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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sakura & Bonus Wrap-up, Japan - 2015

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 26/04/2015 13:04:09

With the high of the amazing burger behind us, I don't feel I should dwell on our final stop - so this will be brief. Wanting an easy road to the airport for our flight home, we decided to spend our final day in Sakura, very close to Narita Airport (and also quite nice in the blossom season apparently). Little did we know then, cherry blossoms are scared by a slight breeze or light shower of rain, so the majority of blossoms were gone by the time we made it to Sakura.

We did check out a few of the Samurai houses in the location, which were pretty cool (and unlike Kyoto they actually included props to understand the purpose of each room). We also headed down to the local castle ruins with cool greenery and hidden pathways. But in general, our final day was pretty much a lazy Wednesday.

Dresser
The old samurai houses were fun to walk through

Outside
... though Pao was experiencing this from outside as she felt her shoes had already come off enough

Forest Hideaway
One of the hidden pathways around the castle ruins

After a quick night in the Narita Airport Rest House we were on our plane back home. I've never had a more enjoyable 10 hour flight, leaving at midday meant I didn't have to attempt to sleep (which I find impossible) so I just spent the time reading, listening to music and writing my blog entries. It did mean we arrived home at around 2 am - but we were home and safe and finally able to fit into a bed

To sum up our time in Japan, I don't think it could have gone any better. I put many hours into the planning and I'm pretty sure it all paid off as we were only once put into the position of walking around a city trying to decide on what to do at the last minute.

That being said, the trip to Japan was a little different to some of my recent adventures. It took me a while to figure out why - but I believe there wasn't any big ticket item in Japan that I was looking forward to achieving. My first trip to the US had Niagara Falls and my first ever live NHL game. My second trip had the Stanley Cup and concluded a very long-time goal of being inside the Statue of Liberty. My European adventures had a few (such as being inside a pyramid, the leaning tower of Pisa, Stonehenge and the Eiffel Tower). Even my trips to Sydney generally end with me climbing the harbour bridge. For Japan, there were a number of things I was looking forward to (mainly the food, but also bright lights and electronics) but no huge singular item.

It was a very enjoyable cultural experience all the same, and also such a great time to have fun and be silly with my girlfriend Paola. The fact that the two of us only got grumpy at each other once or twice in the whole 3.5 weeks spending every hour together is a great sign to me. I think I said it best way back in Egypt:

Quoting Joel:
Apparently Mark Twain once said "I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.". While I am surprised at the grammar utilised I couldn't agree with the sentiment more - there will certainly be further travel for Pao and I in our future

I believed it then and I believe it even more now Looking forward to our next trip to South America and the Inca Trail later this year.


This is the 21st in the Super Fun Chronological Japan Travel Catalogue series
GET 1 - Nikko, Japan - 2015GET 2 - Ueno (Tokyo), Japan - 2015GET 3 - Akihabara (Tokyo), Japan - 2015GET 4 - Ginza (Tokyo), Japan - 2015GET 5 - Asakusa (Tokyo), Japan - 2015GET 6 - Shinjuku (Tokyo), Japan - 2015GET 7 - Harajuku (Tokyo), Japan - 2015GET 8 - Shibuya (Tokyo), Japan - 2015GET 9 - Odaiba (Tokyo), Japan - 2015GET 10 - Kawaguchiko (Five Lakes), Japan - 2015GET 11 - Yokohama, Japan - 2015GET 12 - Kamakura, Japan - 2015GET 13 - Osaka, Japan - 2015GET 14 - Kobe, Japan - 2015GET 15 - Hiroshima, Japan - 2015GET 16 - Himeji & Nara, Japan - 2015GET 17 - Kyoto, Japan - 2015GET 18 - Iga, Japan - 2015GET 19 - Nagoya, Japan - 2015GET 20 - Takayama & Gero, Japan - 2015GET 21 - Sakura & Bonus Wrap-up, Japan - 2015 Back to Top

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