I don't plan every single detail of my trip, but I do make sure I know where I'm going and on what days. If I don't know certain plans I'll give my trip a "free day" where I can just go and look for something new. As I've been to Japan several times now, I find myself more lenient about mapping out every detail where as my first time it was strictly by the book (what I had planned). I think the notion of planning a trip is great though because it means you're excited.
|The Japanese countryside from the airplane, on its way to land at Narita Airport.|
The time finally came for her trip to Japan for the first time and it wasn't as smooth of sailing as was expected. There were a lot of things her friend neglected to research (yes, planning a trip requires research sometimes). The first is what I mentioned in the opening of this blog: holidays. Japanese people like to take advantage of their holidays with traveling. They'll either travel to their hometowns or travel as a vacation. If you are not big on crowds then you may want to consider this for planning your Japan trip. Not only will the city be crowded but the public transportation will be abnormally crowded. Crowds can put a damper on your plans because it will have the possibility of altering your timing of things. In Japan it's important to plan your activities out because some things close super early. For example, in Kyoto, Nijo Castle closes around 4pm. If you arrive there later than 4pm it means two things, that you can't go in right now and that you either have to reschedule it in for another day or you skip it because there's no room in your plans.
|View of the Nijo Castle grounds from a lookout point in the autumn season.|
Point being, you really need to research and plan before you go off and travel. I talked about Japan since my blog is called "Japan Therapy," but this can be applied to any travel destination. I'll be taking a friend to Japan for his first time in the Spring of 2019. I'll definitely be planning that trip as I wish that he has a fun and smooth Japan trip. If you need help planning your Japan trip I blogged about planning a trip (the big tasks) that you can read by clicking here.
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