Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto! (Mr. Roboto song by Styx)
This summer, my children, my husband, and I traveled to Japan. We went to Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, and Nara. We went in the middle of July, which was incredibly hot. Although we had a wonderful trip, I would recommend going when the weather is cooler.
Because our itinerary was so packed, I gave to a rundown of my favorites including pictures.
Favorites in Tokyo
Ramen-Afuri — My son Charlie researched and found this restaurant, we waited over an hour in the heat!
Playing arcade games in Akihabara Private Karaoke room
Shopping with my daughter Priva in Harajuku
Favorites in Hakone
· Gora Kadan — traditional Japanese Ryokan (hotel). I never had to open my suitcase. Given a kimono and slippers upon arrival. You wear this to dinner. Dinner is included in your stay, which is a Kaiseki cuisine (traditional Japanese cuisine).
This was us in the elevator heading back to our rooms after our kaiseki dinner
The Room also has a natural hot spring wood tub. You sleep on grass mats, a futon mattress, and a buckwheat pillow. I loved the pillow so much, I bought one on Amazon.
Open air art museum in Hakone
B Lovin Kyoto
· Kyoto is my favorite—not commercialized, authentic Japan. More of a village feel.
· Spotted multiple Geisha
Geisha sighting at the Gion Festival
My boys in their sun hats at the Gion Festival. Bloody hot!!
· Yasaka Endo — best tempura I have ever had
Shrimp tempura. It was mouth watering, I wanted to cry it was so good!
* Chaochao — Best potstickers I have ever had and the most I have ever eaten. Even had a chocolate potsticker
Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji, the Buddhist temple in Kyoto, that features over 1,200 stone figures representing Rakan, or disciples of Shaka (the founder of Buddhism), which were mostly carved by amateurs from across the country.
· Fushimi Inari and the thousands of red torii gates
Day trip to Nara, which was Japan’s first capital. The park is home to the Nara National Museum and Todai-Ji, where the largest wooden building in the world houses a 50 ft tall statue of Buddha. The deer are a huge draw to Nara, and the city is quite proud of its heritage as it pertains to deer. They believe that the deer act as protectors of the city, and are considered sacred, messengers of the gods. There are over 1000 deer in the park.
Priva feeding the deer in Nara
Largest wooden building in the world