Booked my next trip to Japan and need some suggestions

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It’s been ages since my last trip to Japan. February 2013 to be precise. A lot has happened in the meantime. I studied dentistry, moved two times and fell in love again. Going back was always on top of my wishlist but something was always in the way. Most of the times my funds were just not enough to make a worthwhile trip. Or at least that’s what I always thought.

You might have guessed it from reading this blog, but I enjoy buying and collecting things. Lately, I try to focus more on experiences instead. But a few years ago (and even a few months ago) my mindset was more focused on materialistic things. My grandparents with whom I spent a big part of my childhood are big collectors and that’s probably why I still can’t get rid of that completionist-tick completely.

After my last attempt at a holiday in summer 19 my girlfriend where we just wanted to spend three weeks in Provence, we were longing for a real holiday without any accidents or turbulences. And now we finally took the plunge: Three weeks in Japan: From mid-September till early October.

So far we only booked a small, hopefully cozy, apartment for a week in Tokyo in Shinagawa. After that, we will visit Kyoto for six days where we found an awesome hotel right in the center of attention which just looks plain amazing. It’s called Good Nature Hotel, houses several restaurants and a pretty fancy-looking supermarket on the lower floors. I will make tons of pictures for you, that much is guaranteed.

After that, we’re looking for some quiet, relaxing days. I’m not much of a backpacker and because we’ll be traveling with two suitcases each I try to keep the actual traveling to a minimum. Or rather I want to keep the hotel/apartment changing to a minimum. Btw. I’m still looking for a new suitcase pair (cabin/check-in M). Always wanted a Rimowa set but since LVMH took over the brand I can’t justify the price anymore.

If you have any tips on what we should visit, where to stay, all help is really really appreciated.

What really would be great after visiting all these cities would be some downtime in an onsen/spa city. If you have any suggestions about which town/city would make a great stay on our way back from Kyoto or Osaka, please let me know.

I’m still debating whether or not visiting Osaka for a few days after Kyoto makes sense. A friend of mine told me we should just visit for a day during or Kyoto stay. Decisions, decisions. You see, I need your help with this trip. Another 8 days in Japan are to be planned location wise.

And of course, I need a bunch of suggestions of what to do, where to eat and where to shop in Kyoto and Tokyo.

Like always, thanks for reading. My Japanese study routine is still at 3 new cards of JALUP each day and I’m trying to get used to the abysmally small fonts of JUMP manga again. All that iPad reading spoiled me.

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