It’s official! This girl is headed to Japan in November with two friends. To say that I’m excited would definitely be an understatement. I’ve always wanted to visit an Asian country, but it always seemed too far and too far out of my reach. Now, it’s actually happening, and I cannot stop smiling!
As we know, Japan is an entire country, and we won’t be able to cover the whole nation during our week long trip. We plan to hit three cities: Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. These past few weeks, I’ve been doing so much research and have had so many tabs open in regards to Japan. We’re trying to create an itinerary to maximize our time, and we may need some help.
We plan on spending most of our time in Tokyo, Japan. As I did some research, I came across some standard sights for us to see:
- Tokyo National Museum
- Shinjuku Guyen National Garden
- Imperial Palace
- Tokyo Tower
- Tokyo Skytree
- Shibuya Crossing
I’m also pretty excited to personally experience the food they have to offer. I’ve only heard great things about Japanese food, and I’ve also heard that Tokyo not only has good food, but some unique places for people to come and sample:
- Robot Restaurant
- Kawaii Monster Cafe
- Tsujiki Fish Market
- Golden Gai [for drinks]
One thing that really caught my attention was that they have ‘Mario Kart’ tours available. Now, if you’re like me, Mario Kart was a part of your childhood and may still even play a role in your life today. Can you even imagine being a part of a Mario Kart game in real-life? Well, from my understanding, that’s what MariCAR provides its guests! I’m too pumped for this! It’s like a dream come true!
We also plan to visit the city of Kyoto. Once the capital of Japan, now it’s a popular city that boasts famous temples, shrines, and gardens. I’m also pretty excited to visit here, because I’ve heard of a geisha before, but I don’t know too much about them. Kyoto is well-known for their geisha presence, and I’m hoping to learn lots while visiting. We only have time to squeeze in a day trip to this city, so what we’re able to do will be very limited. I know we’re thinking of several things we want to do:
- Explore Gion
- Philosopher’s Walk
- Fushimi Inari-taisha
but we’re also open to finding things to do, see, and experience that may be off the beaten path.
The last city we plan to visit, also for a day trip, is Osaka. I haven’t done too much research on this city yet, as we are planning to visit my friend’s friend. Since she’s lived there for some time, I’m sure she’ll be able to show us the highlights of the city. I plan to do more research before we go on the trip, but for now, that’s where I am with Osaka.
I am beyond excited that we are actually going to Japan! It will be a long trip to get there, but I definitely think it will be worth it in the end. I know we’re going to have a blast with what ever we end choosing to do.
Have you been to Japan before? What was your trip like? Do you have any recommendations, advice, or tips for us before we go? Let me know in the comments!