/ Travel Like An Artist: Amy Renshaw takes us to Japan /
Our newest JOURNAL series invites our artists to share with us their most inspiring destinations and experiences in 'Travel Like An Artist'...
First up we take a trip with Amy Renshaw.
"Last year I made my first visit to Japan. It was something I had dreamed of for years, so travelling there with high expectations, Japan did not disappoint. There were so many wonderful experiences, from the food, quirky gadgets and beautiful hot springs. It is hard for me to list my top five, but here they are (in no particular order)."
Hakone - Hakone Open Air Museum
"Travelling 85 minutes out of Tokyo to reach Hakone by ‘Romance Car’ we made our way to the Kanagawa District. From here we travelled nearly vertically by a small rickety train, through the misty mountains to reach the Hakone open air museum. The highlight was this brightly coloured woven piece, that children could climb in and explore."
Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Shrine
"This magical walk had a photo opportunity at every corner, although it was quite a challenge to get a shot without numerous tourists in view."
Naoshima Island - Benesse Art Site
"We travelled here from Kyoto by trains and ferry. The elegantly designed galleries dotted around the island are filled with amazing pieces. Next time I will know, that to fully appreciate all that the island has to offer, you need more than one day."
"While there is just so much to explore in Tokyo, from bustling street life to great (and expensive) shopping, a personal highlight for me were the beautiful gardens dotted throughout the city. The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a beautiful and peaceful garden, a quiet escape from the crowds. Nestled in the city suburb of Shinjuku this manicured garden was picturesque."
"I could not believe how polite people were, even in bustling streets and crowded trains, people were always polite, quiet and respectful."