Time to get back to more travel talk and get this trip planning back together. I will start with the biggest debate in my mind, Tokyo vs. Osaka, and which city will win out for the bulk of the trip. I am keeping it to one city and won’t be travelling across the country to the other city for several reasons. For one, its the cost factor and time factor. I will have a new boss starting next year, so I won’t be able to simply take two weeks off for a long trip. It stinks, but I need my job so can’t push the limits of a new boss so early on. Secondly, its the cost factor. I can’t go into a lot of debt after this trip and won’t max out credit cards. With a new apartment on the horizon, I have to plan and budget smart for this one. Thirdly, I’m a Florida boy and a foreigner making their first trip outside of the US. I don’t want to get lost and want to enjoy my time without being worried I’ll end up on a wrong train to the other side of Japan. I want to keep it simple and know exactly where I am headed.
So it comes down to Tokyo vs. Osaka/Kyoto. I know Osaka and Kyoto are two different towns, but with their close proximity to each other, a side trip from one to the other is more than doable. Tokyo or Osaka, this is down what it comes down to and there are so many factors to it. One of the factors again is cost but when it comes down to it, Osaka and Tokyo are nearly the same. Osaka might be a little cheaper, but for a long trip, the price is not that much different compared to both cities. The real question is what do I really want to see when I visit (it will happen). Do I want to see more old school Japan with a mix of modern with Osaka and Kyoto or do I want to get more modern and see the big city of Tokyo, one of the biggest cities in the world. It really is a flip of the coin at this stage. Both cities have their pros and cons and the prices for both are roughly the same, with Tokyo being slightly higher. It is a debate I’m still having and something I need to figure out very, very soon.
Any advice folks? I know I can’t go wrong with either, but anyone who would like to chime in is always welcome!