Wow. I have to be sincere, visiting Tokyo was never really a dream, mainly because I like travelling to more “nature wise” destinations and I come from São Paulo, so, big buildings and huge cities are not really my thing. However, it was one of my husband dreams once she is super into martial arts, samurais, swords, Japanese art, etc So after travelling to few places in Asia, we decided that was our turn to visit Japan.
The first 9 images below is just a glimpse of our arrival in Tokyo and don’t kill me, but I pretty much did not take any shots in Tokyo hahaha just because, I am not very very inspired by walking the entire city and carrying my camera bag + pushing the stroller…ok…I have to make a point here: my daughter turned 6 during this trip and NO, she does NOT have a stroller since she is 3 years old, but we took on an advise and we bought a cheap stroller, and holy crap, it was the best decision ever! Once we walked so so much, she would last 3 hours without sitting….and trust me we walked for 9 consecutive hours every day!
So, if you are going to Japan with 5-6 years old and is planning to explore a lot, do yourself a favor, get a stroller just for the trip. So worthy!
We visited all the touristic places, History and Science museum, Technology museum, all the popular neighbourhoods plus a few not so touristic locations and overall it was pretty nice. Then it came my favourite part, taking the bullet train and going to KYOTO. ♥ ♥ Which I got in love. I will tell more a bit later.
The Mount Fuji image below was taken from the inside of the bullet train! I felt so lucky I got this image.
And Cléo’s first tooth fell out in our first day of Tokyo! She was so so happy. It was pretty magical.
NOTE: I have put the hotels we stayed and loved at the end of this post.
Then we arrived in KYOTO and babe… I looooooved. It has this cozy, small city feeling, but still is not that small in reality. And the best part: we can ride bike everywhere! you just rent one at the hotel and go sightseeing.
Th images below are from Fushimi Inari-taisha – For my surprise it was so extremely CROWDED!!! I can’t believe I got those empty shots. Even thou it’s so worthy going. It’s beautiful and surrounded by a a beautiful park. A must go.
Another big part of our days in Kyoto was going around the dozens of temples, pretty much at every corner.
The Nijo-jo Castle was built in 1603 and after 1867, Nijo Castle was used as an Imperial palace for a while before being donated to the city and opened up to the public as a historic site.
Now, while walking on the streets of GION – Kyoto’s most famous geisha district, I saw these sweet bride+groom taking their bridal portrait and of course, I did ask if I could shoot a couple of frames while their photographer arranged his equipment. I had something like 30 seconds while they were moving from one spot to another. Anyway, I was so happy to see a real bride and be able to take even a couple of shots. I love the details and beauty of Japanese culture.
Another cool thing we were able to witness in Japan without planning ahead was the national Judo championship in Tokyo and the photos below show the most important and respected Kendo championship in Japan! We were riding bikes around the city and we stopped to enter a what seemed a recluse temple/type of thing and it was actually the location for the championship.
It was pretty cool to see it.
And a bit more of another famous temple in Kyoto.
And finally we also went to the Arashiyama, also known as the bamboo Forest.
Once again I was very lucky to spot a “Geisha” and she allowed me as well about 30 seconds to make a portrait lol Better than nothing!
To end the images today, this temple all made of real gold <3 As I mentioned, we loved the hotels we stayed and here it goes, in case you are planning your trip:
Sunroute Plaza – http://en.sunrouteplazashinjuku.jp
It’s extremely well located. Rooms are super tiny, but it’s a very nice hotel.
Seibido Inn – http://www.kyoto-seibidoinn.com
Absolutely loved the place, we got the biggest room, which was big.
Staff very polite and helpful, multilingual (they speak Portuguese!), very well located as well.
I hope you enjoyed the images!
See you next time.