Kyoto Fam Bam Highlights

During a recent three week trip to Japan with our 2.5 yr old, we spent a whopping 9 days in Kyoto. We wanted to spend an extended period of time in one place to give us the sense that we were actually on holidays and not just trying to pack in sight seeing and touristy things in our everyday. And Kyoto was just that! 

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Odawara and Hakone

So day 5 was a travel day for us and due to the kiddo getting his grump on middayish, we decided to leg it out of Tokyo relatively early to avoid having to travel with crazy. 

We arrived in Odawara and decided to get to some greenery, so headed to Odawara Castle. We didn't know what else was around here, only that there were a few gardens, and we just needed space for the kid to be a kid outside of his pram. So we walked over from the station (about 10 mins) with big ol' faithful (our suitcase) and found the Castle. 

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Tokyo - Meiji Shrine, Shibuya and delicious ice-cream.

So my excellent partner encouraged me to get out and have some time to myself so I could feel like I was really traveling (without the pressure of having to make sure the fam bam was in check an everyone was fed etc etc), so I went on one of the day I had planned for us in Tokyo, sans partner and child. It was just an area exploration really and heres what I got up to!

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Tokyo adventures around the hotel in Iidabashi and Tokyo Dome

We all felt groggy and a little grumpy this morning. We woke up in new surroundings and in a country we had never been before, after a full day of transit yesterday with our 2.5 year old which was utterly exhausting. 

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Long haul flight snack pack!

So. I don't know about your kid, but mine gets on the verge of a meltdown if he is hungry. This means that we end up carrying snacks with us wherever we go, which is actually fine because it's also somethings that entertains him on say a 45 min tram ride into the city or in the car running errands and we know it's also taking the hangry edge off! So when thinking about being in transit for 15 hours, I wanted to be as prepared as I could be. Pretty much everything that we are taking is sugar free so we don't have to deal with the repercussions of a sugar fed toddler in a confined space with a bunch of people we don't know, and I know he loves everything that we are taking as most of the snacks are occasional 'treats' for him. He will be in heaven. 

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JAPAN ITINERARY! With a toddler in tow!

Firstly may I say that I am very aware that this is incredibly ambitious! I don't have expectations that we will get all or any of it done, but in a perfect world with a keen and well behaved toddler that sleeps in his pram and is up for all the adventures, this would be the ideal itinerary for our first trip to Japan. We also want down time days where we can just chill and hang out with no pressure to see anything. This will be an integral part of our time away, but something that I find hard to imagine at this point given the sheer magnitude of amazing things to see and do in Japan!!

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Flight Activity Bag!

As this is the first long haul flight with a toddler I have done a lot of research into ideas and fun things to do on the plane to keep him occupied on the trip. Below is a break down of our activity pack for the kiddo to keep him entertained, some stuff from home and some new things. Nothing that holds so much attachment that he would cry if we misplaced it on the plane or in transit, and it's a good collection of things to keep him occupied in the hotel room as well as at restaurants when eating out! 

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We are going to Japan!

We have booked a trip to Japan for a three week fam bam adventure for the end of April to mid-May!  This was a very necessary thing for me, something to work towards and look forward to. Not that I really need something to look forward to, my life is great obvs! But it makes my work week slog seem more worth it and the dreams of getting away from day to day monotony of work/daycare pick ups and drop offs/cooking/tidying the house etc etc very welcome! Time away from the everyday. Time to adventure! Get immersed in a new country, new culture, new craziness and for the first time, see a new country through the eyes of my 2.5 year old! Can. Not. Wait.

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