Back at the start of October, I mentioned that nakanit and I are hitting up Japan in 2017. I briefly talked about the plans for my trip – Bman and I are hitting up the northern regions of Japan, Kanazawa and Tokyo. Having undergone a little more research and planning, I now want to update you with more details.
When and where
JAPAN. Two and half weeks. Late January to mid February 2017.
Tokyo → Kanazawa → Takayama → Shibu-Onsen → Niseko → Sapporo → Tokyo.
What we’re doing
While none of this is set in stone and we haven’t exactly done all the research we want to do yet, this is a rough idea of what we have in mind for our trip:
- Eating at and visiting the Tsukiji fish market
- Strolling and checking out different districts – Harajuku, Akihabara, Shinjuku, Shibuya
- Visiting the Meiji Jingu shrine
- Watching Taiko (traditional Japanese drumming) demos/taking Taiko lessons
- Maybe take up a cooking lesson
- Walking through the Kenrokuen garden (supposedly one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens – I know what you’re thinking, “you’re going in winter… what is there to see in a garden, everything is dead” – and my answer to that is just you wait and see…. :P)
- Visiting Toyama Bay and enjoying fresh seafood
- Trying out Hida beef
- Strolling the streets of the Sanmachi Suji historical district (with wooden merchant houses from the Edo Period)
- Visiting Shirakawa-go and Gokayama (traditional thatched roof farmhouse villages – UNESCO world heritage sites)
- Maybe enjoy a traditional tea ceremony
- Staying in a ryokan (a traditional Japanese accommodation where you sleep on the floor with tatami mats and a futon)
- Going onsen (hot spring bath house) hopping (that’s the thing to do in this town)
- Checking out the snow monkey park!! (crazy excited for this!)
- Having a kaiseki (traditional 11 course dinner) in our ryokan
- Skiing and snowboarding in some of the deepest, driest pow in the world!!!
- Relaxing in onsens and eating delicious Japanese food when not snowboarding/skiing
- Filling our tummies at the ramen alley (where ramen originated from)!!
- Having abundances of fresh seafood again – Hokkaido is known for its seafood as well
- Trying the famed Hokkaido milk
- Checking out the snow and ice festival!!
That pretty much sums up what we’ve got planned thus far. We still need to nail down a few more accommodation spots and maybe book a car rental for a portion of our trip (we might give driving in Japan a try! :O). Then, we’ll be done all of the major things that need pre-departure planning. We’ll probably look further into specific activities and events over the Christmas break, and book those then if necessary. Just a little over two more months to go until we leave for our trip!!! 😀
The more I research and plan, the more excited I am getting for this trip! Trip planning is definitely a part of the whole travel experience and a part that I actually really enjoy. Anyone else out there enjoy planning trips too?