Our Big Trip

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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,



  1. You have no idea how much I enjoyed seeing your photos while traveling on ig, and now these here, Maite. I was an exchange student in Japan for a high school summer and it was such a life-changing, perspective opening experience. I desperately want to return, but your photos can tide me over for a little while longer.

  2. Such wonderful pictures! Lou and I were there 20 years ago for 3 weeks and it was one of our all time favorite trips. We had a railway pass and traveled north and south. Franklin McKinley was on year round schedule so we were there in May and June. Thank you again for sharing your beautiful photos!

  3. Absolutely stunning!
    Thanks for sharing…

  4. I have been looking forward to these images as soon as you said you were going to Japan. They did not disappoint! Amazing amazing!

  5. I’ve already admired you wonderful pics on Instagram. Japan has for some reason never been on my bucket list, but I can see the photo opportunities are abundant there…

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