The Changing Seasons: October 2019

Highlight of my October is Younger Daughter & Grandparents’ (plus Me) Trip to Tokyo. We had 5 nights at Tokyo Disney Resort, 5 nights in Chiba (千葉市 Chibashi).

I haven’t been back to Japan since 2007 so was feeling a little apprehensive over my lack of the language. A Friend who visits the country several times each year assured me that that I would be fine, and after all, I was going to The Happiest Place on Earth (and she wasn’t referring to Disneyland).

Shortly upon arrival, I was reminded of how gracious the Japanese are – immigration is the most orderly and courteous I’ve encountered ever. I found this true throughout our visit as we encountered a variety of service people and folks on the street who were eager to help despite language barriers.

And of course, starting our trip in Tokyo Disney Resort was an easy way to ease ourselves into the swing of things.

Chiba-shi is the capital of Chiba prefecture.  It afforded many conveniences without a big city feel. Running through the smaller streets gave me a chance to discover havens of greenery & beauty.

And of course, the food. Unbelievable selection and quality, even from The Convenience Store.

Before the end of our trip, we were already making plans for a return visit. Soon.

What are your favourite memories of Japan?

Feature Photo: Reading a Book – one of many sculptures found along the street near our hotel.

This is my contribution to The Changing Seasons hosted by Su at zimmerbitch.

20 Replies to “The Changing Seasons: October 2019”

  1. Ahh … what a magical trip for you all! I like the idea of a calm and courteous immigration- a most welcome arrival! A joy to travel viscerally through your post here, alas I can only imagine the delicious food!

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  2. How long have you got, Ju-Lyn? What do I like about Japan? Japan is a country where you can get a fascination for Eastern traditions with western conveniences. It is delightfully surprising modern yet traditional. For me, the highlight was visiting the mountain villages and seeing the old world Japan. A favourite memory was spotting a REAL Geisha walking the Goon in Kyoto, the Bamboo Grove and also seeing a perfect sunny day at Mount Fuji. But I also loved Gyoen national garden. My son just told me tonight that he has booked a ticket to Japan again this year this will be his third time there, I think. This time he’s going to Sapporo. Lucky him. I would love to go Japan again.

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    1. I ask the question out of self-interest, Amanda! I am already dreaming of the next trip – my Husband would love to see what you enjoy: the older villages, a little hiking on mountain trails!

      Thank you for sharing your experience … I will be looking on your blog for more Japan posts!

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  3. Jealous! Japan is my dream country. I can’t wait to go one day, one day!!! It’s so close. Looks like a good time, and very glad to hear that the language barrier wasn’t a problem!

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