Summer Journal #3 – Hokkaido

Happy Friday!

So a couple of days ago, I posted photos from the first half of our adventures in Japan.  Today I have pictures from the second half of our trip.

After spending a few days in Tokyo doing some shopping, sightseeing, getting together with family, and going to a festival, we hopped on a plane to Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan.  Hideko’s father was from a small town there, so we went to his hometown and were joined by more family and together we visited his grave (ohakamairi).

After that, we did some sightseeing and went to an onsen (hot spring hotel) where we basically hung out in pajamas for two days taking hot baths in natural spring water and eating lots of food.  Awesome huh?

On the road again

Yuki took almost all her naps on us while we were traveling (on buses or trains).  She was literally a HOT MESS.  Ugh.

SUSHI!

Ohakamairi

Hokkaido miso ramen

This was the sweetest, juiciest, most delicious melon I’ve EVER HAD.  Each melon costs $38.

Showa-shinzan

Cool light fixtures in our hotel.

Our room

Our monkey

Super cold river!!

And then we were finally on our way back home.

Flying into Narita

And after hours and hours and hours of traveling, we arrived safely back in San Francisco.  It was a great trip, but it felt sooooo good to be home.

I wish I could have taken pictures of the gorgeous hot springs, especially the ones outside (think HOT natural bath surrounded by beautiful trees and mountainside), but that would have been pretty awkward (did I mentioned that everyone is completely nekkid in the baths??)

Anyways, thanks for coming along with me on my little Japan recap.  Although we had a ton of fun and everything went as smoothly as we could have hoped for, it certainly was not easy.  We had plenty of meltdowns (and not just the baby), jet lag totally kicked our butts and we resorted to all sorts of things we never thought we’d do just to get through the day.  We learned a lot about traveling with a toddler and I’ll try to share some of those things soon.

And I promise that I’ll get back to sewing posts eventually.  I just don’t know when.  🙂

Have a great weekend, wherever you are!!

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5 thoughts on “Summer Journal #3 – Hokkaido

  1. Oh how I miss Japan! My favourite place to visit was Aizuwakamatsu in Fukushima and Kyoto! I spent a New Years in Kyoto, and it was magical! I’m happy to see that you are sharing the experience of Japan with your daughter. How were the really long flights for her?

  2. Awesome pictures! Awesome food and hotel too! I await the traveling with toddlers tips. I’m not a Mama yet but I hope to soon be! And I follow this blog like crazy. 🙂

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