Despite landing just 48 hours before, we had already seen the unbelievable beauty this country has to offer. On day one, I walked the whole day around Shibuya and Meiji shrine with a 40L backpack on my back. On day two, PhotoBlog member @yokai took us to Mount Fuji and surprised us with mesmerizing views that I will never forget in my life.
After day 2, Yokai stayed with us at the same hotel. I was really inspired by his act of kindness and generosity. This theme of hospitality and friendliness is something we experienced from everybody in Japan. I felt as welcomed as my own home country here!
After a brief stop at Ryūzu Falls, we arrived at our main destination --Tamozawa Imperial Villa. A place that represents the peacefulness and elegance of japanese design.
The Villa is built around the former Edo residence of the Kishu Tokugawa clan. The Edo residence was presented to the Imperial Household in 1872 and became the Akasaka Rikyu. It was then used variously as a temporary palace for the emperor and as the crown prince's residence until 1898.
I absolutely loved walking through this elegantly designed Imperial Villa. Its entrance price is worth every yen! I have a lot more photos from this beautiful Villa and its gardens. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series for more. As always, your comments and critique are much appreciated.