Yusuke Urameshi. Do you know him?
Japan is now becoming a top tourist destination, and while most people are inclined to visit the country for its touristy spots and great selection of food (because why not?), my main reason has always been to experience and see places that I’ve loved to watch as a kid — from my favourite anime.
Yusuke Urameshi is the protagonist of the anime series Yu Yu Hakusho (or Ghost Fighter), which first ran on the early 1990s. And god did I love that series! From then on, I was hooked on a number of anime, which made me promise myself that I will one day visit Japan.
I didn’t resurrect this blog though to talk about anime and manga. I recently visited Japan and thought I’d post something about it. And also because I just binge-watched Terrace House 😅
My first visit was on the summer of 2016, in Osaka and Kyoto. I was with my good friend Kajd, and at that time our main goal was one thing, and one thing alone — Matcha.
But we soon realized that one week might be too much just to chase Matcha and neither of us really wanted to come back home 20 pounds heavier, so thought it might be for the best to try other things.
Kidding aside, here are the main ones we explored.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
And of course, our very own proud collection of Matcha-gluttony 🤤
My second trip was in Tokyo just a few weeks ago, this time with my sister’s family.
One interesting place we visited is this Owl Village / cafe in Shibuya, where you can enjoy a nice cup of tea and be up close with the owls.
We also went to this modern art museum where it almost felt like entering and getting lost to a different kind of world with its vivid lights and artful colours – teamLab Borderless
Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort – a sweet escape from my Sydney summer, and the girls definitely had a blast. It was their first time to experience snow and I’m glad I was a part of that magical moment for them.
There are tons of other awesome experiences but would leave it at that for now, as I very much intend to come back and explore other cities, food and adventures.
I didn’t quite get the “anime vibe” I was looking for from my two visits, but hey, there’s always a next time. And most probably because I don’t even know what kind of “vibe” I’m after 😂
To whoever dared to open this and got to this part, hope you don’t regret it 😝
Travel dates: July 2016; Dec 2018 – Jan 2019