JAPAN (or, I Make My Own Excitement)

November 17, 2017

Today, I’ve got one of the biggest announcements I’ve ever made. I’m going to Japan!!!! Next year, I’ll be going to Japan for the first two months of the year. I’m going alone, and I will be exploring the country alone. My itinerary is shaping up; I’m trying to cover the whole country and see as much as possible! Japan is a beautiful country and I’ve wanted to return and explore properly basically since I first went in 2015. I also have wanted to take a big trip solo somewhere to go and be alone for a bit (all will become clear), so when exceptionally cheap flights appeared I just went for it. Under £200 return for Tokyo is almost unheard of!

Japan is a country that’s always meant a huge deal to me (as I’ve said before). I’ve been once before – a two week trip with a friend – and I loved it. I just felt immediately at home. At one point, my buddy confessed he found it borderline scary that if we got seperated we could theoretically just be lost in a city with no method of communication, no phone, no language etc. It was so funny because I felt the opposite: that hadn’t even crossed my mind because I just felt so safe and at home! I don’t speak Japanese, and I don’t know anyone in Japan either.

I’m really, really proud of myself for organising this trip. It’s like a huge gift to myself, a break in my life when I really need one, and a major challenge which I will relish. I’m proud. Proud that I’ve engineered a lifestyle where I can just go and travel, proud I’ve saved the cash, proud of my planning, proud that I’m going despite a fair amount of objection, and proud that I’ve put myself first and done this purely for my own benefit. It may sound like I’m being very selfish for going, and I guess I am – but I’m proud anyway!

I’ve given a rough list of my destinations (not in order) below. Please send allllll the links so I can read your Japan posts! Fellow pinners probably seen my extensive Japan board on Pinterest, but if you think I’ve missed somewhere important, or you want to throw me some travel tips then HIT ME UP. If you are a reader in Japan then definitely e-mail me and let’s hang!


Miyajima Island
Okunoshima (yes, I have been before. BUT BUNNIES!)

16 comments so far.

16 responses to “JAPAN (or, I Make My Own Excitement)”

  1. This is so exciting! Japan is definitely on my ‘to-go’ list. I’m going to Hong Kong in March and I can’t wait.

  2. I enjoyed reading your blog 🙂

    That is brave of you to go by yourself. I went to Dublin over two weeks ago, I went by myself and it was one of the scariest things I ever done.

    I understand that this is the NOW and you have to take chances to live life to the max so I admire you on that.

    Good luck on your trip next year and keep us posted with how you are getting on during your trip in Japan.


  3. Cate says:

    I’m so excited for you!! I’ll be in Tokyo in exactly one month and I can’t wait to be there again and eat all the foods! You’ll be in Japan for the Sapporo Snow Festival which I really wanted to go to the last time I was there but I ended up leaving about a week before it and the sad thing is my friends from LA were there so I missed out on seeing them to. Other places I’d recommend are Kamakura it’s about and hour away from Tokyo and so pretty you can also fit in a trip to Yokohama on the way to and maybe Enoshima which I didn’t go to but I heard was beautiful although it won’t exactly be beach weather then. Also if you’re in Osaka, Kobe is worth a trip to see, I had the best vegan food there from this place called The Pink Weed which wasn’t too far from Chinatown which was also full of yummy snacks. Arashiyama is worth a day trip from Kyoto as the nature is amazing there and it’s really quiet and old style Japan and they have the best tofu meals, I did want to try the vegan temple food there but it closes really early so if you want to try it make sure to get there early. NAGANO is AMAZING seeing the Snow Monkey’s was one of the best experiences ever they’re just so chill and I recommend the apples which are a speciality of the region haha! I can’t think of anything else right now but I really want to visit Niko as it looks beautiful especially in the winter but I’m not sure I’ll have time on this trip, there’s just so many more places I want to see in Japan I’ll probably have to plan out a few more visits there in the future xoxo

    • Laila says:

      THANK YOU for these amazing tips!!! I am so excited for Sapporo – I’m timing my trip up to the North so that I can see most of it plus the Asahigawa winter festival too. These all sound amazing – thank you. I actually went to Arashiyama on my last trip – it was so beautiful :)! xxxx

  4. Rosie says:

    That’s so exciting, I bet you will have an incredible time. And £200 for return flights? WHAAAAT?! That’s an amazing deal; one of my friends went to Japan last year and his flights were £1,500 for him and his wife. I’m really looking forward to read about your experiences. It looks like a wonderful country.

    • Laila says:

      Oh my gosh! That must have been business class?? I’m in the cheapest of the economy ones haha. I know the tickets can get super-expensive – it’s strange how variable it is. x

  5. Jane says:

    That is so exciting! Sounds like it’s going to be an epic trip. Looking forward to hearing about it 🙂

  6. Jess says:

    How exciting! I wish I had the guts to go somewhere by myself for such a long period of time but alas, I don’t. Good luck with your planning and have a wonderful time!

  7. Eek how exciting. I would love to go to Japan and your itinerary looks amazing as well!


  8. How incredible! Japan is on my (long) list of places to go; your trip sounds amazing. Look forward to all the pics and blog posts.

  9. Super exciting! I did a big three month trip solo last year and it is the best thing I’ve ever done so you’ll have an absolute blast, I’m sure! I’m gradually getting more and more of my Japan posts live, but there’s a few on Osaka and surrounding areas so far: http://www.charliedistracted.com/search/label/japan

  10. This is so so exciting! You’re going to Japan and you;re going alone, how fun is that?! And wow, those tickets were definitely a steal. Lucky girl. I really hope you have the most amazing time, can’t wait to read all about it 🙂
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  11. LaMesha says:

    Don’t even know you and I’m so happy you’re going. Totally not selfish to take care of you and go where you want.

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