Over the last days I felt like I moved to Japan to begin a new life and didn't want it to end. I will miss the people I've met, and feel so lucky for all the moments we spent together. Japan is fantastic. I will miss you Japan.
Thank you Jack for lending me your camera as a contract that I would make this blog.
Thank you Mayu for the Japanese lessons during lunch time. Thank you Davide for supporting me in learning Japanese. And thank you everyone on the ustwo™ Japanese class for making it all more fun.
Thank you Stenberg for sharing the enthusiasm with me and listening to me talk about my trip too many times in repeat.
Thank you Alvaro for getting me in touch with Nanae, for inspiring me with your amazing photography and for giving me the tip of always carrying my camera wrapped on my wrist.
Thank you Nanae for sharing all your knowledge with me and for being so welcoming. I think you completely changed my trip from minute I met you.
Thank you Alex for getting me in touch with Masa and for suggesting that I would buy a Japanese 3G SIM card—it saved me hours every day and made my trip extremely more enjoyable.
Thank you Masa for being my best friend in Japan. Every single time we went out was memorable.
Thank you Win for recommending me the Ryokan to say in Tokyo and for introducing me to Miki. Thank you Miki for taking me out with your friends and to the some of the nicest places I have been in Japan.
Yyenki, you are one of the smartest people I've ever met. I loved spending time with you. Thank you for giving me a place to stay and showing me your Tokyo.
Thank you Yuri for being my personal travel agent and texting me what to do when I had no clue where I was.
Thank you Kana and Yoko for being so welcoming, for being so much fun to spend time with and for showing me around Ginza.
Thank you Seungyeon for the fantastic day in Osaka. It was the nicest reunion I have ever had.
Thank you Shiho for inviting me to the design event and for hanging out with me in Roppongi, I really enjoyed it.
If you followed these 15 days with me and want to travel in Japan, get in touch. I want to help you in every way I can. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
What I took with me:
- A 13' MacBook Air
- A Fujifilm X100
- A 64GB SD Card
- A portable phone charger
- A JR Pass exchange receipt
- A backpack
- A tote-bag
- A two-ways foldable umbrella
- A passport-size notebook and one pen
- 5 t-shirts, 2 trousers, 2 shirts, 1 long-sleeve
- A rain jacket
- 5 days of underwear
- Running trainers, t-shirt and shorts
- Two phones, one of them unlocked
- Headache, cold and flu medicine
- English breakfast tea boxes to offer as presents
- The best Ryokans and Airbnb accommodation need to be booked a few weeks in advance. Capsule hotels and cheap hostels can be booked as you travel around Japan.
- I recommend buying the 3G SIM card online and picking it up at the Airport you're flying to.
- Your JR pass can only be ordered before you travel to Japan and will be delivered to your home address. Order it in advance.
- Travel as light as you can. I took a backpack full of clothes with me and it was too much. It's preferable to buy clothing once you're there.
- Think about how to store your photos. I took 90GB of photos and had 30GB of edited photo files.