JaPango in pictures


Your JaPango trip in pictures… get ready to live the dream!

 
First week: Tokyo, Yokohama and around
Atmospheric, fascinating, showcasing its past and reaching towards the future; elegant, beautiful, all encompassing; spirited, strong and insane – Tokyo is all of this and so much more. One thing is for sure – you will never forget your visit to the Japanese capital.

 
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When not tango-ing, we will discover Tokyo’s main boroughs: we will start to discover this fabulous city at Shibuya and its famous crossing and shopping district. We will then take a look at Tokyo at its trendiest form: in Harajuku and Takeshita dori, not forgetting one of Japan’s most popular shrines: Mejijingu-Mae, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken.
 

 
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Omotesando and Ginza will next be on the map – along with superb shopping opportunity for arts and crafts, chinaware and clothes.
 
The visit of Shinjuku will showcase one of the most futuristic parts of town. Lovers of architecture will feel overwhelmed with the sight of some of the world’s most daring skyscrapers and dizzyingly high buildings – as well as our visit to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government offices, the capital’s seat of power designed by Tenge Kenzo and offering an observatory at a mind blowing height of 202m above Tokyo. Yokohama will complete the discovery of what Japan has in store when it comes to modernity.

 
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We will also pay a visit to the neighbourhood of Asakusa, and catch a boat that goes down the river to Tokyo Bay and the area of Odaiba, where we will experience our first Onsen (hot spring) in the famous ‘Oedo Onsen’ complex.

 
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And to get a bit of respite, the Japanese garden of Rikugoen will be on the agenda.
NOTE: other Tokyo visits will probably be added if time permits.

 
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We will catch the Shinkansen to reach Kyoto so fast that you will need to put some gel in your hair to make it stay in place (OK, we made up that one, but it will be amazingly fast!).

 
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Our travels will then take us to the ancient capital of Kyoto – a UNESCO site and one of the world’s most visited places, for its temples of gold, beautiful structures and Zen gardens.

 
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On the way we will experience one of our favourite parts of the Japanese way of life: the Onsen (hot spring), so sophisticated it feels it has been elevated to a proper art. Get ready, you might like it so much you will find it hard to get out of the bath!

 
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Our journey will bring us to walk into the footsteps of the spiritual masters of Japan at Koya san and its 1000 years of history.

 
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Our trip would not be complete without the visit of Hakone, Kawaguchiko and its famous views of the mighty Mount Fuji – our last destination!

 
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Credits: some photos Alexander Shafir