Planning the trip to Japan

japanese buddhist temple

In a temple in Ise, Japan

We’ll be in Japan in September, and we’re spending a month there. I couldn’t be more excited! Japan isn’t new for us, and there’s so much we want to do there I find it’s hard to choose what to do and what to leave out. It’s going to be summer, hot and humid in the first few weeks, then it’ll be ok by the end of the trip.

So far, we’re spending 2 weeks in Tokyo, a week in Osaka and a week in Suzuka, with my dad. We’ll travel around from the closest base.

We left Okinawa and Hokkaido out because of costs and lack of time. If we could spend 2-3 months, it would be ideal, but well…. We don’t really like to rush things, they don’t work out well, we get too tired to enjoy and we end up not seeing most of it anyway. So, we’ll do what we can do nice and slowly.

So far, we have decide for the list below:

walkway in suzuka, japan

A little walkway in Suzuka. I loved those colors….

In Tokyo region:

– Disney Sea, because it’s a different park, and it’s the one they didn’t get to enjoy last time we were there – they were way too little for most of the attractions.

– Ghibli Studio Museum, oh, because it’s Totoro and Kiki’s delivery service. <3

– Asakusa, where Tokyo’s biggest Buddhist temple is. My goal here is the wagashi (japanese tradicional sweets) stores, though. 😛

– Akihabara, to get wild on electronics.

– visit Mount Fuji, because we just have to.

snow on the rice plantation, japan

The view from the apartment we lived in. It was the only time it snowed enough to get like this.

In Osaka region:

– Pokémon Museum & Store, because, well… they all (except Melissa) really want to go.

– Kyoto’s temples. Have you seen a photo of them? I went there in a school trip when I was around 10 and I still remember how impressive it was. I’m guessing my kids’ll like them too.

– Nara deer park just because. Who needs a reason for it?

– Osaka aquarium… They want to go to the aquarium over Universal Studios. I can’t really get it.

In Suzuka region:

– Koka Ninja Village. This one is for Joao, he really wants to. He’s been talking about this one since he found out it existed.

ramen restaurant, japan

One of the ramen restaurants we loved in Suzuka, Japan

– the parks and restaurants

– if the weather’s good enough, Goza Shirahama Beach, our favorite beach in that region

– the places we used to go to when we lived there

We also want to travel on a bullet train, eat Japanese food (and I don’t mean only sushi, but takoyaki, okonomiyaki, the Japanese bakeries’ breads and cakes, lamen, dumplings, onigiri, taiyaki,….. ok, there’s no end to this list so I’ll just stop), see my dad, my uncle, my friends.

nagoya castle, japan

Nagoya Castle, it was the only castle we visited during our 2 years there

What would you like to see and do in Japan? What can’t we miss? Let us know in the comments!

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