July has been a good month — well, as good of a month as it can be in a global pandemic. There was a lot less languishing at home, which I am very happy about.
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.
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.
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.