The Toshogu Shrine in Nikko

Toshogu Shrine in Nikko

Built in 1600s, Toshogu Shrine is famous for its pompous buildings, rich colored sculptures, and thousands of gold leaf sheets. It is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years. Toshogu Shrine was built using the highest quality materials available during the 1600s.

Toshogu Shrine in Nikko

Seeing the shrine up close and thinking of the Great Pyramid of Giza, I couldn’t help but think that people who lived from hundreds to thousands of years ago were far more intelligent than modern people.

The Takeshita Dori in Harajuku

The historic sites in Tokyo are a must for visitors, but if you want to get a taste of the eccentric lifestyle of the Japanese youth, you must visit The Takeshita Dori in Harajuku. I met many interesting people like those who are dressed up as Lolita in different styles — be it gothic or kawaii, while I was strolling on the street.

The Takeshita Dori in Harajuku

The Takeshita Dori in Harajuku

I could not get enough of the small shops with unique accessories and clothing. The colors, the hassle and the music are all things which make this attraction of Tokyo absolutely unique. Do not miss to immerse into the Harajuku culture.

Shinto Wedding at Meiji Shrine

You should definitely visit Meiji Shrine when you go on a trip to Tokyo. It is one of the most beautiful and interesting places I have been to and I strongly recommend it to any passionate traveler like myself.

Meiji Shrine

The shrine is the resting place of the first emperor of modern Japan, Emperor Meiji, and his wife. It was built in 1920. In addition to the religious buildings, there is the Treasure House which has personal belongings of the emperor on display. The garden of the shrine is gorgeous especially in June when the irises bloom.

Sankeien Garden in Spring

Sankeien Garden

Yokohama is a very astonishing city with endless possibility. That’s why I always make sure to check the Yokohama City’s website for latest news and events. From there, I found out that the their notable Sankeien Garden was open for night cherry blossoms viewing until 8 p.m. due to season as opposed to its regular closing time of 5 p.m.

Sankeien Garden

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