Japan Day 7

What’s more exciting than getting up close with monkeys in Japan? Packs and packs of wild deer! Planned agenda: Nara Park Todaiji Temple Kasuga-taisha Osaka Castle Dotonbori Nara Park was a 30 minute train ride from Kyoto. A short walk from the station and we arrived to a beautiful expansive park. Covered In Deer Lots …

Japan Day 6

Kyoto held some of our most exciting and adventure-built agendas, we were so excited for this day trip! But, mostly me. Planned Agenda (the agenda below was originally planned for our third day in Kyoto) Nijo castle Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Okochi-sanso Monkey Park Though the agenda looks short, this was an action-packed …

The Bar is Open

When we picked our floor plan, I spotted dead space in the plans between the living room and kitchen, just to the side of the fridge. I realized we could cut the divider wall in half and gain additional cabinetry and it would be the perfect space for a bar for Jon. He was….skeptical. But …

Japan Day 5

Today, we leave Tokyo! Planned: Head to Kyoto Arrive in Kyoto Fushimi-Inari Shrine Knife shop for engraved knives Fushimi Sake district Maryuma park at night   With the JR Pass, we’re able to take the shinkansen (network of high speed rail lines – aka bullet trains) between cities – traveling at up to 200 mph. …

Japan Day 4

Let’s see what’s outside Tokyo! Scheduled: 9:19 AM Kamakura w Enoshima railway* 10:14 AM Arrive – 10:30 AM Great Buddha of Kamakura 12:00 PM Hasadera temple *Activate JR Pass! We planned to activate our JR Pass (that allowed us to ride bullet trains, among other transport benefits) on the 4th day. The pass would stay active through …

Island Living

Kitchen update coming through! Back in January we installed a kitchen island and we love it! Having an island was the hardest upgrade to cut because Jon really, really wanted one – it was at the tippity top of his must haves. But when we had to cut items from our must-have lists, we removed the …

Japan Day 3

Officially on the mend, we were ready to tackle a full day’s agenda when we woke up on day 3. Scheduled: Tokyo Metro Gov Office Meiji Shrine Harajuku Lunch at Sushi Nova Explore Shibuya Shibuya Center Gai Hachiko Statue Shibuya Crossing Silkream Capcom bar   Reality: We kicked off the morning by journeying to the …

Japan Day 2

*Note –  I wrote that I’d include tips in these posts and subsequently did not include a tip in the first one (#nailedit), so I went back and added one to the end). Jon and I are polar opposite travelers. I like to see as many things as possible (while still enjoying the sites, not …

Taking On Japan

We went to Japan! Ok, ok, it was in March. Af 2016. Alright so, a little behind on this recap. I debated writing a travel post, I’m not sure how much interest there is in it but I always wanted to share all of the fun and excitement we had and share my tips for …

The Start Of Smart

Before the house was built, Jon knew he wanted to make it a smart home. Which, to me, was basically just a thermostat I could control with my phone. But he had bigger plans. With Amazon Echo/Dot, Google Home, and a plethora of internet-connected devices on the market, he dreamt of TVs, fireplace, lights, garage doors …