Japan here we come!

Our school gets a four week winter vacation from January 18 to February 18, and Nick and I decided to spend some of that time in Tokyo, Japan.  We are so pumped!  We bought our plane tickets about a month ago and reserved a room at a hostel, and now we’re just planning our trip.  Normally we’re just fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants people, but for this trip, we are planning everything (for the most part).  We’ve gone to Taipei a couple of times and have very successfully and fairly easily navigated their metro rail system,  but the system in Tokyo is about 10 times as big, and Nick, our dedicated navigator, is feeling overwhelmed just looking at the map.  So, in order to not get lost in one of the busiest cities in the world, we are doing our research and planning carefully (including back up plans and back up plans for our back up plans).

Isn't it HUGE?!

Isn’t it HUGE?!

Some things on our to-see list are:
-Sumo Wrestling- we were lucky enough to plan our trip at the very end of a month-long tournament!  The tournaments only happen about 2-3 times a year.
-The Imperial Palace- while it’s difficult to get tickets into the palace, the east gardens are open to the public!
-Akibara AKA Electric Town- this place is full of every kind of electronic you could ever want.
-Shibuya- this is home to the biggest/busiest crossing in the world, so naturally, it’s a must see.
-Disney Land- need I say more?
-Ueno Zoo- the oldest zoo in Japan, and home to Giant (or maybe just great?) Pandas!!!

Those are the major attractions.  We’ll let you know what our favorite things were once we get back!  Wish us luck, and if you don’t hear from us soon after our trip, send a search party!

Do you have any suggestions for our trip?

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7 thoughts on “Japan here we come!

  1. >Do you have any suggestions for our trip?

    I have been living in Tokyo since 1990 … I can give you many suggestions if you want.

    • We would love some suggestions!

      • Sure.
        It might be easier to do via email.

        You can email thru my blog’s “contact page”…here:

        If you tell me what dates you’ll be in Japan and if you’re staying in the Tokyo area (or traveing around Japan), and what aspects of Japanese culture you are interested in (traditional, modern, pop-culture, festivals, etc)…I’ll try to offer some ideas.

  2. Belva Bowers

    I’m lost just looking at the map! Enjoy and have fun! Love ya

  3. That transit looks incredible! I can just imagine you jumping from the pink line, to the green line, to the teal line, to the purple line, to the …. I am so glad to see that your hubby has finally recognized the value of his planning genes that came from the Johnson side. I will be in Des Moines, IA at the same time. I wonder who’s trip will have the most adventure ; ) Love you both. Have a great adventure!

  4. Jennifer Wilson

    Sounds like fun, enjoy your adventures!

  5. ginayj

    I’m so excited for your trip! I wish there was some way you could blog daily so we could experience it vicariously!

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