This is the fist post in my Wandering Wish List series. Trip planning is one of my favourite activies and since my trip at the beginning of the year I haven’t had any trips to plan (due to money constraints) so I decided to put my skills to use and start thinking about trips I could do from next year.
My next big (and expensive I imagine) trip will be to Japan. This may be next year or the year but I already am excited about it. I got a copy of the Rough Guide to Japan from my local library
Japan is much bigger than I thought and is desctibed as “a place of ancient gods and customs, but also the cutting edge of modernity”. It has four main islands – Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku and Kyushu (I need to learn to use the other parts of the keyboard) – as well 6800 other islands!
I was orginally thinking of a 2-3 week trip, but the rough guide says this will only skim the surface. I still think this will have to be the length of the trip for work and budget purposes, so it just means choosing carefully where to visit. I am thinking spring at the moment as this is supposed to be the most pleasant time of year to visit. I may also get to see the Cherry Blossoms bloom! Although if I want to do trekking summer might be better. This needs more research 🙂
Tokyo is of course on the top of my list. It is where I would fly in and out of so I will be guaranteed time there at either end of my trip. It is also the capital and can’t be missed. Kyoto is another place I want to visit. It is described as the cultural centre and from the images I have looked at int he book and online it looks beautiful. I would also like to visit historical areas such as Nikko and Kamakura.
Of course the food is another exciting part of visiting Japan. I can’t wait to see the difference between our version of Japanese food and the real thing! In the Rough Guide it talks about Kaiseki-Ryori – Japan’s Haute cuisine made form seasonal ingredients.
Another place I want to see, if not climb, is Mount Fuji. Exodus offers two trips to Japan and one includes climbing the mountain (I did Amalfi, Peru and Kilimanjaro with them – excellent company). It is down as challenging and is very weather dependent. I am unsure on this at the moment, but it is something I am considering.
Another part of Japanese culture I want to experience is staying in Ryokan – a traditional Japanese Inn. I am thinking this would be quite peaceful and would be a restful part of my trip.
Japan has been at the top of my list for a while and I now feel it is getting closer to actually happening. This will be a totally selfish trip as I am just doing it for me. I’ve only spoken to people about it who have already been, so haven’t had any interest in anyone joining me. I wouldn’t mind if someone else wanted to join me, but I would also be okay with going on my own (especially if I went on one of the Exodus trips).
I will look again once I am all moved into my house. I can then set the date and get saving!