Japan Travel Log
3 years ago I had an opportunity to travel to Japan and some of the places there impressed me deeply, thought previously most cities in Japan should be sort of busyness view considering it’s one of the developed countries with its economy rapid increasing in Asia. However, the sites I’ll introduce hereafter are really different and worthy to be recommended.
Nagoya is Located on the Pacific coast in the Chūbu region on central Honshū, it is one of Japan's major ports along with those of Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Yokohama, Chiba, and Hakata. The city itself is quite tranquil and perhaps it’s close to the seacoast, the air can smell out a slightly fishy taste. The Nagoya Castle is one of the most famous sightseeing spots there. It was built in 1612. Although a large part of it burned down in the fires of World War II, the castle was restored in 1959, adding some modern amenities such as elevators. The castle is very famous for two magnificent Golden Orca on the roof, often used as the symbol of Nagoya. We went there is in Autumn, it seems the maple trees more added to its beauty.
Kyoto was Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. It’s located in a valley, surrounded on three sides by mountains with a height just above 1000 meters above sea level. Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and spared from air raids during World War II. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today. So Kyoto is one of the few Japanese cities that still have an abundance of prewar buildings & also one of the best preserved cities in Japan.
Great Boiling Valley is one of the famous hot spring of volcanically active in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park in Hakone, where’s a popular tourist attraction well known for its hot springs and its views of Mt. Fuji. The great boiling valley is a volcanic valley with active sulphur vents and hot springs, it’s a popular tourist site for its scenic views & volcanic activity, and especially, Kuro-tamago, a local specialty of eggs hard-boiled in the hot springs. The boiled eggs turn black and smell slightly sulphuric; consuming the eggs is said to increase longevity. Eating one adds seven years to your life. You may eat two for up to fourteen years, but eating a third is said to be highly unadvised. The eggs itself there, as I feel, taste really quite special.
As far as the people we met there, were quite polite and helpful, even though most of them spoke poor English...it maybe took a long time for their understanding the easy need like asking the way, we use even some gestures and handwriting to facilitate the communication, but anyway, they are still quite patient and ready to help. One of the obvious impressions is the common phenomenon of aging in their countries, even the driver of ours there is a more than 60-year-old man. This really sort of astonished to us.
Hope you like my introduction above and ready to share with you other beautiful pictures there upon approved later.
Photo credits: Toneimage.