We love sharing passionate travellers’ stories and here, Kelvin Baggs shares his recent trip to Japan.
Although Kelvin has visited Japan several times, this trip he took in the sights of Osaka, Kyoto and Nagano.
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How would you rate your experience?
The one thing not to be missed is?
It is near impossible for me to think of one thing in Japan that should not be missed, so I’m going to give you a few.
Kyoto is an amazing blend of ancient and beautiful temples, amazing lush landscapes, traditions such as tea ceremonies, Geisha and the hubub of a modern and technologically advanced society.
Jigokudani Monkey Park is in the Nagano prefecture and a must see for those who enjoy the natural beauty of Japan. Take a walk around a snow covered mountain to an outdoor onsen (spa) where local monkeys take time out to soak, play and relax.
If I had more time, I would have …
I would consider travelling further north to Sapporo in winter to see the snow and ice carvings. Go somewhere remote and stay in a traditional Ryokan to recharge my batteries.
My hot travel tip is …
Research before you go. Get a good understanding of the trains and subways – they are very efficient and complex. The ‘Japan Rail Plus’ is amazing and can save you considerably if you plan your itinerary around the pass to maximise your entitlements.
Editor’s note: Well Travelled has a host of Japan Rail Passes available. If you’re travelling around Japan, a rail pass is a cost-effective way to get-around and can save you time and money.
How do you rank this trip?
Off the scale! Japan is my number one travel destination. It has so much to offer and is like no other country.
My favourite meal was …
How can I choose just one? A rich Ramen noodle bowl with pork is always delicious. Another favourite is teriyaki chicken with soba noodles and miso soup. Try the option of cold soba noodles – it’s remarkably refreshing.
I never travel without …
I would be lost without my iPad and iPhone pre-loaded with my travel ebooks and notes. They are essential for reviewing plans and documentation, staying in contact, entertainment and so handy if your plans need to be changed.
Some final thoughts:
Many people think Japan is expensive. It does not have to be. With a little research or planning with your travel agent, you’ll find some bargains. Major cities are expansive, so you don’t have to stay in the centre, you’ll be served well by local subways so stay somewhere close to a subway station.
Lastly, don’t hesitate! Book your trip to Japan and I bet you’ll be hooked.