Japan 2024: Nara – a deer wonderland

8th July 2024

Hello again, Nara – it’s been a while!

Deer Chibi,

Nara was one of the highlights of our Japan trip this year. It may have been P-chan’s favourite day out too! He still talks about the deers today, so it’s definitely left an impression on him :D

We headed towards Nara Park, where there were lots of wild deers roaming around. P-chan was so excited and amused by them. He kept asking to feed them, but I don’t think he realised what he was signing up for LOL.

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Japan 2024: Arashiyama, Monkey Park, Bamboo Grove

24th June 2024

Dear Chibi,

Ah… Arashiyama. What a fun day to look back on :) During our last Japan trip in 2012 it was also one of our favourite places, so of course we needed to go again with P-chan.

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Japan 2024: Nijo-jo Castle & Shinsen-en Garden Kyoto

20th June 2024

Dear Chibi,

Lots of sightseeing in the beautiful city of Kyoto <3

We had to visit at least one castle this trip, and we end up checking out Nijo-jo Castle. It was surrounded by stone walls and moats.

Karamon Gate, entrance to the main palace.

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Japan 2024: Hideaki Anno Exhibition Nagoya

13th June 2024

Dear Chibi,

The Hideaki Anno Exhibition was not initially on our radar, but we spotted a promo poster hanging from the ceiling while shopping at Osu Shotengai… and the rest was history XD. We reserved tickets on our phone and went to a nearby Lawson’s to pay and collect the tickets. I remember we did something similar for the Sailor Moon musicals back in 2014. Thankfully it was fairly straight-forward but.. what ever happened to e-tickets? XD

The day had arrived and Hubby in particular was super excited! Hubby is a big fan of Hideaki Anno’s works, in particular Gunbuster and Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Kanayama station

Kanayama Minami Building Museum Wing

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Japan 2024: Mishima Skywalk, Mt Fuji, Izu Panorama Park

10th June 2024

Dear Chibi,

Our first sighting of Fujisan!! :D

On our third and final day in Hakone we met up with Hubby’s Uncle and Aunty from Hong Kong, who also happen to be on holidays in Japan. We took this chance to hang out and spend the day sightseeing together :) Uncle Wah rented a car and drove us around to multiple locations. First up was Mishima Sky Walk!

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Japan 2024: Rainy day at Hakone Shrine

8th June 2024

Dear Chibi,

Remember the rain I mentioned in my previous entry? It carried over to the next day :’) Views still look amazing though with all the mist.

We enjoyed a delicious buffet breakfast at the hot spring resort. This is definitely my kind of breakfast! I especially loved the onsen egg…and of course we went for seconds..and thirds.

We finally arrive at one of the entrances to Hakone Shrine. Everything is so picturesque, but of course it was still very foggy and a bit wet!

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Japan 2024: Hakone & hot springs

7th June 2024

Dear Chibi,

Bye bye Tokyo, hello Hakone!

Look at this stunning view from our hotel room, situated on the slopes of Joyama Mountain. It was such a lovely change of scenery after a few days in the bustling city of Tokyo. Time to relax and enjoy being surrounded by nature.. and best of all… the amazing onsen! This was another highlight for me :D

We stayed in a Japanese-style room with traditional tatami flooring. Very comfy and spacious. P-chan had plenty of space to run around in circles.

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