Dream Summer Destination

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Summertime is always the best of what might be.
-Charles Bowden

Temperature rising, humidity seeping into your skin, Mr. Sun making sure his presence is felt by every living creature under his reign...ahhh, summer. We can surely feel it now. Where's your next summer destination?

I usually go to the beach when summer beckons. Boracay, Fortune Island, Isla de Gigantes, Baler, Calaguas---these are only a few of my favorite beach summer destinations. It's the perfect time to submerge in the pristine clear waters of the Philippine beaches, and sink my feet in the white sand to relax. 

But, this summer I dream of going to a cool place. Someplace different from my usual summer destinations. This year, I want my summer escapade to be an escape from everything that screams of summer. Away from the heat of the sun. Away from the sand on my feet, and the smell of salt in the air. This year, I dream of going to Japan. 

Dream Summer Destination: Japan

Why Japan?

Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms is one of the many reasons people visit Japan because it's trademark to them. I love pink and I love flowers. And I love to see something new and be surrounded by nature. Cherry blossoms is enough reason for me to want to visit Japan. The cherry blossom season typically takes place in early April. So that's still summer here.


Mt. Fuji

A majestic landmark and icon, you can't not go and see Mt. Fuji when you're in Japan. With it's perfect symmetry and unique appearance, this majestic mountain is on top of my list.

One Japan

Harry Potter World

It is unforgivable for a Potterhead like me to visit Japan and not see the Harry Potter world. It's a crime! I want to drink butterbeer, visit the stores in Diagon Alley, get my wand at Ollivander's, and experience the magic all over again.

Inside the magic

Ghibli Museum

Speaking of magic, who didn't fall in love with the magical world of Hayao Miyazaki? The moment I saw Spirited Away and learned about Ghibli Museum, I knew I have to go there before I die. I'd like to visit Kiki's Bakery, see Howl's Moving Castle and Castle in the Sky exhibits, and step into the fantastic creations of Mr. Miyazaki.



As a dog foster parent, I know the depth of a dog's love, loyalty and dedication. The most popular story of which is of Hachiko's. No, I can't watch the movie. I might get a breakdown. But I want to see and give my reverence to the great Hachiko in his well-deserved and honored monument.


Castles and temples

There are a lot of astonishing architectures in Japan. Most of which are their castles and temples that could rival and easily beat their modern buildings in beauty anytime. White Heron Castle or Himeji Castle, Edo castle, Kinkaku-ji, Matsumoto Castle and Senso-ji. There are just a few of these beauties I want to see in Japan.

Where's your dream summer destination?

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  1. Been to Japan, a few different places. Great experience I must agree.

  2. would love to visit Japan someday!

  3. Interesting post my dear, thank you for sharing :-)

  4. Oh my, I'd totally go just for the cherry blossoms. Have an amazing time in Japan.

  5. Hello,

    I really love this summer destinations and would surely plan soon.

  6. I like this so much!

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  7. It would be wonderful to visit Japan one day, the cherry blossoms would attract me for sure. So beautiful.

    Laura xo

  8. Great post!!!

  9. Sounds like an awesome place to visit! I didn't know they had a Harry Potter World there also. Cherry blossoms are breathtaking. Hope you have a great trip!

  10. oh! these images are mind blowing! I really wish to visit japan at least once in life! :)

  11. I love Japan. I spent two years there in my young adulthood. But then, I can't understand ever leaving the Philippines. Boracay was the site of one of my greatest vacations ever.

  12. I spent 3 weeks in Japan the year I graduated from college--it was in November/December so I wasn't able to hike Fuji, but we did have many beautiful days when the mountain was visible. I loved the Izu Peninsula (and the hot springs that were everywhere)

  13. I have never been to Japan- though I have a friend who is living there for 6 months. If I had more money I would visit. :) Thanks for sharing!

  14. I've never been to Japan but seeing the cherry blossom trees would be awesome... my dream vacation would be Portugal. .. I'd go anytime of the year xox ♡♡♡

  15. I would love to visit Japan! My best friend has lived in Tokyo for a few years. I hope to visit him while he's still there, but I don't think it will be anytime soon. My husband and I just went to Paris/London last year, our first big international trip together. We're sticking to short, domestic trips this year.

  16. Looks beautiful. Enjoy your trip, Lux, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  17. My dream summer destination is definitely China at the moment! But I would love to go to Japan as well. I think seeing the Cherry Blossom trees and going to the Ghibi museum would be so cool :c

  18. Dear Lux, What a great destination! I would love to see Japan in person. Love the pics of the Cherry Blossoms and Mt. Fuji!