For the second half of Laney and Taylor's visit- we decided to spend more time in rural Japan. Tokyo gets exhausting fast. There's plenty to do- but sometimes it all starts looking the same.
First stop was Kamakura and Enoshima. We've been to both- but never checked out the island and missed a few shrines, The weather was perfect and most of the drive was traffic free.
First stop- Big Buddha. We should have just named Mack Big Buddha.
The sky was beautiful this day! One of the reasons that I love my birthday is because it's usually also the turn of winter to spring! the sun is shining and people are happy because it's starting to warm up and colors are starting to pop up!
My favorite part of the hike was this Japaenese Zen yard full of cats. If you haven't played 'Neko Atsume' yet- you are missing out. This was an exact scene from the app!! there are the cats 'peaches' and 'spots'. but really- get the app. you can thank me later.
and the ocean! our kids always love the water.
Our hike down the backside of the Island mountain was beautiful and Fuji was off in the distance! I love living here.
The next day we decided to get a closer look of Fuji-San.
mack was not so happy to be dressed up- but got used to his little outfit!
Our last stop was in downtown Fujiyoshida. It's a small town at the base of fuji. We found an incredible giant shrine where you can actually start the hike up the mountain. We drove up part way and started from fifth station when we hiked Fujisan- so we had never seen this shrine. It was stunning.
and we were the only people there!! which can be quite the rare occurrence ANYwhere in Japan!!
Since we've been here so long- I've been lazy with my camera!! I should have gotten more pics with my sis!!! but here's one of our birthday celebration! I had the most delicious grilled steak and avocado sandwich. Sometimes (okay- A LOT of the time) here in japan all I want is some delicious American food and this sandwich was perfect. AND I found a piece of carrot cake at Magnolia Bakery in Ometasando- so basically my birthday was perfect. Good food and good company!!
oh- and for lunch! how could I forget?! It was possibly the most delicious food I've had in Japan so far!!! and isn' t a good birthday all about good food?? we went to the Ameyoko market in tokyo for shopping and had the most ridiculously delicious steak and chicken gyro wraps that have been created. I am still craving them.
Kent and the boys tried to win me a stuffed cat for a present!
The day- and week- were perfect!! Laney and Taylor only stayed a week- but we did so much in those 7 days that I;m still exhausted a week later!!