Japan had long spooked around my head, especially a trip during the cherry blossom season. In 2015 I finally did it. My homebase was the city of Zama, near Yokohama, at my friend Laura’s house. She had lived in Japan for many years and was about to be transferred to Italy, so I figured now or never. In 10 days I travelled Nippon on my own all on public transport, to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima Island. Never is a Rush, taking all the time I needed.
The old capital of Japan has everything an imperial city prides itself – old Buddhist temples, gorgeous gardens, imperial palaces and Shinto shrines. But above all, Kyoto is most famous for its cherry blossom. In Gion, the entertainment district I drifted under a roof of cherry blossom, dined in traditional restaurants, got tipsy on sake and caught a glimpse of a geisha.