So the day is finally here and we’re heading to Japan for our honeymoon!
It feels as though we have been waiting so long for this trip that I almost can’t believe it’s here. We decided to choose Japan for our honeymoon destination from a shortlist of places and I am so excited to return to this country. I last visited 12 years ago on a solo trip and had a fantastic time, getting myself into all sorts of funny situations, like accidentally gate-crashing a Geisha tea party. So I can’t wait to go back with Mr A to share this crazy, beautiful, country with him.
We’ll be spending three weeks in Japan and we have lots planned. There is so much I’m looking forward to, but I really can’t wait to see the famous cherry blossoms, which is the main reason we have waited ten months since our wedding to take our honeymoon. So I apologise in advance for the amount of sakura photos which are going to come your way.
Our first stop will be Tokyo, where we will spend five days seeing the sights and will hopefully get to experience a hanami (cherry blossom party). We’re staying in a cute Airbnb apartment and the owner has already been so lovely and accommodating in helping us to plan our visit.
From Tokyo, we will head to the Yudanake Shibu onsen area, which is home to some snow monkeys; before moving on to historical Takayama, which has streets lined with wooden merchants’ houses dating back to the Edo Period.
We’ve bought a Japan Rail Pass in order to make our travels easier (these passes must be bought in advance from a country outside Japan) and our next stop will be the World Heritage Site of Ainokura. Then it’s on to historic Kanazawa, before we head to beautiful Kyoto for a few days.
We’ll end our trip in Hiroshima, which was my favourite city on my last visit, and I’m so excited to go back, especially as Mr A has promised to take me to Ōkunoshima (Rabbit Island) – if you don’t know what this is you must Google a video of it immediately.
Lots of people have asked me what I’m looking forward to most about Japan and actually it’s been really hard to pin it down to just one thing. The people, the food, the culture, the history and the cherry blossoms are all going to be amazing, I know. But really, I just can’t wait to share it all with Mr A. I’ve written before about the joy of meeting someone who shares my love of adventure and I’m so excited to have him by my side to experience those “wow” moments and to make memories that will last us a lifetime (as well as the benefit of having someone who can actually read a map, of course!)
So, we’ll see you on the other side!