Japan Travel


Planning your trip to Japan can be incredibly overhwelming. Here are some tips to get you started and to help in curating the trip of your dreams without spending a lot of money. The key in travelling for any trip is doing your research. I hope you find the following series of articles of help.

Getting Started

As a note, I bought my ticket to Japan a month before I left Toronto and was able to get a ton of research done ahead of time.

Go to your local library and grab a bunch of travel books on Japan to start reading up on culture, customs and itinerary suggestions. I liked Fodor’s Japan.

Here are some links of interest that maybe worth checking out. Add their social media links to your networks.

Japan Official Travel Guide http://ilovejapan.ca/












After I booked my trip to Japan I was riddled with anxiety about if I could really travel on my own. I looked up a bunch of YouTube links that helped in taking some of the edge off.

I liked these links:





I liked Skyscanner to find the best deals on a flight. I ended up going with Delta Airlines and paid around $1300 CAD for 14 days in May 2018. I left right after Golden Week which offered the best weather and was not super busy when travelling around Japan by local train and Shinkansen. If you can pay the extra – travel direct.



Finding a hotel can be a pain especially if you don’t know the prefecture (local areas). I liked agoda.com as it gave me the best deals within some central locations. I opted staying close to train stations that gave me quick links to the city. I encourage you to research the neighbourhoods for your needs before you book a hotel. If you stay anywhere around the Yamanote line in Tokyo you will be fine. I liked the Ikebukuro (Tokyo) neighbourhood as it was near the train stations and had Shinkansen connections. The same applied in Osaka – my hotel was near Shin-Osaka and Osaka Namba train stations which had Shinkansen connections. I chose to stay on Osaka as my home base in the south as Kyoto could be a tad more expensive and then took day trips around Osaka.

In Osaka, I stayed at https://www.apahotel.com/ja_en/ and in Tokyo I stayed at http://www.centurion-hotel.com/ikebukuro/. They were both decent and I had no issues at either. I also really liked that they were kitty corner to a subway station, clean, had great Wi-Fi and were in safe areas as a woman travelling on her own.

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