Japan – booked!


Photo: Eric Testroete

I’m sooo excited. We just booked a two-week trip to Japan! We’ll have 9 days in Tokyo, then 6 in Kyoto, with a day trip to Osaka hopefully. In Tokyo, we’re staying in a great-looking serviced apartment in Shinjuku, and we’re going traditional in Kyoto and staying in a ryokan guesthouse. Sooooo excited as I’ve wanted to go to Japan for ages, so I’ve started gathering resources and must-see places together.


I bought the cute little zine and travel guide above from Asking for Trouble a little while ago, and I’m making my traditional holiday Google map – feel free to add your suggestions! I’m also excitedly watching this video over & over – might even try to make my own version over there.

11 thoughts on “Japan – booked!

  1. you're going to have an amazing time. i had almost the exact same trip last october, and it was fantastic..

    we never made it to osaka (it's farther away than you think) and overall we wish we spent more time in kyoto (rent bikes, it's great!)

  2. I went 3 years ago on a school trip and I really want to go back again. It's wonderful place and you'll never forget it. Try and keep everything, especially the receipts and the bus tickets in Kyoto are mega pretty, get a weekly pass it's cheaper and works for the subway too. oooh and watch out for the floral manhole covers. have fun!

  3. Hi, I'm Mariko, living in Tokyo.
    I'm a fan of your blog (^_^)

    I recommend you to visit "Edo Tokyo Tatemono En (Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum)" if you are interested in seeing Japanese classic houses.
    http://tatemonoen.jp/index.html
    (sorry, there seems to be no English site…)

    And if when you visit Kyoto, if you have any spare time, Nara is also great place to visit;-)( less than 1 hour from Kyoto by train).

    Anyway, I hope you will have great time in Japan!

  4. I lived in Japan for 2 years and watching this video just made me so home-sick (in a weird way)

    you will buy so much and think "why the hell don't we have these things back in Europe??"

    you are gonna LOVE it.

    make sure to visit TOKYU HANDS and go to the crafts and art section!

    have a nice trip!

  5. I just saw your comment on Decor8 and had to run over to your site because it said "Japan – booked!" We took a trip to Japan this summer for a few weeks and honestly, it was incredible and as a designer, you will love it. If you do decide to go to the Studio Ghibli Museum (as one commenter suggested) it is best to get the tickets before you leave home. It is wonderful, especially if you are a Miyazaki fan. Also in Tokyo, http://www.2121designsight.jp/schedule/index-e.html is a design museum that is really well done. However, all of the little things that you see everyday are what really throws it over the edge. Like little sweet characters everywhere and beautiful bowls of udon soup served by delightful people.

  6. hello!
    if you do go to asakusa make sure to look for a miniature shop, if i remember correctly it's on the right side of the alley and close to the temple. the shop itself is almost miniature it's so tiny. they have the most amazing little things, i always end up buying a few items whenever i go.

  7. Hello Katie! Just discovered your blog, it's awesome! How did/do you make that travelmap on Google? It looked so cool & clever!

    Love, Eliza

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