i remember when i was in school, the first time i heard someone saying they’d been abroad. it was so exciting for most of us, who could rarely afford to go on holiday within the uk. she’d been to thailand, then tokyo. i can’t really remember specifics, but i do remember asking her a lot of questions, and for years after i’d daydream of travelling to these countries.
sadly, at 29 years old i’ve still never been, but japan has remained very high up on my wishlist of places to go. so instead of making up some imaginary experiences, i thought i’d share the experiences of those that have been.
- carrie of wish wish wish has done a few japan posts, i particularly liked her sakura outfit post (dreeeeamy) and her memories of tokyo vlog is stunning.
- lovely annie made an illustrated map of tokyo inspired by her visit, and i love this post on hakone too.
- from take courage, i enjoyed her shopping guide to japan, and her guide to kyoto. her photos really make you feel like you’re there.
- the cherry blossom girl has lots of japan posts too, and i love how varied they are. i particularly enjoyed her ryokan tsukihitei post.
- from sara of this girl loves i liked nikko in the snow and her japan rail pass guide seems very useful!
i know there are many more japan posts out there, so please send any links of interesting or insightful ones you’ve discovered.
i was sent a hamper of items alongside this post, one of the items was a moleskine diary, and inside the front page it says this (image above), and if you know me at all you’ll know just how much i am on board with this message. i’ll write the first two paragraphs out incase you can’t read it:
we believe there is a beauty
in what goes unnoticed —
an imperceptible in-between
that creates harmony.
it is a place that is created by the
physical but you can’t grasp it.
you can only feel it.
as much as it’s lovely to learn about japan, to have gifts from there and to enjoy food and drinks, i believe nothing will ever quite compare to actually going there. to breathe it in and feel it in your soul. to notice the little details and idiosyncrasies that aren’t necessarily present here in the UK.
obviously, unless you’ve mastered teleportation, pretty much the only way to get to japan from here is by flying. ANA (all nippon airways) is one such airline. reading reviews, they are well regarded amongst customers (skytrax gives them 5 stars) and the main thing i get from the reviews is that their customer service is exceptional. always a good thing on long flights!
have you flown with ANA before? what was your experience? and if you have any japan recommendations or blog posts, do let me know!
disclaimer: sponsored by ANA, all words, images and opinions my own.