Japan Travel Tips and Recommendations

Here are some tips for making the most out of your trip to Japan! 1. Take advantage of the JAL and ANA domestic flight discounts for tourists if you are planning on visiting various Japanese cities. 2. Rent a portable wifi egg during your stay in Japan. Google Maps is pretty reliable for the trainContinue reading “Japan Travel Tips and Recommendations”

Japan — Hokkaido Region Day 4

Sapporo — Day 4 of a 4-Day Trip in Japan’s Hokkaido Region Despite the cold weather, Hokkaido’s fresh seafood and scenic towns made this region a great area to visit. I appreciated the fact that Sapporo was not as busy as the other main Japanese cities we had visited. Noboribetsu and Otaru both served as nice getawaysContinue reading “Japan — Hokkaido Region Day 4”

Japan — Hokkaido Region Day 3

Otaru — Day 3 of a 4-Day Trip in Japan’s Hokkaido Region Day 3 consisted of a day-trip to a port city northwest of Sapporo called Otaru. The train ride to Otaru Station took about 50 minutes from Sapporo Station and the route passes the ocean. Otaru is a really cute town and deserves a visit! DayContinue reading “Japan — Hokkaido Region Day 3”

Japan — Hokkaido Region Day 2

Sapporo — Day 2 of a 4-Day Trip in Japan’s Hokkaido Region Day 2 was a Sapporo day. We visited the Odori area, Sapporo Beer Market, Mt. Moiwa, and ended the night in Susukino. This was the coldest day during our 4-day trip in Hokkaido. The streets were icy during the early morning and late evening, butContinue reading “Japan — Hokkaido Region Day 2”

Japan — Hokkaido Region Day 1

Noboribetsu — Day 1 of a 4-Day Trip in Japan’s Hokkaido Region Hokkaido was the last area we visited for our 14-day trip in Japan — the end to the trilogy. The climate was a huge change compared to the Kanto and Kansai Regions — snow with temperatures ranging from -5–5ºC! Vancouver, BC was warmer than Hokkaido this time of theContinue reading “Japan — Hokkaido Region Day 1”

Japan — Kansai Region Day 5

Osaka — Day 5 of a 5-Day Trip in Japan’s Kansai Region Kansai Region was amazing! Spending time in Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara really gave us traditional and modern perspectives of Japan. I suggest using Osaka as a base to visit the other areas. Osaka has more to offer compared to Kyoto and Nara when it comesContinue reading “Japan — Kansai Region Day 5”

Japan — Kansai Region Day 4

Kyoto — Day 4 of a 5-Day Trip in Japan’s Kansai Region Day 4 was mainly focused on visiting the Arashiyama Park in Kyoto. This area of Kyoto has so much greenery and the light autumn colours on the landscape are breathtaking. Day 4  Kyoto We picked up some onigiri for breakfast on our way to theContinue reading “Japan — Kansai Region Day 4”

Japan — Kansai Region Day 3

Kyoto — Day 3 of a 5-Day Trip in Japan’s Kansai Region The weather continued to be great on Day 3 — the sun was out and skies were clear. We headed to Kyoto, about an hour train from Osaka. Kyoto is famous for its numerous shrines, temples, gardens, and traditional architecture. Day 3  Kyoto Our first destination wasContinue reading “Japan — Kansai Region Day 3”

Japan — Kansai Region Day 2

Osaka — Day 2 of a 5-Day Trip in Japan’s Kansai Region Day 2 was focused on Osaka. We got a 1-Day Osaka Amazing Pass for 2800yen each ($37 CAD) — I’ll call it OAP to avoid repeating it so often. They also offer a 2-Day option for 3600 yen ($47 CAD). We were planning on heading to KyotoContinue reading “Japan — Kansai Region Day 2”

Japan — Kansai Region Day 1

Nara — Day 1 of a 5-Day Trip in Japan’s Kansai Region We visited the Kansai Region in the middle of our 14-day Japan trip (+2 days for round-trip travel between Vancouver and Tokyo). The temperature was a little cooler compared to Tokyo, at around 15–20°C during the day. We had 3 cities on our itinerary — Osaka, Kyoto,Continue reading “Japan — Kansai Region Day 1”