That’s right! My first trip of 2013 is confirmed, and it’s a big one!
Of course, I all but gave it away at the end of my 2012 round up! But yes, less than 8 months after returning from Asia, I’ll be heading back East to hit up the country that’s been on my list for longer than any other – Japan!
Sadly I’ll only have a week to explore the “land of the rising sun” due to work commitments, but I imagine it’s going to be a pretty damn packed week. I’ll be flying into the mental metropolis that is Tokyo and attempting to explore and photograph every hidden corner of the city I can, whilst no doubt embarrassing myself with my complete inability to understand anything I read or hear. Several uniquely Japanese gifts will also be getting purchased, both for friends/family back home, and for my own amusement no doubt!
I’m also massively excited about feasting on Japanese food, mostly as there’s so many things I need to try. But if all else fails, bring on the yakitori skewers! But I will do my best to try plenty of dishes and not just live on these, I promise…
I’ll also be getting out of the city and hoping for clear weather as I make the trip to Mount Fuji. With the cloud cover being notoriously unpredictable I have no idea yet what I’m going to be able to see and snap, nor how far up the mount I’ll be able to go. But here’s hoping for some sweet spring-time weather for my visit.
Talking of spring-time, that brings me to the main reason for my visit – Cherry Blossom season!
I’ve timed my visit to (hopefully) coincide with Hanami in Tokyo, so with luck I should be around during the two week window that will see the blossoms make their short annual appearance. From both a photography viewpoint and a cultural one, here’s hoping I’ve got my dates right!
But as far as having an actual plan goes… Well it’s safe to say I’m not that organised yet! I literally have my flights booked, and that’s it so far. So I’ve got a fair bit of organising to do before I head to Heathrow!
And when am I heading to Heathrow? Sunday 24th March! Thankfully I’ve landed a sweet deal with STA Travel and have got direct flights, so flying time will be kept to the minimum possible, giving me pretty much spot on one week before I’m sadly heading home on Easter Monday via Narita airport.
So it’s safe to say I’m one excited boy, and I’m already counting down the days until my most far-out trip yet! I’ll leave you with this image of how happy I was upon booking flights…
Have you been to Japan before? Any tips or advice for me before I head East?