When I got Hiro Nakanishis Email with the invite to the Global Travel Blogger Summit a couple months ago my inner child was screaming and dancing around of being excited because Japan has always been on my bucket list! Hiro who organized the whole summit in Japan wanted to introduce Japans Travel agencies to the blogging world, so he invited 12 Bloggers from all over the world and Melina and me were two of them.
The whole trip started in Kobe, we stayed at the Kobe Portopia Hotel with the most amazing buffet ever. Kobe is the place where the famous Kobe beef is coming from.
Next Day in Kobe we had a Kimono Experience. After we all got nice hairdos and dressed up with the Kimonos, we almost spent the whole day in it. We strolled around in Kobe City and at the Meriken Park and of course took a lot of pictures, we even made it into the Japanese Newspapers, how cool is that??
Later this afternoon we had the Blogger Summit Conference. We introduced ourselves as bloggers and talked about what we think our home country would connect with Japan. It was nice to hear all the other bloggers opinions and get to know the travel agency partners.
On the next day we left Kobe to go to Hiroshima. On the way we visited the Kosanji temple museum and marble garden, surrounded by sakura in full bloom, so amazing! We bought sushi from a supermarket and had lunch at the Kosanji temple (supermarket sushi was better than any Japanese restaurant in other countries, haha) In the evening we arrived in Hiroshima at the Granvia Hotel.
In Hiroshima we spent one day to explore the city by our own. Melina and I found the cutest hipster area with crazy vintage stores and restaurants.
The next destination was Osaka. We visited PARCO in the morning, a huge shopping center, with cool Japanese stores but also international brands. In the evening we took a boat trip through the city. It was crazy to ride with the boat through the very busy Osaka with all the light signs by night. Hiro brought us to a very cool place, where they taught us a little bit about the Japanese culture. We learned how a tee ceremony works, how to make matcha, how to make traditional Japanese sweets, how to draw with calligraphy brushes and they showed us how to do experimental sushi. It was such a fun experience!
The next day was already the end of the summit but because Melina and I decided to stay two days longer, it wasn’t the end for us. We asked Hiro where he would recommend us going for the last two days, and he told us to visit his hometown Nara. I have to say I really like the city life but Nara was so peaceful after Osaka. I think it was my favorite place in Japan. Its a small town which we explored by bicycles that Hiro organized for us. We stayed at a cute Hostel called OAK Hostel. Hiro introduced us to his family and we had dinner at his house. Everyone was so kind! In general Japanese people are so friendly and respectful. The most amazing thing in Nara are the Deers. They are mostly hanging around in the parks in Nara, but you see them almost everywhere, its like a fairytale. I had a really good time in Japan, I really hope Hiro is organizing a second blogger summit and invites us again!