For a long time, our family has been wanting to travel somewhere new and different. We travel to Spain every summer to visit family and that is wonderful, don’t get me wrong, but we always feel like we are missing out on visiting other places we have always been curious to discover. Now that are children are older and are able to enjoy and remember their travels better, we decided to sit down as a family and brainstorm places that are in our bucket list. And that’s how we came up with Japan!
We only had eight days, so we had to narrow it down to Tokyo and Kyoto, but we did agree we would return and visit more of Japan, as some of us wanted to go to see Mt. Fuji, visit Okinawa, stay in a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn), or visit some onsens (hot springs areas all over the country). Despite the extremely humid heat and our extenuated bodies in the evenings, our first contact with Japan exceeded all of our expectations and we had a fantastic time.
Have you been to Japan? What surprised you? What did you love? Let me know in the comments! For us, I think what impressed us the most was the politeness of the Japanese, although the beautiful architecture and the amazing food easily came in a close second and third.
Here are some glimpses of our trip and I am so happy to share them with you,