TOKYO is obviously a must.
What you should know: Tokyo doesn’t really have a downtown area. Tokyo is made up of tons of downtowns areas so, you should be sure to schedule a few days to a week to take it all in.
You should visit:
– Mori Art Museum.
– Shibuya – where you can witness thousands of people crossing the street at the same time.
You should visit:
– The many gorgeous temples. Make sure to schedule at least two full days of walking to see them.
– Golden Pavillon Temple, it is a little complicated to get to but it’s worth it.
– Gion: The district was built to accommodate the needs of travelers and visitors to the shrine. It eventually evolved to become one of the most exclusive and well-known geisha districts in all of Japan.
– Fushimi: The Orange Gates. It’s magical!
– Nara: (1 hour train ride) where there’s thousands of deer wandering around the temples.
– Arashiyama: (1 hour train ride) A breathtakingly beautiful bamboo forest.
– Osaka: You will find the largest and nicest aquarium you’ll ever see.
Japan is more than just tourist sights, It’s an experience. You should really, really try to enjoy as many different restaurants and types of food that you can. The food is amazing, it’s a big part of the experience. Try a traditional a Japanese BBQ and okonomiyaki which is delicious!
ACCOMMODATIONS / EXTRA FUN:
Ryokan: a traditional Japanese inn. Very calm and relaxing!
Kabuki: a traditional Japanese theatre. It’s 4 hours of pure Japanese quirkiness but totally worth it. We suggest that you pay a little extra (3$) for a machine that translates for you in the language of your choice.
Onsen: a Japanese traditional bath. You’re naked (yes, fully naked with strangers but don’t worry, women stay with women and men stay with men). It might take about 15 minutes to adjust, but once you do, it’s truly one of the best experiences of your life. It consists of natural hot spring water. You can find tons of Onsen’s all around Japan.
Karaoke: is THE thing is Japan. You can find private rooms or you you can opt for a package.
If you plan to travel a lot between cities, you should buy the Japan Rail Pass. You can only buy it in your country of residence. It’s ”expensive” but much cheaper than buying many train tickets (eg: round trip Kyoto-Tokyo is about 300$, the pass for 14 days is 475$ for unlimited access around Japan). The bonus is that the trains are fast, we mean, really really fast (about 350 km/h).
When you have wifi, lookup itineraries of where you want to go and do a ”print screen” of it. It’s much simpler to know exactly what platform your train is and at what time it leaves because all written directions are in Japanese and you can only use numbers as your reference (eg: platform 8 train that leaves a 11:24 am)
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