My Fiance and I spent 3 weeks in Japan last year, we both love traveling and been lucky enough to be able to visit many countries, and I have to say Japan has been the most amazing trip of my whole life and Fiance loved it as much. Even though there are still many places we have yet to see, I find myself yearning for Japan so often that I’d go back again in a heartbeat rather than visiting a new place!
We flew in to Tokyo where we spent 4 days, and then 2 days in each one of the following locations: Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go (super pintoresque village in the Japanese alps), Takayama (really cute little town), Kyoto (we should’ve spent at lest 4 days there though!), Himeji, Hiroshima (really emotional visit to the Memorial museum but a must do, the city itself is very young and vibrant), Mayijima (breathaking, this is where the Grand Tori is), Naoshima (‘artsy’ island, super cool if you are into modern art), Kobe (omg KOBE beef) and Osaka, in that order. And we flew out of Osaka (which I found kind of meh compared to all the other places).
I think Europe is nice too but easier to visit any time… also Japan can be very romantic in its own way! Soooo many beautiful gardens and parks, lovely restaurants and places to explore. I loved cycling around the Naoshima island with my sweetie, just the two of us, having our picnics at the many lovely parks and gardens, going for a romantic stroll at night next to the river in Kyoto and walking around the Geisha districts… wish I was there right now!
Reg. food you don’t really eat from the vending machine 🙂 the Vending machine is only selling the ‘tickets’ for each food and then you go inside the place and hand over your ticket to the cook and he will cook whatever you chose, this is just so they won’t have to handle money 🙂 We had the most amazing ramen in one of those vending machine ramen kind of place in the middle of Shibuya in Tokyo.
I’m trying to convince my Fiance to go back to Japan for our honeymoon but we don’t have enough time this year so we will have to settle for a mini-moon in Italy, we are having a destination wedding in Vienna so we just plan to spend a couple of days in Tuscany to decompress after we send our family and friends back to their countries, lol.
I highly recommend visiting Japan, can’t say enough good things about he place and probably I am too biased because I just loved it.
Feel free to ask me anything.