Before leaving Japan early this year, I planned a trip to some of the places I’ve always wanted to go but haven’t had a chance to visit & also to revisit some of my favorite places again. I call it my sayonara trip :p sayonara means good bye in japanese.
I’ve been wanting to blog about this trip for a long long time but I haven’t had time to sit down to sort out the photos. I know I need to get it down asap else I’ll forget all the details of the journey. I have a bad memory…
Anyway, here’s a summary of the trip…
So, the journey started from Tokyo to Yamaguchi. A friend of mine who is living in Yamaguchi was kind enough to take me in after I move out of my Tokyo apartment. I made her house a base and traveled to the places nearby.
From Yamaguchi, I traveled to Shimane prefecture (島根県）and Tottori prefecture (鳥取県). Visited Izumo Taisha (出雲大社), Adachi museum of art(足立美術館), the Mizuki Shiegeru Road to see the yokai characters created by him (ゲゲゲの鬼太郎) & Iwami ginzan(石見銀山), a world heritage site.
From Iwami ginzan(石見銀山), I returned to Yamaguchi again. Then my friend joined me to Nagasaki (長崎). Nagasaki was one of the places I’ve always wanted to visit. I stayed there for 4 nights.
After Nagasaki, I traveled to Mt. Aso（阿蘇山）, went up to see the volcano and stayed one night there.
From Mt. Aso, I moved to Beppu (別府), one of Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts. I stayed 2 nights in Beppu.
When I was in Beppu, I also visited Yufuin (湯布院)
From Beppu, I traveled back to Yamaguchi again to bid farewell to my friend. Then I departed to Hiroshima （広島）.I’ve been to Hiroshima and this is my 2nd time there coz’ I really wanted to see the Torii at Itsukushima Shrine again before I leave Japan.
After staying in Hiroshima for one night, I went to Onomichi (尾道) & Tomonoura(鞆の浦) before resting a night in Okayama（岡山）
From Okayama, I took the train to Uno (宇野) to catch the ferry to Naoshima (直島). Spend 1 night in Naoshima.
Then from Naoshima, I took the ferry to Takamatsu（高松）. Walked around Takamatsu town a bit before boarding another ferry to San-no-miya(三ノ宮). My original plan was to spend one night in Kobe after I reach San-no-miya, but had to skip it because I was running out of time. So after the Ferry reached San-no-miya(三ノ宮), I took the train straight to Kyoto.
From Kyoto, I went to Nara and stayed there for 1 night.
The last stop of my sayonara trip is the famous Ise Jingu（伊勢神宮）It was an unforgettable day coz’ I walked in the rain for more than 1 hour just bcoz I wanted to save money & didn’t want to pay for the bus ride :p oh. Silly me.I got all wet although I had an umbrella with me.
Phew…that was such a long post. And I thought it’s supposed to be a summary. Lol..
I will post more photos when I get them sort out…
There are still a lot of places I wanted to see in Japan but I guess I’ll have to go back again…but not so soon..
*All photo taken with my CANON EOS300 film camera with various film.