Tokyo DisneySea was our last stop during our tour of Japan, and I couldn’t think of a better way to end our time in the Land of the Rising Sun than by visiting Tokyo Disney’s water themed park before heading to Haneda Airport. Inspired by classic fairytales of the sea, like The Little Mermaid, Tokyo DisneySea is an incredible expression of storytelling taken to the next level. The park consists of 7 themed ports, Port Discovery, the American Waterfront, Mediterranean Harbor, Mysterious Island, Arabian Coast, Mermaid Lagoon, and the Lost River Delta. Read on to see how much there is to do at the park, from marveling at the incredibly ornate architecture and trying foods unique to the park, to riding rides, meeting characters, and experiencing your favorite films in a larger-than-life setting.
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Meiji Shrine is Japan’s most visited and celebrated shrine. Dedicated to Emperor Meiji who united Japan and opened it to the world, Meiji Shrine will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020. Famous for its massive torii gates, large display of sake barrels, and as Japan’s most popular place to celebrate the first shrine visit of the New Year, called Hatsumode, and is a beautiful place to spend a few hours learning about Japanese culture and history.
Tokyo, Japan, the country’s capital, a city that blends ultra-modern living with the traditions, rituals, and sensibilites of ancient Japan in the most fascinating way. Ever-evolving and unlike any other city in Japan, Tokyo has something for everyone from flower arranging classes and traditional tea ceremonies to sumo-wrestling, endless neighborhoods dedicated to video games, anime, and manga, and a world-class dining scene with more Michelin Star Restaurants than anywhere else in the world. Whether you’re a high-end luxury traveler looking for a once in a lifetime getaway, someone visiting for business, or a fan of Japanese language and culture, Tokyo is the best place to start your Japanese adventure.
Senso-Ji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan has a beautiful 5 story pagoda, and several temple halls, plus a gorgeous garden just a few blocks from Tokyo SkyTree. Built in 645 and rebuilt after it was destroyed during World War II, Senso-Ji Temple is not only one of Japan’s largest and most popular temples, it’s also a symbol of Japan’s national pride, determination, and the immutability of their history. Read on to discover everything you need to know to plan your visit to this breathtaking complex of architecture.
Inkstand is a unique art supply store in Tokyo that allows guests to explore color theory and craft their own custom blended ink for calligraphy, crafts, and so much more. There are four levels of involvement in the process of creating your own custom ink color, whether you want to choose from examples, or get down and dirty blending and experimenting with your own creations, you can do it all here in Tokyo!
As a lifelong fan of Ralph Lauren, I was positively delighted to come across Ralph’s Coffee, the brand’s café, here in Tokyo. Decked out in my favorite colors, the façade instantly drew me in, and I knew I was in for a treat when I saw the variety of small plates, organic drinks, and savory sweets. Click here to explore Ralph Lauren’s newest addition to the Ralph’s Coffee family.
Tokyo is a massive city, with nearly 50 different neighborhoods. This guide breaks each neighborhood down, and will be an important tool when planning your next trip to Japan’s capital city.
You may have noticed how much I love basket purses. I’ve started quite the collection, with 14 and counting, my closet is beginning to look like a basket weaver’s workshop! Under $100 and one of a kind, these unique purses are the perfect way to bring new life to your wardrobe, and they go with everything!
Orlando, Florida is one place I look forward to visiting every few years. It’s where Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando are located, plus it’s home to some of the very best fine dining, shopping, and hotels in all of Florida, making it the perfect place for travelers who are looking for something a bit different. I hope this guide helps you fall in love with the Orlando area, just like I have.
My Chicago Guide, created in partnership with Choose Chicago, will share the most interesting things to do, the best luxury accomodations, and the best places to eat in the Windy City. I love visiting Chicago, and it’s always been a special place for me and my husband, because we have so many happy memories here together. I can’t wait to share the many, many reasons we love Chicago!
The Art Institute of Chicago has some of the most famous works of art in the world, like American Gothic, one of Vincent van Gogh’s earliest self-portraits, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Nighthawks, The Old Guitarist, Waterlillies by my very favorite artist Claude Monet, and so many others. Along with ancient coins, marble statues from Ancient Greece, and thousands of other incredible works of art, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the world’s best art museums, and something that can’t be missed on a visit to Chicago.