Japan is a unique country full of energy and modernism but also full of traditions, history and mysticism. For these reasons I always had wanted to visit this country. I was until 2009 that my girlfriend and I were finally able to plan and undertake this travel in April 2009.

My trip to Japan has been one of the most fully packed travels that I ever done. This was a seventeen day journey flying from Melbourne to Tokyo with a stopover in Brisbane, using the bullet train Shinkansen, regional trains buses, bicycle and lots and lots of walking.

These are the places that we got to visit:

  • Tokyo
  • Kamakura
  • Takaragawa Onsen
  • Nagano
  • Tsumago
  • Nagome
  • Kyoto
  • Nara
  • Kobe
  • Horoshima
  • Miyajima
  • Osaka
  • Koya-san

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There were plenty of highlights in this trip but one of the most pleasurable was the three day stay at the Takaragawa Onsen Hotel. The term onsen refers to hot springs. What makes the onsen of this hotel special is the fact that the water ponds lay next to a river high in the mountains. During this time was cold enough that we had some snow fall while bathing in the hot springs. A well-deserved break after a week walking nonstop 12 hours.

Other highlights were the Japanese gardens, temples, food, people, cherry blossoms and many more. Here to the photos displayed on the exhibition “Carpetas de Viaje” or “Travel Albums”.