Japan: Buying train tickets

Believe me, buying train tickets in Japan is not as complicated as its railways. If you’re a worrier like me and you’ll be visiting Japan soon, let go of that worry! Even if you have zero Nihonggo skills, buying train ticket in Japan using their (all-Japanese) ticketing machine is as easy as 1, 2,3. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here, I quickly filmed it.

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Japan in 15 days (Project Sakura)


3 years ago I was wondering how does it feel to stay in Japan. That time, I was working in a Japanese Lifestyle & Travel Magazine in the Philippines, arranging partnerships and selling advertising spaces for the magazine and website. I was very new to the corporate world and didn’t understand business since I just moved from TV Production and everything that I told my clients about the Japanese market (culture and behaviour) were all taught by my boss, nothing was from my experience and personal knowledge. It was good but I wanted something more- experience the culture.

This year, cause I wanted to tick off a few in my bucket list before 30, I gathered courage to travel Japan from Kansai to Kanto area. I didn’t have a chance to prepare and plan cause my family visited me in Singapore a couple of months before the trip but I think how my trip happened is quite a good itinerary for those who want to spend 15 days exploring Japan.

DAY 1. OSAKA (Familiarising & Shopping)
Namba, Shinsaibashi, Dotonbori, Amerika mura, H&M,

DAY 2. OSAKA (Sightseeing and Eating)
Osaka Castle, Osaka Castle Park, Umeda Sky Building

DAY 3. KYOTO
Kyoto Sky Garden, Kyoto Tower, Arashiyama, Hanami in temple near Gion

DAY 4. KYOTO
Gion, Maruyama Park, Shimogyo, Nakagyo, Shijo, Rokakku-do

DAY 5. KYOTO
Kiyomizu-dera, Nishiki Market, Honno-ji, Museum of Kyoto

DAY 6. NARA
Oji
Fushimi Inari Taisha- on the way back to Kyoto

DAY 7. KYOTO
Nijo Castle, Kinkakku-ji, Ginkakku-ji (+ Philosopher’s walk)

OVERNIGHT BUS FROM KYOTO (KANSAI) TO TOKYO (KANTO)

DAY 8. TOKYO
Marunouchi for Imperial Palace and standing sushi
Shibuya for Monja and (Kyushu) Ramen

DAY 9. TOKYO
Hamarikyu Gardens then waterbus to Asakusa
Ryogoku, Shiodome, Shinagawa

DAY 11. TOKYO
Shibuya

DAY 12. TOKYO
Harajuku, Shibuya, Akihabara

DAY 13. TOKYO
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku

DAY 14. TOKYO
Odaiba- Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Dive Center
Roponggi

DAY 15. TOKYO
Breakfast at Tsukiji
Departure

Tokyo was longer because I wanted to meet some friends whom I didn’t see for a long time. But you can squeeze in a few days to see Kobe, Nagoya and even the places near Tokyo like Yokohama, Ogasawara, Izu islands and Tama area.