Family of 2, we got married in 2016.
We love to eat and most of trips are centered around food and that’s why we chose japan. My wife is vegetarian and I will eat anything that moves.
Every year we travel in the month of December.
Reasons why we travel in December, holidays, my birthday and to avoid the peak summer travel season.
Before the trip:
Made a detailed itinerary
Made a list of things to buy from japan
Decided a budget
Downloaded useful apps
Travefy for itinerary
TrabeePocket for expenses
Japan travel guide for train timings
Booked the JR pass online (must be bought before arriving in japan)
Cost approx 38k for 2
Arrives in 3-4 days
Booked and confirmed hotels and Airbnb
Pre booked the global advance communication pocket wi-fi. Cheaper compared to the other pocket wifis.
Basic itinerary of our trip:
Tokyo- Kyoto- Nara-Hiroshima & Miyajima- Osaka-Tokyo
17th December-30th December
Kyoto 4 days with day trip to nara
Hiroshima/miyajima -day trip
Osaka 2 days
Tokyo 5 days
Cost 4L INR
Approx 12-14000 yen per day for 2 ppl for food, sightseeing, souvenirs and local traveling.
Flew to narita, travelled to Tokyo, checked in, slept.
We flew Cathay Pacific from Mumbai via hongkong, landed at narita airport at around 830. We collected the pocket wifi after immigration.
There are 3-4 ways of reaching Tokyo from narita. We chose the most affordable mode.
We took the airport shuttle for 1000 yen per person and got dropped off to Tokyo station in an hour.
Why we chose the airport shuttle:
Taxis are too expensive. Express trains are more expensive than buses but almost take the same time. Local trains are also reasonably priced but you have to change trains and haul your luggage.
Since our flight landed at 830pm we reached Tokyo by about 945pm.
Our plan was to travel to Kyoto the next day so we checked in at a hotel close to one of the stations.
The rooms and beds in most of the Tokyo hotels are small even after paying 5-8k INR per night.