Japan is no stranger. I remembered the vibrancy of Tokyo city, the concrete buildings and clean streets, eating ice cream from Family Mart at 1 in the morning and waking to the sunrise every morning by the sea in Ibaraki. It felt blissful.
The thought of being back in this beautiful country got me dreaming of sushi and soba at wee hours in the morning. Watching food bloggers eating Japanese food on YouTube sure doesn’t help much! This time, we’ve explored different cities: Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe (just for the famous Kobe beef, to be honest. I mean if a basketball player was named after it...).
To add to my excitement, the period we were visiting was perfectly aligned with the Sakura season, which means I get to see pretty cherry blossoms again! Those fragile pale pink petals… ah my heart!
One of my favourite spots in Kyoto was this famous Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. I'm sure it's not hard to see why! This popular destination is constantly flooded with tourists, but I would imagine it being serene and calm in the earlt morning.
Left: The busy street of Dōtonbori. This street is filled with food stalls and restaurants, the perfect place to be to satisfy your tastebuds and fill your stomach with a variety of food – from octopus balls to "kobe" beef.
Due to the busy season and last minute hotel bookings, accommodation was limited. There were times we had to check out and check into another hotel, which took up time and time was very important because we only have less than 96 hours in Japan. Nevertheless, we still get to eat delicious street food, fresh sushi and enjoy the cherry blossoms. Japan still amaze me and will have a special place in my heart.