The most incredible part for me was definitely visiting the Hase Temple. It was filled with an endless variety of trees, statues, flowers and everything in between. It filled me with an awe and serenity that I will never forget. Towards the end, a friend and I climbed a series of steps built into a mountain and as we thought of the culmination of the gardens and looked out to the sea, we just couldn’t put into words how beautiful it was.
It has been wonderful experiencing such a unique culture, tasting delicious food, and bonding so much with the others on the trip and I am beyond excited for the rest of the trip.