Kayla’s Summer Vacation

A deer admiring the lowtide view of the infamous red gate of Itsukushima Shrine
The first firework at the Kamakura Firework Festival
Matcha ice cream in Uji, Kyoto

Welcome back to the second term of the year! I hope you all had a great summer break and were able to keep cool during the hot summer days.

My friend from Sydney came to visit me and we traveled to many different places in Japan. We traveled to Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Hakone, Kamakura, Shizuoka, Hokkaido and Tokyo.

We took a bullet train to Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima. There were so many things to do and see, so we woke up early every morning to see and do as much as possible. At the end of our trip, we stayed at an onsen hotel for one night and had a very relaxing and fun time.

Instead of taking the bullet train, we flew to Hokkaido on a plane. On our first night in Hokkaido, we went to the observatory on Mount Moiwa in Sapporo and saw all the city lights from below. The next day, we woke up early to go to Furano and Biei, both known for their beautiful flower fields and picturesque scenery, especially during the summer when the lavenders bloom. Seasonal fruits only grown in Japan were also on our list, so we also ate lots grapes and melon.

With all the rain this summer, I’m glad I got to go to the Kamakura Fireworks Festival with my friend. It was held right on the beach, and many people were wearing their yukata and eating yakisoba. I always look forward to eating kakigoori at festivals, which we did so while watching the fireworks. It was such a heartwarming atmosphere seeing families and friends gathering on the beach together to watch the fireworks.

I can’t wait until next summer to see more fireworks and eat more kakigoori and fruits, but I’m looking forward to the cooler weather and crunching of the autumn leaves.

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