all pics by the hubby
If I had to narrow down my recommendations for a trip to Japan to only three I would say; stay in a ryokan, visit a temple and make sure you go to Tokyu Hands. When we were in Kyoto we were lucky enough to stay in a beautiful ryokan (traditional inn) that was built in 1818. It was an incredible experience for two Japan-freaks like ourselves. The big meal in the third picture was actually breakfast (for one!) in our room, and yes, I put weight on on this trip... I've lost count of how many temples we went to or which ones but they were all stunning and always full of busloads of school children. The kids would always wave at us and say hello and whisper excitedly about us, there are so few Westerners there (or Somali-Filipinos for that matter) so we really stood out. It gave us a little insight of how it must be to famous. As for Tokyu Hands... how can I best explain it? It's a chain of stores that sells everything. We went to the one in Shibuya in Tokyo and I think we spent two hours there. We bought really random stuff, my favourite being this can of snow spray (told you it was random!). We were so paranoid about flying with it and it exploding in our suitcase, that the hubby emptied all of the "snow" into a plastic bag in our hotel room. We nearly passed out from all the fumes. Anyway, I'm rambling now so I'll shut up. Have a great weekend!