Safely arrived in the world's largest city. All sorts of new sights, sounds, and flavors — plus some old, animated friends. Spent a few days exploring the Tsukiji Fish Market, the Miyazaki Museum, and more.
"From the right side of the ropeway, you can see Mt. Fuji" ... on a clear day. Still, our first stay in a Ryokan did not disappoint.
Japan's first permanent capital — temples, matcha soft serve, and resident deer.
Japan's second permanent capital. Awash with traditional gardens, traditional meals, traditional sake distilleries, traditional tea ceremonies, traditional Pokécenters...
Up into the mountains of the Kii peninsula! Koyasan is the home of Shingon Buddhism and an absolutely incredible graveyard. Spooky at night, especially if the monastery you're staying at has a strict curfew.
We spent one night passing through Japan’s foodie capital. It was neon.
This small city on the Sea of Japan had some incredible museums — and even better sushi.
Over the Japan Alps from Kanazawa to Matsumoto. Via the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route, which involves a train, a funicular, a bus, a trolleybus, a ropeway, and a walk across Japan’s largest dam.
We spent our last few days tucked away at a ryokan in the Japan Alps. Leaf-peeping, hiking (in the first snow!), cooking, and onsen-ing.
One last meal before our flight — we went with the ramen.