Heading to Japan!

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So it’s finally happening, I’m going to be leaving in 2 days for Japan on Sunday, Oct 2nd and I’m feeling all kinds of emotions right now.

I’ve wanted to go to Japan since as long as I can remember and it seems so surreal that I’m about to be there very soon. I’ve also been studying the language for quite a while (though only seriously for the past 2 years or so) and while I’m in no way fluent, I’m at the point where I think I shouldn’t need English on my trip. We’ll see how well that statement holds up pretty soon.

As a small insight into my background, I essentially have no traveling history. I’ve been a few places for a weekend but that’s basically it. Hell, I’ve never even seen the ocean in person. I’ve never been on a train or used a subway system. All the flights I’ve ever been on (which isn’t many) have been a few hours at max, compared to the 13 hour flight I’ll be on for this trip.

I’ll be bringing my Surface Pro 3, a pocket wifi, and a GoPro so I’ll be uploading footage when I can. It may not be daily (because I’ll have to go through the photos, clip the videos together, etc) but it will be at least a few posts per week for the next few weeks. Hopefully I’ll get to record some interesting footage, especially from Yakushima.

Below is a general outline of what my itinerary is going to be. I’m not listing what days I’ll be doing certain things, because those will likely change. That’s not the important part. Also I will be doing more than whats listed, this is just a general outline. One last note is that almost all of my travel days I am leaving blank because of I’m uncertain how much I will have and don’t want to feel rushed. I’ll probably still do some small things those days but I don’t want to make plans.

Tokyo (3rd – 8th)

  • Super Potato
  • Game Bar A-Button
  • Media Land
  • Clubsega
  • Book Off
  • Hard Off
  • Gundam Front Tokyo
  • Shinjuku Gyoen
  • Harajuku
  • Shinjuku Golden Gai
  • Tsukiji Fish Market
  • Hamarikyu Gardens
  • Denboin-dori
  • Nakamise Street
  • Senso-ji Temple
  • Hoppy Dori
  • Mt. Takao / Mt. Jinba and then Keio Takao Hot Springs

Osaka (9th – 17th)

  • Namba Walk / Park
  • Nipponbashi
  • Hep Five Ferris Wheel
  • Umeda Club Quattro
  • Umeda Sky Building
  • Osaka Castle
  • Dotonbori
  • Osaka Aquarium

Kyoto (from Osaka)

  • Kiyomizu
  • Higashiyama District
  • Yasaka Shrine
  • Chion-in Temple
  • Heian Shrine
  • Nijo Castle
  • Kinkaku-ji
  • Ryoan-ji Temple
  • Ninna-ji Temple
  • Arashiyama
  • Tenryu-ji Temple
  • Bamboo Forest
  • Togetsukyo Bridge

Nara (from Osaka)

  • Ukimidou
  • Kasuga Taisha Shrine
  • Tamukeyama Hachimangu Shrine
  • Todaiji Nigatsudo
  • Nara Park
  • Nara Museum

Yakushima (18th – 21st)

  • 屋久杉ランド (Yakusugi Land)
  • 紀元杉
  • 宮之浦岳 (Mt. Miyanoura)
  • 白谷雲水峡 (Shiratani Unsuikyo – why I’m really going to Yakushima)

Tokyo (22nd – 25th)

  • Pre-Halloween Pub Crawl
  • Maricar
  • Ueno Park
  • Yoyogi Park
  • Meiji Shrine
  • Kawasaki Warehouse
  • Akihabara (to buy everything I want before I leave)

To sum things up, I’m excited, nervous, dreading the 13 hour flight, etc. I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m ready to go Japan, but ready or not, I’ll be there soon enough.

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