A Tokyo Itinerary for First Time Visitors

Given that Tokyo is the most populated city in the world, there is literally an endless amount of things to see and do. We spent 12 days exploring Tokyo during our month long trip to Japan back in March 2017. Since there are so many things to see and do in Japan’s capital city, we decided to put together this Tokyo itinerary to help you plan your trip! Tokyo is as bright, bustling, crazy, beautiful and exciting as you have probably imagined, and definitely cannot be explored in just 12 days. You can, however, see a lot of what the city has to offer. From the exciting attractions, endless shopping and must eat food, we guarantee you’ll always have something new to see and do! Planning a trip to Tokyo might seem like an impossible task, but with our guide to spending (almost) 2 weeks in Tokyo, it will be a lot easier! A Tokyo Itinerary for First…

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Shinjuku New City Hotel: Tokyo Accomodation Review

If you’re looking for the perfect Tokyo accomodation, consider booking your stay with Shinjuku New City Hotel. Visiting Japan for the first time can be overwhelming. There’s so much to see and do, millions of people, and a lot of bright lights in Japan’s bustling cities. Tokyo is like nothing we have ever experienced before. Before booking our trip to Japan, Russell and I did a lot of research, writing down everything we wanted to see and do. When it came time to book our accomodation in Tokyo, we looked back on this list and realised that the best area to stay was Shinjuku. We started looking into hotels, finding the ones that were conveniently located, and eventually came across Shinjuku New City Hotel. It was the perfect choice for us. We could walk to Shinjuku Train Station (the biggest train station in Japan), there were plenty of food options…

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6 Day Osaka Itinerary for First Time Visitors

We spent the entire month of March 2017 exploring Japan. Osaka was the second stop on our epic four week Japan adventure, and we were very excited. There were a lot of things that drew us to Osaka. One of the main reasons being, the fact that Osaka is home to Japan’s Universal Studios, where the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is located! You’ll learn more about our (my) Harry Potter obsession later in this Osaka Itinerary! We spent a total of six days in Osaka, and there were a few things we wanted to see in the city during that time. It was a very busy week, but we’re glad we decided to set aside 6 days to explore Osaka. If you’re planning a trip to Japan and Osaka is on your bucket list, here is our suggested six day Osaka itinerary to help you plan your very own epic Japanese adventure! 6…

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A Day at Hakuba Japan Ski Resort, Nagano

Hands down one of the most memorable moments of our lives, was seeing snow for the first time together. We spent the entire month of March 2017 exploring Japan. During the planning stage of our trip, we knew we wanted to spend a few days further north, in a beautiful snowy town. It took us a while to find the perfect location, but we eventually discovered Hakuba Japan Ski Resort. Seeing snow has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Living in Australia definitely limits our options when it comes to experiencing snow, because it generally only falls in certain places on the East Coast. So when we were planning our trip to Japan, we locked in a couple of days for snow on our itinerary. A Day at Hakuba Japan Ski Resort, Nagano Hakuba is located in the Northern Japan Alps, near Nagano, and was host to…

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A Guide to Food and Shopping in Japan

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Japan? Maybe it’s the quirky fashion, delicious cuisine or famous attractions. Well Japan certainly has it all, but two of the most common things people visit Japan for are the food and the shopping. The food and shopping in Japan has something for everyone. Tokyo is a shopping lover’s heaven, and no matter what you like to wear, we can guarantee one thing: you will leave Japan having found something you never expected. When it comes to food, it seems as though nothing is off limits. From exquisite meat and seafood galore, to even making their own chocolate! I’m personally a picky eater, but even I couldn’t ignore the delicious smells all around us. If you’re a hardcore foodie or someone who likes to shop as much as possible while traveling, you’ll never want to leave. Shopping in Japan –…

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan

We’re both huge Harry Potter fans. I mean, we named our cat Hermione. Do I need to say more? I know for myself personally, if there was a real life Hogwarts, I’d move in tomorrow. Sadly though, there isn’t a real life Hogwarts. I don’t have any magical powers, and like other muggles around the world, I have to settle on visiting places like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Japan. When we were planning our trip to Japan, Osaka was at the top of our list. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, a major reason behind that was because Osaka is home to Japan’s very own Universal Studios. Whether you’re a fan of Harry Potter or not, you’ll definitely be impressed with all of the beautiful detail that’s been put into every inch of the park. From walking down Main Street which takes you through Hogsmeade Village, to the amazing Hogwarts Castle,…

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Things to do in Arashiyama, Kyoto

Across Japan, you’ll discover that there is an incredible mix of insanely modern and beautifully traditional. Most people generally think of big cities like Tokyo when they think of Japan. But if you’re looking for an entirely different Japanese experience, we recommend heading outside of those big cities, and exploring the more traditional side of Japan. One of our favourite places in Japan is a small town called Arashiyama. Don’t let the sound of small town scare you off from visiting. There are plenty of things to do in Arashiyama! If you’ve been traveling around other major cities across Japan, catching trains and bumping shoulders with strangers while walking down the street – Arashiyama will be a very welcome change of pace. We only spent a couple of days in Kyoto (two day trips from Osaka), but it was definitely one of our favourite places in Japan. We instantly felt a peaceful…

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Visit the Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama, Japan

Japan is filled with an abundance of unique, weird and wonderful things to see and do. One of these unique activities, is the Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama. Before arriving in Japan, we researched the things we wanted to do in each city that we were visiting. After the first day of research, our list was already quite long. Yokohama was going to be the first stop on our month long Japanese adventure. Compared to bigger cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, there isn’t quite as much to do in Yokohama. But if you’re looking for a relaxing place to start your journey through Japan, we definitely suggest including Yokohama to your itinerary. It’s a great introduction to Japan, giving you a feel for the country, language and culture. One of the most unique things we did during our time in Yokohama, was visit the Cup Noodle Museum. We made…

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