Day in Djurgården, visiting Skansen and more

One of my favourite things to do while in Stockholm was to walk around the city. From the central station to the old town, Gamla Stan is a bit more than 20 minute walk. A bit further there’s Djurgården, one of the islands of the Stockholm archipelago, and turned out to be my favourite to visit. Green and open spaces, fresh air next to the water, and many museums to visit. This article is about the places I’ve visited on my days in Stockholm. The vasa museum, Skansen, and Gröna Lund.

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Things to do in Kanazawa, my Golden week trip

It’s been a little more than 2 years of my trip to Kanazawa, but I would like to share some tips and my experience of my weekend in Kanazawa for Golden Week.
At the time, I wasn’t good enough with japanese reading so my friend Yurina helped me a lot with the transport reservation and guiding me through the city. Golden week is a peak travel season for japanese so doing reservation was a bit harder than expected. She reserved a night bus for me, from Shinjuku bus terminal to Kanazawa.
Night buses are quite comfortable in Japan, and quite cheap as well. I took the night bus to several places in Japan, and I recommend it if you have the time and enough experience and endurance to sleep on a bus.

Kanazawa station.

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Ryoanji temple in Kyoto

One of the top beautiful temple complex gardens I’ve seen in Japan was at Ryoanji temple, in Kyoto, including the famous zen garden inside. Some indications of how to get to Ryoanji temple.
Really simple, sand and fifteen rocks. It is not clear the purpose of that arrangement nowadays, and we should go back to the Muromachi era and ask the designers. It is said it has a connection with the tea ceremony and zen.
The visit isn’t only the Ryoanji zen garden of the temple, but the temple itself and the surrounding gardens are a must for a peaceful walk. I took a series of photos during spring and sakura season, that was beatiful.

Ryoanji zen garden, Kyoto

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Kenrokuen 兼六園

Kenrokuen garden, located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, along with Kairakuen and Korakuen. The name Kenrokuen comes from the concept of combining the six attributes of a perfect garden. It is required to pay an entrance fee, as it’s a private garden. Developed from the 1620s to the 1840s by the Maeda clan, the founder of the Kaga Domain. Next to Kanazawa castle, and along with the magnificent views from top of the hill, make the visit a must-see in Kanazawa.

Kenrokuen garden, one of the ponds

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