Anthony Bourdain said it best: “Japan. Any excuse to visit will suffice.”
The first time I visited Japan was 2009. This was the first country that I’ve visited where I could see myself leaving the US to immerse myself in a new culture for several years.
The food. The geography. The people. The visitor to Japan will find all of these things utterly wonderful and bizarre.
After a fun few days in the Arctic Circle, my wife and I crossed the Pacific Ocean to kick off our 2.5 month Asia trip, starting with a week in Japan with some of our closest friends. We focused on traveling the Southern half of Japan, visiting many cool spots between Tokyo and Kagoshima.
Below are some of the highlights of our Japan trip.