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.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore contains 72,000 acres of massive, sweeping sand dunes, some as high as 40 a story building, winding sand hiking paths, rivers, streams, gorgeous beaches on Lake Michigan, and unbelievable views. Voted the “Most Beautiful Place in the United States”, this Northern Michigan gem is an iconic nature preserve that reminds visitors how powerful and impressive the transformative powers of nature truly are. We had an exceptional time hiking, swimming, and exploring this beautiful nature preserve, and I’m sharing with you my tips for having a fun and safe time at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
If you ask me, no visit to Mackinac Island is complete without visiting Lakeside Salon & Spa. The largest salon and spa on the island and in the area, this is one of the most iconic and popular destinations on Mackinac Island. I simply cannot say enough good things about the spa itself, the staff, the tranquil atmosphere of the spa, and the quality of the services they offer. If you’re looking for a way to treat yourself on the island, make your stay extra special, relax and unwind, celebrate a special occasion, or if you’re looking for a gift for a loved one, I absolutely recommend a spa day at Lakeside Salon & Spa.
When on Mackinac Island recently, we enjoyed the most gorgeous sunset sail around the Straits of Mackinac, and saw incredibly vibrant colors like oranges, yellows, pinks, and briefly purples. It had been raining almost all day, so we were a bit worried that the sunset wouldn’t be very visible, but our good luck held out and we were shown the most magnificent sunset I’ve seen all year, which allowed me to take some of my favorite sunset photographs to date! I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them and getting splashed by the choppy waves!
I love wearing something simple, light, and airy, especially when it’s a hot, sunny day, so this lovely Swiss dot number was exactly what I was looking for, and checked all of my boxes when it comes to what I like to wear. This gorgeous, lined maxi is perfect for picnicking, a day at the market, brunch with friends, a walk along the beach, or dining al fresco with loved ones. Once again, Duffield Lane delivers a gorgeous, inspiringly comfortable and refreshing garment that I will be able to wear year after year.