Trip Planning Guide: Two Weeks in Japan | Summer 2017

Later this summer, I will be going to Japan for two weeks with my boyfriend, Justin. We booked our flight and hotel a couple months ago. Currently, our plan is to explore Tokyo in-depth for two weeks with a side trip to Hakone for one (or two) days. It’s his first time out of the country, and I’m excited to travel with him for the first time. We are in process of planning our itinerary for the trip, and we have agreed to split the work evenly. In this post, I will go over the steps I take when planning a trip to Japan. After we have finished planning our trip, I will post an example itinerary for couples who are looking for a relaxing (and affordable) vacation in Japan. Hotel and Flight A couple months before starting detailed trip planning, I always start by researching hotel and flight options […]

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A Week in Osaka and Kyoto: Summer 2016 | Photo Log

Uji, Japan

After studying abroad in Korea, my family and I took a week trip to Osaka, Japan (with a brief trip to Kyoto. It’s been two years since my last trip to Japan. This time around, however, I had more time to explore Osaka and Kyoto and appreciate Japan’s culture and history. Day 1 – Dotonbori The night after arriving at Hotel Elsereine in Osaka, I explored Dotonbori, a major tourist destination. Dotonbori runs between the Dotonboribashi bridge and the Nipponbashi bridge in the Namba district. It’s known for several famous landmarks, such as the Glico Man and the Kani Doraku crab, and a large variety of Japanese restaurants and shops. Day 2- Kuromon Market and Nara During my second day in Japan, I visited the famous Kuromon Market. There is a wide variety of fresh seafood, making it a huge tourist attraction. After exploring the Kuromon Market, my family and […]

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Japanese Vending Machine Drinks You Should Try

Vending Machines in Tokyo, Japan.

Those who have visited Japan know that the Japanese value convenience and accessibility.  The popularity of vending machines reflects the country’s fast-paced lifestyle.  Home to 5.52 million vending machines, Japan is the country with the largest vending machine to land mass ratio.  There is a large variety of vending machines in Japan, from machines selling instant noodles to machines selling umbrellas.  However, vending machines that sell drinks are by far the most common. During my travels to Tokyo and Osaka in the summer of 2013, I found that vending machine drinks were perfect for relieving thirst in the humid and incredibly hot weather.  Whether it be browsing the bustling streets of Tokyo or hiking up famous castles in Osaka, I always seemed to have a canned or bottled drink in hand that I would purchase from a nearby vending machine.  Below, I have listed some of my favorite Japanese vending […]

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