Fushimi Inari

By happy accident, our Airbnb was only a 15 minute walk to Fushimi Inari, the most popular tourist destination in Japan. It was, of course, on our to-do list, but having it so close made it easy to arrive before the crowds took over. This shrine gets ridiculously crowded. If you want a picture of ANYTHING without people in it, prepare to arrive by 7am or earlier if you can stand it. 

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The spiders that live in between the torii gates scared the pants off of me. They're huge and yellow and I am 100% not a fan. I had originally wanted to repeat this hike at night, but the fear of walking into a web unawares was far too great. 

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This super buff baby Groot sticker was absolutely ridiculous, especially in the middle of such a awe-inspiring and introspective shrine. A lot of the poles around Japan were covered in stickers, which was surprising (and delightful). It's that unexpected combination of old and new that made me like Kyoto so much. 

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Because of our early start, we had the opportunity to explore at our own pace. It was stunningly quiet and almost eerie having the place to ourselves. The smell of incense snaked around the mossy stone statues, candles flickering in the humid morning air. It was transporting and I felt like I was in a video game, searching for clues and shiny relics. We didn't find any treasures, but we did find the most important thing: cats! 

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Gift Shop: As we climbed higher, we found that there were a few vending machines and small stands selling souvenirs and hard boiled eggs. I bought a miniature torii gate that a woman personalized with my information and a wish for the future. I also bought a lot of water.

Admission: Free!

Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours, but watch out for spiders.

Time Spent: 3 hours

Thor's Well

The weather was classic Oregon Coast, overcast with a bit of a chill in the air. The ocean throbbed, waves crashing on the rocks; impressive even at low tide. A dozen or so tourists crowded at the edge of the beach, flip flops slipping on the moss as they arrange their selfie sticks to their best advantage.

Cape Perpetua is known for the natural phenomenon known as Thor's Well. This sinkhole is only about 20 feet deep, but gives the impression of holding an unbroken stream of seawater. At high tide visitors can see the hole appear to fill and drain endlessly, although this can be dangerous to visitors who can lose their footing and hurt themselves against the harsh, basalt beach. 

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If you're driving down the Oregon Coast, this is a great area to stretch your legs and take advantage of the gorgeous ocean views. The coastline is moody and beautiful, perfect if you're itching to practice your photography skills.

To visit: Park at the Cook's Chasm pull-out, just south of the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. 

Playing with Food - Tokyo Disneyland

Oh my GOD, Tokyo Disneyland doesn't pull punches with their theming and their park food is no exception. Here's a rundown of (nearly) everything I ate in my 2 days at Tokyo Disneyland. Not pictured are the three types of popcorn that I tried while in the park (honey, milk chocolate, black pepper). The honey popcorn was phenomenal and I need to find a way to replicate it at home. 

Black Tipo Torta - Cream Cheese & Blueberry. ¥360 Village Pastry - Fantasyland

Black Tipo Torta - Cream Cheese & Blueberry. ¥360

Village Pastry - Fantasyland

Mickey Roasted Chicken on Chinese Bun - with Hot Chocolate and Fries. ¥960 Huey, Dewey & Louie's Good Time Cafe - Toontown

Mickey Roasted Chicken on Chinese Bun - with Hot Chocolate and Fries. ¥960

Huey, Dewey & Louie's Good Time Cafe - Toontown

Stormtrooper Mochi - Custard Cream, Berry Cream, Caramel Cream. ¥980 with case. Soft Landing - Tomorrowland

Stormtrooper Mochi - Custard Cream, Berry Cream, Caramel Cream. ¥980 with case.

Soft Landing - Tomorrowland

Unbirthday Cake. ¥1010 Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall - Fantasyland

Unbirthday Cake. ¥1010

Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall - Fantasyland

Cassis Cream Cake. ¥750 Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall - Fantasyland

Cassis Cream Cake. ¥750

Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall - Fantasyland

Hungry Bear Curry. ¥1280 Hungry Bear Restaurant. Westernland

Hungry Bear Curry. ¥1280

Hungry Bear Restaurant. Westernland

Meal Set at Camp Woodchuck

Meal Set at Camp Woodchuck

Waffle Sandwich - Fried Chicken w/ Maple Sauce. ¥1080 Camp Woodchuck - Westernland

Waffle Sandwich - Fried Chicken w/ Maple Sauce. ¥1080

Camp Woodchuck - Westernland

S'more Style Chocolate Brownie. ¥400 Camp Woodchuck - Westernland

S'more Style Chocolate Brownie. ¥400

Camp Woodchuck - Westernland

Special Pizza - Chicken & Pumpkin. ¥730 Captain Hook's Galley - Fantasyland

Special Pizza - Chicken & Pumpkin. ¥730

Captain Hook's Galley - Fantasyland