Sorry, I have not been posting much recently since I have been very busy with other stuff. I thought before posting my Kyoto trip that you might want to know Japanese etiquette.
Japan is a country with a very unique culture and heritage. Manners are very important to the Japanese. If you are a first-time traveller to the land of the rising sun there’s a lot you need to know. A while ago, I came across this infographic commissioned by the Department of Tourism of Kyoto in collaboration with TripAdvisor about Japanese etiquette. This document entitled “Insider Guide to Kyoto Part II: AKIMAHEN (Don’ts) of Kyoto” inform tourists about the do’s and mainly don’ts in Japanese culture.
“What cultural things I should know about before travelling in Japan that might make my trip a bit easier?” Keep on reading!
Day 2 (Meiji shrine – Senso-ji temple)
After the busy day discovering Central Tokyo and Odaiba, my next step was to visit the two main religious building in Tokyo Meiji shrine and Senso-ji temple.
Meiji Shrine (明治神宮, Meiji Jingū) is one of the most important Shinto shrines. It was established in 1920 and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife Emperess Shoken. The shrine is surrounded by a big forest around Yoyogi Park and is easily accessible from Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line or Meiji-jingu-mae Station on the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Subway Lines. (source: www.japan-guide.com)
After walking for a few minutes, I was faced with a huge torii gates telling me that I was near the entrance of the shrine. Keep on reading!
Nihonbashi Bridge (日本橋) which means “Japan Bridge” is a business district in Chūō, Tokyo and crosses Nihonbashi River. The first bridge made of wood was completed in 1603 and the current bridge was constructed of stone on a steel frame in 1911.