Early last month, my family and I visited Japan for the very first time. I was super lucky to have won the holiday as prize from the company. It gave me the opportunity to forget about work, and explore new destinations.
A family holiday at a dream destination!
Tokyo has always been on the top of our ‘to-visit’ list of places, mainly because we had wished to experience the hanami season when the beautiful sakura flower blooms. We were lucky to get there exactly during the full bloom week. Experiencing Tokyo‘s rich culture and visiting its many heritage sites had been always on our travel wishlist and we could do this with great ease.
Amazing vacation rentals enriched our stay in Tokyo!
The best way to experience a new culture is to stay with the locals, and we could this by booking a vacation rental on HomeAway. The property we choose was an entire house, fully furnished and located near Asakusa. It included a living room along with a kitchen, and a bedroom that was quite big for 2 people with ample space for our nephew to crawl and walk around.
We were happy with our choice as there were good eateries all around our property, especially Halal food. The place was also conveniently close to public transportation (metro and bus), being located near the popular Sensoji Temple and Tokyo Skytree. The great plus point however, was the experience of living in the midst of real Japanese neighbourhoods- something which we wouldn’t have been able to experience if we had chosen to stay at a hotel.
The property came with a heater, and a fully equipped kitchen to cook. However, what surprised us the most was the highly sophisticated toilet, which could be warmed. This was a special luxury when the outside climate was so cold that I could barely feel my toes.
Since we wanted to experience the Japanese culture, we choose to stay at a traditional tatami house before flying back home. This property although traditionally built, was packed with amenities, including a big TV, Washer and portable WiFi.
We also loved the location. It was in close proximity to the Metro station, which connected us back to the Narita airport. The host was kind and welcoming. I appreciate how he waited for us to arrive, before guiding us to the location, and giving us a tour of the property.
An unforgettable trip!
We enjoyed every bit of our holiday in Japan, and each member of my family have their own special unforgettable memories.
My brother loved the warm look of Chidorigafuchi. He also enjoyed the neighbourhoods around our homestay. My sister-in-law loved the gorgeous sakura blooms, especially around the Megura riverside.
For my nephew, Gyoen Park was his favourite. Even though he can’t talk yet, his expressions told us that he loved it. The park being crowded with other tourists didn’t stop him from being excited and running and playing in the park.
As for me, I like the Sensoji Temple best, as it is a truly romantic place with its gigantic red lantern and vibrant colours.