On my brother's 23rd birthday in November, we decided to take a trip to Japan to celebrate, instead of going the usual party route. We also convinced one of our cousins to join us. My brother and I were able to get a week off work and made our cousin skip college for a week. Leaving out two days that would be spent on the flight, we were left with five days to explore as much of the country as possible.
Being an immensely diverse nation, it is impossible to take in all of Japan in such a short span of time, but we wanted to make the most of it. So we selected one of the most popular itineraries: Tokyo – Hakone – Kyoto – Osaka, which manages to capture the essence of the country while celebrating its diversity.
Japan is an extremely interesting destination with a very unique culture. On the face of it, people appear exceedingly modern but as you spend more and more time in the country, you are made aware of the underlying tradition that has been fused with modernity. And being in a foreign land, amidst unknown people and unfamiliar situations, was the perfect setting to bond with my brothers.