City bases and day trips in Japan

How to decide

Spending a week or two in one city and doing day trips really appeals to some people. They like the idea of settling in to their accommodation, unpacking once, and coming back to a familiar area each night. They plan their sightseeing itinerary around doing day trips, rather than journeys from place to place. Does this sound like your preferred travel style? If this is your first trip to Japan, you are probably thinking about which city or cities to base yourself in. Continue reading “City bases and day trips in Japan”

Making decisions on your Japan trip

How to decide

Once you start planning your Japan trip, you may find there are so many places you’d like to see and not enough time. You may feel overwhelmed with accommodation options, and wonder how you’re going to choose. Many people try to solve this problem by seeking advice from friends, a travel agent, social media, or an online forum such as TripAdvisor. This does not necessarily produce good results that will make the trip into a great experience for you. In this post, I’ll talk about some ways to make up your mind and find the right solution for you. Continue reading “Making decisions on your Japan trip”

Japan’s Must See Top 10

Must see or top 10?

So many articles promise to give you the top 10 things to see or do in Japan, in Tokyo, in Kyoto. Or maybe it’s the 10 most instagrammable places or 10 Japanese foods you must eat.

It can be tempting to note down particularly attractive looking places and add them to your itinerary. Some places get mentioned in list after list (looking at you, bamboo grove). When a place keeps getting listed as a top 10 or must see, then it’s easy to assume it’s something you can’t miss, you have to see it. Continue reading “Japan’s Must See Top 10”