弘前市、弘前城 First day in Hirosaki city

These photos were taken at 28.12.2011 so just few days before the new year. At this time we were in the beautiful country side of Aomori in a city called Hirosaki.

This was the first day I could go out with my camera and take photos since it was snowing so much everyday. To be honest there was only 3 days where I could go out and take photos with my nikon but luckily I have my sony pocket cam to take photos no matter what the weather is.

In the morning we went to Hirosaki JR station and from there we walked to the beautiful park in the middle of the city which has the amazing 弘前城 (Hirosaki castle), still the weather was not the best and the amount of snow was a bit problematic but in my opinion I did get some great shots !

Maybe next spring I will go there in the time of the cherry blossoms and take photos of the castle and the flowers.
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As you see Hirosaki is a bit different then Kyoto for example 🙂
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Japanese architecture is so fascinating ! Such a beauty that you don’t see anywhere in the world.
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Also saw this guy with his ipad2 and rain cover talking to someone and showing the castle 🙂 I will try to do that this spring through Ustream or something for you 🙂
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Men taking snowing away from the trees near the castle. The funny thing was that one of them was actually my girls’ old old friend from school.
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These “cookies” are famous from Aomori, very tasty !
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Look what we found when we were walking in Hirosaki city, Like I have said before Aomori is famous for it’s delicious apples and we found these frozen apples. Probably they just left them for the tourists tho.
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Found a wicked looking natural ice art as well !
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People are taking away the snow from the streets by dropping the snow to the underground water system so it melts fast and it won’t be in the way.
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Few Hirosaki photos again.
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I recommend everyone to visit Hirosaki city in Aomori, such a beautiful place and easy to go with a shinkansen or night buss from Tokyo.
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Today I will upload all the photos that I have left from Aomori to my flickr and upload my flickr as well ! So sorry about the delay 🙂

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Third amazing day at Kyoto and Osaka

Sorry that it took this long to upload these photos ! The internet connection at my place been fighting with me a bit.

This day we visited only 2 different famous places in Kyoto and than we jumped to the local rapid train from Kyoto station to Osaka, to see the world famous Osakajo Castle.

Our buss left at 11.55pm (23.55) so we did have time but we knew that after we climbed on top of Fushimi inari Shrine (which is basically a mountain) that we would be very tired after that to start going all over Kyoto again. We walked to Tofukuji from Fushimi inari because it is in a walking distance and than took the train to Osaka. My first impression of Osaka was not that great I guess I am too much of a Tokyo lover, I do hear many people saying that they prefer Osaka over Tokyo but I don’t.

that day the visiting order was

in Kyoto
1st. Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
2nd. Tofuku ji
and then in Osaka
3rd. Osakajo Castle
4th. Shopping streets of Kyoto (souvenirs)

Fushimi inari was breathtaking!
Couple of tips for all of you who want to go there
-Go very early preferably 6-7am, if you want to take beautiful photos and walk in peace
-Bring very good walking shoes ( there is a loooot of stairs)

I took way too much photos at this place because to me it was so beautiful with the colors and the spiritual feeling it had.
Here are some photos that I took.
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This place is very famous for the amount of Torii it has and now you will see why.
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They continued all the way the mountain and of course we climbed on top to see all of them.
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No worries there was a vending machine !
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Climb a mountain – Check
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To make you understand how long way it is up there I tried to take few shots to show you.
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So many stairs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When you go early enough you do not get this kind of photos. (just took this to show you that going very early is the best choice)
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Putting up a new Torii
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We finally got down and we were a bit tired so we took a quick stop at a nice local cafe which had very good breakfast set. After we were all rested we left to see the famous Tofukuji Temple, we knew that it was going to be full of people but that did not bother us that much because of the beautiful autumn leafs.

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We took the first train out of Tofukuji to Kyoto station and there I had a delicious hot dog quickly and then we took the next semi rapid train to Osaka station, was very fast to be honest.
The Osaka castle is the 2nd real castle I have seen in Japan besides Odawara Castle. What can I say I love Japanese castles! It was very beautiful and since my girlfriend is a bit of a Japanese history otaku (geek) she was the perfect tour guide and knew the history of the castle as well.

I hope you enjoy the photos I took of it !
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And we returned back to Kyoto and did our final shopping spree before our night buss back to the best city in the world called TOKYO ! It was a bit sad to leave Kyoto but glad to go back to Tokyo since that is the place we both know very well.

Here it was our trip to Kyoto & Osaka, did you enjoy the photos ? would be glad to hear some comments 🙂

I will make a post of some extra photos I took in Kyoto and Osaka soon, also today I will make few other posts since a lot have happened this week and last including the Finnish independence day party at the Finnish embassy of Japan I went and much more!

ps. To all of you Car & car babe lovers around the world. I’m going tomorrow to the famous Tokyo Motor show and I will do my best to get some great shots for y’all !