what you would usually expect, but this is normal.
Make sure you also get some Yen converted before you arrive to use in some restaurants and traditional markets – as well as at least 20kg of luggage for all the souvenirs you are sure to bring home! Lastly, always bring a plastic bag with you when going exploring or sightseeing, as often the streets do not have bins on them and you have to take your rubbish to dispose of at the hotel!
Another huge advantage we had when travelling was pre-organising portable Wi-Fi. This was something we couldn’t live without! It came on a portable device that we charged at night and allowed us to use Google Maps to get to our destinations or find a hole in the wall restaurant for dinner. It was better than trying to find a McDonald’s when we got lost and was only around $100 for our stay.
What would you do differently if you went back? When we go back it will be in a different season. While winter was beautiful and we got used to the snow and cold, I would love to see the cherry blossoms and roam around the countryside. I would do tea picking and climb Mount Fuji – spending all my time outside. Where do you plan to go next and why?
Next stop is a short stay in Singapore to have a break from work and study. At Christmas time, Jayden and I are planning to do South America, which will be tough but rewarding!