Adrian and I had the most fabulous time in Japan. It is such an amazing country that has so much to offer; culturally, historically, and gastronomically.
Originally we were going to ride our motorcycle through Japan, but things fell through with international licensing, so we ended up renting a car instead. We flew into Fukuoka and started our trip up the East coast of Japan heading towards Mt. Fuji.
Our first stop was in Hiroshima. It is now such a beautiful city, but it is still filled with a lot of sadness. We visited a museum which portrayed the events of Hiroshima through lots of pictures and stories etc. It was definitely an eye opener.
What stuck out to me the most was how a torn and destructed city could turn such a negative event and make a positive difference. It is the city’s goal to bring awareness of nuclear weaponry to the world and attempt to eradicate all nuclear weapons. Very cool.
This was the only building miraculously left standing after the bomb exploded.
Lots of gorgeous temples, shrines and pagodas.
A very cute little geisha girl
Beautiful geisha checking out her own photos
We climbed a small mountain in Western Kyoto to find these little guys at the top. There were hundreds of them. They were used to seeing people, so they did not care one bit that we were there and they just went about their day like nothing was out of the ordinary. Did you know that monkeys love to swim? These guys did. Belly flops and all!
A temple at dusk with all the lanterns lit
This temple in Nara housed the hugest Buddha that I have ever seen in my life. The pictures do not do it justice. It was breathtakingly beautiful.
Camping on one of the five lakes surrounding Mt. Fuji
Mt. Fuji at sunrise
Mt. Fuji here we come. It was a gorgeous clear day and Adrian was so stoked to climb the mountain, so we grabbed some snacks and geared up for a long hike up the mountain. Once I got going I was quite enjoying myself, but Adrian had a bad turn of events. Once we reached 3100 meters Adrian got extreme altitude sickness. The poor guy was throwing up and had a super bad headache, so we had to descend the mountain…the only way to truly treat altitude sickness. We were so close to the top, about 600 meters away, but it was still worth the climb.
Adrian attempting a smile…His face was very green at this point.
Our last night in Fukuoka. Enjoying a stroll through the city a night.
It was such a great country to travel through. The people were all so kind and welcoming. The only negative thing was the extreme expense of everything…anything you buy you can expect to pay at least double of what you’re used to. A delicious apple, one single apple, cost me $2.50…Eek! We tried to forget about the expense of everything and just enjoy it. It will probably be the only time in my life that I will have the opportunity to travel through Japan, so we eventually embraced/ignored it.
Next to come will be my account of some the delicious food that we consumed.