Team Kramer recently went to Japan for a "purely vacation" trip. It's their first time in the Land of the Rising Sun, and so they happily shared lovely photos of their visit, and we couldn't help but hope to have the same quality time with our families.

Family vacations seem to ignite the feeling of nostalgia, and Chesca Garcia-Kramer had to write a long, sweet message to her two daughters.  Like her husband Doug Kramer, Chesca couldn't help but feel sentimental whenever she sees their grown-up kids, especially their baby girls Kendra, 14, and Scarlett, 11.

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"Time really flies by so fast. In the blink of an eye, one is as tall as me and the other one is not far behind from catching up," Chesca wrote in a post. "I have to stare at you two to see how you've all grown so much. Yet, my mind still chooses to see you two as my little girls."

The 42-year-old mama earlier shared a video showing the highlights of their trip. She wrote, "The most treasured heirlooms are the sweet memories of family." 

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Team Kramer-recommended activities, places in Japan

Here are some of the recommended spots and activities that the Kramers did in Japan:

1. Try the wagyu sushi at Kitan Yakiniku

According to Chesca, they flew out of Manila on March 12 at 11:15 PM, landed at Tokyo at 4:30 AM, and took another flight to Osaka. They were exhausted from the trip, but their sumptuous dinner at this place in Namba was worth it.

Doug highly recommends this restaurant, "Tried for the first time wagyu sushi and tartar at one of the best wagyu bbq resto at Kitan Yakiniku!" For their last stop for the day, they went to Don Quijote Dotonbori, Japan's largest discount store, which is nearby the restaurant.

2. Visit rhinos and flamingos at Tennoji Zoo

Chesca recommends visiting this place especially if your kids would love to see exotic animals. It's said to be the third zoo to be built in Japan, with a history of over 90 years. It's located at Chausuyamacho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka.

3. Ride the Tempozan Ferris Wheel

For a 15-minute tour of the sky, Chesca suggests checking out this world-class ferris wheel, which is 100 meters in diameter.

It's a must-see spot after visiting the Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium too, which is within walking distance from the ferris wheel. These were their last stops in Osaka before they headed to Tokyo.

"Rode a ferris wheel the other day… The view was so pretty," Kendra said.

4. Make your cherry blossom dreams come true

A trip to Japan will never be complete without a family photo with the cherry blossoms as the backdrop. Look at Doug's comfy outfit!

"Due to their short bloom time, Sakura blossoms are a metaphor for life itself: beautiful yet fleeting," Doug wrote.

Chesca is correct. Family vacations are the best gifts we could give our kids. A study shows that these are happiness anchors of kids when they grow up. Read more about it here. Where are you taking your family for a vacay? Comment below!

Watch this video where Smart Parenting editor-at-large Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio shared her insights on creating core memories out of family vacations.

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