The last stop for our 2017 Japan trip was Tokyo. After days and days of touring, we weren’t just tired, we were exhausted. Which is why we didn’t explore Tokyo that much. We mostly stayed in our hotel until mid-morning and only went out around lunchtime. The modernity of Tokyo didn’t entice me too much. I know now how silly that sounds because even if Tokyo was a modern city, it still has its own charm I wish I appreciated when we were there.
Meiji Shrine was a pleasant surprise. When we were in Tokyo, I found all the cars and buildings a little too much for me. However, when we went to Meiji Shrine, I was surprised to see how calm and peaceful it was. It was such a beautiful break from busy Tokyo. Unfortunately, when we visited, Meiji Shrine was under construction. There wasn’t too much we could see but the whole place was so peaceful it was still worth the trip.
Meiji Shrine (明治神宮, Meiji Jingū) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Emperor Meiji was the first emperor of modern Japan. He was born in 1852 and ascended to the throne in 1867 at the peak of the Meiji Restoration when Japan’s feudal era came to an end and the emperor was restored to power. During the Meiji Period, Japan modernized and westernized herself to join the world’s major powers by the time Emperor Meiji passed away in 1912. –Japan Guide
If you know me, you’d know that I’m scared of dogs. No matter how sweet and touching the story of Hachiko is, I honestly can’t relate to it. I like dogs…but only when they’re far from me. The statue is still something else to see. I’ve never heard of any other pet animal that has their own statue.
Hachikō was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, Japan. He is remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, for whom he continued to wait for over nine years following his death. –Wiki
I’m also sharing with you one of the best time-lapse videos I’ve ever had. Enjoy!
This Japan trip was one for the books. It’s the first trip with only my boyfriend (now husband – I’m drafting this in January!) in a foreign country. This was a real test of our relationship. We both saw our good and bad sides. We got to know each other more and this trip just solidified why I said yes when he asked me if I’d marry him. We saw and experienced a lot of things but I know we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg. I promised myself I’d go back to Japan every year. Let’s see if that happens. 🙂
Here’s the rest of our Japan 2017 trip. What’s your Japan trip like?