Japan is a phenomenal country. I could spend a whole post listing the various things I love about it. Its flame-coloured torii gates, roaming deer and abundance of yuru-chara mascot characters. The sounds of birdsong on the Tokyo metro, the most exquisite pagodas and pavilions…I could go on and on.
I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve drawn on my own research and experiences to provide some ideas and advice to help plan your own Japan trip! Along with a 14 day Japan itinerary, I’ve included pre-planning tips, a breakdown of our expenses and even some lovely alternative itineraries from other sources. Enjoy!
Our 5 days in and around Tokyo were the first stop on our 16 day Japan trip. We absolutely loved it! Even in the chilly February weather, I had so much fun I could have easily stayed the whole fortnight there. Here’s a day-by-day breakdown/itinerary of things to do in Tokyo!
As you may have gathered, I often seek out cultural and historic locations when travelling. Nara was no exception. When I read that it was established in 710 as the first permanent capital of Japan, I was sold. (The fact that its historic monuments are also UNESCO listed didn’t hurt either!) Continue reading →
Kyoto is in many ways the cultural and historical heart of Japan. UNESCO has enshrined a massive 17 of the city’s monuments into a World Heritage Site – describing them as the “highest expression” of the development of Japanese architecture and garden design between the 8th and 17th centuries.
Even if you don’t have much interest in history, the city’s temples, shrines and streets still hold an undeniable beauty and appeal.
From vivid orange torii gates to shining pagodas, read on for a few of my favourite things to do in Kyoto!
Himeji Castle is many things. It’s famous. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s beautiful and full of historical and architectural interest (to quote UNESCO, it’s considered “the finest surviving example of early 17th-century Japanese castle architecture”). Add to these its easy accessibility by train and it seemed like a no brainer to call in en route from Hiroshima to Kyoto. Especially for someone who loves history (and castles) as much as I do.
Here’s a little recount of our day trip to Himeji Castle…