My One Week Japan Trip Experience
In a span of one week, I was able to experience the culture and traditions of Japan, its natural beauty, and taste its delicious cuisine. For someone who has never traveled outside the country before, this was definitely an eye-opening experience. For my 20th birthday, I decided to spend my time traveling rather than partying or going on some weekend getaway with friends. I found a travel agency that caters to people who want to explore the world without leaving Singapore – Fujimi Travel. With their help, I created a trip to Japan that gave me exactly what I wanted out of it: new experiences and knowledge about another culture.
Day 1: Arriving in Japan, Akihabara and Tokyo
To start off my trip, I spent my first full day in Tokyo. As any tourist does, I went to the famous Shibuya Crossing, where I saw the “scramble” walk signal in action. I also went to Meiji Shrine, which is a shrine that honors the souls of loved ones. Next, I headed to Akihabara, the electronics district, where I visited the Ghibli Museum – a museum that showcases the works of the animation studio, Studio Ghibli. Next, I went to Okura Garden, a traditional Japanese garden now used as a hotel. I ended the day by visiting the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, a museum that showcases science, technology, and innovation.
Day 2: Tokyo Morning Markets, Sumo Wrestling and Bento Boxes
The second day of my Japan trip was dedicated to experiencing its amazing culture. I started my day off visiting the Tsukiji Fish Market, which is the biggest wholesale fish market in the world. After that, I went to the Meji Shrine again to observe its beautiful culture. Next, I visited the Asakusa Shrine, which is a shrine that honors deities of fertility, friendship, and fortune. After that, I went to the Tokyo Morning Market, which is a traditional Japanese market. After the market, I headed to the Ryogoku Sumo Stadium, where I watched Sumo Wrestlers in action. After that, I headed to Tsukishima, a place known for its Bento boxes.
Day 3: A day exploring Tokyo
Next, I spent a day exploring Tokyo, where I visited the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Tokyo Skytree and the Tokyo National Museum. After that, I headed to the Harajuku District to see the famous crossing. Next, I visited the Meiji Jingu Shrine, another beautiful Japanese shrine After that, I went to see the Imperial Palace and Hama-rikyu Gardens, two beautiful places that are located in the Imperial Palace. Next, I visited the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Tokyo International Forum. After that, I went to the Shinjuku District, where I visited the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and the Tokyo Skytree.
Day 4: Hakone Morning Market, Temples and Its View Point
The fourth day of my Japan trip was a day dedicated to exploring the beauty of the country. After waking up, I headed out to Hakone, a famous lake in the country. There, I visited the Hakone Shrine, a popular shrine in the area. After that, I took a ride on the Odor Boat, a boat that sails on the lake. Next, I visited the Hakone Shrine, a beautiful shrine in the mountains. Next, I visited a monkey park, where there are many monkeys. After that, I visited a beautiful garden in the mountains. After all that exploring, I headed to the Gora Temple, a temple where people pray for love.
Day 5: Kyoto Morning Market and its unique foods
To end my Japan trip, I spent my last day in Kyoto, one of the most cultural cities in Japan. There, I visited the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, a forest where the trees are planted in a way that makes them look like a wall. After that, I headed to the Tenryu-ji Temple, a gorgeous temple with a garden. Next, I went to see the Kyoto Imperial Palace and its gardens. After that, I visited the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a beautiful temple that is known for its wooden deck. After exploring the city, I went back to the Kyoto Morning Market, a market where they sell different things. Next, I went to a restaurant to try the Kyoto specialties.
Day 6: Nara Morning Market and Tending to Deer
For my final day in Japan, I headed to Nara, another city known for its beautiful culture. I started my day off by visiting the Nara Park, a park famous for its deer. After that, I visited the Todai-ji Temple, a beautiful temple with one of the largest Buddha statues in the world. Next, I explored the Nara Park. After exploring the park, I went to the Nara Deer Park, a park where you can feed deer. After that, I went to the Todai-ji Temple again to see the beautiful architecture. After exploring the city, I went back to Kyoto.
As someone who has never traveled out of the country before, I was a bit nervous about the experience. However, with the help of Fujimi Travel, I was able to create a trip to Japan that gave me exactly what I wanted out of it: new experiences and knowledge about another culture. If you are someone who has never traveled out of the country before, my advice is to not be afraid. With the help of travel companies, you can create a trip to anywhere in the world. Travel will open your eyes to the world, teach you new things, and help you grow as a person.