As I mentioned yesterday, trying to work Kyoto into the 9 day trip could be a little difficult. I want to make sure there is plenty of time to do all the things we want to while in Tokyo. It could be possible that if my sister decides to head home after the Tokyo part of the trip, I may take a few days by myself to visit Kyoto, but it could be a little pricey to do so. Continue reading
We want to visit Kyoto, but will there by enough time to make it worthwhile?
So 9 days is the firm number my sister and I are set on right now for the trip. She has to return home for work and her children and I have to return to my job as well, setting the limit on how many days we can explore Japan. Tokyo is the primary focus for us, but the city of Kyoto is something we both want to do. The only problem is, will we have enough time to see both? Continue reading
With the schedule of 9 days seemingly being the time table for the Japan trip, it’s time to take a look at my budget. I should be able to save a few dollars on the hotel because my sister has her reward points and perks with the Marriott, so that will be a big help. Continue reading
TEPCO keeps saying things are fine, I’m not buying it.
There are a lot of safety concerns whenever you are traveling and with an overseas trip, they are even greater. Japan has the threats of earthquakes and tsunamis, but one threat that I’ve been following for awhile is the Fukushima nuclear plant and the radiation concerns that go with it.
The Fukushima plant was damaged back in 2011 when a powerful tsunami devastated parts of the northern coast of Japan. The plant has been dealing with overheating issues, radiation leaks into the ocean, and trying to keep the entire thing from melting down. A new article on Yahoo that came out today mentioned that steam was seen rising from one of the cooling tanks, although the workers and administration at the site said everything was normal. While TEPCO says all is fine, who are they trying to fool? Thousands still can’t return to their homes, the area is still devastated near the plant, and radiation levels in the ocean near the plant are higher than ever before.
While visiting Tokyo does not put us directly in harms way of the plant, it is still something to watch. The radiation that is getting into the ocean does affect the marine life, which is a major part of the Japanese way of life. It is a reality that Japanese people are facing all the time and something that we will have to face when we land.
Communication with my sister on planning this trip has been slow at best. She is super busy and it is still a ways out, but I’m always over zealous and always eager to get things planned. So I’ve sent her a few emails (not pressuring her) and have gotten a general idea of how long she can and wants to spend in Japan. 9 days. Continue reading
I want to be on this plane!
This is a follow up to that last post about the pros and cons of an airline credit card. If I get a card, it would be a domestic carrier, either American, Delta, or United. These are the best airline options that operate out of the US and fly into Tokyo (Narita or Haneda). However, there is another option for flights into Japan, both Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airlines (ANA). Continue reading
I currently have a rewards credit card that will come in handy and will probably pay for a hotel room in Kyoto (once sister leaves). But, for the flight there and back, I wonder if a airline specific credit card would be beneficial. Continue reading