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Japan ni ikimasu!

Discover Japan 2012

Discover Japan 2012

I’ve been on two Cosmos European tours and have enjoyed both immensely, so imagine my excitement when I found out that their parent company, Globus, has a Discover Japan tour! Since my London trip has been postponed, I’m really hoping I can go to Japan next year.

A room in a Matsue ryokan

A room in a Matsue ryokan - Wikipedia

Besides shopping in Tokyo, one of the Japanese things I’ve always wanted to do was to stay at a ryokan—a traditional Japanese inn. That chance is offered on the Kyoto part of the tour. Unfortunately, it’s an additional $439 (for 3 nights, I think), so I’m not sure if that dream is gonna come true…

According to the tour page:

Immerse yourself in the Japanese culture and hospitality in a ryokan (Japanese inn) on Day 7 in Kyoto. Your ryokan features traditional touches—tatami mat floors, a thin sleeping mattress on the floor, and the chance to experience a Japanese-style bath—as well as the modern convenience of a private bathroom. Includes: Transfers to/from ryokan from/to hotel in Kyoto; traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast.

Traditional ryokan breakfast

Traditional ryokan breakfast - Wikipedia

If the above is what a traditional Japanese breakfast is, I’m in! I wonder what a traditional dinner looks like…

I really need to save up for this one, since I want to enjoy it to the fullest. It’s not every year I can go to Japan. Fingers crossed!

If you had all the money, where would you go? And, what would you do?


20 thoughts on “Japan ni ikimasu!

  1. wow…what an awesome experience that tour is going to be, am sure! i hope you save enough to get into the tour for next year….

    …if i have all the money, i’d love to go on a WORLD tour…and maybe invest in some good stocks. hahaha.
    *Dreaming mode

    • anne says:

      RIGHT?! I hope I save enough money as well! Japan is notoriously expensive, and I don’t want to limit my experience, so I’m definitely saving up. I’ve been wanting to go there for years now. Might as well do it sooner than later

      Yes! I’d go on a world tour, too, onboard one of the ResidenSEA ships. Or on my private jet or a commercial airplane flying first-class. So many possibilities! I really need to win the lottery

  2. That’s so nice! Traveling to Japan has been one of my dreams too. And next March I am finally doing it! I’m going to visit a friend in Osaka and also have plans to go to Kyoto. Tokio will have to wait for another time.

    Other than that. I’d like to travel around Australia.

    Those are my travel plans and dreams at the moment. I checked out the travel websites you cool that they have Scandinavia there too. You should come to Finland and see the Northern Lights ;)!

    • anne says:

      That’s fantastic! That’s a great time to go there, too. I’m excited for you. You’ll definitely have to let me know how it goes

      I’d love to visit Australia as well. My friend spent a semester there and loved it! It’s a long plane ride, though. I have so many places I’d love to visit. Scandinavia would be interesting!

  3. I would love to go to Japan but I guess a trip to the Philippines will have to come first because 2 of my children has never set off nor seen their grandfather and relatives yet. But before I can make it happen, gotta save some $$ coz I know it’s going to be really expensive~

    • anne says:

      The good thing about the Philippines is that the trip there may be expensive, but staying there is not. Good luck! I hope they get to see the Philippines soon

  4. Oh you are so lucky to get to go to Japan!! I’ve always wanted to go there– i think it would be tons of fun!! I’ve been to London before. I LOVE it there, it’s like a home away from home for me =]

    • anne says:

      It’s still a dream as of today. But, I’m really going to save up to be able to go. I’ve been wanting to go for ages! Yes, London is fantastic! I have some family there and I wish I could visit them more often.

  5. Oh wow that sounds like a great trip to look forward to! I really hope you’d save enough, enough for all the shopping and ryokan!! I’m actually excited for you!

    If I had all the money? Well, I’ll ask my boyfriend to marry me right away and we’ll travel the world together! Haha! I really hope we’d get to travel though, hopefully next year.

    • anne says:

      I know! I’m really hoping I can save enough. Mahirap kasi pag walang pera dun eh. Mahal kasi ang bilihin.

      Hahaha. That’s great! Pero di mo naman kelangan ng pera para pakasalan ang bf mo, di ba?

  6. I just checked out, signed up, and spent like a really long time browsing patterns. When I want a new project I will definitely be back there. Thanks for the tip!!

    I’ll be pretty jealous if you go to Japan! Right now I probably most want to visit Australia, but I take Japanese at uni and it would be pretty awesome to visit the country. I think you should definitely stay in a ryokan if you can because it’ll add authenticity to your experience.

    • anne says:

      No problem! I’m glad you’re finding lots of ideas on there. My friend turned me onto the site last year. Good stuff!

      My former neighbor lives in Australia, so it’d be great to visit her! She lives in a rural area far from a main city, though, so the ride there would be really long. One day! Very cool! Are you fluent in Japanese?

  7. I really really wanna go to Tokyo and experience all that! Their tradition is so unique. They have relaxing home designs.. definitely can be called a home!

  8. I absolutely adore Japanese culture but I’ve never been to Japan. I love going to Japanese restaurants in Australia where they let you get the full experience of Japanese dining. Such a great opportunity. I was offered to go to Japan in high school when I studied the language but I couldn’t host someone so I wasn’t able to go.

    I hope you are able to go, I have my fingers crossed for you! Because if you do go I’ll be expecting some Japan posts from you. ;D

    If I could go anywhere I’d either go to Japan or New Zealand. I haven’t been to many places outside of Australia but I’d like to go… New Zealand just sounds like a great place to start.

    Don’t think I’ll be able to travel anywhere for many years though; parents would worry about me not to mention I have work and study to focus on right now. XD

    • anne says:

      Aww, I’m sorry you couldn’t go to Japan in high school. That’s a bummer, but I’m sure you’ll have another chance to go. At least it’s closer to you, than it is to me…

  9. I’ve never been to Japan before, if possible, I’d definitely go there for a tour! I am so envious of people who can travel to Japan, I mean, Japan is a country that really score in tourist attractions, manga, and even food!

    I hope you get to go, the pictures look so inviting *o*

    • anne says:

      You’re so close to it… Well, much closer than I am I’m sure you’ll be able to visit it one day! Hopefully sometime soon.

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