Let the countdown begin!
Well we are only 28 days out now before we depart for the land of the rising sun! Airfares are booked, accomodation is booked, train passes are booked... and most importanlty travel insurance is sorted (one of us is definately going to be attacked by a ninja and/or yakuza!)
So without further ado here is our itinerary:
December Tuesday 14th- Depart Brisbane Intl Airport to Sydney. Change @ Sydney to direct flight to Tokyo Japan.
Wednesday 15th- Arrive Narita, Tokyo Airport Japan @ 6am in the morning. Take the shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto Japan (about 500km south and 3.5 hours on the train). Staying at Kyoto Utano Youth Hostel.
16th 17th & 18th - Spending 3.5 days in Kyoto. Exploring Kyoto the old capital city of ancient Japan. Full of castles, temples, palaces, etc.
19th & 20th- Take train to Osaka. the 2nd biggest city in Japan. Visit Universal Studios (theme park). Spa World (onsen hotsprings, saunas, heated pools, etc). Kaiyukan Aquarium best aquarium in Asia. Staying at Bonsai Guest House Osaka.
21st -24th - Take train to Hakuba. Hakuba is one of the best ski fields in Japan. Spend 4 days in Hakuba skiing, seeing snow monkeys, etc. Staying at Lodge Tabi Tabi in Hakuba.
25th December - Jan 5th - Take train to Tokyo. Spend the remainder of our trip here. Meet up with Josh who is going to be our tour guide . Staying at Homeikan hostel in Tokyo.
That's the plan in a nutshell... Plans usually fall apart though so let's see what happens!