Elizabeth (sistinas) wrote,

my BIG trip for the year!

So my BIG trip for the year is finally all paid for (yahoo!!!!) and will definitely happen - kisarazumama and I are heading to JAPAN!!!!! For two weeks!!!! We will leave on October 30th which is the only bummer since due to crossing the international date line we will actually miss most of Halloween (we'll arrive there the night of the 31st) which also means missing the two Anaheim Tiger Army OCtoberflame shows but at least I can make it to the ones at the Wiltern the week before.

Still, I am soooo excited to finally make it to Japan as this is a lifelong dream for me, I know I will take zillions of photos, I have stocked up on big memory cards & some extra batteries & bought a special backpack to hold the right lenses & laptop and am still trying to decide what all to pack. I have invested in two essential guidebooks:

Tokyo Underground is a guide to all the toy stores in Tokyo and has useful info like maps, subway stops to get off at and hours when they are open - YAY!

Crazy Wacky Theme Restaurants in Tokyo - did you know they have a Vampire restaurant? A Ghost bar? Let alone Maid Cafes, Drag Maid Cafes, Butler cafes, places you can rent a cat to pet by the hour etc etc.

And I have just ordered the Lonely Planet guide Japan and Cruising the Anime City: An Otaku Guide to Neo Tokyo from Amazon.

I need an empty suitcase as well.

I am just depressed that the Studio Ghibli museum will be closed while I am over there which just means I will need to go back!

I've found links to all the places & hotels we'll be hitting (below cut)

Oct 30 -group check in at ANA Counter at IAD Dulles at 10:00 AM
Depart via ANA 001 from IAD at 12:20 PM

Oct 31
Arrive at Narita Japan 3:25 PM
ANA 2143 from Narita departs 5:55 PM to Fukuoaka

Arrive Fukuoaka airport by 7:55 PM
After customs, transfer by Coach to Hakata Miyako Hotel in Hakata

Nov 1
Transfer by coach to Sasebo Washington Hotel in Sasebo
Half day sightseeing of Sasebo visiting:
-Cruise at Kujukushima Islands
-Sasebo Kunch festival at Kameyama Hachimangu Shrine

Nov 2
Transfer by coach to Nagasaki
Half day sightseeing en route
Glover Garden
Oura Catholic Church
Nagasaki Peace Park and Memorial Museum
Transfer to Hotel Best Western Premier Hotel Nagasaki

Nov 3
Transfer by coach to hotel in Karatsu
-Walking tour in Karatsu visiting
Karatsu Kunchi Festival
Night at Karatsu Royal Hotel ****

Nov 4
Transfer by coach to Hakata with half day sightseeing en route
-Experience of Hakata doll painting
-Hakata doll shops
Transfer to hotel Hakata Miyako Hotel

Nov 5
Transfer by coach to Beppu with sightseeing en route
- Beppu’s boiling hells
Transfer to Ryokan in Beppu – Hanabishi Hotel

Nov 6
on foot to Beppu station
Leave for Kokuru by JR limited express training by JR Pass
Arrive at Kokura Station and change to JR super express train for Kyoto by JR Pass
Arrive at Kyoto Station and on foot to hotel - Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto (2 nights)

Nov 7
Tanabata-Kai Invitation Tour:
trip to Shikoku Island to visit Japan's oldest Joruri Play. Cosmos Flower Gardens
Dinner Reception

Nov 8
Half-day sightiseeing of Kyoto by coach, visiting
Kyoto Japanese Folk Dolls museum
Handocraft center
transfer to Kyoto station by shuttle bus
Leave for Odawara by JR super express train (JR Pass used)
Arrive at Odawara station and transfer to Ryokan in Hakone
Aura Tachibana

Nov 9

Full day of sightseeing of Mt Fuji and Hakone by coach, visiting
- 5th station of Mt Fuji
Then proceed to Hakone, visiting
-Mt Komagatake Ropeway
-Boat Cruise on Lake Aishi

Transfer to the Odawara Station
Leave for Tokyo by JR Super Express Train (JR Pass used)
Arrive at Shinagawa Station and walk to hotel in Shinagawa
Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa (2 nights)

Nov 10
08:00 AM - 6 hr sightseeing of Tokyo by coach visiting
- Tokyo Tower
- Imperial Palace Plaza (drive by)
- Akihabara (drive by)
- Ginza (drive by)
- Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Arcade
- Sushi cooking in Tsukiji
2:00 PM - Return to the hotel, afternoon free at leisure (Paula and I SHOP TIL WE DROP!)

Nov 11
Free at leisure on your own
(translation: Liz goes SHOPPING!!!!!!! Akihabara, Harajuku, Shinjuki, Shibuya here I come!)

Nov 12
Rooms available until regular check out time, baggage will be put in baggage storage on coach
Transfer to coach to Narita airport
Leave Tokyo by ANA 002, departure 11:10 AM

Arrive Dulles 9:50 AM (yes, before we left - crossing the international date line will fuck with your senses)
Tags: japan
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