Kyoto

Hello there! Here's a few of my favorite shots from my trip to Kyoto in January. I actually started this blog post one month ago, but somehow it never got posted. Time flies so fast, I have no idea how we're in the middle of April already. I'm sorry it has come to the point where I'm so far behind on my travel updates, but if you have been following me on IG you know that I've been traveling quite a lot since February and in between I've been studying and writing exam papers... so needless to say I have had other priorities. But I'll do my best to catch up in the next few days!

Visiting Kiyomizu temple, walking through the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrines, exploring the Gion district, Arashiyama bamboo forrest and Tenryū-ji temple, were some of the activities we got to do during our three days in Kyoto. Out of all the Japanese cities I've visited so far (Tokyo, Osaka, Nara and Hakuba), Kyoto is my favorite. So beautiful, and too many things to see so there's no doubt I'll be back one day to explore the rest. 

Deer, Nara

We had one extra day in Kyoto, so we decided to make a day trip to Nara Deer Park. My family and I love animals, but we don't like zoos as we'd rather see animals be in their natural habitat. Fortunately, Nara is known for its thousand and more deers roaming freely around the city, which is why we loved this place so much. The deers were adorable and very friendly to humans (at least the ones we encountered). They're even so polite that they'll bow three times before they receive their deer crackers.

Tōdai-ji Temple

An extra bonus was the several shrines and temples within the park with the most significant of all being Tōdai-ji - one of the world's largest wooden buildings housing a 15m tall bronze Buddha. Getting to Nara Deer Park was also just a 35 minutes train ride from Kyoto Station directly via the Kinetsu line, so I would recommend it to anyone who's staying in Kyoto for three days or more, to go check it out!

Sensō-ji

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Tokyo Skytree

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Spot Mount Fiji in the distance

Skiing in Hakuba

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When I said my dream was to travel to Japan, I never imagined myself at a ski resort in Hakuba with three of my best mates from China. Life has its funny ways of being adventures and spontaneous, and I'm so grateful for this amazing experience in the Japanese alps.

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