Have you ever planned a trip to a destination after being inspired by photographs? The power of a visual image to show the wonderful people, places and things in our world never ceases to amaze me. At this time of year, I don’t make resolutions, I make travel wish lists, and Japan has been at the top of that list for a few years now. I’m planning a Japan trip inspired by travel photography highlighting the incredible beauty, nature and architecture of the land of the rising sun.
When people think of Japan, many things might come to mind. Mount Fuji of course, the bustling capital city of Tokyo, temples in Kyoto, cat cafes perhaps, and sushi bars, there HAS to be sushi. These amazing highlights are just the beginning of a long list of places I hope to experience, inspired by photographs of Japan in social media and on travel blogs that have caught my eye and ignited my wanderlust for years. These are the ways that photography locations are inspiring my Japan travel plans.
Planning a Japan Trip
Photos for Discovery
As a traveler, I love to discover sites and attractions in countries I’m keen to visit. While Japan is not nearly as vast as my home country of Canada, it’s jam-packed with incredible and awe-inspiring places to see and visit in every season. And in the photos I’ve seen, Japan looks incredible at any time of year.
Many visitors are partial to visit in spring during the gorgeous cherry blossom season, though it can get extremely busy during that time. Autumn also appeals for hiking in nature and to visit temples and gardens in Kyoto. And for animal appreciation, planning a family trip to hang out with the bathing Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani would be pretty unforgettable.
Photos for Planning
Discovering new places is exciting, and so is figuring out which one to see first. Mapping a trip plan is really important so you can determine how long you’d like to stay in a place, and how much time it’ll take to get to the next one.
The app can show me the distance between Tokyo and Osaka or Kyoto, and also highlight what lies in-between and around those cities. Incredible places like the famous 5,000 torii (gates) at Fushimi-Inari, a must-see site in Kyoto. Brilliant photographs of these orange gates, built in honor of the god of rice, sold me at first glance before I even knew what they were.
Create and Curate Your Own List
I can create and curate my own travel wish list in the app or on the desktop version. It’s easy to search and find photos for destinations on my planning a Japan trip’s wish list, like the tranquil city of Nara, home to some of the world’s oldest wooden buildings. As a sushi lover, visiting the Toyosu Fish Market, successor to the historic Tsukiji Market, would be a must do as well. When I’m ready to review my list, I can choose to see my photos and destinations mapped out, which helps in route and transportation planning. As I don’t speak Japanese, detailed maps and directions are crucial.
Photos Build Trip Anticipation
Studies have shown that planning trips and holidays creates joy and happiness in humans. It’s all about the anticipation. I’m big into travel planning, and always feel excited when I’m working on a trip and sightseeing schedule. When I see photographs of the Ghibli Museum, celebrating the incredible animation and creative mind of master Hayao Miyazaki, I cannot wait to book my tickets to enter that storybook world of Totoro and Spirited Away.
I’m looking forward to discovering and photographing the landscape, architecture and natural beauty of Japan. As a writer and blogger, I’ll be sharing those photos – including a few selfies – on my site and social media channels. That includes adding them to my own Japan list, inspiring others to fall in love with this incredible country and helping them plan their own trip there. Take a look at some of these amazing travel photos.
Photo Credits: Pixabay, Shutterstock
Disclosure: The Travelling Mom thanks Trover for its sponsorship of this article.
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