Last October 11-18, I was blessed to be given a chance to spend eight days in Japan. In all honesty, I don’t really know anything about their culture or country. I don’t really watch anime or read mangas. It’s such a surprise when I booked the tickets and found myself in the land of the rising sun.
We land and depart at Narita Airport but we also plan to see the Kansai Region. With this plan in mind, we opted to buy the JR Pass for convenience and comfort. Sure it costs a bit more but with hours of travel in between, it’s a price we gladly paid. Our plan was simple – to maximize the JR Pass, we had to go to as many places where we can use it. We ended up with this map and plan for our Japan trip.
Day 1 – Arrival at Narita. Travel to Osaka.
Day 2 – Kyoto
Day 3 – Universal Studios Japan
Day 4 – Nara
Day 5 – Himeji. Travel to Tokyo.
Day 6 – Nikko
Day 7 – Tokyo
Day 8 – Tokyo. Departure at Narita.
It’s like the ultimate Japan trip! We had so many places to see in such a short amount of time. I was worried we’d be so burnt out by the end of each day but surprisingly we weren’t too tired thanks to the comfort of riding the Shinkansen (and the JR line trains). The Shinkansen or the bullet train is a network of high-speed railway lines operated by the Japan Railways Group Company. (Thanks, Wiki!) Its top speed can reach 320kph. You can reach Kyoto from Tokyo in under 3 hours. Can you even imagine how fast that is? Riding the shinkansen is already an experience of its own. It was an amazing! You get to see the different landscapes of Japan. Plus, the trains itself were things of beauty.
This whole trip to Japan covers a lot of places. I won’t be including our detailed itinerary in this post but feel free to contact me if you want to know or see it. As for the rest of the Japan posts, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did seeing it. <3
ps. I hope you enjoy this video of the Shinkansen.