Blog: My Japan journey by Nick Arcivos

Blog: My Japan journey by Nick Arcivos

Nick Arcivos shares some of his photos and experiences from his recent trip to Japan.

This journey lets you discover all the wonders offered by this country through its architecture and culture. It begins in Kyoto, fabulous city which has retained much of its traditional appearance with its numerous temples.

From Kiyomizudera popular for its massive pillars and gorgeous view of the city

to the famous Kinkakuji Temple (or Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (or Golden Pavilion)

through the peaceful scenery of the Ginkakuji Temple, thanks to its beautiful gardens

Ginkakuji Temple (or Silver Pavilion)

During spring, you can appreciate the cherry blossoms, which is a very important time for Japanese people

Cherry Blossoms (or Sakura)

Nanzen-ji Temple located at the base of Higashiyama mountains, is also a place to discover as it lets you experience the Zen spirit of Kyoto.

Bamboo Forest in Tenju-an Temple

The Maiko and Geisha in Gion district are a true Japanese symbol and considerably add to the atmosphere so special that reigns in Kyoto.

Maiko (apprentice Geisha) walking by night in Gion

Maiko in Pontocho

After a 45 minute train trip, the journey continues in Nara, where you are greeted by deer (called Shika in Japanese) roaming the city freely.

Japanese school girl fondles a deer

The Todai-ji Temple is one of Japan’s most famous temples and a landmark of Nara. It houses one of the largest bronze  Buddha statues (Daibutsu). A popular attraction is a pillar with a hole in its base the same size as Daibutsu’s nostril. It is said that those who can pass through it will be granted enlightenment in their next life.

Child inside "Buddha's Nostril" in Todai-ji Temple

This journey then takes us to Tokyo aboard the famous Shinkansen bullet train.

The shinkansen at Himeji station

The atmosphere over there is completely different but also fascinating. The famous Shibuya crossing is a must-see to fully understand Tokyo spirit and dimension. Watching the flow of people make you realise that you are in one of the busiest places on earth.

Shibuya Crossing in the rain

You can also appreciate the architecture of Tokyo’s buildings –  impressive day and night.

Roppongi Hills Mori Tower

A Cat Cafe is a typical place in Japan to enjoy the soothing power of cats. Here you can spend your time reading, having a coffee or finding a moment of peace surrounded by adorable animals.

Fluffy Persian Cat in Ikebukuro Cat Cafe 299

Ueno Park allows you to escape the busy megalopolis and lets you recharge your batteries. This is the perfect place to decompress after a tiring week.

Japanese friends partying during Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) in Ueno Park

Cats in a tree at Ueno Park

Ending the journey walking around the capital to get a fabulous view of the Tokyo Tower.

Giant Rose Sculpture and Tokyo Tower

Each photo is a still frame from this film. It really shows the harmony of coexistence between tradition and modernity and although Japan is well-known for its technological advancement, it has retained much of its traditional aspects and values.

This is a fabulous country that everybody should discover at least once in their life.

 

All images by Nick Arcivos. All rights reserved.

 

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