Hey everyone! Hope you all are doing well! So, in my last blog I said I was going to a lot of places here in Japan. I went to Mount Fuji, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima before coming back to Tokyo. My girlfriend and I traveled over 1000 miles here in Japan!
So, to start, my girlfriend and I spent a week in Tokyo before heading to Mount Fuji. Mount Fuji was so cool, and it was also a lot bigger than I thought it would be. Also, while at Mount Fuji I was able to see the Wind Cave and the Ice Cave near Mount Fuji. The Wind and Ice caves are really cool in that each of them has something unique about them. The Ice Cave is a cave in which water from Mount Fuji runs through, is frozen, and is used as natural ice for near by businesses. The Wind cave has a supply of silkworms in which old, as well as modern societies, near Mount Fuji use to make silk. After Mount Fuji my girlfriend and I then went to Kyoto.
Kyoto was really nice, but I did not expect to walk as much as I did. Kyoto is an older and smaller town than Tokyo, but it is still massive. The fact that Kyoto is older the public transportation was more spread out in terms of stations and train times. Other than a lot of walking I really enjoyed Kyoto for the fact I got to not only see a shrine in which you had to climb a mountain, literally, I was able to see the Nintendo creative headquarters. Unfortunately, you are not allowed inside unless you have a meeting in terms of business arranged. Still though, it was cool to see where Nintendo makes their magic. After Kyoto My girlfriend and I then headed to Osaka.
Osaka was so cool and it is easily one of my favorite places ever. In short, Osaka feels and looks like Tokyo but there are less people, so it is a little bit easier to move about on the streets and get from place to place. While in Osaka I was also able to visit the Osaka castle. My girlfriend and I also went to a tea ceremony lesson, so she could experience an authentic Japanese tea ceremony. After Osaka we then went to Hiroshima.
I really enjoyed Hiroshima because not only was it different from the other towns, but it had an older feel to it. What I mean buy that is, out of the other places I was able to visit, it was the only town that still uses rail cars. While in Hiroshima, I was able to go to the peace museum. It was very interesting to see world war two history from a different perspective. After visiting Hiroshima, my girlfriend and I then flew back to Tokyo.
After getting back to Tokyo, my girlfriend and I then went to Odaiba as well as to various parks to view all the cherry blossoms blooming. I will say that cherry blossoms are so much prettier in person than any photo can capture.
My girlfriend flew back to New Mexico yesterday and I am back in my dorm after an amazing 19-day adventure. Photos of all these adventures will be on my Instagram @isaacxmaes very soon if you all would like to see my adventures. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read this blog and have a wonderful rest of your day. And remember to follow @unmstudyabroad on Instagram and Facebook.