Planning a Trip to Japan

My family and I are heading to Japan for the first time this June. We’ll be visiting Tokyo, Osaka, and possibly Kyoto. Have you ever been to Japan? What should I see? Eat? Do? I’m up for almost anything.

If there are any My Shiny Life readers in those cities, please email me. I would love to do a meet up!

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4 thoughts on “Planning a Trip to Japan

  1. We just got back from tokyo this week, I definitely have suggestions! Are you going with the kids? because thats a totally different trip with and without (we had the kodomo with us) <–good phrase to learn "kodomo wa daijobu desu ka?" (Are kids ok?) When going into a restaurant because quite a few places, especially the small ones, don't allow kids :-/
    Definitely look up an aquarium because Japan has tons and very kid friendly. We went to shinagawa aquarium in the south part of tokyo, not huge but very cool and the restaurant outside was nice and affordable. Shopping in and around shibuya station was great as well as ueno's ameyoko street. Don't drive, parking is nuts there. Train is best, get a rail map app on your smart phone that doesn't require an Internet connection. If the kids are with you when taking the train, get a super small stroller (the $12 kine) to fold up and strap the little one in a carrier. The stations' elevators are sometimes very hard to find and out of the way making things even more confusing. Make a plan before you go someplace, a lot of places close on sun, mon, tues. make sure you eat sushi, yakitori and shabu shabu. There's tons of places to choose from (80,000 in tokyo alone) and most of them are good. Ask a hotel person for a recommendation for something close, if its more than 3 train changes, it aint worth it esp with kids. Carry tissues with you everywhere, most public toilets dont have toilet paper, or a "western" toilet for that matter (unless you're in a fancy department store, then it's the bidet kine). "Ikura desu ka?" (How much is it?) Bakeries. Eat there. Japan has a huge French influence, makes fast cheap breakfast. You'll find a bunch if useful blogs on the Internet but other than that since its your first time going pretty much everything is going to be super cool. *・゜゚・*:.。..。.:*・'(*゚▽゚*)'・*:.。. .。.:*・゜゚・*

    • Hi Mar! Yup, we’re going with the kiddos. Two of our friends who speak Japanese fluently will also be with us. Oooh, I didn’t even think about an aquarium. Thalia and Amara love looking at sea life. Toilet paper in my purse, check. Bakeries – I’ll try a different one every day. Thanks for all the info! 🙂

      • Hold the phone–you got interpreters?! You guys are golden! I had to study for weeks just to barely communicate for work. You’re going to have an amazing time!
        d(^_^o)

      • Yeah, one of our friends teaches high school Japanese and our other friend majored in Japanese. We totally lucked out in that department. 🙂

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