Japan had always been a dream of mine to visit and it certainly didn’t disappoint! I especially loved the retro-futuristic vibes of Tokyo and the many different subcultures found across the city but the highlight had to be my time in Hakone. We stayed in a traditional ryokan where we bathed in natural hot springs (onsen) and tried Kaiseki haute cuisine for dinner… and breakfast! The country is so easy to travel around too, you really can cover a lot of ground. Take me back!
I’m fascinated with the contrasts of Japan, from the futuristic cities where karaoke is king to the serene and meticulously landscaped gardens. I love the garb of the extravagant Harajuku girls of Tokyo to the exquisitely painted Geisha. Japan really does have something for everyone; snow-capped volcanoes, fish markets, peaceful gardens and pilgrimage walks, neon cityscapes and a wealth of art and history to uncover.
Japan is an incredible mix of past and present, where you can explore the exciting modern neon lights of Tokyo, then board the thrilling high-speed bullet train ‘on time’ to see the ancient wonders of Kyoto. In Japan, you can savour the delicate flavours of sushi and sake, enjoy the timeless arts of samurai and sumo and marvel at the exquisite beauty of cherry blossoms and geishas. Japan really has it all for me – I can’t wait to go back again and discover more!