Today I woke up early for trip I was very excited about. Today I would be heading to Hiroshima and the legendary island of Miyajima. This was the home of perhaps Japan’s most famous landmarks: the great Torii gate.
After waiting around Nara for a few hours, I finally got to see the mochi making demonstration. This was something I had been looking forward to for months, and that on its own was worth the trip to Nara, if not the entire trip to Japan.
One of the best parts about my trip to Japan were the many day trips I was able to do from Kyoto. Kyoto is in such an awesome location because not only does it have the most UNESCO world heritage sites in Japan, it is also located a short train ride away from some other amazing locations.
After I settled on a place to eat lunch, there was only one last thing to do – get there. The lunch place was on the other side of town. There are only a handful of things I would go to the other side of the city for, but lucky for them all you can eat vegetables was one of them!
I woke up in my Ryokan at around 5:30, which was the closest I had come to sleeping in so far. I went downstairs to brew my cup of Genmaicha, a tea I had gotten right out of the factory. You could really taste the freshness of this tea. It was one of the best Genmaichas I have ever had even though it was a bagged tea.
My second day in Shizuoka was a lot shorter than my first day, so I actually ended up with a decent amount of daylight left over. I got to Kyoto about an hour before sunset and I was seconds away from getting on a train to go back home when I noticed a sign for Fushimi Inari, the famous 10,000 Tori gates.
My new Ryokan was a lot more spacious than the one in Tokyo. It still wasn’t quite big enough to be considered a “normal” sized room in the U.S, but compared to what I was used to it was pretty big.
I woke up early for my last morning in Tokyo. This moment was bittersweet. Bitter because I would be leaving behind the city I had instantly fallen in love with, and not coming back until next year at the soonest. Sweet because I was mere hours away from visiting the beautiful tea fields of Shizuoka and beginning the next chapter in my journey.
I tried my best to see Tokyo on my own, but just to make sure I saw all I could I met up with a friend who lives in the area. He had made a plan of all the things everyone should see in Tokyo.
I woke up from a jet laggy coma to the sound of a loud siren booming throughout the city streets below. I was so convinced we were under attack, I actually reached for my phone to google if anything bad happened. Turns out, this is just a pretty regular occurrence in Tokyo.