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The Meguro River in Nakameguro | Tokyo

Hello friends! As some of you may already know, Charlie and I just got back from a 10-day trip to Japan. It ruled. Japan has a lot going for it. I'm gonna post a deluge of photos here and talk about/make some lists of the highlights of our trip along the way. Let's just dive in!

Waiting for the Skyliner moments after arriving | Tokyo
Wandering through Akihabara Station | Tokyo
Charlie at Akihabara Station | Tokyo
Charlie at Inokashira Benzaiten | Tokyo
Ghibli Museum | Tokyo
The roof of the Ghibli Museum with the Heavenly Trouper statue | Tokyo
Parklet | Tokyo

We spent the first part of our trip in Tokyo. Tokyo is overwhelming and at the same time the most efficient city I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. It's easy to get anywhere and the train system while complex is shockingly simple to use. We had a list of things we wanted to do while in Tokyo. Here's a list of a few of my favorite Tokyo spots we went to:

Train passing overhead | Tokyo
Nakameguro | Tokyo
In a train station corridor | Tokyo
Looking for dinner | Tokyo
Akihabara | Tokyo
Koi pile | Tokyo
Another day, another vending machine | Tokyo
A cloudy view of Tokyo Skytree
Gate at Miji Jingu | Tokyo
Charlie at Meiji Jingu | Tokyo

We did take a day trip from Tokyo down to Kamakura/Enoshima on our last Tokyo day. It was swelteringly hot and humid but it was still a fun time. There's a very quaint train ride along the ocean between the two towns which was my favorite part of the day.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu banners | Kamakura
When Charlie wanted to feel the ocean temperature | Kamakura
Some stairs somewhere | Kamakura
Aboard the Enoden line | Kamakura

The second/third half of our trip was spent in the Kyoto prefecture. From Tokyo we took the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto. That train fucking rules. Riding it was one of my favorite parts of the trip.

Kyoto station and the shinkansen | Kyoto

We weren't in Kyoto very long because we headed straight to the car rental to then drive an hour out to Wazuka. The drive was harrowing, to say the least. Charlie drove the car and I navigated but we still missed multiple exits due to confusion and stress though we eventually made it to our destination in one piece. We spent a night out there at d:Matcha, a green tea farm. I watched a mini documentary about this place during the pandemic and knew I wanted to check it out when we finally made it to Japan. It was lovely. A highlight of our trip for sure. We got to stay in an old traditional house that had been restored, had 2 amazing meals, and went on a tour of the farm. Daiki (the owner) is super passionate about what he does. It was cool to see. Charlie bought a bunch of tea stuff.

Yubune | Wazuka
Watsuka River | Wazuka
Daiki-san comparing tea leaves | Wazuka
Charlie in a tea field | Wazuka
The house we stayed in | Wazuka
Getting ready to go to breakfast | Wazuka
We picked these tea leaves, then ate them lightly fried | Wazuka
Daiki-san's new tea factory | Wazuka
A tea tasting with Natsuki | Wazuka

After a lovely 24ish hours in the country, we headed back to Kyoto. It rained hard on the drive back which added to the stress factor but it was beautiful nonetheless. We got the car back to the rental and vowed to never again drive in Japan. The remainder of our trip was spent in Kyoto and Osaka. I loved the architectural style of Kyoto and still think it was my favorite place we went to (even if it's mostly tourism with a lot of temples). Here's a list of standouts:

Charlie at the 1000 gates | Kyoto
Latte's in a parking lot | Kyoto
The Hankyu-Arashiyama Line | Kyoto
Near the Giōji Temple | Kyoto
Mirror selfie | Kyoto
Shopping for wares featuring a tanuki statue | Kyoto
Nijo Castle | Kyoto
Street person | Kyoto
Hotel self portrait | Kyoto
Charlie at Giōji Temple | Kyoto
Katsura Station | Kyoto
Hotel Room | Kyoto

Japan was great. We had a wonderful time and made good memories. You should check it out sometime.

speak soon,


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