Shirakawago, the fairytale village

Română/日本語 I mentioned Shirakawago in my latest post, but this time I wish to share my impressions on this fairytale village. I made up my mind to see as many UNESCO sites in Japan as I could, and Shirakawago was one of the first from my list. It was listed as a World Heritage site…

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Lost in Takayama

Română/日本語 Takayama, which can be translated as the “Tall Mountain”, is a wonderful city in Gifu prefecture. You can find Shirakawago UNESCO site in the same prefecture, a village with traditional Japanese houses, built in gassho-zukuri style (hands in prayer inspired roofs). Takayama, which is not far from Shirakawago, represents the ideal place to stop…

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Christmas atmosphere in Tokyo(and around Tokyo)

Română/日本語 Since it’s that time of the year again,I decided to post a short photo series on the best Christmas lights places I’ve been to.Tokyo offers a great variety of such places,where you can delight your eyes with many colorful little lights,while strolling around with your loved one.Christmas is traditionally spent in couple in Japan,in…

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A stroll around Tokyo gardens

Română/日本語 Autumn,my favorite season,is almost over,but I want to still stay in the mood for momijigari-enjoying the autumn leaves in Japan,and this time I’m going to introduce a few places in Tokyo. In Tokyo,you can also find some amazing places for momijigari,and especially gardens.One of them is Rikugien garden,that is wonderfully illuminated during spring and…

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Takaosan(Mount Takao)

Română/日本語 A week after coming back from Kyoto,here I am again,leaving for another trip to see beautiful autumn leaves,to Mount Takao.Only 50 minutes away from Tokyo(from Shinjuku station),Mount Takao is a popular destination among people living in Tokyo,being a great escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.It is especially crowded in November,when most people come…

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In search of Autumn,in Kyoto(Day 3)

Română/日本語 Finally the last day of my short trip to Kyoto.Day 2 was not as busy as the first two,spending it mostly around Tetsugaku no michi(Philosopher’s Path).The route was: Day 3-Ginkakuji-Testugaku no michi-Nanzenji-Ninja Restaurant Ginkakuji(The Silver Pavilion) is often mentioned in  travel books along with Kinkakuji(The Golden Pavilion).It was named like this because its initial…

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In search of Autumn,in Kyoto(Day 2)

Română/日本語 To keep my promise,here I am with the second day adventures in search of beautiful autumn,in Kyoto!The second day’s route was the following: Day 2-Rurikoin-Tofukuji-Fushimi Inari Taisha-Kiyomizu-dera About Rurikoin there is no information in tourist guides and it is not listed as a must-see attraction of Kyoto,but it is a highly popular place among…

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In search of Autumn,in Kyoto(Day 1)

Română/日本語 I really wished to visit the old Imperial capital,Kyoto,during autumn.Kyoto is definitely  a wonderful city,with 17 UNESCO monuments and it deserves to be visited in every season,but during autumn and spring,it gets even more beautiful.Admiring the autumn leaves 紅葉狩り(momijigari) is a popular activity for Japanese people,along with admiring cherry blossoms during spring 花見(hanami).That is…

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Chichibu

Română/日本語 My first trip outside Tokyo was in Chichibu,Saitama prefecture.To be honest,I haven’t heard of Chichibu before that.But located close to Tokyo(approximately 2 hours by train),surrounded by gorgeous mountains,it’s a popular destination among Japanese people.There is something to do in each season in Chichibu,autumn-admiring the fall foliage,winter-Chichibu Yomatsuri Festival,spring-shibazakura flower fields,summer-Kawase shrine festival.We went there…

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Discovering Tokyo-Asakusa

Română/日本語 After Tokyo Tower,the next place I visited in Tokyo was Asakusa,and I was so impressed by it that it remained my favorite place in Tokyo.Stories and movies about geishas were one of my first encounters with Japanese culture,so that atmosphere of a traditional Japan that Asakusa,the oldest geisha district in Tokyo,has to offer,really  fascinated…

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