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.
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.
The Maiko and Geisha in Gion district are a true Japanese symbol and considerably add to the atmosphere so special that reigns in Kyoto.
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.
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.
This journey then takes us to Tokyo aboard the famous Shinkansen bullet train.
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.
You can also appreciate the architecture of Tokyo’s buildings – impressive day and night.
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.
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.
Ending the journey walking around the capital to get a fabulous view of the 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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