I’ve just gotten back from a whirlwind trip to Japan. To be honest, it had never been a country that had rated highly on my must travel list. Not for any good reason, I just thought of myself as more of a Europe girl (isn’t everyone?). But my husband Phil LOVES Japan. He’s lived and studied there twice, for two years in total. He speaks fluent Japanese too, so I couldn’t think of a more perfect person to show me Japan!
Japan was amazing and like no other country I’ve ever travelled to before. I didn’t find it an easy country personally (it’s so different from Australia!) but it’s fascinating and we packed so much into 9 days. If you’ve ever thought about travelling to Japan (or just want to check out some pretty travel photos!) here’s my 10 favourite things about Japan:
Pretty much goes without saying right? I think dumplings are my favourite food in the world, and the Japanese are experts at gyoza and dumplings. Phil and I both agreed that we had the best dumplings in our life in Tokyo, and that’s despite eating dumplings at the world’s cheapest Michellin star restaurant, the famed Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong.
Where did we find these delicious dumplings? Fire Dragon in Tokyo. Of course, they don’t have a website I can easily link to here to share the love, but there’s a few ratings on TripAdvisor, and an address. Do yourself a favour if you’re in Tokyo and go!
We also went to a super fun gyoza restaurant in Kyoto. We sat at the bar drinking beer and yuzu cocktails while watching the staff make delicious gyoza. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of this one and Google is not helping me! The most deta