Japan Travel Planning

So what should I do when I go to Japan?
That’s the question I’m trying to answer this week. My company offers a 1 month sabbatical to all employees every 5 years they work there. And if you travel to a company you’ve never been to before, they cover most of the travel costs. So I’ll be taking mine to Japan, obviously. I booked my flights last week and now I have to sort out what all I’m doing while there.
I need to figure out places to visit, hotel types to stay at, how long to stay in each area, and of course, what sorts of awesome food I need to try.
So if anyone has suggestions on what I should make sure to do (I’m looking at current and former Japandemonium columnists especially…) or visit, I’d really appreciate some help.
I’ve been reading on wikitravel and the whole bathing and do’s and do not’s have me slightly intimidated. I guess I’m realizing how foreign of an experience it’s going to be. At this point, I’m hoping I don’t accidentally book lodging at some rural ryokan that doesn’t like foreign guests and accidentally blow my nose while I’m there and forget to not step on the tatami in my slippers and take a bath in the water before taking a bath on the stool…yeah.

3 thoughts on “Japan Travel Planning”

  1. Hi Chris,
    Tokyo is a fantastic place! Don’t worry about cultural mistakes – it’s basically a case of common sense and watching what everyone else does. If you make a mistake you’ll be forgive as long as you are respectful so really don’t worry.
    Where to go? Off the top of my head Odaiba, Asakusa, and Shibuya. Also don’t forget the day or 2/3 day trips to places like Hakone, Nikko, Karuizawa and more. I’ve put a little site together about Tokyo that might help at http://www.tokyotopia.com – if you’ve got any specific questions drop me a line : )

  2. Make sure to watch the movie Lost in Translation before you go. 🙂
    Please bring me back something inexpensive, cool and video-game related from a vending machine or game shop. Maybe something from DQ9? I’ll pay you for it when you return.

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