Japan is one of the places we have always wanted to visit but have changed our plans numerous times for various reasons. We were originally planning to go when we took our first sabbatical but changed our minds fairly last minute when the Tsunami hit. Since then we have mostly chosen other locations for the fear that Japan would just be too expensive.
However, I am very pleased to say this time we just jumped right in with an action packed and full 21 day itinerary. There is so much we wanted to see coming up with an itinerary was trickier than we thought.
We decided to visit in May, knowing the weather would be great but we would probably just miss cherry blossom season, However we would be able to include the Alpine Route and a trip to see bioluminescent squids.
What we loved the most about our visit was the mix of ultra modern futuristic transport, technology and the ancient past all at the same time. The quirkiness of the culture and the obsession with cartoon characters. Fantastic food from Kobe beef to sushi to ramen. The politeness of the people. Neon cities, Robots, Arcades, Ancient Temples, Sumurai, Geishas & Ninjas. The best Disney theme part in the World (Tokyo Disneysea). Need we go on, probably not.
Below is our 21 day itinerary for Japan, if you have any thoughts, questions or comments please use the comments form at the bottom of the page to share.