I have collected on one page all the photos that I managed to make during my numerous trips to Japan.
Tokyo.
Tokyo is a young city by world standards. He’s only 400 years old. During its history, Tokyo has experienced many fires, devastating earthquakes and war, has given a name to an entire historical era, has changed its name and its face.
Now modern Tokyo is a huge metropolis, merged with the neighboring cities of Kawasaki and Yokohama. At the same time, it can be rightfully argued that Tokyo is a city of contrasts, where antiquity juxtaposes modernity, European culture – with eastern, stone jungle – with ancient temples.
What to see in Tokyo? It all depends on how much time you have to explore this huge metropolis. Below I present the most important sights of Tokyo, which are the hallmark of the city.
Kamakura.
Kamakura was the capital of Japan in the 12th century. Despite the fact that little remains of its former greatness 800 years later in Kamakura, this city is worth visiting for the sake of the oldest temples that have historical and cultural significance. It was in Kamakura that the foundations of Japanese Zen Buddhism were laid, and the samurai caste was formed. There are still buildings and structures that keep the echo of the bloody events, brutal wars, coups and dynastic intrigues of those distant times.
Nikko.
Nikko is listed in the UNESCO Gold Fund as a complex of temples of world historical and cultural significance. The Japanese say: “Don’t say you’ve seen what’s beautiful until you’ve visited Nikko.” In addition to the temples, Nikko can surprise tourists with beautiful mountain landscapes, waterfalls and lakes.
Hakone-Mount Fuji.
The best way to view Mount Fuji is from Hakone, where it is reflected in the mirror-clear waters of the mountain Lake Ashi. Thanks to the incessant volcanic activity in the Hakone area, there are many underground hot springs that feed an immeasurable number of” onsen ” – hot baths in the open air.
Kyoto.
You can probably feel the aroma of the medieval era only in Kyoto. Tokyo is too urban and modern for that. Just a few hours of traveling on a bullet train, and you will find yourself in a world of ancient Buddhist and Shinto temples, palaces and castles, tea houses and Japanese restaurants.
According to modern Nara, it is difficult to say that once in the VIII century it was the capital of Japan, even before Kyoto. But time and adversity spared this ancient city, and now we can admire in it many monuments of history, architecture, and culture.
Narita.
Very close to the airport “Narita” is the city of the same name, which is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Japan – Narita-san.
Okinawa.
Although Okinawa is considered part of Japan, it differs from its mother country in almost everything: nature, climate, culture, people, even language and the way to build houses.