Japan via Instagram

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As part of the popular via Instagram series of posts, I’ve decided to continue with the theme that included Bangladesh via Instagram, Peru via Instagram, and the Australian Outback via Instagram to bring you Japan via Instagram.

Japan is not only an interesting and fun place to travel, it’s also very photogenic. From delicious bowls of seafood donburi to the art installations on Naoshima Island to onsen baths of Kurokawa to spending a night in a capsule hotel, it’s an aesthetically pleasing place as well as a sometimes quirky place. I’ve tried also to show you that it’s an affordable place to travel with my Japan on $70 a day post. Although people are very reserved, they are friendly, helpful if you’re in need, and excessively polite.

My  trip around Japan took me to three of four main islands over 16 days. I rode buses, bullet trains, scenic mountain trains, and was even picked up by a stranger outside a convenience store when I was lost. I slept in traditional inns, hostels, and capsule hotels. I walked through traditional Japanese gardens, soaked in natural hot springs, and hiked up to cliffside temples.

Here are some of my favorite images from around Japan.

Japan via Instagram

 

Arrived in Japan. First stop, the ancient capital of Nara.

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The legendary deer of Nara do whatever they like.

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Sake barrel offerings.

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Home to the 380 ton Big Buddha and one of the biggest wooden buildings on earth.

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Going to miss Nara when I’m gone.

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Beautiful, no fee tea ceremony offered to visitors by the nice people at @nara_visitor_center

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Japanese Toro (hanging lantern)

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Dusk in #Kyoto

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The start of a very beautiful journey

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Which way do you go?

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These monks knew what they were doing coming up here!

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In Hirosaki they temporarily moved the castle to work on the stone foundation!

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One of the finest Japanese Gardens I’ve ever walked through (Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden)

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Another nice view from Hirosaki #Japan

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View from the train in northern Honshu

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Now this is what I call a train lunch.

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Not quite hiking season yet in Hokkaido still ⛷

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Wish I could say I hiked to this view.

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Misty afternoon along the Nagasendo Highway (trail).

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Waiting for the train.

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Feeling the old atmosphere in Tsumago, in the Japan Alps.

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Who loves sake?

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Try scaling those walls.

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Himeji Castle towers above the rest of the city – a variety in modern Japan.

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It doesn’t get much sweeter than this.

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Another shot of Miyajima at twilight

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Does anyone know what event occurred here?

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Japanese engine driver doing his thing

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The conductor made me do it, I swear.

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From the very old to the very new #Japan

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Mt Fuji as seen from the Sunrise Seto train.

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A different kind of view of Mt Fuji

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The simple presentation of the Japanese meal.

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Are these used anymore?

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A Tori gate always leads to something good.

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Everything is so much nicer in the morning

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Does anyone know why sake barrels are sometimes outside Shinto shrines?

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If only it were clear here, you’d be looking at Mt Fuji.

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What I love about #Japan

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Shinto, the indigenous faith of the Japanese people, has no founder, no official sacred texts, and no formalized system of doctrine.

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Sometimes the best views are free.

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 15 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine GoMadNomad.com. He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Google +, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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