|Travelling in style|
...in other words, there's no way I could possibly make N2 level with my remaining study time, so I'm not wasting my money this year. ;)
That's okay, there's plenty more to blog about, if I ever sat down and made the time for it! For example, I have 1500+ photos from my trip in February, and I've posted very few of them here. Every time I think about blogging, I can't quite decide what to write about...but maybe it's time I shared some stories of my trip, so that I'll have a diary of sorts to look back on, like the one I kept when I was actively living in Japan.
We tried to cram a lot into this trip. It was my first time back in 5 years, so I had a lot of catching up to do! I bought the ticket on a whim during an absolutely stunning $745-round-trip seat sale (via Delta, of all things), and got literally the last available dates on the sale so that I'd be able to save up. A few days later, my cousin Cassius was overcome with envy and bought a ticket of her own for the same time frame, minus a few days. I love showing people My Japan and also discovering new things about Japan, so we put together an itinerary that was a good mix of both, chock-full of train travel, Pokemon Centers, and the occasional onsen.
This is where Cass and I differ. Whereas I could go to Japan and literally just take a bath every single day, that is not her cup of tea. When she visited me in Japan 7 years ago, I morbidly embarrassed her by taking her to the onsen and being so excited that I didn't even notice her level of discomfort. So I tried to play nice this time, and also add in lots of things she likes. And she likes Pokemon, so I decided to take her to a Pokemon Center!
I decided to take her to every Pokemon Center in Japan!
That deserves a post all to itself, so I will come back to the Pokemon topic later.
|He knows where you've been.|
And if you haven't looked at a map of Japan, those places are literally on opposite ends of the country.
That's okay, though, because trains! In the end, the pre-departure itinerary looked something like this:
|Day 1 - Wed Feb 18||Narita||Narita > Tokyo (4 PM arr.)|
|Day 2 - Thu Feb 19||Tokyo||Tokyo > 〇〇 City > Kyoto|
|Day 3 - Fri Feb 20||Kyoto||Kyoto > Rinku Town > Namba > Kyoto|
|Day 4 - Sat Feb 21||Kyoto||Kyoto > Haneda|
|Day 5 - Sun Feb 22||Tokyo||Tokyo > Aomori|
|Day 6 - Mon Feb 23||Sapporo||Sapporo > Jozankei|
|Day 7 - Tue Feb 24||Sapporo||Jozankei > Sapporo|
|Day 8 - Wed Feb 25||Ueno||Ueno > Nakano > Tokyo|
|Day 9 - Thu Feb 26||Osaka||Himeji > Shinsekai > DenDen Town > Kyoto|
|Day 10 - Fri Feb 27||Kyoto||Kyoto > Osaka > Fukuoka? > Beppu|
|Day 11 - Sat Feb 28||Beppu||Beppu > Ajimu > Beppu|
|Day 12 - Sun Mar 1||Beppu||Back to Kansai, via Shikoku|
|Day 13 - Mon Mar 2||Kyoto||Kyoto > Otsu > Kyoto > Tokyo|
|Day 14 - Tue Mar 3||Tokyo||Asakusa > Haneda > Odaiba|
|Day 15 - Wed Mar 4||Tokyo||Odaiba > Shinjuku > Akasaka > Odaiba|
|Day 16 - Thu Mar 5||Tokyo||Odaiba > Narita|
Oh my! Well, if you glimpsed the map from Brother Google, you know we did all that and more. So stay tuned for the first days of our grand cross-Japan adventure!