Below are some pic­tures from our trip to Japan in Feb­ru­ary 2023. It was our sec­ond trip to the Land of the Ris­ing Sun, which we owe this time to our younger daugh­ter. After her elder sis­ter had com­plet­ed an intern­ship abroad in Osa­ka in 2014, we had picked her up there and explored the coun­try for two weeks for the first time.

Obvi­ous­ly, this expe­ri­ence had left a last­ing impres­sion on our youngest daugh­ter. In the mean­time, she has decid­ed to study Japanol­o­gy and has enrolled for a semes­ter abroad at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Tsuku­ba near Tokyo for the win­ter semes­ter 2022/23. Need­less to say, we again took the oppor­tu­ni­ty to vis­it her there and explore the Land of the Ris­ing Sun once more under her guid­ance with her pro­found knowl­edge of local cus­toms and tra­di­tions. Thanks to their lin­guis­tic skills, it was an even more intense expe­ri­ence this time than dur­ing our first vis­it. If you are inter­est­ed in more details, you can find them in my detailed trav­el report.


(February 12th to 17th, 2023)

With almost 10 mil­lion inhab­i­tants, it is not only the country’s largest metrop­o­lis in terms of pop­u­la­tion, but also the cap­i­tal of Japan as the seat of the Japan­ese gov­ern­ment and the Ten­nō. The Tokyo pre­fec­ture is, the cen­ter of the Tokyo-Yoko­hama met­ro­pol­i­tan region, which is home to more than 38.5 mil­lion peo­ple (as of 2019), mak­ing it the largest met­ro­pol­i­tan area in the world. 


(February 17th to 19th, 2023)

Found­ed in the 13th cen­tu­ry, Hiroshi­ma gained sad fame after the atom­ic bomb­ing on August 6th, 1945, which destroyed 90% of the city. By the end of ’45, approx­i­mate­ly 140,000 peo­ple had died. After its recon­struc­tion from 1949 onwards, Hiroshi­ma devel­oped into an impor­tant indus­tri­al cen­ter and is now the 11th largest city in Japan with a pop­u­la­tion of more than 1.1 million. 


(February 19th to 25th, 2023)

Kyō­to, the for­mer cap­i­tal, is world famous for sophis­ti­cat­ed cul­ture and fine delights, while the pre­fec­ture offers the charm of rur­al Japan The city of Kyō­to attracts mil­lions of Japan­ese and inter­na­tion­al vis­i­tors who want to expe­ri­ence tra­di­tion­al Japan­ese cul­ture. Tem­ples and shrines such as Kiy­omizu-dera and Kinkaku-ji as well as the bam­boo forests of near­by Arashiya­ma attract crowds of tourists. 


(February 22nd, 2023)

Hime­ji is an ancient cas­tle town in Hyō­go Pre­fec­ture, Japan. It was ele­vat­ed to the sta­tus of a city on April 1st, 1889. Hime­ji Cas­tle (Hime­ji-jō) is one of Japan’s nation­al cul­tur­al trea­sures and was rec­og­nized by UNESCO as a World Her­itage Site in 1993. The park around the cas­tle is known as one of the par­tic­u­lar­ly beau­ti­ful places for the cher­ry blos­som fes­ti­val Hana­mi and attracts many vis­i­tors every year. 


(February 25th to - 28. 2. 2023)

Mount Fuji or Fuji-san is a vol­cano and with 3776m height the high­est moun­tain in Japan. Its peak is locat­ed on the main Japan­ese island of Hon­shū. Fuji has been con­sid­ered sacred in Japan for cen­turies. To paci­fy its erup­tions, the deity Sen­gen ōka­mi was interred and wor­shipped by the impe­r­i­al court.


On the road

In Kyō­to, we rent­ed a Toy­ota Corol­la Hybrid and took a day trip to the Japan­ese Sea. We also used the car to dri­ve from Kyō­to to Mount Fuji and explore the sur­round­ings there. In total we drove about 1000km with the car. Here are some pic­tures from “on the road”



We had booked a total of 4 hotels for our trip. In Tokyo and Kyō­to we chose an apartho­tel of the MIMARU group. In Hiroshi­ma we booked again the Mit­sui Gar­den Hotel as in 2014 / 15. The time at Mount Fuji we spent at the Fuji View Hotel, which lived up to its name. All hotels were very nice and are all worth a recommendation.