Now that I’m back on track here, I wanted to update you on a little mini adventure I embarked on at the end of April. This was my first real solo trip in Japan, and though I was pretty nervous about it I had a really great time and am so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and journeyed out on my own!
Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls
Sorry TLC, but I didn’t take your advice on this one. This trip was all about chasing waterfalls and I’m so glad I did. It was absolutely worth the journey. It wasn’t easy; I spent as much time on the train as I did hiking and exploring. This was partially due to the last minute accommodations I was able to find during Japanese holidays, Golden Week. A pro-tip to future travelers in Japan- check Japanese holidays before you book anything! It gets incredibly busy during holidays. This is probably because it’s one of the few times Japanese people actually get/take a break from work!
The Daimonzaka trail and Nachi no Otaki are part of the Kumano Kodo, a long ancient pilgrimage route whose beauty I can only imagine based on the small parts of it I was able to see. The hike from the bus stop to the falls and back was brief, maybe just over 5 kilometers in distance. It was straight uphill to the falls which was definitely tiring. As soon as I heard the falls it was instantly worth it.
Aside from the gorgeous scenery and the amazing affects water has on my soul, another great thing for me about this experience is it’s one of the first places I’ve traveled to that wasn’t filled with foreigners. While there’s an undoubtable comfort in being around other foreigners, of course there is an authenticity that comes from being in a foreign country and actually surrounded by the people of that country. The falls are still somewhat of a tourist attraction, but much less so than many others.
Since this was my first time venturing out on my own, it seemed like a really good opportunity to start attempting to travel journal! For months I’ve been admiring the work of so many journalers and really wanted to try it for myself. Not only is it a way for me to (try) to be creative, but it’s also a great way for me to catalog my travels in a fun and meaningful way. So here’s a look at what I came up with:
It’s fairly text heavy; I’m much more a writer than a doodler. But I’m really happy with it. I bought some stickers while I was there and the rest of the pieces are just little things I pulled from maps, brochures and business cards for any places I went. I did a little faux-dutch door using washi tape to be able to fit in the pictures until I can find a way to incorporate my own. I’m currently journaling in a Midori Traveler’s Notebook insert, a special edition from the Narita Airport Traveler’s Factory store. I’m hoping to spend the rest of my time in Japan filling it up with all the memories I have left to make!
I’m definitely still learning and seeking inspiration for my travel journal. Do you journal about your trips? Any tips or tricks for making sure you do so? I’d love to hear them!
Thanks for stopping by! Get home safe 😉