Sure, travels won’t be complete if there is no shopping in the itinerary. After the nature tripping, we went to Gotemba Premium Outlets in Shizuoka. It’s a collection of over 200 shops — including high-end designer brands and other famous brand shops — and the largest outlet mall in Japan. Situated at the foot of Mt. Fuji, the shopping experience (for me, personally) was different because it is real shopping but it’s the relaxed kind, if you know what I mean.
Aside from the convenience (since it’s a one stop shop), you’ll also get discounts that are exclusive only for overseas visitors with coupons. These [discounts] are even on top of the regular 25% to 65% discount prices!
Imagine how I was shaking when I entered Sanrio! Haha!
And Lego would always be one of the stores for all ages!
And more shops to give you an idea of what you will see when it’s your turn:
After making our backs suffer from carrying all those shopping bags, it was time to figuratively take our breaths away!
Dropped by the Izanagi Park to take a peek into the lavenders because unfortunately sakuras were already out of season. But it was not like it was lesser than the famous cherry blossoms because the lavenders got their own identity.
I look like I just woke up from a deep sleep here (which is certainly true)
We stayed at the New Star Hotel Yamanakako for the night to be able to experience the unforgettable onsen (Japanese term for hot spring). Why I say it’s unforgettable when we also have hot springs in the country (with the likes of Pansol, lol) is that, when you dip yourself you have to go all out — in other words, naked, nothing on, just your composure. Seriously.
But before that we had to have dinner the Japanese way. Not only in terms of cuisine but the ways as well. With that, I mean dressing up with yukata (kimono) and sleeping on Tatami mats.
Japanese cuisine would always be one of my favorites!! Gaahhh super to die for!
A glimpse of the Tatami room
The obligatory mirror #selfie after onsen!