Category: Japan

Posts about traveling in Japan. These posts cover all the various things you could possibly do during a trip to Japan.

Things to do in Okayama Itinerary | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Okayama Itinerary: Things to Do + Travel Tips

Not only is Okayama the capital of Okayama Prefrecture, but it’s one of those “hidden gem” cities. It’s not nearly as crowded with tourists as say Tokyo or Kyoto, but definitely has its claim to fame with iconic landmarks such as “Crow Castle” and one of the three great gardens in Japan. Check out this Okayama Itinerary for all the fun things to do, where to stay, and how to get there!

Day Trip to Kamakura Itinerary | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Kamakura Day Trip: Itinerary + Travel Tips

There are a lot of places that make for great side trips from Tokyo, but few are quite as full of history as Kamakura, the former capital of Medieval Japan. If you’ve got some time in your itinerary, I highly suggest making a day trip to Kamakura from Tokyo.

Mt Fuji Kawaguchiko Day Trip | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Mt. Fuji + Kawaguchiko Day Trip Itinerary

At the base of Mt. Fuji is the Fuji Five Lakes, named such for the five lakes in the area surrounding Mt. Fuji. The most famous and easily accessible of the lakes is Lake Kawaguchiko. The many things to do there plus the great views of Mt. Fuji makes it a great day trip from Tokyo. Check out this comprehensive Lake Kawaguchiko day trip itinerary for all the great things to do there!

Day Trip to Nara Itinerary | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Day Trip to Nara: Itinerary + Travel Tips

One of the best things about the Kansai region in Japan is how much there is to do and see in such close proximity. Nara, a smaller but popular city, makes for a fantastic day trip from either Kyoto or Osaka. Check out this Nara Day Trip Itinerary to find all the best things to do and how to get there!

Itinerary Nagoya Things to Do Travel Tips | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Nagoya Itinerary: Things to Do + Travel Tips

Conveniently located between Tokyo and the Kyoto/Osaka area, Nagoya makes for a perfect stopover destination. Not only is it the capital of the Aichi prefecture, but its also the 4th largest city in Japan. If you’re looking for things to do or how to get there, check out this Nagoya Itinerary!

Day Trip to Himeji from Osaka Kyoto | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Day Trip to Himeji Castle from Osaka or Kyoto

For those who love Japanese tradition and history, no trip to Japan would be complete without a stop in Himeji, the home of one of Japan’s most famous castles. Himeji Castle, also nicknamed the White Heron castle due to its color and shape, has not only been designated as a national treasure but is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Due to Himeji’s convenient location along the Sanyo Shinkansen (bullet train), it makes for a fantastic day trip from Osaka or Kyoto. Find out what it’s like to spend a day in Himeji and how to get there!

The Best of Hiroshima: a 1 - 2 Day Hiroshima Itinerary | Footsteps of a Dreamer

The Best of Hiroshima, Japan: A 1 – 2 Day Hiroshima Itinerary

Hiroshima is one of those places that tends to get left off many Japan itineraries, especially if it’s a person’s first time to Japan. However, I personally made a point to visit Hiroshima, even if it was only for a day or two. It may not have some of the great shrines or culturally unique activities like Kyoto or Tokyo, but its rich in history. Find things to do, where to stay, how to get around, and more with this 1 – 2 day Hiroshima itinerary!

A 2 - 4 Day Kyoto Itinerary | Footsteps of a Dreamer

The Best 2 or 4 Day Kyoto Itinerary + Day Trips

Out of all the places in Japan, Kyoto was the place I wanted to visit most during my time in Japan. I love traditional Japanese culture and am obsessed with shrines and temples, so naturally Kyoto would be the place for me. During the four months I spent in Japan, I ended up visiting Kyoto on a couple of different occasions (one of which happened to be during Golden Week – a string of holidays in Japan and also a very popular travel time). For your convenience, I’ve condensed my adventures down to one, easy-to-follow 4 day Kyoto itinerary!

Wearing a Kimono in Kyoto A Kimono Rental Experience | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Kyoto Kimono Rental: Where to Rent + My Experience

Kimono were the traditional clothing worn by Japanese and are often still worn today for festivals or very formal events. Some of the older Japanese men and women still wear kimono on a daily basis. If you are looking to really delve into and experience Japanese culture, renting a kimono for the day is probably one of the best ways to do it. Find out what it’s like wearing a Kimono in Kyoto, how much it costs, where to rent one and more!

2 Days in Osaka - Osaka Itinerary | Footsteps of a Dreamer

The Best of Osaka: A 2 Day Osaka Itinerary

With it’s cool buildings (traditional and modern) and bountiful activities, it’s no surprise that Osaka makes it into many Japan itineraries, especially for first timers. Personally, I think the perfect amount of time to spend is 2 days in Osaka. It gives you enough time to check out all the city’s major attractions without feeling too rushed. Keep reading to find out what to put in your 2 day Osaka itinerary!

A 5 - 7 Day Tokyo Itinerary | Footsteps of a Dreamer

In-Depth 5 to 7 Day Tokyo Itinerary + Day Trips

Heading to Tokyo soon? Trying to figure out what to do there? Tokyo has LOTS of things to see and do, so much so that it can often be hard trying to figure out how to see all the best parts of the city with a limited amount of time. If you’re trying to figure out how to spend your time there, check out this 5 and 7 day Tokyo itinerary as well as some possible day trips from Tokyo!

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun: A Unique Hot Springs Experience | Footsteps of a Dreamer

Visiting Hakone Kowakien Yunessun: A Unique Hot Springs Experience

Ever soaked in a wine filled hot spring? How about a coffee hot spring? A green tea hot spring? You can do just that at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Spa and Resort! When I first started researching things to do while studying abroad in Japan, I knew this was something I just had to try. Conveniently, it’s located in Hakone, so I found that it made for a great day trip from Tokyo with some friends!