We spent a little over two weeks in Japan, and the things I fell in love with most were the culture—the hospitality, the mannerisms, and the cleanliness—and the food. Every encounter that we had with a local left us feeling so grateful, so cared for. Every street in every city was so clean, yet there were hardly any trash bins! And the food… I’ve never had better ramen or tempura than I did when we were in Japan. I’m salivating just thinking about it.

Our itinerary: Okinawa Osaka Kyoto Tokyo


I absolutely fell in love with Okinawa (the largest island in Japan). While here, we rented a car and spent most of our time exploring the island and relaxing & dining at our resort.

Hotel: Halekulani Okinawa

Image source: Halekulani Okinawa
Image source: Forbes Travel Guide


Captured in Mihama American Village
  • Cape Hedo: Okinawa’s most northern tip—stunning views of the cliffy coast
  • Kouri Island: one of the most beautiful beaches in Okinawa, with it’s white sand and transparent emerald green water
  • Mihama American Village: built as a replica of Seaport Village along Okinawa’s coast, this village is filled with shops, restaurants, cafes, entertainment facilities and a movie theatre


We spent hours on end walking through the streets of Osaka, taking in the foliage and the good eats.

Hotel: InterContinental Osaka


Captured in Micasadeco & Cafe


Captured somewhere along the streets of Osaka
  • Shinsaibashi: known as the best shopping district in Osaka
  • America Mura: known as the heart of young culture in Osaka (similar to the Harajuku district in Tokyo), this area is filled with trendy shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants
  • Osaka Castle: beautiful, massive grounds with fountains, forests and gardens that we loved walking through
  • Nara Park: observe and feed the countless deer as they roam around this park (about an hour away from Osaka)


Kyoto was our favorite city, by far.

Hotel: Kyoto Yura Hotel Mgallery


Captured at Nanzan Grill


Captured in the Higashiyama-ku District
Captured on the Sanjo Bridge, along the Kamo River
Captured on the grounds of Nijo Castle
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace: former palace of the emperor of Japan—great for picnics, strolling through the gardens, or just relaxing on the lawns
  • Nijo Castle: one of the largest castles in Kyoto and once home to one of the most powerful men in Japan—the grounds are massive and peaceful to stroll through


Tokyo gave off New York vibes—albeit cleaner.

Hotel: Ascott Marunouchi Tokyo


Captured at Mercer Brunch


Captured in Shibuya
  • Tsukiji Outer Market: also known as Japan’s food town, is filled with character—walk through here and you’ll pass by vendors selling all sorts of fresh food (like seafood, fruits, and vegetables) and Japanese staples, sushi shops, ramen stalls, and so much more

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