Japan – 2018 Trip Plan ReBoot

Shutterstock photoYes, I’m back. It’s been a while. And since my day job has such a goofy schedule, any free time I have is spent with my kids instead of writing, obviously. Priorities.

Anyhow, I put my Japan trip planning on the back burner for a while, and of all the things that could spark the flame again, organizing our manga collection (the kids and I) put those thoughts back in motion.

I believe I posted something in the past on the website, but lost it when I changed hosts, or on my Facebook page, or maybe it was images I reposted on Instagram. They are so buried now, it would take a while to find them. Anyhow, I posted snippets of my thoughts and plans somewhere, but I think I need to revisit, revamp and reboot what I had in mind.

We’ll make this just a quick overview of each part explaining where I want to go, what to do, and what to see. So, on with the show.

Part 1 – Preparing For a Trip to Japan

Part 1 is the most important, trip preparation. What should I pack? When do I want to go? How long will I stay? How will I communicate with people? Do I have a plan or am I just winging it? Where do I want to go when I’m there? What to do about money?

I’ll try to answer these questions and more in Part 1.

Part 2 – Getting to Japan

Part 2 will explain how I’ll get to Japan. The obvious choice is to fly there, that’s a no brainer. But, what I am trying to decide on is from which airport. From the standpoint of cost of airfare, there’s only a $100 difference from the 3 airports I have in mind. Two of the three are close and within a couple hours of home. The third is in California. I’ll go into greater detail about why I have Dayton, Indianapolis and Fresno airports on my radar in Part 2.

Part 3 – Where to Go

At this point I have 5-6 cities I want to see on this trip. And then the different things within those cities.

  • Tokyo
  • Osaka
  • Hiroshima
  • Sendai
  • Kyoto
  • Fukushima (Ebisu Circuit)

I’m still looking at things I want to do and deciding what is most important for this first trip to Japan. I’m most interested in seeing a lot of the shrines and temples, Mt. Fuji, some automotive related things and museums.

Part 4 – Where Will I Stay?

There are so many accommodation options available in Japan, I may have to try each one. But, the most interesting to me are the capsule hotels. So those may be the most used on this trip. I’m also looking for Air BnB rental options. Hotels may be last on the list until later in the trip when I need a day to just do nothing at all.

Part 5 – Getting Around Japan

This part may be pretty short and will possibly just be a newbies guide to the process of using public transport. I will probably just get a JR Rail Pass for the entire trip since it’s supposed to be unlimited rides on most of the local and bullet trains. Anything else I will most likely walk or rent a bike. Renting a car is an option, but only outside of the major cities.

In closing, this should be a fun project, and might help me get my plans more organized. My goal is to go during my birthday month, so I have about 5 months to get things squared away.

If you have any tips or advise, by all means, please share them. I would greatly appreciate it!

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