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Family Top Three Experiences for Japan

In April 2014 we took a marvellous family vacation to Japan (see 12 posts under the Travel menu) that we all thoroughly enjoyed. The parts of Japan that we saw were clean, neat and very well serviced. The people that we met were exceptionally well-mannered and generally responded enthusiastically when we bowed and greeted them in Japanese. Clean public toilets abound and we all liked using both the pedestal toilets with heated seats (and bidet) and the squat toilets. Tasty and nutritious food was very easy to find because not only are tiny eateries scattered everywhere but also convenience stores stock a range of prepared meals. The trains run very often and are on time, clean and other passengers keep to themselves and considerately share the space. We loved the lack of clutter and the Zen principles evident in so many aspects of everyday life, decor, food and tea. In fact since we returned home we have been de-cluttering our own house and parting with some of our unnecessary possessions.

I asked my husband, my 7 year old daughter and my 5 year old son what their favourite experiences were so that I could share them here with you.

My husband’s favourite three experiences were;

  1. Zen temple gardens, specifically his favourite was Jakko-Ji temple,

    Jakko-Ji temple

    Jakko-Ji temple

  2. Tea served in traditional tea rooms,

    Tea house in Kyoto

    Tea house in Kyoto

  3. The availability of diverse, tasty and interesting foods.

    Entree of restaurant kaiseki meal

    Entree of restaurant kaiseki meal

My 7 year old daughter’s favourite three experiences were;

  1. Staying in a traditional wooden townhouse (machiya),

    This neighbourhood temple was in the same block as our machiya

    This neighbourhood temple was in the same block as our machiya

  2. Eating sushi,

    Fresh sushi is available from every convenience store

    Fresh sushi is available from every convenience store

  3. Drinking matcha tea.

    Matcha tea

    Matcha tea

 

My 5 year old son’s favourite three experiences were;

  1. Catching the bullet trains (shinkansen),

    Model bullet train that we bought for our son

    Model bullet train that we bought for our son

  2. The Star Tours exhibit at Tokyo Disney,

    Star Tours at Tokyo Disney

    Star Tours at Tokyo Disney

  3. Eating green tea ice cream.

    Green tea ice creama

    Green tea ice cream

My favourite five experiences (because it’s too hard to stick to just three!) were;

  1. Stroll gardens,

    Stroll garden

    Stroll garden

  2. Walking in the beautiful forests,wpid-13977263482053.jpg
  3. Neighbourhood sweet shops,wpid-13978094579540.jpg
  4. Traditional boat ride to Arashiyama,13976495603894
  5. Impeccable manners of Japanese people.
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7 comments on “Family Top Three Experiences for Japan

  1. Global Roamer
    April 30, 2014
  2. Daniel
    May 1, 2014

    I agree!

  3. strivetoengage
    May 1, 2014

    Thanks 🙂

  4. Maxine
    May 1, 2014

    Glad you all had such a good time. I haven’t really considered Japan as a family destination so good to hear about your travels.

    • strivetoengage
      May 2, 2014

      Thanks Maxine. Yes it was a marvellous holiday. I’ve been pondering whether Japan may be the country I have enjoyed visiting most. It’s a tough decision to make but it’s certainly a country that I wish to revisit repeatedly!

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