Found another hidden gem in Japan 🇯🇵 NAGOYA! (Btw- can you spot the chicken in this shot!? 🤣)
It’s actually the 4th largest city in Japan, but one that is constantly overlooked by tourists. They simply pass by it on their way to Kyoto and never stop. That’s exactly why I chose to SKIP Kyoto and go here instead!
Crazy choice? Not at all!
Someone warned me that Nagoya was all industrial (it is Toyota’s headquarters after all) and would be SO boring to visit...which kind of made me want to go even more.
It was anything but boring!!
🏯I visited Nagoya castle and met Samurai ⛩Walked through beautiful shrines like this one
🍵Had a traditional matcha tea ceremony beside a palace
🔭Geeked out in a science center with the largest planetarium in the world
🏙Stayed in a hotel with one of the best views I’ve ever seen 💴 Saved a LOT of money because it’s more than 50% cheaper than Osaka, Kyoto or Tokyo!
I loved the fresh feel of Nagoya, the ease of getting around, how UN-crowded it was, and how I could still have every experience there I was after.
So glad I pushed aside the ‘tourist must-see’ towns and spent my time in Nagoya instead! ✌️
Have you ever gone to a place less traveled and been pleasantly surprised?!
🐠🐟🐠Our group shot in front of Mermaid Lagoon at Last weekend’s trip to Disney Sea— we dressed up as Nemo, Dory, Marlin, and Dory’s mom! I wanted to do a silly photo but it’s kind of awkward to do when a stranger is taking it for you lol. 😂 In the entire park, we only saw 2 other Dorys and there were NO OTHER NEMOS. Swipe to see a few more costumes we saw from that day!
Shimoshinmei-Tenso Shrine's 鳥居 (Torii)
The passage of the Gods that which transform the mundane into the sacred.
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Currently in Aomori, the most northern city of Honshu, the main island of Japan. 🏯Took us about 8 hours to drive here! This city is famous for its Nebuta festival, in which these floats made of rice paper, wire, and light bulbs are paraded down the streets of Aomori in August. It takes 30 people to lift this float!
Morning light under the bamboo grove
It was totally worth jumping on the train at 5 am. Got here just after sunrise to enjoy a little bit of solitude in this majestic forest before the crowds arrived. ✨