Thursday, 18 December 2008

Japan!

We are planning to take a family holiday to Japan in 2009, to visit friends and to shop for ideas and inspiration. I am really excited, I've wanted to visit Japan for years! Most of the time we will be in Tokyo - I'd love to know if anyone has suggestions for cute shops, craft stores, family activities (with 2 young boys), and places to eat or stay.

Thanks for everyone entering the Frankie prize draw - there is still one week to go!

9 comments:

Swift Jan said...

Wow what a fantastic opportunity!! I have never ventured off Australian shores so I have no suggestions! I do however hope you have a lovely time :)

Lilli boo said...
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Lilli boo said...

Sorry had to delete previous comment didn't read well! So as i was saying, Fantastic news with traveling to Japan in 2009, it's such a beautiful country to visit especially with children in tow. We traveled there in 2005 with our then toddler and had such a great time...we are also heading back in 2009 with two children this time! I'll collate some info /links that we found useful and email them to you..cheers, Lil

Frances said...

Brace yourself for a brilliant time. I just got back and would be happy to fill you in.
Cheers, Fran.

Eguchi Family said...

Great to hear you are definitely going...,look forward to seeing you over there, we'll have some fun!

Libby said...

I am green with envy, you lucky thing!

Kim said...

I love love Japan!! I'm so jealous! Are you going to be spending time in Kyoto at all? When we were there in 2007 (sans infant who wasn't born yet) we worked our schedule around some of the flea markets. My fave in Kyoto was the Kobo-san flea market at Toji Temple (a UNESCO site on its own) which held on the 21st of every month. It can be reached in 10-15 mins from Kyoto station. You have to make some time for this market, an absolute must-do!! Lots of vintage fabrics, vintage kiminos, and other bits and pieces. The hubby (the type who starts whinging after 10 mins of shopping) didn't mind the fact that we spent the whole day there - it is that huge.

Oh, if you are going to be in Japan for a while, consider buying a Japan Rail pass, which is a bargain (even our Japanese friends said so) and only available to foreigners. It entitles you unlimited travel on the shinkansen (with some exceptions, but not many), which is very convenient.

I can go on and on, so feel free to email me if you have any questions and hopefully I can help.

Thamie said...

HI
we went to Japan this year. If you would like to see traditional Japan close to Tokyo, you must go to Asasuka. It is on the suburban rail line. You will find small family inns, tiny restaurants and a market that still has traditional crafts. Nearby is a suburb that has all the utensils you need to set up a japanese restaurant, including the artificial food. There is also a shrine where the locals go. It really is a great place to see more than just the high rise buildings.

lisa tilse . the red thread said...

Hi! I am only just catching up on reading your blog... I have too many bookmarked!
We spent a month in Japan last year with our 4.5yr old daughter and friends with an 8 yr old daughter. You will LOVE it! I am desperate to go back as soon as I can. It's inspiration overload. I have lots of tips and links and I can email them to you when I get a sec. I have finally gotten around to photographing some of my many purchases and I'm about to start blogging regularly about our trip to Japan, so check in from time to time.
Don't you just love Jetstar's amazing fares?!