What better way to give you guys a rundown of our Japan trip than through a vlog. My cousin (who I often go on trips with) made this video montage of the places we went to in Chubu, Kansai, and Kanto. I was supposed to make my own vlog but when I transferred the videos to my laptop, the clips were grainy. 🙁 I seriously need a better camera to document my trips with! See three regions of the Land of the Rising Sun through our lens. Here’s the video and we hope you enjoy watching it! <3
While planning this trip, our ultimate goal is to see a cherry blossom tree. Last year, when mom went for the first time, she was too early for the full bloom. This year, she made it to a point to stay long enough to see parks filled with sakura trees. They went during the first week of April and we followed the week after. Our timing was just right because we caught a lot of trees filled with pretty pink flowers. I couldn’t believe my luck because the cherry blossom forecasts said that by the time we land in Nagoya, it’s already the tail end of the full bloom. But when we got to Kanagawa and visited Tachikawa, my eyes were filled by numerous cherry blossom trees in their full glory.
My cousin and I were left to explore Shinjuku on our own. It’s my favorite day because we were left to our own devices and we were able to test how good our sense of direction is. It took us a lot of walking and a few wrong trains but we always managed to find our way. I’m really thankful that we were given this free day to explore a new side of Tokyo.
We finally set foot in Tokyo. It’s such a lively city with a lot of people and lot of places to see. So for our third day, we went to Asakusa and Shibuya. Both places are such huge tourist spots especially Asakusa, and Shibuya is really the world’s busiest crossing as it is literally swarmed with people. Let me tell you how our day went.
While we were planning this trip, I made sure that our itinerary included seeing Mt. Fuji. What trip to Japan would be complete without seeing the beautiful mountain? I guess I was lucky enough that Kanagawa is near Yamanashi where Lake Kawaguchiko is located. We set out at 5:30AM to go on a train ride to Kawaguchiko, and we got to the station at about 8AM. We then took the sightseeing bus for about 30mins until we finally got off at Lake Kawaguchiko.
We did a half-day trip of Nagoya and Kyoto before heading to Tokyo. It may sound ambitious but it’s totally do-able. Originally, before heading to Kyoto, we only went to the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium because we started the day late, and visited Nagoya Castle on our last day before heading to the airport. But for this post (can I even call this a travel guide? Lol) I’m going to write as though we first went to the aquarium, then to the castle, and finally to Kyoto.
Two weeks ago, I finally set foot in the Land of the Rising Sun. It was so surreal because planning for this trip hasn’t been the easiest (and the cheapest). We only booked our airline tickets three weeks before we were supposed to leave, booked a flight to and from the wrong airport (we were supposed to stay only in Tokyo but I got a ticket to Nagoya), finalized our itinerary two days before flying out, and so much more. It was really stressful but it was all worth it. As I got off the plane and felt the cold spring breeze, I knew that the past month’s trip planning stress would be replaced by complete happiness.