I shared my first trip to Japan (2014) with two friends who were teaching English in South Korea, plus another who was living in Japan at the time. The trip consisted of Kyoto, Nagasaki & Shimabara, with brief glimpses of Fukuoka & Kumamoto as we moved around during the 8 days we had.
The second time I alighted on Japanese ground (2015), it was part of my 81 day trip from China to South Africa. It is from this trip that I wish to share the below.
What you will find is that I prize many experiences which don’t always make the top to-do lists out there. I hope you will find these as enlightening as they were to me.
Entry: Busan, South Korea – Fukuoka, Japan
Exit: Tokyo Airport (South) – Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 16 days
Spent: ~1’180 USD (including exit flight, JR pass, visa, etc)
Highlights (chronological order):
#1 Arrival via Overnight Ferry
#5 Japanese hospitality & food
#8 Kumano Kodo
#9 Karate practice
#10 Tokyo Airbnb
As you can see many of the best moments of my time involved people and nature, often in unconventional or unplanned manners. Frequently I found new treasures by simply walking past the normal sights and taking a look behind them. I hope you may take this lesson to heart in your own travel plans.
Let me know what you think of this format for covering a journey. We are still playing around with a few ideas of what may work best, so your input would be highly valued.
Going to Japan soon? I’m hoping to visit again end 2016, tell me where you’ll go.
This is part of my A to Z Challenge 2016, click the button at the bottom of the site for more information if you like.