In June, the Bells are going to Japan! Before I go any further with this post, I need help settling a marital dispute.
We have passed through Japan a dozen times going from Southeast Asia to America. On one of those trips, we had a long delay and the airline put us up at a hotel overnight. Kristi insists that we have not been to Japan; I beg to differ. Here was our experience in Japan and you tell me who is right.
- We got stamps in our passports.
- We experienced Japanese efficiency when they transported a plane-load of people to the hotel and did the check-in in a matter of minutes.
- I ate a series of mysterious yet delicious things on the dinner and breakfast buffets.
- Our hotel room toilet had more technology than the Space Shuttle.
- The “bed” consisted of a mat on the ground.
- I drank a Japanese beer.
And if that isn’t strong enough evidence, I’ll leave you with this: Kristi talked to a robot.
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I rest my case. Please render your verdict in the comments section.
This trip will be longer than one night unless we get black-out drunk, cause an international incident, and get deported on day one. We will have about 25 days in the island nation and will do most of the first time highlights like Tokyo, Kyoto, the Nakasendo Trail, and Hiroshima. We haven’t done a lot of planning yet so we are open to suggestions.
I am both excited and apprehensive about this trip. Japan is one of those places I’ve wanted to see since I started traveling but going for longer than one night hasn’t worked out. I’m interested to see what I am sure will be a beautiful country with a fascinating culture.
I’m apprehensive because when I look at prices I experience something akin to sticker shock but worse, like price panic. Evidently, you can stay in a closet in Tokyo for the same price as a luxury suite on the beach in Thailand. With some luck, the airline will mess up again and give us one night accommodation which should save us a small fortune. ◊
Have we been to Japan?
Do you have any recommendations?