I know I like my big mugs, but on occasion I do drink out of normal sized mugs. I got this awesome Cookie Monster mug at Universal Studios in Osaka two years ago. There was so much cool stuff in the gift shop and normally I don’t buy anything at theme parks, but this was too cute to pass up. The husband has a green Oscar the Grouch version. I think it suits our personalities quite well. Him: grumpy and dislikes people. Me: greedy and simple minded and food obsessed. I’m very surprised that these guys survived baggage handling and made it back in one piece!
It’s been almost two years since we went to Japan. I got this guy from a theme park called Fuji Q, which strangely enough is around Mt Fuji. It’s so cute and happy, like every toy in Japan. You put a face on anything and suddenly it’s cute and I want it. I made the husband walk back to get it. He was a bit annoyed because we were missing out on some serious ride queuing time!
Our last stop before heading back to Tokyo was Matsumoto, which is a town in the Nagano region. It was so pretty there and the hotel we stayed at had a rooftop onsen, which was lovely to sit in while it was raining after a day of walking around. We also tried raw horse meat, which tasted just like beef.
This is the last of my Japan series. When I got home I realised that most of the more interesting photos were on my phone because I didn’t want to seem rude, and also sometimes I was too busy taking in the sights and of course eating. I know there are so many places on my list to travel to, but I’d go back to Japan in an instant. I loved the people, the sights, the culture, public transport, and of course the food.
We went to Japan in October 2010 for our honeymoon. Osaka was probably one of my favourite places, and it had particularly delicious food. Loved the freshly made takoyaki and okonomiyaki there. There was so much of the city to explore and eat through. I only regret not trying some fugu, but we strangely enough didn’t want to die on our honeymoon!
We went to Japan in October 2010 for our honeymoon. We decided to head south to Fukuoka to go indoor skiing. Unfortunately while the website was still up, the actual place was not and all we saw was an empty lot when we got there. It was disappointing, but we did get to see a lovely city and eat great food, including the best (and cheapest) sushi train I’ve ever been to.
We went to Japan in October 2010 for our honeymoon. Miyajima is a little island off the coast of Hiroshima. We travelled there by ferry and explored around whilst trying to avoid the hungry (greedy?) deer roaming the island. Admittedly they were much more tame than the ones in Nara. See out other photos here Tokyo Kyoto Nara Kobe Hiroshima.
We went to Japan in October 2010 for our honeymoon. We couldn’t go to Japan and not try some Kobe beef, so a day trip to eat the best beef I’ve ever had was in order. It was by far the most expensive meal I’ve ever had, but it was delicious. Unfortunately all the photos I have of the lovely melt in your mouth beef are on my phone, so here are some other photos of what Kobe has to offer. Here are our other photos Tokyo Kyoto Nara.
We went to Japan in October 2010 for our honeymoon. See our Tokyo photos here. Our next stop in Japan was the beautiful city of Kyoto. We had a lot of fun here walking around and seeing the sights. We definitely got ‘shrined-out’ here. There are beautiful shrines with great architecture and tradition, but they’re absolutely everywhere. We also got to go on our first shinkansen (bullet train), which was amazing efficient, like everything in Japan.
My favourite place in Kyoto was probably the Arashiyama region, which was west of Kyoto and had these beautiful bamboo forests. Wish I got better pics, but there are plenty around already. I just really enjoyed walking around this region.
Like suckers we walked, but there were lots of rickshaws around for the less able. I like how the driver of this one doubled as photographer. So talented.
We also ventured up Mt Arashiyama to the Iwatayama Monkey park.
My favourite shrine in Kyoto was the Fushimi Inari shrine. There are so many trails up the mountain that leads to the top with smaller shrines along the way. It’s famous for the torii gates that line the paths and are donated by businesses. We got there late afternoon as the sun was going down and decided to hike all the way up to the top, which was lots of fun, and just a little bit spooky on the way down. It was particularly scary when we got completely lost, until the husband figured out that the writing on the gates led the way out.
One of my workmates is getting married in October and she’s decided to go to Japan for her honeymoon. We got married in October 2010 and went to Japan for our honeymoon as well. We’ve been talking about it and where my favourite places were to go and it’s brought back wonderful memories.
I’ve dug up some photos for this Japan series. It was about 6 months after I got the DSLR as my engagement present. I wished I had taken more time to get better photos, but there was just so much to do and see. I can also see that I’ve improved so much since then, but no matter how good photos are, they’ll never replace the images I have in my memory.
Part 1 is of Tokyo. Tokyo was such a bustling city, with amazing things to see where ever I looked. The people were polite and friendly, I never felt unsafe, and the food was just amazing. My first meal in Japan was ramen noodles in Suidobashi and I swear I would fly back in an instant just to eat these noodles again. I miss Japan and would love to go back one day.