Miyajima / by Rosalie Villanueva

A last minute and whirlwind trip to Japan last December took me to some truly incredible places and eating some of the best food. 

Naturally, I found myself spending an afternoon in the peaceful Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden which was a nice escape from the fast paced buzz of Tokyo. Wandering the foggy streets of Kyoto's mysterious Gion district at night was also pretty magical and ended with one of the best meals I've ever had in my life in a beautiful Ryokan. Also, how could I forget the random Ikebana to be found in so many unexpected places? I've ever seen train stations so pretty.

There is so much of Japan that amazes me, and I could go on and on about how that trip really opened my eyes to a lot of new things. 

My absolute favourite place, though, was Miyajima. A little less than an hour away from Hiroshima, this day trip involved riding a ferry to visit Itsukushima Shrine (at both high and low tide!), snacking on momiji manju (little maple leaf shaped cakes), ridding a cable car to the top of the mountain, and petting the deer that casually wander the island. If that doesn't sound like a great way to spend the day, I'm not sure what does.