Welcome to part 2 of my travel blog to Japan. For the first part, you can click here.
Day 4. Kanazawa
Today we took the train to Kanazawa. It was the first time we used the bullet train (Shinkansen) to go to another city (the JR ticket train is for tourists only and a must have if you want to travel in Japan). On the platform, it said ‘reserved’, which we found weird. Was this the right train or not? We took it anyway hoping for the best. Apparently, we should have taken the next train, because this one had reserved seats only. My friend had looked it up before online but she hadn’t read anything about it. Anyway, the train conductor asked us to follow him (through a mostly empty train) to take other seats, which I assume were not reserved. Again, we literally don’t speak the same language so I’m just guessing here. We did not get a fine for sitting at the wrong place or kicked out of the train, so that was a win.
In Kanazawa, it was our lucky day because they had their 66th annual festival called the Hyakumangoku Festival. It had a parade, people dancing on the streets etc.
Hi there, travel lover!
Took me some time to put this blog together, but here it is. I absolutely loved Japan. The views, the people, the food (omg the food!), the temples, the toilets (yeah, nothing beats a Japanese toilet) and the all over hygienic lifestyle over there. This beautiful country is definitely on my “Must visit again” list.
So, after a really really long flight (there’s just no way around that when traveling from Europe) we first had a stop-over in Taiwan.
Tip: keep on walking in the airport until you find the massage chairs. They are free to use. Just get some coins from the store nearby.
Also, I will be covering this trip in two posts, starting with Tokyo, because it’s near impossible to cover everything in just one post.
In about a week I’m going to Japan. I’m so excited! I’ve been wanting to go there forever and now it’s almost happening. I’m going with the same friend with whom I took the Mongolian express to Russia, Mongolia, China and Tibet (I can’t believe it’s been over 7 months and I haven’t even taken a weekend trip– been busy writing).
So, where are we going and, of course, how did I plan this trip?
I am no friend of cold weather by any means. So it takes a lot to get me to take a vacation where I have to wear a thick coat and a fleece hat all the time. Then again, when you go to Iceland you don’t have a lot of choice. October in Mongolia meant that my ass almost froze off, so I was hoping that Iceland in April (2016) would be less bad. Btw, it was, but not by much, and only because in Mongolia I slept in a tent 🙂 (that moment when you wake up in the middle of the night and the fire has gone and it’s -20!).
I love to travel and especially to more than one country at the same time. So last summer when I saw a 3 weeks trip to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia I was thrilled. I didn’t have to think long about who to go with. I went with the same adventurous friend I took the Trans-Mongolian express with to Russia, Mongolia, China and Tibet with. Also, she’s a doctor and hey, it’s always handy to have one with you when you’re travelling right. We went around September 2016 and it was actually a great time. We feared the rain season but other than a few drops in Hanoi and Siem Reap, we mostly had sun.
Enough said, let’s skip the talk and move over to pictures. Btw, the picture above was taken in Phuket, Thailand. It was on one of the few relaxing days we had on the beach. I’m not really a beach vacation kinda person. After a few days I’m like ‘ok, now what are we gonna do?’. But the coconut beach picture I like. Also, if you are going to travel to Phuket, try to avoid the most popular beach. You will literally be disturbed every minute with someone trying to sell you stuff (literally!). Your only option is to close your eyes and pretend to sleep. Other than that, people there are great. Though I was a bit shocked with the huge amount of older Western guys with young prostitutes. I’m from the Netherlands, and I believe it’s the one country in the world where prostitution is legalised, but still I was surprised by Phuket.
A few months ago I went to Indonesia with my sister and niece (and yes, I’m only now posting about it xd). It wasn’t my first time going to Asia, but it was my first time to Indonesia. Our vacation was an “island hopping” meaning we started out on Bali, then went to Lombok, Gili Meno and Nusa Lembongan. We booked this with tour operator Travelbird and everything was arranged just perfectly. All I can say about the experience is, wow! I can write a thousand words here, but it’s easier to just post pictures!