Travels on Mainland Japan {Part 1}

Thursday, August 23, 2012

{taking the cable car up to...}
 {Iwakuni Castle}
{Stella is thee most angelic baby alive. Even while traveling!}
{Prayers hanging from trees and posts around the temple}
We just got back a few hours ago. Ah, it's good to be home! Now I'm just waiting for my honey to get back home too. We're all making it just in time - Okinawa is supposed to get hit Saturday by the biggest typhoon it has had in 13 years. If we don't lose internet this weekend, I will definitely keep you updated.

This was such an awesome trip.
Japan is easily one of my most favorite countries to travel in.  I've never felt so safe {or clean!!} or come across such polite people and fascinating landscapes and towns all in one place. We absolutely loved getting to see part of Southern Japan. As soon as we landed last Saturday, we headed for Kintai Bridge, which was built in the 1600's without a single nail {!) for Samurai. They lived in the village across the bridge and were the only ones allowed to use it. Today, you can walk across it and through their former village. There's an expansive, gorgeous park around it with tall Pines & Japanese Maple trees, streams and peaceful walkways. At the end of it, you can take a cable car up to Iwakuni Castle where the view was absolutely stunning of the surrounding mountain range and city below.

More to come... (:

44 comments:

  1. First of all those 'fish sticks' freaked me out! I don't like eating anything that still looks like the animal...

    Ahh! Please, please keep us posted on the typhoon! I've been through quite a few hurricanes in my day (worst was a Cat 3) so I know they can be pretty scary and not fun! BE SAFE!!!

    xoxo

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  2. wow, looks like such a beautiful place! you are very lucky! looking forward to seeing the rest of the pictures!

    Suzi x

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  3. I am always in awe of where you travel. You are one lucky lady! Can't wait for more and please stay safe!

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  4. japan has always been a place i've wanted to visit, but has never been at the top of the list...

    these photos make me change my mind!! next trip to asia will DEFINITELY include japan :)

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  5. I want to get on a plane RIGHT now.

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  6. I die. Such pretty pictures! I wanna go there...like, yesterday. Can't wait to hear more!

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  7. Anonymous23.8.12

    Where is your shirt from? It's awesome!

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  8. I liked the cable car to the tip, those are always fun!
    The fish on sticks were kinda scary!
    I never think to visit Japan, thanks for some insight on the place!

    TTYL

    Brooke

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  9. It is so lush! I had no idea...

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  10. Absolutely stunning photographs! Aww, Japan! So lovely!

    P.S. I love your shirt!

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  11. honestly i have never had the urge to travel to japan just because its a little too far out of my comfort zone but your photos have me seriously wanting to plan a trip once my european adventures end

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  12. wow- i'm always stunned by your photography and the places you visit (:

    no nails?!?!?! i mean.. HOW is that possible?!

    i've never given any thought to traveling to japan- but you make me want to go a little more with each post (:

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  13. These pictures are just amazing! Can't wait to go there someday!

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  14. japan officially going on my travel wish list. you're photos are amazing!

    x's & o's
    Anacristina
    laughsandicecream.blogspot.com

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  15. these are amazing. I really think you'll love these pictures forever. like, daughters will want these pictures of their mama kind of love them forever. : )

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  16. Gorgeous photos as usual! I have to know where you got your purse though. Love it.

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  17. WOW! It looks amazing! -Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

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  18. i love love how your gorgeous photos portray japan! so beautiful! i'm so glad you had a fun trip :) and that baby is precious. she looks like such a happy traveler.

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  19. What gorgeous photos!! I never thought of Japan being a place I'd ever like to travel to but I've been seeing/hearing so many wonderful things about it! Hopefully you guys are not effected by the typhoon!

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  20. LOVE the pictures!!!! Praying for y'all this weekend! My family in FL is suppose to be getting hit by a Hurricane. Crazy stuff.

    xoxo

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  21. Gorgeous! You'll be happy to know I have officially added Japan to my travel list. You've won me over!

    And that baby...adorbs.

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  22. My husband was there for a little bit during one of his deployments. He LOVED it. Japan is so unique and amazing

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  23. Lovely pictures :) There's so much beauty in Japan that we in North America have not seen. Thanks for sharing.

    XX

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  24. your blog gives me a serious case of wanderlust!

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  25. Aww. Love that little cherub! Thanks for capturing such a sweet photo. As always, I adore ALL your photos. So gorgeous. Let's go back! Thanks for letting us be apart of your adventure. Stelly and I had a blast! Love you, dear friend.

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  26. Anonymous24.8.12

    was there not a mention for the I gotta pocket full of marines @ Space A?? #Disappointed
    :) amazing pics and wish I could be with you on your travels!! Maybe we all meet up in Hawaii in February/March!
    love you and hope Cammy comes home soon! ~lanneybear

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  27. Those pictures are stunning!

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  28. new follower from la mia vita. your pictures and blog are beautiful!

    -heather
    http://limeandsaltplease.blogspot.com/

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  29. Booking my plane to Japan as we speak!!!! Amazing pics!!!!! :)

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  30. Your photos are so stunning! I don't comment much but I just had to share how much I love stopping by in the middle of my work day to see if new photos are posted on your blog! They are truly breathtaking!

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  31. i am sure you get this all the time, but you are a gifted photographer.

    anticipationblog.blogspot.com

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  32. beautiful pictures! i really need to get to japan already, must be such an amazing and photogenic place! lloking forward to see the rest of your pretty pictures!! x

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  33. Oh gosh! I love that bridge! And your pic of the boats w/ lanterns too. So beautiful! Looks like your travels were so much fun! Hope your weekend was full of every good thing girl... - You know, I always look forward to my blog visits here - they're just so refreshing, and put a smile on my face. See? :-D

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  34. Oh wow. What amazing photos. I love this. And I want to go so bad!! :)

    I recently started a new link party on my blog that is exclusively for traveling and experiencing different places. If you could hop on over and link this post or any other 'traveling' post, I would be so grateful! Thanks so much!

    http://www.letbirdzfly.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-places-youll-go-travel-party-6.html

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  35. Betsy,

    Thank you! I got my purse from a boutique store out here on Oki.. I actually went back to see if they had more for another blogger (and would have for you too!) but they were out.

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  36. Thanks Amanda! It's really cute. I'll just have to look for my own unique one. :)

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  37. Truly Japan is an awesome tour destination. I am lucky to explore this part of world with my family and friends. When we had planned this trip with the help of kosher travelers we had no idea about this place. However, thanks to the organizer who made it easier for us. We enjoyed three nights in Tokyo and later on we spent our time on beautiful place Nikko, where we explored the Buddhist and Shinto temples. It was an awesome and unforgettable journey for us.

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  38. The above discussion goes well, I am very glad to review the interesting views all the above members. Well Japan is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. It is a unique blend of traditional and modern, with many temples and buildings. I used to visit Japan last year just before my grand canyon bus tours]. The natural beauty of Japan can be seen all year.

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    1. Absolutely Alix. Japan is the most popular country for visiting. It has various beautiful and historical places for enjoyment and gets knowledge about the universe. I personally visit in this country before my boston new york bus tours. I really like this country.

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