Of all the countries in the world, Japan has always seemed like a shimmering mirage, a pipe dream, my one true bucket list destination. If I am honest I never really believed I'd set foot in this almost mythical country.
But as of 2016, all that changed when we embarked on a three week gallop around the Land of the rising Sun.
Landing in Tokyo we spent five days getting to grips with the wide variety of neighbourhoods from Shibyu and Shinjuku to Harajuka and Asakusa.
We then headed to the beautiful Nikko national park before hopping on our first bullet train to the Japanese Alps and the quaint little village of Takayama.
We then headed to Hiroshima to see the sombre site of the A bomb and Miyajima island.
Then it was Geisha spotting and temple bagging in Kyoto before ending in Osaka with its crazy advertising and oversized sushi signs.