We’re Headed To…

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That feeling when you haven’t slept all week (hello, delirium! Hello, dark circles!), you have crossed nearly every item off your to-do list (and had zero breakdowns…I am so proud of myself, ha!) and you’re bursting with excitement because you and your favorite travel partner are about to spend a full on two weeks exploring and soaking up another culture (and the #1 place on Blake’s bucket list)… Well! That feeling is currently welling up inside me because Blake and I are about to spend the next 14 days in…


Back in September, Blake and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. Knowing that the gift theme for the first anniversary is “paper,” I thought it would be an awesome surprise to book us plane tickets to Tokyo, then print them out and insert them into the first few pages of a travel book about Japan (…he’d be thrown off because a book could be the “paper” gift, too). Tokyo has always been at the top of Blake’s list of places to visit before we have kiddos (side note: I’m not pregnant haha), so I knew it would be the ultimate vacation for him (…and us!) this year. Thus, once we exchanged gifts and Blake saw the book (…he still didn’t know about the tickets haha) and I told him to flip through the pages, his jaw pretty much dropped to the floor when he finally found them. It was the best moment!!

Fast forward eight months and we are finally ready to go! We’ve got plans to stay in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka – and hopefully do a day trip to Mt Fuji somewhere in the mix, too!

Have you been to Tokyo or other parts of Japan? I’d love to hear your recommendations! We pretty much have hotels and rail passes booked and that’s it – we’re both very spontaneous travelers so we’d love to hear your list of must-see, must-do, must-eat, etc., suggestions!

You can follow all the fun over on my Instagram & IG Stories throughout the next couple of weeks. Can’t wait to eat some Matcha ice cream (…or really, Matcha everything) asap once we land…! Until then, we’ve got a hefty 24+ hours of travel in our future…(and I haven’t even packed yet, ah!).

Hope you have a fabulous weekend, friends! XO




  • Jenna says:

    Definitely go to the fish market, Golden gai area for a drink, eat all the ramen and sushi, shibuya crossing! Enjoy! Japan is great!

  • Ali Lang says:

    Tom Bricker blogs ALL about Japan over on Travel Caffeine! He and his wife have been there countless times and he has amazing tips! Have a wonderful trip!!

  • Katie fegert says:

    Aww yayy! That sounds like a fabulous trip! And I love the way you surprised him! My hubby and I want to go to Tokyo for our 5th anniversary next year, so I love that I’ll have your travel guides as a source of inspiration! Have the best time!

  • Katie Rogers says:

    I lived in Japan for a while and it was amazing!! I loved every minute of it. You have to make sure you have traditional tea and spot some geishas in Kyoto. Also there are so many pretty temples all over so make sure you pop in whenever you see the red arches. They could be smack in the center of the city and still be gorgeous and serene places. I can’t wait to see all your pictures!!!

  • Sharon says:

    I am so excited for you and can not wait to see all the photos and follow along on Instagram! I’ve never been so I will be living through you and planning my trip to Japan someday soon.

  • Brittaney says:

    You should definitely check out the Ramen Museum in Tokyo! It’s decked out like 1940’s-50’s Japan and there’s a ton of little Ramen shops to stop in and sample.
    Mario Kart Tokyo is really cool too, you can dress up like Mario Kart characters and tour the streets of Tokyo in go-karts 🙂
    Nikko Japan is beautiful too if you have time to check it out. Turquoise water, waterfalls, lots of old temples. It’s gorgeous!

  • Ariel says:

    I hope you loved Japan!!! Your pictures were incredible! I would love to know all the tips and tricks, what to wear, where to go, how much to take in cash, I am so excited to see your blog post about Japan!

  • Sam says:

    I’ve been patiently waiting for your Japan recap post!

  • Aubrey says:

    I’m new to your blog and just saw this. My husband and I are planning our one year wedding anniversary to Japan for two weeks next year during Cherry Blossom season. I look forward to your next post recapping your guys’ trip!! I’d love to hear what you two really loved, liked, or felt was overrated.

    • Aubrey says:

      Oh! And I’d also love to know what clothes and shoes you packed!! 😛 Your style is super cute but also comfortable, so I’d like your feedback on what worked for your travels to and in Japan. Thanks!

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