Exploring the Tokyo metropolis, traditions of Kyoto, and wilderness of the Japanese Alps.
We love to cook almost as much as we love to eat ... the art of preparing traditional Japanese cuisine is calling to us!
We'll travel by train to witness the majesty of Japan's greatest icon.
We're looking forward to a peaceful stay in a traditional Japanese inn, enjoying tea, and relaxing by the zen gardens.
We're going to explore the streets of Tokyo, visit the Ramen museum, and then enjoy an afternoon bowl of delicious hand-made noodles.
We love art (Brett proposed at an art museum!), and are thrilled to see Japan's beautiful tradition of woodblock prints. We'll visit the Tokyo National Museum, art galleries, and bring home a traditional print to add to our collection.
There are over 1,000 temples in the city of Kyoto! We'll spend a few days exploring these architectural wonders and their surrounding gardens. The one above is Kinkaku-ji. This gift will provide our entrance fees, transportation, and meals.
Help us explore our artistic side in this pottery class. We'll even put on a little art exhibit for you when we return!
Traveling into this beautiful region by train will be among the most scenic lengths of our journey!
One of the parts we're most excited for on our honeymoon is to eat Japanese food -- every day! Each $20 portion of this gift represents breakfast for the two of us.
One of the parts we're most excited for on our honeymoon is to eat Japanese food -- every day! Each $25 portion of this gift represents lunch for the two of us.
Riding the modern bullet trains is an experience unto itself!
After a long day of exploring the city, we'll appreciate a good nights rest! Each $120 represents one night of lodging.
Unesco recently added Japanese cuisine to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. This puts it equal to French cuisine, the only other national culinary tradition to be so honoured. We'll savor a multi-course banquet of seasonal delicacies that’s a feast for the eyes at the 400-year-old restaurant Nakamura-rō in Gion.
After a day spent hiking in the mountains, we'll look forward to resting our heads in a cozy alpine lodge. Each $75 represents one night.
Natural hot springs baths are something of a folk tradition throughout Japan.
Obuse, a lovely little town in the Alps, has played a large role in Japanese art history. We'll visit the Hokusai Museum and the Taikan Bonsai Gallery.
We love sake and we will participate in a guided tour and tasting class of the Tokyo's most famous breweries!
We'll visit a traditional tea house for this beautiful and ritual performance.
We love hiking trails to discover breathtaking views. We'll pack provisions for the day and take a bus to the Chūbu-Sangaku National Park trailheads in Kamikōchi.
The final scenic train ride or our journey, traveling from the wilderness to the metropolis.
We love the minimalist beauty of traditional floral arranging known as Ikebana – "giving life to flowers".