Asia Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Report First time trip to Japan - Fall 2013

Jump to last reply

DH and I spent 3 weeks in Japan from Nov.1-Noiv. 22. By way of introduction, we are both retired, and have traveled extensively over the past 40 years, sometimes on tours and sometimes on our own. With the encouragement and help in planning of many Fodorites, especially mrwunrful, hawaian traveller, don topaz, as well as mara, kja, and Kavey, we decided to do this trip on our own. We booked JAL seats on the Dreamliner direct flight from Boston using American Airlines frequent flier miles.

We flew into Narita and out of Osaka, which was time efficient (no backtracking by train to get to Narita for a flight home). We used a one week Japan Rail Pass, which needs to be purchased before entering Japan. I booked all of our hotels on booking. com where I guarantee my reservations with a credit card, but I did not actually pay for them in full until I arrived at the hotel. All of the reservations were cancellable and i took full advantage of this in tweaking our itinerary just before leaving for Japan

Our itinerary was as follows: 6 nightsin Tokyo, 2 nights in Matsumoto, 2 nights in Takayama 2 nights in Kanazawa, 2 nights in Hiroshima and 7 nights in Kyoto. .

Our Dreamliner flight to Narita was smooth and non eventful. The food was mediocre at best. ( On the way home it was excellent) Economy seats were comfortable and since the plane was not full, the flight attendant invited us to spread out in the 4 middle bulkhead seats, which was very comfortable. The service on board was excellent. I would use JAL again if/when returning to Japan.

We went through customs and immigration quickly, changed some currency, bought our NEX/Suica combination ticket and arrived at our Tokyo hotel at about 7 o'clock, after a 10 minute taxi ride from the station.

89 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 6 Days in Bangkok - Itinerary Help!
  2. 2 Trip Report From DC to Delhi and beyond
  3. 3 Trip Report Vietnam and Cambodia - wonderful trip
  4. 4 Japan - itinerary advice - takayama or kanazawa?
  5. 5 2-3 days in Georgia
  6. 6 Rail passes for Nara-Kyoto-Koya-Karuizawa-Hakone-Kamakura
  7. 7 Tokyo and Thailand in July
  8. 8 Japan in July?
  9. 9 Phuket and surrounding areas
  10. 10 Trip Report 2-week adventure to the far north mountains of Vietnam with Exotic Voyages
  11. 11 Restaurant and Shopping Recs in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo
  12. 12 Anyone visit an Orphanage while in Sri Lanka???-Want to help if we can
  13. 13 Elephants and Tigers (no bears), oh my.
  14. 14 Lone traveler to Japan in April
  15. 15 Kerala or Goa and itinerary help
  16. 16 I just got a ticket and I'm leaving in 12 hours!
  17. 17 Please help me decide on the night before my flight-Agra or New Delhi?
  18. 18 Question: Using JR Pass on Narita Express upon arrival
  19. 19 Hotel or Air First for Japan?
  20. 20 Guardian news story about security and safety in Maldives
  21. 21 2015 Cherry Blossom Forecast Published
  22. 22 Where to go on 2.5 week long honeymoon in late June/early July?
  23. 23 Japan beach resort with toddler in may
  24. 24 Trip Report Trip report: 3 weeks backpacking across Indonesia
  25. 25 Trip Report Mostly Myanmar and a bit of Thailand
View next 25 » Back to the top