We returned early this morning from an amazing two week family holiday to Japan. It is such an exciting country with so much to offer and we managed to fit a lot into our time there. We arranged a Japan Rail pass from Australia which made it easy for us to get around.
Some of the highlights included:
- Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea
- Hakone near the base of Mt Fuji, famous for its hot springs and picturesque scenery
- Universal Studios, Osaka
- Temples and Nijo Castle in Kyoto
- Ski area of Hakuba – such a novelty to see snow:)
- Shopping in Tokyo (fabrics, craft supplies, stationery, baking supplies, and electronics)
Thanks to Stephanie and Rumi for some travel tips during our planning stage!
With regard to the shopping, there are a number of great posts that pointed us in the right direction and made finding the stores easy. Our favourite stores were Loft, Tokyu Hands, Nomura Tailor, Okadaya, and Daiso. We also found a chain of second hand book stores in Tokyo called Book.One which had a great selection of craft/sewing books/magazines for 10-40% of the recommended retail price.
Sarah and I have bought a selection of Japanese craft supplies for our giveaway, including an origami kit to make little Japanese girls; some gift bags; trim; fabric; flex frame; and other cute supplies.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and we will enter you into the draw. We will select a winner on Saturday 30 January.
Just before I head back to the mountain of laundry, just wanted to show you Sarah’s favourite purchases. A beautiful Kokeshi Doll
and a funky pair of polka dotted Sneakers!
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