My trip to Japan ended where probably every trip to Japan should end: in Nagasaki. Not many travelers end up there because getting there is comparably difficult, but it is worth it 🙂
It is one of the most famous places in Japan besides Mount Fuji: “Shrine Island” Miyajima (宮島) in front of Hiroshima. Almost every tourist coming to the country has seen images of the gigantic Torii (鳥居) standing in the water before, and the tame deer are also well-known all over the Internet 🙂
The Samurai in Nikkō were too boring for your taste? The Monster Cats in Tokyo too? Oh well? How about zombies for a change? 😉
On August 6, 1945, a B-29 bomber dropped the first atomic bomb over an inhabited city. At 08:16 local time, Hiroshima disappeared from the map. But Japan did not think about surrendering just yet.
On March 11, 2011 an earthquake triggered a giant Tsunami which devastated Japan, caused several nuclear meltdowns and left the radioactively contaminated Evacuation Zone of Fukushima behind. Six years later I went to visit the survivors and captured their story.
On a small hill high above Kyoto there are about 120 Japanese Macaques, wondering why strange, bipedal creatures put free food in their hands… 😉
For almost four centuries, Kyoto was the capital of Japan. It’s impossible to get an impression on just one day, but after all the detours of the super typhoon, I was forced to do so…
Fukuoka has its own Oktoberfest too! But is this actually a real “German” thing with Beer, a marquee and sausages? See for yourself… 😉
(My route within Japan can be found here, a general overview of the country here.) It was midnight in Kyōto, I was sitting in the lounge of my accommodation and was fed up. It had been raining since my visit to Nikkō. I had planned to spend five days in Kyōto and Osaka, but that plan didn’t make much sense anymore. Especially since the friendly Japanese man next to me had just explained what was going on: Typhoon Lan had been upgraded to a Super Typhoon and would hit Osaka on its way to Tokyo over the next few days. Kyōto is
“日光を見ずして結構と言うな” – “Don’t talk about beauty before you’ve seen Nikkō”. A bold statement, but even if it hadn’t been true, 1000 Samurai can compensate for everything 😉