Japan trips & itineraries

We’re going to Japan!

It was a long time coming. We were talking and thinking about it forever. At some point, we even started detailed planning and booking hotels. But there was always something that would stop us. The worst reminder of all those failed plans were two Japan guide books sitting on my bookshelf, with colour coded pages and notes about places we wanted to see. I hid them away from my sight for some time, out of sight out of mind.


Then we moved to Melbourne and when I was unpacking my office I deliberately put them on a shelf I could see from my desk. And told to myself, the next “Japan on sale” day comes, I’m buying plane tickets. And here I am 6 weeks later with tickets to Tokyo for February. Happy as can be.

As first timers in Japan, we’ve decided to stick just to Tokyo. There is probably more to see (and eat) than we’ll be able to during 10 days, but it should give as a good feel of the country.

Now I’m spending all my spare time researching – places to see, eat, drink, experience, photograph, shop at – it goes on and on. So far I found this article – A guide to a first Tokyo trip to be very helpful and well written. And I may also do most of the things suggested in this video (by Migrationology):

And I absolutely adore this video (by Kristina Childs):

Have you been to Tokyo? Do you have any tips for us, first-timers?

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    Sara | Belly Rumbles
    November 23, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    As a long time visitor to Japan, may I make one suggestion. You are spending 10 days there and it is way too long to spend just in Tokyo. Get out of town for a couple of days, trust me.

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      December 2, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Thanks Sara! We’re preparing a list of day trips in case we want to get out of town.

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    November 23, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    I enjoyed a lovely tea ceremony, visited the temples, shopped for electronics, got lost in the train station (signs in English usually outbound only from Tokyo!). You’ll love every minute!

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      December 2, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Thanks Maureen. Getting lost definitely sounds like something we would enjoy 🙂

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    November 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Thank you for linking to our guide! Have fun planning your trip! It’s gonna be great 🙂

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      December 2, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Thank you for stopping by!

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    Rob Leitner
    December 14, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    If I had 10 days in Japan, I wouldn’t spend them all in Tokyo. Tokyo merits 5-6 at best. In terms of day trips, I loved Kamakura. Lots of temples, friendly folks, and very easily accessible.

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    December 25, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Oh wow, Japan sounds brilliant! I hear there’s some amazing snowfields and mountains in the Sapporo region, though may be a stretch if you’re just sticking to the one site. Have a fabulous time!

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