It’s Official: I’m Going to Japan!

It's Official: I'm Going to Japan

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.


rainbow-bridge-tokyo-japanWe 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!


fushimi-inari-taisha-shrine-kyoto-japanWe 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
  • Kinkaku-ji

but we’re also open to finding things to do, see, and experience that may be off the beaten path.


osaka-port-osaka-japanThe 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!


44 thoughts on “It’s Official: I’m Going to Japan!”

      1. Looks like a good plan. Share your experiences when you come back!
        While you are there, enjoy yourself and don’t think too much about blogging!

    1. I’m a die hard Mario Kart fan, so seriously that doing that tour would be a dream come true! That may be one of the top things that I’m excited for! No shame 🙂

  1. So exciting! Japan seems like such a wonderful place to visit. I loooove Japanese food too so that would definitely be at the top of my priorities if I were to ever visit. Hope you have the time of your life! Seems like you plan on doing so…

  2. That’s so exciting! My dad was born and raised in Japan, so we all went to visit when I was in high school. Luckily my grandma was with us and could still speak Japanese so we had no trouble getting around. We still have a few family members there, so hopefully I’ll make it back someday.

    1. That’s so cool! None of us speak Japanese, so this should definitely be interesting to say the least. I hope you make it back there as well, and if you have any recommendations, don’t hesitate to let me know!

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