nature but when we saw this we had to take the photo)

 

Have you been to Tokyo or Kyoto? What did you think?

 

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