Choosing which places to visit in this 23-day trip was easy — we just have to find out which Starbucks Japan Geography Series mug we don’t have yet. That led us to Sendai. Then to a YouTube vlog about Sendai, which also included a tip on Matsushima. The process was like finding Japan’s hidden gems! 💎

Sendai is 1hr away from Utsunomiya (which is 1hr away from Tokyo) via shinkansen. Midway through the ride, we figured out we’d rather explore Matsushima, it being 1 of the 3 Nihon Sankei: Japan’s 3 Most Scenic Places. The other one is Miyajima which we got to visit Dec 2018.

More to follow!

View of Fukuurabashi Bridge from Fukuurajima Island

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Ealden Escañan and I had spent a huge portion of our Q4 planning for this trip. Unlike our previous year-ender vacays where we decided to stay in Tokyo for 3 weeks, we’ve intentionally made this trip quite packed. AND packed is quite an understatement for a couple like us who savor relaxing trips!

So here’s to the next 23 days and all the map pins, the adventures, the food, the sights, and the coffee places that we’ve been looking forward to! 🥂

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