Japan Planning – Part 1 – 2018

Less than three months and counting until I arrive in Japan for my second vacation there.  This trip has been something that has been a goal of mine for the past few years.  A vacation was planned to visit Japan a few years ago, but unfortunately circumstances did not allow it.  This time the trip is definitely a go.  The easiest way for me to make this trip happen is to do it solo.  The freedom in being able to choose my own accommodations and select the activities I would like to do without having to worry about what other people would like is very exciting.

The plan is to visit Tokyo, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Miyajima and Takayama.  All the accommodations are booked. Most are Japanese inns and one hotel.  For those interested here are the links:

Kimi Ryokan

Hotel Granvia

Miyajima Traditional Guesthouse & Cultures Shiomachian

Ryokan Sawanoya

Auberge Hida no Mori

Of all the locations that I will be staying at, I think Miyajima is the one that excites me the most.  It is a very touristy during the day, but in the evening most of the tourists head back to Hiroshima and the island quiets down.  The other attraction is seeing the shrine when the tide comes in and it looks like it is floating.  It is something that I have been looking forward to since I first visited the island.

Takayama was a last-minute decision (well maybe not very last-minute since I planned it a couple of months ago), I thought it would be nice to stay in the mountains and relax before my flight back home.  I am researching sites to see around Takayama and am sure something of interest will come up.

As for the rest of the locations that I will be visiting, I am researching day trips and tours.  Most day trips will be convenient as the JR Rail Pass makes it easy to travel around.  The one day trip that is a definite is Daizafu near Fukuoka.  Another trip that is of interest is visiting Nikko, which I would probably do as a tour from Tokyo.  Other tours that I am researching are cultural tours such as cooking and crafts.  There are also a couple of theatre shows that are of interest.

More to come….



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