On this day, three years ago. 👌👍
It has been three years since I set foot in one of my dream destinations, The Land of The Rising Sun. Yes, it was July of 2014, when I finally realized that dream.
In this post, I will be sharing some of the FIRSTS and MOST UNFORGETTABLE experiences I had during my 7 day trip. 🤗
1. First long flight experience ✈️
I have been traveling around the islands in the Philippines which of course only takes more or less than an hour. That trip was the longest for me. It takes 4 hours from The Philippines ( Cebu) to Japan (Narita )
2. First Bullet train ride
As an ESL teacher, I often hear from my Japanese students how good the transportation system is. Heard about Shinkansen or them taking the subway.
Finally I found myself smiling reminiscing those unforgettable train rides. 😂 Walking around the station where people were all in a hurry to reach to their destinations.
3. Joined a Festival
During summer season in Japan several cities celebrate Summer festival. It was one of a kind experience, to be able to mingle with other Japanese. The highlight for this was that,me and my co-worker wore YUKATA, a traditional Japanese attire only worn during summer festival.
4. Took the ropeway / cable car
It was another first for me. The ropeway was something new to me. We went up to a hill,where there was a park. One of the area, was set as a viewdeck for people who wanted to see Mt. Fuji. Unfortunately, thick clouds covered Mt. Fuji, so we gave up. 😝
On our way to the zoo,I was so surprised when in front of us the view of a very huge mountain can be seen!! Alas!! Mt. Fuji it is!! Although our location was quite far, however ,I savour that moment when Mt. Fuji showed us its beauty. So captivating, I stared at it with amazement. My heart danced with joy. Eyes glittered. 😍😭
6.ZOO: Feed lions / kangaroos 🦁
Fuji Safari Park — I saw different kinds of animals which I rarely see. It was more exciting because we were in a bus shaped like a cage. 😂 .The bus toured us around the park. A guide was saying something yet everything was in Japanese. We were given meat (chicken) so we could give them to the lions and tigers along the way.
There was a free picture-taking and I was so lucky this cub behaved well while I it was my turn to have a photo taken.This fluffy cute fella looked so tamed sitting comfortably on my lap. 🦁
7. Take a photo with Hachiko
The story of Hachiko has touched my heart so much. Therefore, I really asked my boss to include it in our iterninary.
Another bucketlist came true. 🐕🐶
8. Met my Japanese students
I will always be, forever grateful to my company for the once in a lifetime experience and to these people, my students.
9 . Explored Tokyo Disneyland
Your Japan Trip wouldn’t be complete without a day at Disneyland. It was a tiring yet very satisfying day. I saw my favorite Disney characters up close . Tried some food (a bit expensive though 😂 ) and queued for some children’s rides. 😂
10. Tour/ shop in Tokyo area
Visited some famous spots in Tokyo area like Shibuya, Ginza, etc.
Spotted these while we were walking around.
Of course the skytree.
I truly believe that dreams do come true. So, keep dreaming. Chase your dreams. Never quit.
~~ Ciao 💋