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Trip Report A first time for everything in Japan

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We travelled from Perth, Australia, to Japan on 5th May and departed 25th May. Two long days of travel only left us with 18 days for our first timers trip to Japan. It needed to be a relaxing time while ticking off 2 things a day that were at the top of my wish list for Japan. Because of mobility issues it couldn't involve many steps.
We stayed in Hiroshima, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Nikko, Tokyo. All our accommodation was booked 6 months, sometimes longer, in advance, and was a mix of hostel, hotel, machiya, and airbnb.
I did a lot of research in advance , and received help on this forum too, but 3 things confounded me to the point i didn't bother with them at all and found it made no difference to the trip not having them.
1/ Didn't take a cell phone, had no travel apps. Getting lost became part of our journey and we soon found no Japanese person would let us stay lost for more than 2 minutes of our staring blankly at a map or train timetable. Someone would always take the time to stop and ask if they could help us, frequently going right out of their way.
2/ Mobile wifi. Speedy free wifi at every place we stayed. Not a secure way to use laptop however i was only using it to check email for possible changes to accommodation, ticketed events, or messages from volunteer guides. The last hotel we stayed in warned any security breach was not their responsibility and my husband did get flashed with Japanese porn while trying to watch his news channel.
3/ Decided not to use the luggage forwarding service. We each took one very small suitcase (couple inches bigger than a carryon) and my husband had the laptop and i my handbag. Even on the most crowded -wow i didn't expect to get to know you this well - trains and buses, they were never a problem to manage.
We flew Singapore Airlines. Great service, on time, bland vegetarian food.
Speaking of vegetarian ( although i will eat fish ) one of the best things i came across before leaving was this site http://justhungry.com/japan-dining-out-cards Free to use, saved me a lot of anxiety, and always made restaurant servers smile on reading my print out.
I took 3 x 500g jars of Australian honey into Japan as small gifts for volunteer guides. I declared them however Japanese customs sped read my card, didn't ask what exactly i wanted to declare, and waved us through.
Will try to add to this travel report each day

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