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Author: Chag

Japan Trip 2019: Tokyo

As we took our last bullet train ride of the trip back to Tokyo for the last visit leg of the trip, both of us were a bit relieved. Like the end of a school field trip, we made it to the coveted free time. Because we spent almost the entirety of our previous trip in Tokyo, there’s not as much pressure to sight-see. Rather, the plan was to good around at our own pace.

As it turned out, the itinerary wasn’t as leisurely as planned. The biggest city in the world has plenty of distractions ups its sleeve, and I suspect no amount of visits would change that fact.

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Japan Trip 2019: Kobe & Takayama

After Hiroshima, it was time to head east. The trip had been good thus far — the weather had been mostly cooperative and we had checked off a lot major tourist spot off of the list. From here on out, the destinations chosen to squeeze into our itinerary were the subject of much debate. Eventually, Kobe, Shirakawa-go and Takayama made the cut for various reasons, and here’s my account of our time there.

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Japan Trip 2019: Miyajima & Hiroshima

After four full days in the Kansai region, we packed up our bags and rode the bullet train to Hiroshima. I really didn’t know that much about the region besides the food, Itsukushima Shrine, the atomic bombing, and the general consensus that it’s worth the visit. It is perhaps thanks to this general ignorance that this brief stay became the most pleasant surprise, yielding the most vivid experiences of the entire trip.

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Japan Trip 2019: Kyoto

Having been satisfied with out extensive tour of Tokyo on our previous trip, Kyoto is naturally my most anticipated destination on this trip. Yet despite the reputation of the city as a cultural gem, I was a little worried about temple fatigue. The wife is not known for her great appreciation of historical buildings, of which is there is a seemingly endless list of in Kyoto.

Thankfully, these concerns proved to be overblown. One does not need an appreciation of history to be wowed by these sites. Without further ado, here’s a ranked report of the four we visited on our trip.

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