Hello Blogosphere! It has been a while since I last blogged (or a long time since I really blogged at all); but given that I just got back from an amazing three week honeymoon in Japan with my new husband, I thought it would be appropriate to blog on what this blog has really been about: JAPAN!
[Edit: I wrote this back in July and never posted it because I didn't have access to the pictures. That was dumb... I'm going to post it even with limited photos. :)]
Tim and I got married on June 13th and it was an absolutely beautiful ceremony! Two days later we were off to the Land of the Rising Sun to celebrate and see everything from Tokyo to Nagasaki together. With the help of a three week rail pass, we were able to see and do everything we wanted to experience while in Japan. A rail pass is really the best and cheapest way to get around the country!
We visited many cities, so I will highlight each one with things that we especially enjoyed and enhance the stories with pictures. I hope you enjoy!
Tokyo was the natural choice for our first stay because it is the closest metropolitan area to the airport. It takes about an hour to get to Tokyo station by express train from Narita airport. Once we arrived at our hotel we passed out, as we were jet lagged and tired. Even though we woke up around 4am, we didn't venture out until after 6 and we were disappointed to realize that even in the big city many things don't open until 10 or 11 am (and many places close early in the evening too). Once we passed the time mark for businesses to open, we were in business. We visited Akihabara - Japan's "electric town" and had a lot of fun going through stores and reminiscing over old video game systems and games.
We also went to Ueno Park, Tokyo's biggest park area. We saw a street performer and stray cats (they are more plentiful than squirrels and in fact, it is rare to spot a squirrel).
Lastly for the day, we went to the park and had so much fun with our new Nikon D90 (fabulous camera, by the way). Check out this picture of this hippo! [still don't have the pictures on my computer, sorry!]
The next day we got on a train and rode a few hours to a small mountain town called Takayama. It was absolutely gorgeous! The train had facts about the area as we went by and because we reserved our seats we almost had the whole train car to ourselves to enjoy the scenery. While we were there we splurged and stayed in a very nice ryokan (Japanese Inn). Our room was on the top floor (5th), had 2 seperate rooms, and our own private bath on the deck overlooking the city. Gorgeous! The food was pretty good too and they even gave us a free bottle of wine because they knew we were on our honeymoon (I told them ;)). The next morning we walked around the quaint little town. It had a lot of Kyoto influence and was straight from the Edo period, not to mention charm.