Travel Japan

Itinerary and stay developed itself, using a guide to Japan in a series of Dorling Kindersley and site japan-guide.com.

Where I went, and it was possible to see:

Nagoya – Castle and Park, temples and Osu Kannon Atsuto, orchid garden and a zoo.

Ise Peninsula – Geku temples and Nike, rocks Meotians Ives, a museum and an exhibition of pearls on the island of Mikimoto in Toba

Mr. Toyota – car factory Toyota Crown and museum + exhibition hall Toyota with the latest developments in automotive engineering and robotics. Unfortunately you can not take pictures in the factory – and that was that! Showed welding – deserted technology (robots) and the assembly line – people here have worked, but robotic assistants was enough.

Tokyo – Imperial Park, Ueno Park, Asakusa district with a visit to the temple Sensodzi, Ginza, Akihabara (battery charge for the camera, and in anticipation of – street theater looked Youth Theatre); Shinjuku – the famous skyscraper district, which also bought a two-day discount ticket forHakone; and of course – a ride on the monorail to Odaiba – I watched the sunset and came back on a river boat on the Sumida River in Asakusa district.

Kamakura – a statue of the Great Buddha and the Temple Hasedera Kannon Zen svyatlische – Arai Benten – to double the state, washed 10-kDa, the Yen bill at the source of this temple.

Nikko – the world famous temples Tosegu and famous festival in his honor – a procession of samurai in 1000, a national park with lakes, waterfalls and onsen (Chuzenji & Yumoto Onsen).

Hakone – lucky enough to see the top of Mount Fuji (the morning of the first day managed from the window of Shinkansen and the cable car), Valley Ovakudani, famous for its geysers, which is brewed especially for tourists eggs sold as food-souvenir – reached by cable car on Lake Ashi. Nice walk around the lake boats – at the first came to this incoming Hakone – machi, where the imperial villa and the park, offering stunning views of Mount Fuji, but had only seen snow-capped peaks and the rest was in the clouds. And of course I walk on the small but well-preserved part of the famous road Tukayyid Edo period in the shadow of the mighty neskolkosotletnih cypresses.

Kanazawa – Castle and Kenrokuen Garden, the exhibition for the production and dyeing silk samuraiquarter – and muzeefitsirovat preserved samurai houses and tried to present a fresh crop of Japanese sake. It was a pleasant surprise and very helpful – was rain most of the day and I was pretty chilled.

Osaka – aquarium with whale sharks and other inhabitants of the Pacific Ocean, as stated in the guide in the amount of 35 ths. Species and is located on the 14 levels that Track circle goes around the main pool basin, gradually descending to the exit.

Kyoto – the annual autumn festival (jidai matsuri) – costumed procession of “Parade of the Ages”, a bright, spectacular and extremely popular in Japan; Imperial Park, Gion district – cherished and really leaves a deep impression, temples Kiёmidzudera (pure water), it looked the way the wedding ceremony, and then went down to the dungeon in total darkness (!) to touch the stone Buddha with its undercurrent of desire, stone -light simply exuded radiance and warmth in this bleak darkness. Well, the output has received a prediction from the hands of the monks who do not know, because it is written in hieroglyphs, and finally looked at the Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) – in the setting sun was shining and it was reflected in the clear waters of the pond with red rybischami (carp?) and turtles.

Nara – Todaiji temple with the largest Buddha statue, a park with a really tame deer, Kofukuji temple with gold, and a five-story pagoda hall.

Okayama – Korakuen Garden – a charming landscaped park overlooking the castle.

Kumamoto – Garden Suydzendzi (Tokaido road with a miniature Fuji) and other parts of the city – the castle, which went upstairs and saw an unusually beautiful park around the castle, and behind it – a huge modern city, surrounded by mountains -spyaschimi volcanoes.

Beppu – Park hot geysers “Hell”, where after a walk in the park can be one of the geysers lowered his tired feet in hot water sulfate, and then dine on the outdoor terrace, where all the food – prepared before your eyes as the warmth of the thermal waters.Travel_japan_1

 

The overall impression from the trip – wonderful. The population of Japan is about the same as in Russia, but people live mainly along the coast and in the valleys of the mountains. Culture and people’s respect for each other, forced to coexist in a limited space, especially in metropolitan areas, is admired.

Little islands of ancient history, monuments and natural landscapes of the past are carefully preserved and maintained. And all these huge skyscrapers, multi-level transport network in metropolitan areas, high-speed trains and other products of industrialization peacefully coexist with these signs of the past. Platform Shinkansen Fukui is in close proximity to the castle, God forbid about 100 meters – you go out on the platform and can even hand to touch the tops of the pine trees that surround it.Travel_japan_2

 

Service everywhere at the highest level. I had to travel on public transport in peak hours, although this is not recommended, but I have no never pushed and stepped on the foot. Everything is thought out and organized so that the transition from the metro and train stations before boarding the train – all equipped with a pointer, designated by letters and numbers, provided with pictograms and duplicated in English.

Landing place in cars – and high-speed trains in Japan are different too – on the platform specified by the color and inscriptions for each type of train. In the metro as well. People line up and do a 1-minute time to go out and get in the car. The airport in Nagoya, as stated in the guide is built on an artificial island made ​​of recycled trash. A huge bright building simple in form – in the form of aircraft, which both sit down and come thousands of passengers – but you do not quite feel. All quickly orient themselves on the big scoreboard with information on flights in the coming hours and sent to the place of registration. Our queue of about 300 passengers served about half an hour, a few minutes it took to passport control, and pre-flight inspection. I still remember the terrible landing at Delhi airport two years ago, when we recorded and inspect about 6 hours, since thousands of passengers simultaneously on several flights were forced to boring (bunch -Other simply no other word) in the small hall of the preflight inspection and a couple of hours we sat on the plane waiting for takeoff in – delays and disruptions in flight schedules, judging by the reviews of our fellow citizens, a common occurrence in many Asian airports. But not in Japan. While I was flying over a vast our country I thought, Why do we and the Japanese, after the war found themselves roughly in the same position, because in many ways it is used for half a century has passed …Travel_japan_3

 

Visa for Japan, as we all know – is free, and no consular fees. The only condition – the presence of a guarantor to the Japanese side. You need to book the hotel through a guarantor and pay them fully beforehand. Then the guarantor forms a package of documents confirming the booking and payment Received. In my case it was a Japanese travel agency the NFL and its Russian partner Travel Company Japan Tour. Incidentally it was the only company out of 7 of our Russian travel agencies where I addressed, which took all of my travel conditions (room no more than $ 100, no dop.navyazannyh services), in a civilized manner, and openly discussed all options of hotels with the provision of information about each and a link to their sites, shipping the package of documents to me by courier ($ 100) and insurance ($ 34). In the cities, it was a business hotel with breakfast, 5-10 minutes. walk from the train stations or subway stations, near the resorts – hotels with onsen (hot baths) with Japanese-style rooms and a Japanese breakfast and dinner. Incidentally all the hotels where I stayed, daily changing bed linen, yukata (c / b kimono) and slippers are 2 types – one for numbers, the latter are always in the toilet). Toilets – heated and sensor control panel. A toothbrush can not take it – along with toothpaste, it’s all waiting for you in the bathroom. I did not take an umbrella, it was 3 days with rain – at the output I immediately offered to take their umbrella.Travel_japan_4

 

 

Railways are working perfectly, we can plan everything in advance – timetables and fares, including private w / d, and domestic airlines can be viewed at the link hyperdia.com/en/

As for more serious purchases paid by VISA and MasterCard. Both cards are accepted everywhere.Cash is not removed, but the ATMs where they are serviced, seen everywhere.