We just got back from Japan more than two weeks ago for a holiday. Japan is a beautiful country. Its people, heritage, and culture. Not to forget its food!
My trip to Japan before this was seven years ago. Since then, Japan was always on my radar as the travel destination and I knew we would go back again some time in the future.
If you can recall, J and K were not part of the trip. We were there just the two of us: my wife and I. You can read about the trip here.
Even after the recent visit, I still love Japan. I don’t deny the fact that I will pay the Land of the Rising Sun another visit soon.
For the recent trip to Osaka and Kyoto, we took J and K along. It was their first trip to Japan and they loved it to the bits. It’s an eye-opening experience for them and Japan is a good place for children to learn about good manners and being considerate to others.
This trip is different from our trip 7 years ago as this trip was self-tour. We moved around on our own and without a guide.
If you are asking, “How could that possible?” then read on.
At first I was skeptical too about moving around in a country that her people don’t speak English. But after I came back from the trip, I can tell you confidently that it is possible.
Based on our real life experience, I want to share with you how we did it, traveling in a foreign land where language is a problem, where culture is so much different from ours.
Let me warn you this article is really really long (it took me 2 weeks to finish and one of the longest I’ve ever written).
For ease of reading, I have divided it into a 3-article series: