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.
On a quest to fully maximize our JR pass, we decided to visit Nikko. Nikko is a city two hours by train north of Tokyo. It is where the famous Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage, can be found. It is also the best place to see some fall foliage in early October.
If I had to choose the most memorable place in all of our Japan 2017 trip, it would be this – Himeji Castle. I learned about Himeji Castle from my favorite blogger, Tricia Gosingtian. She had the most amazing photos of the castle and it was a no-brainer when choosing the places we’d visit.
Our last stop for our Nara tour was Kofokuji Temple. To be completely honest, at this point of our tour, we were so tired we just wanted to go home and have a hot foot soak. It was drizzling non-stop the whole day, we almost lost our only umbrella, and we had a mini argument. It was chaotic, to say the least. We just wanted to rest. But you’re only in Japan once (or you only get to be a first-time tourist in Japan once) and we wanted to really see everything. We just winged it. We put one foot in front of the other and found ourselves at Kofokuji Temple.