Ready to Head to Japan Yet? You Will be After Seeing These Images…



It was towards the end of my trip to Japan and I had a realization one morning in my crazy capsule hotel about my experience here. After indulging in some sweet libations from Mr. Donut, I headed out onto Tokyo’s streets and went straight for Shinjuku in the middle of the morning rush.

I was just one of millions of people strolling through the center of the world’s largest city that day, but I felt as if I’d been hand-picked in some universal lottery – Tokyo, as I see it, is the apex of human civilization. I clung to every moment, trying to savor it as deeply and for as long as I could, while clouds of people swirled around me in all directions, speeding through the same moments as if they weren’t happening at all, as if they were mine alone.

Each of the pictures in today’s post embodies one of the singular moments I savored during the three weeks I was lucky enough to spend in Japan. If you aren’t yet planning your own trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, I hope these photos inspire you to take the next plane to Tokyo.

Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Sakura Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo, Japan
Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
Traffic in Tokyo, Japan
Nikko, Japan
Sakura Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto, Japan
Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto, Japan by Night
Deer in Nara, Japan
Shrine in Nara, Japan
Robert Schrader in Tottori, Japan
Tottori Japan Desert
Sand Dunes in Tottori, Japan
Sunset in Tottori, Japan
Miyajima, Japan
Hiroshima, Japan Peace Park
Paper Cranes in Hiroshima
Yakushima, Japan Waterfall
Yakushima, Japan Cedar
Rabbit Island, Japan
Monkey Cyrus
Japanese Snow Monkey
Takaragawa Onsen, Japan
Traditional Japanese onsen
Robert Schrader
Robert Schrader is a travel writer and photographer who's been roaming the world independently since 2005, writing for publications such as "CNNGo" and "Shanghaiist" along the way. His blog, Leave Your Daily Hell, provides a mix of travel advice, destination guides and personal essays covering the more esoteric aspects of life as a traveler.
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