Traveling to Japan and Taking Videos

I was thinking bringing my drone while traveling to Japan and to take some videos. I did some research to learn about their local laws and this is what I found:

Notable Rules:

Daytime only and 30 meters away from everything

No flying over events

No hazmat

No dropping

You need written permission to fly

Max height 150m

Liability insurance not required

Stay 9km away from airport

Note the police are strict about not allowing drone flying in Japan cities and there are fines. The laws are changing rapidly so check before you fly.

My Exotic Tokyo Trip on Vacation

One fine day my boss approached me and said that he has a surprise for me. He said that he was impressed with my work and that he always promotes hardworking people like me. I was flattered. He said that to appreciate my hard work, he is giving me a gift. And that is a trip to Tokyo. I couldn’t believe. My boss who gives me tons of work decided to send me to Tokyo for vacation. That didn’t sound right. But then again, I was really happy because it is great news for me. First and foremost, I get to stay away from this dreadful office for at least a few days. Secondly, Tokyo seemed to be a pretty interesting place to visit. I’m always fascinated by their culture and the way they see life. Truly delightful.

The next day itself my visa and flight ticket arrived. I was so excited. In just three weeks I’ll be traveling to Tokyo all the way from New York. I went home, packed my bags and got ready for my flight. I have to say. I was so excited. I have never been to Japan before, and this seems like an adventure that I’ll not forget in my lifetime. I boarded my flight, and I was on my way to Tokyo. When I reached Tokyo and came out of the airport after a long flight, I was really tired. I immediately caught a taxi and checked into my hotel. But between this I have to say, I just met one of the friendliest taxi drivers of all time. That guy was so nice to me! Even if he didn’t know English, his gestures and facial expressions were giving me a very positive vibe about him.

When I checked into the hotel, the hotel was also very polite. I started to fall in love with the people here in Japan. I have never seen such well well-mannered people in my life. Now coming back to point, after I checked into my hotel, I started planning for my vacation. I had a lot of things in mind. I called my friend Tom who works here in Tokyo. I called him, and he was very happy to hear my voice.

He offered me to have lunch with him. He is a nice and friendly person. I agreed to it, and hence we both went to have lunch. Out of all the dishes I had in my life, sushi has got to be one of the best. This cuisine was something that I never really got a chance to try in New York. Tom finally left me. He said that he had to go home and spend time with his family. After he went home, I had an unexpected and a really bad surprise.

I forgot my wallet, my passport and my phone in the room itself! Am I so dumb? I started wondering! In between all the chaos of calling my friend and then going with him to have lunch, I probably forgot to take my personal belongings. I didn’t have any money. And I’m sure that since I didn’t know Japanese, nobody would probably give me a lift back to my hotel. So I decided to walk. It was not that far away. After walking for like half an hour, I reached an interesting place. It was a museum of art. In this situation, I was skeptical if I should visit the museum or get back to the office to grab my personal belongings. But then I realized that my flight is after a few days, and after I take my personal belongings, I will not have time to explore Tokyo as I will have today.

Hence I decided to visit this museum. This museum was one of the biggest art museums in all of Asia. This place truly flabbergasted me. I was awestruck to see all the artwork in the museum. While I was walking through the museum, I spotted a little girl crying. I went near her. Looking at her at her face I could realize the fact that she was not Japanese. I felt really bad for that girl. I told her to come with me. She was ready. I took that girl to the nearby police station. There her parents were waiting for her! I was really proud of myself. Her dad approached me and said that they were a family based in Vancouver, Canada. They came here as tourists and somehow lost their child. I was so delighted to see that little princess back with her family. Then I told them my problem.

I told them my whole incident, and they wholeheartedly were ready to take me back to my hotel. But on the way back, they suggested me to visit the local amusement park. I agreed with them as it was only five in the evening and I had plenty of time to get to my room. I have to say! I had a blast in that park. I got a chance to get into some of the most thrilling adventure roller coasters with that family. And of course, Clara, that little girl with whom became best friends with joined me everywhere.

The family paid for all the rides, and I was so grateful to them for giving me this extraordinary experience here in Tokyo. After a great time I had in the park, they left me in front of the hotel where I had left all my personal belongings early in the morning.

We exchanged phone number and II also promised Clara that we’d stay in touch. After that, I ran back to the place where I left my personal belongings. As expected, it was still there. People here in Japan are really honest, and I was sure that nobody would take my things. After that, I was all free and happy. I had a few more days to enjoy in Tokyo. The next few days, I visited the exotic Tokyo sky tree. The view was just magnificent. Then I went to see the cherry blossom as it was the sakura season. Then I visited the temple called as senso-ji. After the extraordinary vacation I had in Tokyo, I went back to my hotel room to pack my bag and hence catch my flight back to New York. I was really sad to leave this place so early. I have never seen a place that’s so alive and energetic.

When I reached the airport, I had another surprise. The family was also there at the airport. Clara came running to me. Their family also greeted me. That’s when I realized that we would be sharing the same flight to Brussels, Belgium. This short, sweet but memorable trip to Tokyo was one that I’ll never forget. Not only did I make some really good friends here, but also I enjoyed the awe and imagination of this great city. People here are extremely well mannered and friendly. That’s something the world should look up to.

Me and Clara’s family both traveled together to Brussels. From there I had to leave them as they were going to Vancouver and I will be traveling to New York. This trip of mine has been one that I truly enjoyed. It was my pleasure to visit this beautiful city. I’m looking forward to coming again to this great nation as it has a lot to offer.

Also, not to say but when I came back to the office, my boss had another surprise for me. He had promoted me. I was so happy. He said that the sole reason for him to send me to this trip to Tokyo was to get my papers ready for my promotion. I also got a transfer. And I was transferred to Tokyo. So Tokyo! Here I am coming back to you!

My Visit to Nara, Japan

Japan had always intrigued me ever since I was a child. As a child I used to believe Japan was the edge of the world, the weather there was extreme because of the winds from outside Earth blowing inland and monsters frequently showing up on the coast every now and then.

But as I grew up, I realized Japan was one of the strongest nations in the world, to have not only recovered after the destruction of the Second World War but also become one of the leading nations of the world in a very short period of time.

I found Japan to be a country with a rich history and a commendable present. Although I didn’t get much time to discover the place in detail, as I was on an official trip to Japan, my company decided to give me a spare day as a bonus stay so I could see the country and have a roll. As soon as I discovered I had forty-eight hours to look around the place, I quickly opened my laptop and started searching for places to visit in Japan.

The search results were loaded with recommended places, with lots of tourists sharing their views about the amazing country. I was having serious difficulty in selecting the destination to start with. But since I came from a metropolitan myself, I wasn’t much interested in visiting another metro. I wanted a quieter place, that was rich in Japanese history and culture, and voila I found my spot, Nara.

 

Nara is one of the most beautiful cities in Japan. Peaceful, full of cultural heritage and temples, all add to the scenic beauty of Nara. The city is not directly accessible via air, so I took the train to Nara, as I also wanted to enjoy the journey.

The journey was simply amazing; the greenery on the way was breathtaking. The flora was rich and colorful; the trees were of all shades ranging from Green to Orange to Magenta. There wasn’t a moment on the way when I stopped clicking images of the beautiful landscape that surrounded me.

My first stop was the famous Tōdai-ji temple. It is one of the seven famous temples in the city. Tōdai-ji was a beautiful sight to watch, especially because of the history associated with it. Tōdai-ji houses the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue called “The Great Buddha.” It was a sight to watch, the towering monument of the great man, all made from Bronze. And not only this, the huge central temple building is made entirely of wood.

The area around the temple which is also considered a part of the temple is huge, with sporadic buildings spread over a large area, filled in with lush gardens in between. The Tōdai-ji has a very unique history as it was built to appease the troubled spirit of prince Motoi, but later on, gained importance due to various reasons that could be read on the historical scriptures and murals constructed all along the temple.

I spent my time roaming about the precincts, the lakes, and gardens of the temple. They had a very special effect upon me, and I felt myself eluding into the mystical environment of the temple. It was so soothing that for a few minutes I kept my camera aside, and started meditating myself. And I felt peace like I had never before all my life; it was like a spiritual therapy, that place had something which made me feel relieved.

Next up was the climb for the belfry, it is the temple bell that is situated atop a hill, which has been made accessible for the tourists by making stairs. One thing that truly inspired me was the level of up-keep the authorities had managed. Repairs had been made to certain spots, but due to the apt actions of the authorities, the temple was in good shape.

Another interesting fact about the place was the presence of Deer. In Shinto religion, the deer are considered to be messengers of God and hence are left to roam freely around in the national parks. It’s a wonderful sight to watch, deer running around the place with no fear of being hurt or hunted. The deer really enjoy freedom in the area and often get interested in snacks you have taken for yourselves. I had to stop a deer many times who was trying to chew off my sandwich in my bag.

Once I had absorbed the place entirely, I decided to return. I was shocked to see how much time I had spent at the Tōdai-ji and I had to change my plan of visiting other temples on that trip. But still, I had taken a lot in from the visit, had enjoyed myself and made full use of the free-day I had got. But it was time to return now. My interest in Japan was only increased after this brief peek into the wonderful country of Japan.

My 7 Day Visit to Japan

Ah Japan, this is the land where everything works. Japan is an intriguing destination, full of sumptuous foods, mesmerizing landscapes, and incredible sights to behold.

Japanese food can be described as clean and minimalist, but it is never simple, this fact is what probably sums up Japan as a whole. I refer to Japan as a place that both lives up to, and out does, any expectation you have upon arrival, mine wasn’t an exception.

Osaka Japan Skyline.

I had heard about all these amazing before I even dreamt of visiting but nothing in the world prepared me for the incredible experience that I had on my 7-day trip to Japan.

The first step I took in planning my Japan vacation was to decide on when to go. As with most places, there is a “best” time to go to Japan, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go whenever the mood strikes you as Japan is a year-round travel destination.

I discovered that late spring (March to May) and late autumn (September to November) are generally the best times to visit Japan because during these months, there is very little rainfall and there are many sunny days, but the temperatures are mild, and you can guess that I went just then.

The first thing that caught my fancy upon my arrival in Japan is that tipping is not customary, Yeah right! For someone like me coming from the states, I had earlier been told but didn’t believe till I tried tipping a waiter at the airport restaurant and him nicely- who refuses a tip in this part of the world if not Japanese.

Enough of the beautiful scene that welcomed me at the airport and the food I first had, let me give you a rundown of how my 7 days looked like, don’t forget that I had carefully mapped out my trip because I didn’t want to leave without seeing the important places and I also did not want to spend too due to my lack of planning. :

My First day in Tokyo was less stressful, and I stayed at the Intercontinental The Strings Tokyo Hotel which I must confess that it was a large hotel with nice rooms. I stayed there because it was very close to shopping centers, and the transportation into the next stop was very easy from here too. I was at the Tsukiji Fish Market and also ate a lot of Sushi, Ramen, and Gyoza. Food has never been so delicious.

I took the bullet train at Shinagawa Station on the second day to Hakone-I had heard a lot about their Onsens, and it was nothing short of my expectations, you need to see the beautiful view of Mount Fuji that took my breath away.

Hakone is the place to go if you want to experience a traditional onsen (hot springs). The onsens are separated by gender and are a “no bathing suit” style traditional bath. You can also take the cable car to catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji. You can also stay at the Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa which is within walking distance of the cable car that takes you toward Mt. Fuji. The hotel has very nice, classy rooms, with great views.

If you want to explore a traditional Japanese ryokan experience with nice accommodations and good food, then you should try the Hakone Mount View. They have a rare volcanic hot spring called Nigori-yu – a fun and unique experience, especially for couples.

I transfer to Kyoto on the fourth day. I saw the temples of Kyoto, including the Fushimi Inari Shrine and Golden Temple. I also visited the Nishiki Market and saw the geishas walking around the city center, and I ended the day with a traditional kaiseki dinner.

If you’re happy to keep hanging out in Kyoto, you can spend the full day. Another option is to take a midday JR train to Nara Park to feed the roaming deer, see the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue, and one of the tallest pagodas in Japan.

In the evening, whether you’re in Kyoto still or in Nara, take the JR train onward to Osaka.

In Osaka, I made sure that I visited Dotonbori Street to try all the Japanese specialties, like okonomiyaki and takoyaki. I was also at the Osaka Castle and Park and checked out the Instant Ramen Museum. I ended the day with a visit to the food-focused Kuromon Ichiba Market.

One of my favorite hotels in the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel. It is conveniently located for transportation, so you can easily get around to the top sights in Osaka and beyond. It’s got an insane view and comfortable rooms.

You may have to fly or take the train back to Tokyo on your 7th day in order to fly back home, but if you have one more day to spend, we recommend taking the 30-minute train ride to Kobe to try the famous Kobe beef, then stop off in Kobe’s Nada district for a tasting at a few sake breweries.

My journey to Japan will linger in my memories in years to come because I had fun, that is an understatement- I felt on top of the world, I am sure that I would have to plan another trip very soon.

Visiting Tokyo

Tokyo is famous for its street food, and this offers tasty regional tastes at affordable prices. It’s among the most important cities on the planet, and the greatest and most famous city in Japan. It contributes to the worldwide conglomerate of global cities.

Tokyo is currently one of my favorite places I’ve ever seen. It is a very advanced and modern City, and it’s sure to be an excellent host City for the Games.

Tokyo could be a hectic town. However, there are lots of parks and gardens to encounter several tranquillities. It’s also among the safest cities on earth, so don’t worry about getting money along with your passport in your pocket.

What makes your trip to Japan more agreeable is the nation boasts of a few of the best transportation systems on Earth. For somebody only planning to stay in Japan for a few days, you will likely have to plan to create only day excursions that are inside a brief space from the hotel. Bus tours are a fantastic choice if you’d like to acquire an overview of the area along with a relaxing bus journey, whereas the personal accredited tour guide will put in your auto with you and permit you to have a customized tour,

Today you know of how to act when you are on Japanese roads, so you don’t appear overseas. It’s undoubtedly among the greatest travel destinations in the world these days, and it’s not difficult to see why. It’s also the setting of several of Japan’s great movies and classic anime show.

Taking pictures in Japan could be an exciting and satisfying experience for almost any photographer. Many people visit simply because they love to dip into its own culture. Japan is rather a protected state. Despite this being a gorgeous country, you aren’t permitted to take photographs anywhere.

Public transport is excellent. Sad to say, the railroad passes are inaccessible to Japanese taxpayers or non-citizens which are living in Japan for a protracted period. Trains and buses are usually the automobile of choice. When it is not too late, I would handle the train. The rail stations are incredibly clean there and that. The transit facilities are seen in trains channels and are unbelievably easy to find. Tokyo is your destination for business, education, modern culture, and authorities.

Guides understand the very best hours to prevent the attractions to maneuver clear You to go through the absolute most from significant tourist destinations. There are only a couple of advantages of having a car in Tokyo, once you’re in a position to use public transport easily.

11 Things to know about Japan

They have vending machines for all sorts of products even beer.

They have toilets that spray water.

Mt Fuji is there. It is over 3k meters tall.

You may find a robot working the desk at a hotel.

The people can read and write English, but not that good.

Sumo wrestling is very popular.

Japan has earthquakes on regular basis.

You will get rice with every meal.

They love to eat fish.

Asians love to play table tennis.

They have super fast train system aka bullet.

The have one of the biggest cities in the world known as Tokyo.