hanami in japanese means, "flower viewing" and there is TONS of it during cherry blossom season!
today was our last day in tokyo until our very last day of our honeymoon, and we saved it specifically for going to the chidorigafuchi garden and ueno park to see all the cherry trees in bloom (as much as they could be for tokyo while we were there, because by the time we get back on the 14th they will be gone, or almost gone!)
starting out at the very pretty chidorigafuchi garden
beautiful all along the river which is perfect because we wanted to rent a rowboat today too!
GORGEOUS. loved it so much!!!
so romantic <3
having the best time EVER!!! hahaha
okay, normal smile too ;)
rowing too close to the sakura, babe!
he loves being so close to them hahaha
love this shot of erik. he rowed us carefully under the weeping sakura and it was perfect!
after boating, we headed back to the subway station to go to ueno park and we saw this on our walk! thought it was cool :)
the start of ueno park! it's VERY well known as the hanami hot-spot to go
people come here during the EAAARLY hours of the morning to reserve their perfect hanami spot and wait for their friends so they can eat, drink and have a great picnic all day under all the beautiful sakura. oh, and did i mention there's no public intoxication laws? haha...that, plus train rides everywhere so you dont have to drive anywhere is sort of the perfect combination for them hahaha
what a GREAT day for our last day of our week in tokyo! now onto the bullet train to head to the other side of the country :)
heading to shin-kobe station! our hotel is connected to it, which will be super nice for heading out to places, and we got ADORABLE bento boxes for the bullet train too :)
mine! see the cute soy sauce bottle in there! oh my goodness everything is just so cute haha
and we bought some yummy banana cracker things with cream in the middle for dessert
they were very banana-y!
a shot i took on the way to kobe while on the bullet train (looking out the dirty windows haha)
195 minutes later, we are now in KOBE!
and we are in LOVE with our AMAZING HOTEL!!! it's the crown plaza kobe, and it looks so nice, AND they even upgraded our room from a standard to a deluxe so it's a bigger room for FREE! check this place out!
the view of it outside from the train station we came in on
the walk to the hotel
our HUGE room right when you open the door
we love it!!!
and we can't forget to show you the view from our room on the 25th floor!
you can see the ocean from our room too! it's just more to the right in this photo. we'll be able to see it better in the morning :)
now, not only are we connected to a big train station, but we are above a MALL! and there are tons of cool restaurants/shops!
nothing was open when we walked around, but you can still walk through everything
(and obviously there are vending machines haha...)
and here is the lobby to our hotel :) now, remember, this hotel is not $400/night like how it looks! it's just over $100! it's amazing the quality of hotel you can get here for the price. still, we are only staying here for 4 nights to save on some money, but it's such a pretty place!
that's it for today! erik now has the sniffles too, so hopefully he's not getting sick!!! aie!