10 Instagram worthy pictures from Japan

Japan, a land of culture and ancient traditions, is one of the most beautiful countries I have visited so far. It has immense amounts of breathtaking scenic beauty. The people are extremely friendly and are the nicest people I have come across to date. The technology is so well advanced and is known for its hi-tech heated toilets. And the public transport system is one of the best. You name it and Japan has it all and hence Japan is perfect for Instagram photos.

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Here are the 10 Instagram worthy photographs that will put Japan on your bucket list:

Prayer flags

I love prayer flags and the blocks. I have always loved them since I saw them first in the year 2009 in Nepal. During those times, I never collected any souvenirs, hence I do not have the prayer flags.

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9 April 2017 – Prayer blocks

Today, I visited a shrine in Tokyo – Hie-Jinja Shrine. There I saw these beautiful prayer blocks. I was mesmerised by them. It had messages written by all the people irrespective of religion or nationality. People had written their wishes and had hung those blocks on a massive wooden plank. These wooden prayer blocks symbolise hope, hope that God is listening, and hope that someday these wishes would come true.

Prayer blocks - Japan

Like a child seeing the candy in a candy store, I went running to the souvenir shop and bought one of those prayer blocks. I wrote a message to God on the back of the block. I then carefully hung the block on the massive plank. I was super excited. I am not a very spiritual person, but I do believe that sometimes writing what you want with hope, helps and motivates your inner subconscious to get and achieve it.

I am not sure if my wish will come true but this whole process gave a positive vibe for the day. It was meditation according to me, as the whole act brought me peace and happiness.

So, what’s that one thing that gets you peace and stillness into your life?

Cherry blossoms

If visiting Japan during Spring, then be rest assured that Japan is pink or white.

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Cherry blossom is also known as Sakura. This flower turns pink and white during the spring season in Japan. The best time to view the cherry blossoms is in the months of March to April and the places I visited were Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Arashiyama and Hiroshima.

Hanami” is an old tradition in Japan that has been carried along from centuries. The custom is picnicking under a blooming Sakura tree.

Thousand Torri Gates

The Fushimi Inari Shrine is home to the Thousand Torii Gates. The Thousand Torri Gates as the name suggests has one thousand shrine gates. It is a photographer’s delight and a dream.

Did you know Torri is a traditional Japanese gate symbolising the transition from the mundane to the sacred? And the colour of the gate is generally red or orange referred to vermilion (kumkum in Hindi) and is considered as a protective colour against the evil forces.

  • How to get there? The JR Nala Line goes to the Kyoto train station and then change the line to JR Inari to get to the Inari train station.
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Golden Palace

The Kinkakuji or the Golden pavilion is a Zen temple in Kyoto. The top two floors of the temple are covered in a golden leaf. The temple was built in the year 1397.

The Golden Palace and its reflections on the waters around it is truly a spectacular beauty.

  • How to get there? The Karasuma Line goes from the Kyoto train station to Kita-Oji train station. And then the city buses go from Kitaoji bus terminal to Kinkakuji-michi bus stop.
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Miyajima Floating Torii

The Miyajima Floating Torii is a gate in the shrine Itsukushima Shrine, which is in the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima. The shine is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

According to me, no other structure can compete with the Miyajima Floating Torii. It’s a marvel, for sure.

  • How to get there? The JR Sanyo Line goes from Hiroshima station to Miyajimaguchi station. From Miyajimaguchi station, there are ferries that go to Miyajima Pier. The shrine is a short walk from the pier.
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Atomic Bomb Dome

Atomic bomb dome and the peace memorial park are a great place to read and witness the history of the atomic bombing. The dome and the memorial park are in Hiroshima and are the UNESCO World Heritage sites. They signify as the memorial for the 140,000 people who died in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in the year 1945.

  • How to get there? The fastest way to get to Hiroshima is by the Hiroshima Electric Railway. There are trains between Enkobashicho and Atomic Bomb Dome.
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Mt Fuji

One of Japan’s “Three Holy Mountains”, Mt Fuji is the highest mountain. It is an active volcano and is around 100 kilometres from Japan. The mountain stands at a height of 3776 metres.

  • How to get there? JR Tokaido line goes from Shinjuku to Odawara. From Odawara, the local buses go to Harkone region.
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Arashiyama

Arashiyama, also known as ‘Place of scenic beauty‘, is a district on the outskirts of Kyoto in Japan. True to what it is known as, Arashiyama is definitely one of the most beautiful places I have visited in Japan. The place offers a lot of things and sites to see, from the beautiful bridges to the bamboo forest, from lots of authentic restaurants to an owl cafe, it has it all.

Togetsukyō bridge

Togetsukyō bridge, also known as Moon crossing bridge. It is a 509 feet long bridge built across the River Katsura.

I was excited to see the pretty cherry blossom trees on either side of the river.

  • How to get there? JR Sagaon line goes from the Kyoto train station to Saga-Arashiyama train station.
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Sangano bamboo forest

Sangano bamboo forest, one of the main tourist sites in Arashiyama, this is one stop for spectacular photos.

  • How to get there? JR Sagaon line goes from the Kyoto train station to Saga-Arashiyama train station.
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Tenryū-ji temple

Tenryū-ji temple is one of the two main sects of Zen Buddhism in Japan.

  • How to get there? JR Sagaon line goes from the Kyoto train station to Saga-Arashiyama train station.
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Is Japan safe for solo female travelers?

Japan is one of the safest countries in the World for solo female travelers. I have never seen such beautiful and friendly people in any of my travels. In spite of language barriers, there was no one who refused to help. In fact the Japanese people go out of their way to make you feel welcomed and help you.

Where to stay?

As I love staying at hostels while I am solo traveling, Japan was no different. I stayed at hostels and these are the three hostels that I stayed at:

According to my planned itinerary, my first stop was at Osaka.

  • Hostel Name: Hostel Rakutsuki
  • Website to book: Booking.com
  • Rating: 9.4/10 (as per booking.com)
  • Address: 542-0073, Osaka, Chuo Ward, Chuo-ku Nipponbashi 2-4-10
  • Type: Bunk bed in Female dorm
  • Cost: ¥9,100 (approx. 85 USD) for 3 nights
  • My review: I loved this hostel. It was very neat and I had a pleasant stay.

My second stop was at Hiroshima.

  • Hostel Name: Tsuruya Guesthouse
  • Website to book: Booking.com or Guesthouse Tsuruya
  • Rating: 8.7/10 (as per booking.com)
  • Address: 730-0802, Hiroshima, Naka-ku Honkawa-cho 2-1-7
  • Type: Bunk bed in Female dorm
  • Cost: ¥6,000 (approx. 55 USD) for 2 nights
  • My review: Loved this hostel too. I had a great time and I met a lot of like-minded people.

My third and the last stop is was Tokyo.

  • Hostel Name: Ace Inn Shinjuku
  • Website to book: Booking.com or Ace Inn Shinjuku
  • Rating: 7.5/10 (as per booking.com)
  • Address: 166-0001, Tokyo, Shinjuku Ward, Shinjuku-ku, Katamachi 5-3
  • Type: Bunk bed in Female dorm
  • Cost: ¥13,296 (approx. 120 USD) for 3 nights
  • My review: This hostel was nice too. I enjoyed my stay here.

Conclusion

I enjoyed traveling in Japan. I was there for two weeks and every part of Japan was beautiful and I recommend having Japan as one of the must countries to visit in every traveler’s bucket list.

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