Sayonara Japan

That’s right, today there’s a bonus post because Lynn and I thought it would be fitting to summarize the various legs of our journey as we go.

Overall we really liked Japan.  Except for one meal at a mall food court the food was all phenomenal, not just the Japanese food but the French and Italian food as well. It also served as a very good introduction for Doug into Asia and we described it numerous times as either the America of Asia or the England of Asia depending on how polite people were being that day.  By and large, everyone went out of their way to help us when it was clear we had no idea what was going on.  The language was a bit difficult at times, mostly because the writing made it difficult to read anything and Google translate was entirely unhelpful even with their picture taking translate thing.  We could definitely see ourselves coming to back to Japan, even with kids in tow.  Afterall, we never made it to Mt. Fuji because of the weather and everyone says we have to come back to see the cherry blossoms.

As far as logistics, everything seems to be going really well.  We think we spent almost the perfect amount of time in each city, both of us not really feeling like there was anything that we missed out on.  We also both packed quite well, using almost everything we have brought so far and the only thing w needed to buy here were umbrellas when the typhoon came through.

Favorite Activity
Lynn: Sumo Wrestling.  It’s just so full of tradition.
Doug: The death hike out of the mountains on what should certainly not be a promoted trail.  I didn’t like it at the time, but now its a great story and we saw a lot of what we like to think was “normal Japan.”

Favorite Food
Lynn: Tonkatsu, though I do really like sea urchin.
Doug: Okonomiyaki

Favorite Aspect of Japan
Lynn: High speed trains and public transportation made getting around the country so easy.
Doug:
How friendly and welcoming everyone was made it a lot less overwhelming than I expected.

Japan By The Numbers

 

We thought we should put a graph of our miles walked since there has been so much interest in it.  All have been recalculated based on Doug's new step length.  With the exception of a few travel days, I'd say we did pretty well.
We thought we should put a graph of our miles walked since there has been so much interest in it. All have been recalculated based on Doug’s new step length. With the exception of a few travel days, I’d say we did pretty well.  194 miles total.
For all of those who may consider a trip to Japan in the future, here is how our spending broke down.  We managed to save a lot on hotels by staying in AirBnBs which we both would highly recommend.  Travel was mostly the JR Rail Passes (again highly recommend) since we bought our flight with miles.  The only things we ended up buying were Doug's too small hat, a pair of umbrellas when it rained, and handkerchiefs because its very hot and humid.
For all of those who may consider a trip to Japan in the future, here is how our spending broke down. We managed to save a lot on hotels by staying in AirBnBs which we both would highly recommend. Travel was mostly the JR Rail Passes (again highly recommend) since we bought our flight with miles. The only things we ended up buying were Doug’s too small hat, a pair of umbrellas when it rained, and handkerchiefs because its very hot and humid.

2 thoughts on “Sayonara Japan

  1. Friend of Judy. I recently had two craniotomies at the Mayo Clinic. And now find reading your blog very exciting. Always enjoy globe Trekkers and now you have a show of your own.

    Favorite thing at the Mayo clinic, the friendly people.

    Favorite food. Pumpkin cookies.

    The staff put on many miles walking the halls. I maybe put on one after surgery.

    One does not want to go back unless absolutely necessary and especially with children. Safe and fun travels! Jane Nelson

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