Yesterday I got my passport returned from Japan embassy with the Visa for the single entry into Japan. This will be my 7th time visiting Japan. It wasn’t hard for me to go to Japan in the past because my brother has studied and worked in Japan for more than 10 years. Therefore I didn’t have to worry about where I stay when I went to Japan. Moreover, I didn’t have to pay for the accommodation costs which really reduced my travel expense a lot. But, my brother moved back to Thailand in 2011 so this time will be the 1st time that I have to find the accommodation by myself. Travel in Japan can cost more with the hotel charges which is the thing that I learned from planning this upcoming trip.
At the 1st time that I traveled in Japan, I fell in love with this country and I’ve never got bored. I think Japan is easy to go around with their superb communication. I don’t like driving so I like to travel by public transportation especially train or subway. I like going on the journey on the trains in Japan which is really convenient and able to go almost everywhere. I also like Japanese food and I’ve found that they are really tasty especially Sushi and Ramen!
Unknown to Japanese language is not a problem too. Although I stayed with my brother, he didn’t travel with us all the time due to his duty in study or job. I’m not good at Japanese language which I can read some Hiragana or Katakana, but I think it’s not a problem. I used to get lost for 2 hours and tried to ask Japanese people around there, which they really tried to help us despite in Japanese language. I was also able to order food with my English along with Thai while the staff talked to me in Japanese, and I could get my decent dish.
I could go on and on with my experiences of travel in Japan, but I think I ‘d like to recap some of them on the photos.
Himeji, Japan, 2001
I took this photo when I was in the Himeji Castle using our family’s Olympus camera with film. At the time our family went to Himeji castle, Sakura had bloomed on the trees around the castle (Cherry Blossom). It was very beautiful.
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe | Japan, 2002
I went there with my best friend in December 2002 which was kind of sudden trip. We didn’t have money that much so we walked a lot to save our money as much as we could under the weather in December, which was very cold and rainy. It was the memorable trip for me because my friend and I had a lot of fun despite the lack of money. We also proved our true friendship for all of the trouble that we experienced.
Fujinomiya, Japan, 2004
This trip had its goal to look at the Fuji-San as clear as we could. Fortunately, we found this spot and it was there just that time. After that, we went back to this spot again in 2008 and it had fence to prevent people entering. This spot was near Shiraito Fall in Fujinomiya. We were amazed of the stunning view. The Sakura and the Fuji were there at the same time, and they are kind of symbols of Japan. For us, the moment is unforgettable.
Nara, Japan, 2005
Our family went to Japan again in Mar 2005 for my brother’s graduation ceremony. So we didn’t focus on travel in this trip which the weather was not suitable for sightseeing as well. We just went to Nara again because it was not far from my brother’s city (Osaka).
Nagoya, Japan, 2008
We took our grandma to go to Japan in this journey. This was her first time in Japan and we just wanted her to enjoy the beauty of Cherry blossom and Spring season in Japan. It was really good to see her smile when looking at the Sakura trees. However, she was tired in the last 2-3 days of our trip so we just travel around by ourselves. This photo was taken near Nagoya Castle where we didn’t go inside because we thought that we’ve already been in Osaka and Himeji castle, so we don’t need to go to this one. Therefore, we just walked around the castle.
Tokyo, Japan, 2010
I went to Japan with my best friend who is not the one in my 2nd trip. We focused the trip around Nagoya and Tokyo. This photo was taken in front of Ramen restaurant in Akihabara, Tokyo. The ramen was very delicious like we just wanted to eat a very drop of soup.
I don’t know what I will experience for the 7th time trip in Japan, but I hope that I will always have the next time for travel in Japan.