Mount Fuji and Lama aus Yokohama

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Mount Fuji is one of the most distinguishable symbols of Japan. Even though, seeing it from a close proximity was somewhere at the top of our to do list, we decided it was too cold to do so. Fortunately, on our way to Tokyo, we had a lot of luck. It was a crispy clear day so thanks to a great visibility we could admire this legendary cone, known for its symmetry and beautiful snowed-cap peak.

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The warmest and most sunny day greeted us in the port of Yokohama. I guess the wedding photo shoot of a pretty Japanese couple planted an idea in our heads. Soon we started our own photo session. Oh how much we laughed…!

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Osaka

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On our way to OSAKA we took a super fast Bullet Train, known as Shinkansen, which gains up to 320 km/h speed. The traveling experience is considered one of the biggest tourist attractions in Japan and tickets for the foreigners are 40% cheaper than for the locals. JR passes with tourist discount, however, cannot be acquired in the country, so don’t forget to apply for them a few weeks in advance! 

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For weeks now I’ve been wondering what to write about our trip to Osaka. The city is big, busy and has a little bit of everything:  historical sites, surrealistic buildings, futuristic towers, boring city centre and mind-blowing night life.  

(above and below- the remaining tower of the Osaka Castle), 

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Umeda Sky Building.

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After sunset,  Osaka showed it’s different- better- face. Considerably a lot of effort was put into the city lights, just as if the inhabitants, architecture and infrastructure were destined for the ‘by night’ perception. The streets network turned out to be logic, the buildings gained form while the people became energetic and alive. 

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The most amazing shrine in Osaka- the figures are covered with moss. On the way from work the residents stop by to say a quick prayer and to water the statues with water.

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Future telling on the streets of Osaka.

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The City of Light is full of love hotels, which rent the rooms for hours.