Brickers’ Live Japan Trip Report

Konnichiwa from Japan! We are in the midst of our Asia adventure, with stops at Mount Fuji, Nagoya, Hiroshima, and Osaka before arriving in Kyoto. We’ve already posted installments of this trip report from Tokyo and Hong Kong (obviously not Japan, but we’ll include it here), and will have the other parts of the report soon.

This post basically just functions as a sticky index for the main page of the blog that you can bookmark or find previous installments of our Japan trip report easily. It’s also a good spot to post random questions you might have, recommendations for us, or things you’d like to know (or even see!) from Japan.

The goal is for this to be a live-ish trip report, and even though we’re already a few stops behind (we’re currently on our last day in Hiroshima with Osaka and Kyoto up next), we should catch up once we arrive in Kyoto and have a slower-paced travel schedule. These trip reports feature a lot of random photos, anecdotes, and general info about our day-to-day experiences in Japan…

If you’re planning a trip, these posts might be useful for building anticipation and getting a general idea for what we’ve done and enjoy in Japan, but we’ll have a slew of trip planning posts in addition to these reports. In those, we’ll offer additional tips, touring strategy, and information about key points of interest.

This trip report will be written in a way that allows you to join us vicariously and also “learn” (that term is used very loosely) more about Japan. We’re guessing many of you are Disney fans, and as we’ve now said countless times, Tokyo’s parks are our two favorite in the world.

Well, the country of Japan is one of our favorites in the world (with Kyoto being our #1 or #2 city), so hopefully this will solidify Japan as a bucket list travel destination for you. We strongly encourage anyone with the time and resources to try taking a trip to Japan. You won’t regret visiting!

Here are the installments of our Japan Live Trip Report that are posted thus far…

Hong Kong (Days 1 & 2) – We Ate a Lot in Hong Kong
Tokyo Day 1 – The Hello Kitty Theme Park is Awesome (No Joke!)
Tokyo Day 2 – Our First Railroad Museum & Michelin-Star Ramen
Tokyo Day 3 – We Did Lots in Shinjuku, but the Highlight Was Eating Where Tom Hanks Ate.
Mount Fuji Day 1 – Misadventures in Public Bathing
Mount Fuji Day 2 – Chureito Pagoda, Maple Corridor, and More Mount Fuji Fun!
Nagoya Days 1 – 3 – Another Railway Museum & Castle

Hiroshima & Miyajima – Floating Torii & Somber Reminders (Coming Later…)
Kyoto Week 1 – The Christmas Tree Hunt and Adventures in Grocery Shopping (Coming Soon…)

If you just can’t get enough trip report fun, “Like” the TravelCaffeine Facebook Fan Page to see more of our live photos and video from the trip!

If you’re planning a visit, please check out our other posts about Japan. We also recommend the Lonely Planet Japan Guide to help plan.

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8 replies
  1. Meredith
    Meredith says:

    Wow, we leave for Japan in 9 days and I got online to check your blog for some Tokyo Disney stuff and I read you are spending an entire month in Kyoto so it MUST be a special place! I 100% trust your judgement so I’m changing our trip to add 3 days in Kyoto. Lol, thanks a lot Tom!

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    • Tom Bricker
      Tom Bricker says:

      Wow…that’s a pretty big last-minute itinerary change on the basis of us. You’re putting a lot of pressure on us, but given how much we love Kyoto, I doubt you’ll be disappointed!

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      • Meredith
        Meredith says:

        Hi Tom and Sarah- just letting you guys know it was totally the right decision to make the change and come experience Kyoto. It’s like a breath of fresh air 🙂

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        • Tom Bricker
          Tom Bricker says:

          That’s great to hear–we totally agree about Kyoto, and that’s part of why we love it so much. Totally different from the experience you have in Tokyo (and pretty much anywhere, for that matter).

          Hopefully the crowds in Kyoto right now haven’t been too off-putting. Unfortunately, this is their peak season. (We’ve never experienced crowds even remotely this bad in Kyoto.)

        • Meredith
          Meredith says:

          Lol, well I know how you are a completionist and will cringe when I say this but we only left our hotel 1 day- were were there for 3 nights/4 days. The crowds were insane and I felt our hotel offered more of a true Kyoto experience than every place the crowds were swarming. We stayed at the Four Seasons and it was just built around an 800 year old garden complete with a koi pond and a teahouse. There were not many people there so it was extra lovely. On Saturday and Sundays at 6pm they have a Meiko come do a short performance in the lobby. Everyday at 5pm the Teahouse overlooking the pond turns into a champagne/sake bar- that was one of our favorite experiences in Japan and would highly recommend checking it out while you are there. If anything to experience something that is not advertised on Tripadvisor 😉

        • Tom Bricker
          Tom Bricker says:

          We were actually just at the Four Seasons two days ago—not staying there, just checking it out as part of our research. Didn’t have a chance to see the Maiko perform, though!

  2. Christina Brueggeman
    Christina Brueggeman says:

    It looks like you are having an amazing trip! My husband, daughter (10), son (7) and I (from Southern CA) are currently in Tokyo & Kyoto as well until the end of next week. This is the last leg of our Asia Disney family vacation. We loved Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland and the Great Wall of China. We just spent the last two days at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea and we can’t wait to go back next week. Today we are off to the Robot Restaurant! Thank you for all of your blogs which helped us plan our once-in-a-lifetime trip! My husband emailed you but I am not sure if you received it. We hope you have happy and safe travels!

    Here is our music video from Hong Kong.
    https://www.facebook.com/david.brueggeman.1/videos/1524115484301926/

    Here is our music video from Shanghai and Beijing.
    https://www.facebook.com/david.brueggeman.1/videos/1529049577141850/

    We are still working on the videos for Disneyland.

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    • Tom Bricker
      Tom Bricker says:

      Hah, fun videos! That’s quite the whirlwind trip–hope you have a great time! (I don’t recall seeing any emails–but a lot has been buried while we’ve been traveling.)

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