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TOKYO, JAPAN

Thursday December 18, 2014

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Tokyo, Japan www..bucketlistbums.com

Tokyo, Japan www..bucketlistbums.com

Tokyo, Japan www..bucketlistbums.com

The crazed world of Tokyo was the grand finale to our travels through Japan. Honestly, I wasn’t too thrilled about including the country’s capital in our itinerary – large, modern metros underwhelm me, and I just couldn’t jump on the Tokyo bandwagon. It took a mere day in the vibrant, urban wonderland for me to change my tuneĀ … and by the time we left, I’d declared Tokyo my favorite big city on the globe …

NARA, JAPAN

Sunday December 14, 2014

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Nara, Japan www.bucketlistbums.com

Nara, Japan www.bucketlistbums.com

Nara, Japan www.bucketlistbums.com

A visit to Nara was at the top of my list as we planned our travels through Japan. Temples and shrines dotted the ancient capital city, but our daytrip from Kyoto was for another reason entirely. Deer! This magical region of the Nara Prefecture was home to thousands of friendly deer that literally wandered the streets, mingling amongst tourists at local temples and on the trails of sprawling Nara Park …

KYOTO, JAPAN

Sunday December 7, 2014

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Kyoto, Japan www.bucketlistbums.com

Kyoto, Japan www.bucketlistbums.com

Kyoto, Japan www.bucketlistbums.com

Kyoto, Japan www.bucketlistbums.com

Our trip to Kyoto was an absolute whirlwind. From the moment we disembarked at crazed Kyoto Station, it was go, go, go. Our list of places to visit, food to eat and sights to see was ridiculously long, and the goal was to cram as much as we could into four short days. Unexpected rainy weather slowed us down a bit, and put a slight damper on sightseeing (so much of Kyoto was outdoors!), but we powered through it – up bell to bell each day working our way through the historic city …