As I said yesterday, I’m already thinking over the possibilities of a return trip to Japan and/or Korea. These thoughts are mere dreams and speculations, but at the same time they could be the sparks of a great flame that will rise to clear a path towards an actual journey. Since writing yesterday’s post I started brainstorming places in both Japan and Korea that I’d like to return to. Below are the places I’ve thought of so far and why they’ve earned a spot on my return list.

Like Paris, London, or Rome, Tokyo is a city you can keep coming back to over and over again and never get tired of it. I saw all the big things that I wanted to see while in Tokyo last year but it’d be great to return to Asakusa, the Meiji Shrine, or Shibuya.

Due to my own stupidity I didn’t get as much time in Kamakura as I would have liked so I feel another visit is in order. If nothing else I want to take in another sunset on the beach.

Nikko/Lake Chuzenji
If you read my post on Lake Chuzenji you know that I wish I had more time there just to walk that quiet mountain lake. Another visit to the temples in Nikko would also be in order, but the lake would be more of a focus on my second visit.

Where else am I going to eat a squid that was alive just a moment ago? Also, I think I promised one of the hostel staff that I’d return one day.

I’m having a hard time pinning down why I want to go back to Kanazawa. There’s just something about the feel of that town.

There are a thousand temples and shrines in Kyoto and some of them like Fushimi Inari and Kinkaku-ji are truly stellar. Hopefully the restoration work on Kiyomizu-dera is finished whenever I get back to Kyoto.

Japan’s greatest castle is always worth a visit.

I unfortunately didn’t get to see much of Miyajima due to heavy rainfall, so I really want to go back when the weather is better and see more of the island.

Like Tokyo, there are tons of things to see and do in Seoul and I could come back every year without getting bored. I also missed out on e-sports when I was in Seoul last year, so I really want to rectify that mistake.

I only need a single day in Busan, but I do want to get better photos of both Haedong Yonggunsa temple and the Gamcheon Culture Village. Those two sights are inconveniently on the opposite ends of Busan, so I’d lose a few hours just getting across town, but the photos would be worth it.

Jeju Island
While I didn’t get rained on during my stay on Jeju, it was cool, cloudy, and windy most of the time I was there. Now that I know which places are worth visiting, I’d like to go back when it’s sunny and warm to see the island at its best (and enjoy the beach more).

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