We are back and settling back into real life after our holidays in Japan. What an absolutely amazing experience. Since we have been home it has been very busy, we have been settling back into home life and our jobs, catching up with friends and family and adding to our family as well. But enough of that lets get into the holiday!
To start off our trip we spent the first week in Tokyo exploring the different cities. Some highlights were walking through Ginza, the Owl Cafe in Akiba where you can go and spend time with some beautiful owls and shopping in Harajuku. Then after a couple of days we headed off to Disneyland to spend a couple of days at the happiest place on earth. Disneyland in Tokyo Japan really is amazing! When we first arrived we checked into Disneyland Hotel and dropped out bags, then we spent the day exploring DisneySea. While it rained all day it was still a lot of fun. We then went and headed into Disneyland Hotel and it was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. It was the most beautiful hotel I have ever stayed in. The staff were so friendly and helpful, we had drinks and tapas downstairs in the restaurant where we sat in a giant chair, we had a delicious breakfast brought into the room every day, all the decor was disney themed and beautiful.
On our second day of our Disney experience we spent the day at Disneyland. We saw parades, went on rides, ate chocolate popcorn, met Mickey Mouse, had dinner at the Queen of Hearts restaurant and stayed late to see the end of day show. It was a beautiful day. We then headed back into Tokyo and we continued our exploring. We went to a show at the Robot Cafe one evening which was a really fun night and I would highly recommend to everyone. We went to visit Skytree and found a cute penguin aquarium, shopping in Harajuku where you can choose from more than 100 different flavour crepes.
The next stop on our Japan adventure was Kyoto and what better way to get there than by bullet train. Kyoto was beautiful and my favourite city we visited. We enjoyed walking the streets of Gion, visiting temples and even stayed in a traditional Japanese hotel. It was so much fun, the staff were amazing and we even got to make our own bed every night on the floor. Definitely an experience I recommend everyone should try at least once. We also took a day trip down to Osaka where we visited Universal Studios and the best part....Harry Potter World! For those who didn't already know I am a huge Harry Potter fan. So wearing my Gryffindor scarf we entered the world of Hogsmeade. While in Hogsmeade we enjoyed the shops full of lollies, wands and cloaks. Paid a visit to Hogswart where we went on the Harry Potter Forbidden Journey. This ride is a 4D experience and it is just like following Harry on a broomstick ride. After exploring the castle we enjoyed some hot butterbeer which was delicious.
After enjoying Kyoto we were off for our last destination before heading home. Hakuba for some snow action. My boyfriend Matt loves the snow and the cold and also loves to snowboard. A year ago he took a big trip to the US and he spent 10 days snowboarding through Canada. But for me.. this was a first. It was my first time in proper snow, the cold weather and snowboarding. It was a big trip to get there and a lot of trains but it was worth it. Our hotel was a beautiful log style cabin in the woods, the snow made everything white and beautiful. We loved in. Snowboarding the next day was very hard. I would call my first day snowboarding but more rolling around in the snow haha. The first day was hard and I wasn't sure I enjoyed it but I went back the second day and practiced and kept trying and I did start to enjoy it and even go down some little slops. It is something I will definitely like to try again. It is scary but also so much fun. To finish our trip we went for a day trip to visit the snow monkeys, have lunch as a sake brewery and then visit one of the most famous temples in Japan - the Zenkoji temple.
After 2 weeks it was a long 2 day trip home but we were happy to see our family and to spoil my neice and nephew with gifts. Below are a few snap shots of our trip. It really was one of my favourite adventures and an experience I will always remember. For anyone who loves to travel be sure to add Japan to your list of places to go!