Wow, it’s been quite a while since my last post, but I’ve been doing that thing where you try and sort your life out. But I’m back now, with plans for more content and also…some exciting news.
A couple of my most-read travel posts have been turned into ‘article apps’ by the lovely people over at GPSMyCity.
Oh Japan. The place where I discovered the importance of Google Maps and my love for all food that happens to be green.
I’m not quite sure why I decided to write this post today, but I think I just enjoy perving at pictures of things that I’ve previously eaten. That green tea ice cream pic was actually the background on my phone for a while.
I wish I was joking.
Anyway, if you’re vegetarian, I hope you’ll find this post somewhat interesting, and if you’re off to Japan soon then you should definitely add some of these dishes to your ‘to eat’ list.
Everyone has one of those, right?
If I could write a love letter to Kyoto, I would. This place completely stole my heart and I’d love to go back there one day.
As much as I loved Tokyo, I can’t seem to spend too long in big cities and generally prefer places with less hustle and bustle. Kyoto has a completely different feel to Tokyo, and you get a real taste of traditional Japan thanks to all the old temples, teahouses, zen gardens and the still-working Geisha district of Gion.
There’s so much to see and do in Kyoto that I barely scratched the surface in a week, so my advice to anyone is to go for longer, especially if they like travelling slow and not feeling rushed.
Before I start, I’d like to point out that I’m not a massive fan of itineraries. In my experience, it’s best to just go with the flow and not stress too much.
It’s hard to believe I’m saying this really, because I used to be the QUEEN OF PLANNING. I’m not kidding, just a glimpse of some laminated paper and a selection of highlighter pens would’ve genuinely turned me on, and if you’d given me a clipboard I would’ve carried it with pride. But times have changed, and so have I. Now, I only get an itinerary together occasionally, and the rest of the time I just sort of wing it.
If you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to get through the day without a hot cup of something. For some people, it’s coffee. Me, I’m strictly on team tea. Not to be dramatic, but I’m pretty sure I’d shrivel up and die without it, which is why I always travel with a handy zip-lock bag of Twining’s teabags.
Yep, I’m that British.
And I don’t even care. During my time in Japan, my love of tea took me South to Wazuka (a couple of hours from Kyoto) where I spent an amazing and unforgettable day at the Obubu Green Tea Plantation.
I really wish I’d read a post like this before I went to Japan. I’m sure it would’ve saved me from a lot of embarrassing situations and confusion. Like that time I cried in the middle of a Tokyo train station because I was SO HOT AND LOST. Not my finest moment as a solo traveller I’ll admit, but these things happen.
Travelling alone can be tough, so just remember that you might need to have a little silent weep to yourself from time to time, and that’s OK.
No judgement here.
So if you’re planning a trip to Japan any time soon, this post is for you. With any luck, it’ll help you avoid any distressing situations and save you a few pennies too.