Before going to Spain, I spent one week traveling around Japan:D
I arrived at Kansai Airport from Seoul, where my friend Azusa picked me up and took me to Kobe. I spent three days at Azusa’s place in Amagasaki, a city near Osaka.
Having dinner with Azusa, her step-dad and her mom.
Eating Takoyaki, typical from Osaka.
Azusa’s family treated me really well, they took me for dinner several times and showed me around. One day Azusa took me to the pre-school where she works. It is an international pre-school, so children can only speak English and speaking Japanese is forbidden. It was maybe the most fun day of the trip! I played with the children for more than four hours. They were all so cute and seemed to love me:D
With Azusa, her boss, and the children.
We also went to Universal Studios Japan, which is the only Universal Studios in Asia and is in Osaka. As Christmas were close, it was quite crowded and we had to wait like one hour line to get into any of the attractions, but it was still good.
After that I went to Kyoto for three days. Kyoto was the capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, so it’s full of monuments, temples, shrines, etc. The first day I visited Kiyomizu-dera with Azusa’s mom. The views were just unbelievable. The second day I went to see another temple (Kinkaku-ji), and the third day I visited the imperial palace, had lunch with Yuko, and left for Tokyo in the Shinkansen.
With Azusa’s mom at Kiyomizu-dera.
With Yuko. It took us like seven tries to get Kyoto Tower in the picture:P
In Tokyo, Thanita and Satomi were waiting for me at Shinagawa station. That place is huge! It took us like one hour to find each other at the station.
What surprised me the most of Tokyo is that there is people everywhere. I mean, Seoul is already a crowded city, but Tokyo is just crazy. The subway works pretty well, although I found it quite complicated. There are not many indications in English, and the machines to get the tickets are not very easy to use (more than once I got a train ticket when I wanted a subway ticket and vice-versa).
At Asakusa with Thanita and her friend Vivian.
Eating crepes with Thanita at Harajuku.
My last night in Tokyo I went to Shibuya with Satomi and her friends. We crossed the Shibuya Crossing, considered the world’s busiest crossing. Of course, we also went clubbing:D
With Satomi and her friend at the club.
To all my friends who took care of me in Japan,
I hope to see you all again soon;)