Finally had some time to sit down and sort out all the photos from my phone and camera. Yay! 😁
During Ashley's second day in Saitama, we decided to explore Gunma prefecture for the first time! It's nearer from where I'm located than being in Tokyo so we were able to maximize the entire day!
When Ashley and I were talking about our synced vacation together, she suggested Tambara Lavender Park.
Seriously, this girl really knows how to research amazing places! :")
The place really reminded me of Farm Tomita in Hokkaido.
Last year (at around this time) was when I visited Hokkaido all by myself, omg! Time really FLIES!!
The best part of this trip? I got to spend it with Ashley!
While she wanted to see lavenders.. I wanted to see sunflowers. And it was such a delightful surprise when we saw a mini park / area just for sunflowers inside Tambara Lavender Park!
Dream photo = achieved!
Now, let's start with the narration!
We woke up early and skipped the breakfast at home! We changed trains from Omiya station.
MATSUYA for breakfast is really just the best!
(how to save money tip from the both of us, lol)
Please do read if you're planning to do one in the future! ;)
Bus timetable / schedule.
We arrived pretty early for the bus so we decided to kill time inside the nearby kombini ~
Even the water bottle is cute..
A flock of tourists came after this photo was taken, haha
GOAL that day: Take a photo with the lavenders just like that, haha
After a 1.5+ hr. bus ride, we have arrived!
Cute purple owls!
Highly recommended: try the Lavender x Cremia icecream!!
We literally SQUEALED when we saw this!!
Seeing Ashley so happy that day (she ran away from me when she saw WHITE hydrangeas omg haha) = best feeling ever
Look at that smile y'all
Couldn't stop this girl from posing with the ajisai flowers lololol
Mwaa Ashley ~
That cheeky smile haha
We were contemplating if we should take a ride to another place..
... and we were SOOO happy with our decision!
Thank you Japan for letting people appreciate the wonders of nature! Wish we had more flower parks back in the Philippines!
What a fun, fun day it was omg huhu I can still remember all the details!
We had so much combined luck that day because once we got off this ride.. it rained so hard!
Killing time inside the cafeteria while waiting for the rain to stop.
Yay I caught a Gastly!
We were about to go back again but we got curious when we saw people walking towards a certain direction.
.. and that place was filled with more LAVENDERS omg!
We were each other's personal photographer, haha!
PINK hydrangeas?? OMG this day
Crying inside huhu
While we were enjoying the beautiful sceneries, there was accompanying music in the background too!
That day was super magical!
Going back ~
And after a 4-hr. bus + train ride back to Saitama, we're home!
We took so many photos, talked about deep things in life (best adjective for our friendship: DEEP lolol), and brought home so many memories together. Can't wait for the day we'd travel around Japan again. :")
I am just sooo grateful to have such great & inspiring friends like her. A decade ago, I used to just dream about being in company with genuinely supportive, positive and hard-working people.. and now, I'm proud to say that I've met my kind of people / friends who would be friends with me until I become a kawaii grandma many decades from now! Hehehe ~
Ashley's resourceful / loves budgeting & doing business like me too so we really just *click*!!
Hope you guys enjoyed the post!
More posts about my travels with my friends soon in the future!