Without a shadow of a doubt, the very best thing about this trip has been sharing it with my favorite person. We don't get to do this together often enough, and when we do, every day is the biggest blessing. 💕
Onsen + 🌅 + ⛩️ = heaven. Pro tip: if the onsen is too crowded when you arrive, wait until 6 and try again. Locals eat dinner early and clear out, leaving you to enjoy sunset views in full, glorious privacy.
Miyajima is kind of a tourist trap. But it's the prettiest, most photogenic tourist trap. And a lovely overnight if you need one slow-going day in the middle of a long, fast-paced trip. Also, it's home to oysters the size of my face.
More Kurashiki magic, coming right up. ✨(PS. This place isn't just a pretty face. It's also the home of Japanese denim production which makes it very, very cool. Also, our awesome ryokan is just out of view, to the left. Go here now.)
Depending on who you ask, there are only about 100 geishas left in Kyoto. 30 new trainees enroll each year but many drop out. Seeing one requires more luck than anything else! (Also: can we talk about those shoes?!)
Today in Gokayama, a smaller and more intimate version of the famous thatched roof village of Shirakawa-go. (60 residents vs 500!) We explored both, but only this one had sweet Japanese grannies who wanted to teach us how to play local instruments and sing Japanese folk songs. Plus there wasn't a single tourist in sight. 😊
Kanazawa is an incredible blend of Japan old and new. And tourism here is truly bubbling up after the shinkansen was extended to the local train station in 2015. Get here soon--Kanazawa is magical but on a fast track to overtourism.