Author: Kiyoko

Things to Do In and Around Sendai Japan | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Things to Do In and Around Sendai, Japan

Sendai isn’t quite as popular as other famous cities in Japan such as Tokyo and Kyoto, but that doesn’t mean it has nothing to offer! Not only is it the capital of the Miyagi prefecture, but it is also in the top 15 of Japan’s largest cities. It’s definitely a worthy addition to any Japan itinerary. Check out these top things to do in and around Sendai, Japan!

Touristy Things to Do in San Francisco | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Touristy Things to Do in San Francisco, California, USA: Our 2-Day Itinerary

After spending 2 days in Los Angeles[INSERT LINK HERE], we made the long drive to San Francisco. For the most part when I travel, I like to try unique activities along with the “must do tourist attractions.” However, for this trip my mom and I found ourselves getting excited by a lot of the touristy things to do in San Francisco. Because we only had two days to spend there, we decided it was totally okay to spend our time indulging in all the “must do things in San Francisco”. Check out all the touristy things we did during our San Francisco 2-day itinerary!

A Fun Weekend in Los Angeles, California, USA: Our 2 Day Itinerary | Footsteps of a Dreamer

A Fun Weekend in Los Angeles, California, USA: Our 2-Day Itinerary

When I was on my way home from Japan, I decided to stop in California. I had never been to the west coast of the United States, so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity. Luckily for me, my loved ones were willing to meet me there. After a decent amount of research, we decided to spend 2 days in Los Angeles before moving on to San Francisco. Find out how we decided to spend 2 days in Los Angeles!

Celebrating Easter Around the World | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Celebrate Easter: Easter Around the World

Another day, another holiday… Welcome back to my adventure of learning how holidays are celebrated around the world! For this adventure, I’ll be taking a look at Easter! Easter is a religious based holiday, so it’s not surprising that many countries have similar Easter traditions. However, every country has their own history that they bring to the holiday, which makes for some fun and interesting traditions. Let’s hear from some fellow travel bloggers how they celebrate Easter in their home country!

Learn How to Make Lei at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Learn How to Make Lei at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii

There are so many things to do and see in Hawaii, USA that it can be almost overwhelming. However, don’t get so caught up in all the places to go that you look past your own hotel! Depending on what day it is, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort has lei making, hula lessons, ukulele lessons, and more. Luckily for us, we had enough time to check out the lei making event. There, we got to learn not only how to make lei with real, traditional flowers, but we got to learn about their importance and how they are used in Hawaiian culture.

The Na Pali Experience The Best Na Pali Coast Tour | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Experience the Best Napali Coast Boat Tour with the Na Pali Experience

Napali (or Na Pali), which literally translates to “The Cliffs,” are sea cliffs which stretch for 11 miles down the coastline of Kauai, Hawaii, USA and at points rise as high as 4,000 feet above sea level. They’re also well known for their several sea caves, which means that boat tours are a great way to experience all the cliffs have to offer. My mom and I chose to do our Napali coast boat tour with the Na Pali Experience and had an absolutely blast! Out of our 10-day Hawaii itinerary, touring the Napali coast with the Na Pali Experience Boat Tour group was definitely the highlight of our trip.

Experience the Magic of Tokyo DisneySea in Japan | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Experience the Magic of Tokyo DisneySea in Japan

Even though I live in America, I’d never been to Disneyland or Disney World, or any Disney resort for that matter. Then, when a friend really wanted to go to Tokyo DisneySea with everyone for his birthday, a bunch of us decided to go. Honestly, I was a little worried...

Celebrate Valentine's Day: Valentine's Day Around the World | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Celebrate Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day Around the World

I’m still on my quest to learn how holidays and traditions I’ve come to take for are celebrated around the world! Next up on the list… Valentine’s Day! It’s not quite as popular as other holidays, especially since some people treat Valentine’s Day as if its any other day. Some people see it as nothing more than a commercial holiday created by big corporations in the card, chocolate, and jewelry industries. However, others see it as a time to take a step back from their busy lives and appreciate their significant other. Let’s see how other countries celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Learn to Be a Samurai at Samurai Kembu Theater in Kyoto, Japan

Learn to Be a Samurai at Samurai Kembu Theater in Kyoto, Japan

At the Samurai Kembu Theater, visitors get to learn about “Kembu,” the traditional sword art practiced by the ancient samurai of Japan. It traditionally uses a katana (long, curved sword) and fan to convey poems and stories. Visitors can watch performances by masters of Kembu, and then they can even try it out for themselves. It’s definitely a unique, must have experience in Japan for those interested in Japanese culture, history, and society.

A Day Trip from Tokyo: Things to Do In Nikko, Japan | Footsteps of a Dreamer

A Day Trip from Tokyo: Top Things to Do in Nikko, Japan

Nikko, Japan isn’t quite as popular as some of the other bigger cities in Japan, but don’t let that dissuade you. Nikko is full of rich Japanese culture, and you’ll find that it’s much less crowded and not as touristy as some of the other big cities, making it the perfect place to get a first hand encounter with Japanese culture. It’s also a great day trip from Tokyo, so you don’t even have to go out of your way to get there. If you’ve got the time, here are some suggestions for things to do in Nikko, Japan.

Parks and Gardens in Tokyo | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Must See Parks and Gardens in and Around Tokyo, Japan

I’ve always loved taking a stroll through a garden, particularly a Japanese garden. It always just feels so peaceful. It’s not surprising that, when I finally made it to Japan, I spent a great deal of time exploring the many parks and gardens of Japan. Without any further ado, here are the parks and gardens that made the top of my list.