Kamakura and Kyoto.

Last time we were in kamakura we ended up not taking a look at the great buddha, so this time we couldn’t miss it. 

After Kamakura we stopped in Yokohama for a nice light dinner. It was amazing to see how much it had grown since we were last there back in 2013. 

We then hopped on another train to Kyoto. We had to come back. However, we were surprised to see just how touristy this city has become. It is packed nearly everywhere, and it’s frankly a bit disappointed. We are “used to” a quiet Kyoto, with nearly nothing but locals, specially after night time, and we have found none of that. It is true that this is a busy tourist time, around spring, and that Kyoto, being smaller than Tokyo, you are bound to find more foreigners…but still. 

Now don’t get me wrong, it is still beautiful, and the memories made here will never fade away. 

Fuji-san and Kappa street.

It’s been amazing to be back in Japan. To see the cherry blossoms has been a dream come true for me. Other than that, we have found a Japan that we didn’t know yet: one where eight people out of ten says our daughter is kawaii (cute), actively saying it out loud and even stopping to talk to her. However, we were also politely invited out of a restaurant when we walked in with her in the stroller – it remains to be discovered if because of the stroller or the baby in it… 

We took the train to get to lake Kawaguchiko, one very near Mount Fuji. Seeing Mt. Fuji for the first time was absolutely incredible. Everybody knows mountains are big, but I had never seen something this big. Fuji-san is massive. Incredibly powerful looking, and it’s no wonder the Japanese consider it sacred – I think it has to do with the eruptions that occurred before and people thought it was a god’s doing (Asama, I think? – too lazy to check now). 

There are a lot of tourists around here now, something else we hadn’t really experienced before, and there were a lot of them in one of the last trains we took. It was a bad experience, that one. Too hot, too crowded, too long. So we ended up staying at one of the ryokans next to the lake for the night. The next day we explored around and climbed up to Chureito pagoda, to have a full view of Fuji-san. With the cherry trees and the mountains views…it was mesmerizing. 

Today we went back to Asakusa and Kappabashi dori. We walked a whole lot, but we saw many things we missed the other times and we walked the old streets of Tokyo around these neighborhoods that are just so heart filling.

Hope you’re having a great week! 

Back in Harajuku.

Last time I was in Tokyo, leaving the city, I had a gut feeling that we wouldn’t be back by ourselves… and here we are, with a baby in the stroller, back in Harajuku. 

It’s been amazing to be back and seeing the cherry blossoms. For such a long time I watched anime and wondered how beautiful all those sakura’s petals falling like snow all around would look like. 

The cherry blossoms’ season is gone, that’s why it’s so beautiful and special, but there are still a lot of cherry trees around that have flowers, and it’s just gorgeous! 

We don’t have a lot of time, so we’re trying to enjoy it the best possible way.

Have fun!