I know it’s been a long time coming, but I finally got around to putting together my Japan Photo Diary together and I’m getting all the feels. I embarked on a trip of a lifetime to Japan with one of my favorite people and old friend Adam to explore Japan at its most busiest Cherry Blossom Season at the start of April. How time flies.

We started in Tokyo and we were there for about 3 days, staying in the Park Hyatt Tokyo. The perfect location as everything was very close to us, just a short taxi ride to Shibuya Crossing and all the local transport. We had the most incredible view from our room and watched the sunrise since we were so jet lagged on our first day. We stayed out most nights, and I’ve never seen anything so electric. You think NYC is beautiful at night? Tokyo is on another level. All those neon lights.

Next, we made our way to Kyoto. We got a bullet train, which was awesome. Super comfortable train, really spacious, and my goodness is it fast. We actually didn’t get to do half the things we wanted in Kyoto as we stayed an extra night in Tokyo to stay at the Aman Tokyo which is honestly one of the most insanely beautiful and luxurious boutique hotels I’ve ever stayed in / laid eyes upon. That’s where the bath photo is from, also the pool one. The architecture is second to none and it will blow you away.

When we got to Kyoto we decided to take a day trip out to Naoshima Island – I would highly recommend going there if you’re in Japan. It’s basically a museum Island, full of art and incredible buildings. You can also stay there, many of the hotels double up as museums, and it’s also the place where I had THE BEST ramen of my entire life. We rented bikes to get around and had so much fun and lost track of time that we nearly missed the last boat off the island.

So when we got back on land, we actually ended up missing the last train back to Kyoto. That’s the one thing about Japan that I found a bit surprising, that the train lines closed relatively early – so we were stuck in Okayama for a night. But honestly, this was one of the most fun days. Nothing went to plan, but it was such an adventure. Plus we got to see a little more of Japan which we didn’t expect to see! Okayama, no no no no drama.

This trip made me really want to book another trip to Japan. It was incredible, but a week simply wasn’t enough time there. I also would love to go when it’s less busy, Cherry Blossom Season is the most popular time to go and it’s pretty mental. It’s beautiful of course, but I would love to see Japan in the fall. And if I go back, I’d love to stay on Naoshima Island for a couple of days. I would love to spend two or three weeks in Japan next time, and explore even more!

I hope you guys enjoy the photos, looking back at them is making my heart beam. I adore traveling with Adam, I laughed until my sides hurt and that’s what friendship and life are all about right?



Photos by myself & Adam


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