Japan, Here I Come

By Alessandra Kelly 

Many individuals travel to Japan year round; however, many wouldn’t travel to Japan to the extent of pure serenity. I, for one, would travel across the entire country, searching for all the secrets of Japan. Firstly, I would travel to the Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, a tunnel covered with the trellises of wisteria flowers. In the tunnel, different colored wisteria hang from the top, emulating a rainbow of flowers. After walking through the tunnel, the tourist will be greeted with 100-year-old wisteria trees.

Later, I will visit the Kurashiki Canal Area, or the Bikan Historical Quarter. Along the canal, large storehouses now house different facilities, still maintaining the Edo feel. The Edo period refers to the time between 1603 and 1867, when Japan was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate, or military dictatorship. The period illustrates the final span of traditional Japan, often described as a time of internal peace, political stability, and economic growth. 

Once I explore all the quaint places, and discover the little idiosyncrasies of each town, I will search to find Takachiho Gorge, a beautiful narrow chasm formed by the Gokase River. The gorge is located in the northern part of Miyazaki Prefecture, centered within the Kyushu Mountains. Ultimately, my trip will consist of magnificent sights, filled with the knowledge of one of the most beautiful cultures in the world.