I’ve been interested in Japan and Japanese culture for a few years now so I’m super excited and grateful to be going to Tokyo this year! I’ll be travelling solo and since I’ve never travelled on my own before I wanted to be super organised and prepared for my trip. In this post I’ll be talking you through my planning process and how I’ve narrowed down all the things I want to do in Tokyo into two weeks.
Deciding what to do… There are so many amazing things to do and see in Japan so for this trip I decided to choose Tokyo as my base since it’s the city with the most things that interest me. For months I’ve watched videos of Tokyo on YouTube so I have a pretty good idea of the types of things I could do, but I decided to buy some books on Tokyo to give me a more targeted idea of the area.
Research… If you’re travelling anywhere in the world, I recommend researching the place before you get there. This way you’ll have a better understanding of where you are and you won’t miss out on incredible sights and amazing things to do while you’re on your trip. Having some knowledge about the area will make you seem less ignorant to the culture as well. Books like this are great help when it comes to cultural differences and customs. Thanks to these books I now know how to perform a cleansing ritual correctly at temples such as Sensō-ji!
Quick tip! Colour coding is a great way to separate the things you desperately want to do from the things that you want to do but wouldn’t be too sad if you missed out on. I decided to use coloured post it notes to help with this! Orange represents things I could do and green represents things I’m definitely going to do or must do when I’m there!
Map it out… Maps are great help, especially if you’re travelling somewhere you’ve never been before. They give you an idea of where everything is and help you plan what is easily accessible in a day and what is a little bit too far out. I really recommend buying a map and marking on it the places you want to visit.
Create a schedule… You definitely don’t need to stick to this but it’s good to have a rough idea of what will be easy to do in the time frame you have. I decided to create a schedule for my trip (using the previous colour coding system), and I feel like it will really help me when I get to Tokyo- especially since I’ll probably be very overwhelmed by the amount of things to do and see, so it’s good to have a schedule to refer back to.
I’m currently in the process of planning my trip and there are a few things that I still need to book tickets for, but I don’t feel overwhelmed with a large amount of things to do. I think this makes planning a trip much more fun and keeps me excited for it!
I hope you found some of these tips useful. If you did, comment on this post or message me on Instagram (@studiousleigh), I would love to hear from you!
Happy planning! Chelsea (Studious Leigh) xo