Discovering Western Japan by Campervan

I have so many stories to share in this blog but where do I begin?

Hmm, I think I can start by talking about what excites me the most at this point in time, something that keeps me awake at night ….. Yeah! That would be my upcoming campervan holiday in Japan! (You didn’t think it’s something R(A) I hope ūüėČ )

I‚Äôm leaving this month and I still have not finalized the itinerary!! I started with a brief plan consisting of places that I‚Äôd KIVed from the previous trips. But then the itinerary keeps getting fuller and fuller and the wish list, longer and longer! I have to constantly decide on which scenic spots I must visit and which activities are worth spending (time and money) on. Even though the process is time-consuming, I’m loving every moment of it ‚̧
 

Traveling by Campervan

Japan Sept 2017 - Traveling by Campervan

This trip is special because this is going to be my first campervan holiday. The biggest advantage of having a campervan is that the itinerary is flexible as I‚Äôm not tied down to a certain course that’s determined by pre-booked accommodation. I can choose to change my plans even at the last minute. I would have total freedom to go anywhere and whenever I want!

But even with that kind of freedom, you need to have at least a brief itinerary. So here are some of the highlights for this trip. The focus this time is Western Japan (this being my 4th visit to Japan). It is perfect for travelers who want to avoid the crowd yet still want to have a full Japanese experience.

Day 0 – Haneda Airport
Day 1 – Tokyo
Day 2 – Greater Tokyo Area
Day 3 – Greater Tokyo Area to Shizuoka
Day 4 – Shizuoka to Tokushima
Day 5 – Tokushima to Ehime to Hiroshima
Day 6 – Miyajima, Okunoshima, Hiroshima
Day 7 – Hiroshima to Tottori
Day 8 – Tottori
Day 9 – Tottori to Kyoto
Day 10 – Kyoto to Hakone
Day 11 – Hakone to Tokyo
Day 12 – Narita Airport
 

Street Go-Kart through Tokyo

Go-Kart through Tokyo

Read about it in What Else To Do In Tokyo.
 

Kiyose Sunflower Festival

Kiyose Sunflower Festival

Read about it in My First Day in a Campervan.
 

Okuoikojo Station

Okuoikojo Station

More photos and information here
 

Studio Ghibli Locations

Kurosuke’s House

Read about my visits to Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Satsuki and Mei’s House, Totoro’s Forest, Totoro Tree, Totoro’s Melody Road, Dogo Onsen, Forest of Warmth and Shiro-hige‚Äôs Cream Puff Factory.
 

Iya Valley

Iya Valley

More photos and information here
 

ŇĆkunoshima, Rabbit Island

ŇĆkunoshima (Rabbit Island)
 

Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima

Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima
 

Miyajima, the Shrine Island

Miyajima Island
 

Tottori Sand Dunes

Tottori Sand Dunes
 

Mitokusan Nageiredo

Mitokusan Nageiredo
 

Kibune Nagashi Somen

Kibune Nagashi Somen

More photos and information here
 

Maiko Experience

Maiko at AYA studio reception area

Read about it in The Day I Became An Apprentice Geisha.
 

As you can see above, I won’t be staying in a location for long and I try to get the most out of each stop. Traveling alone makes this possible because I can start the day early, eat on the go, walk at my normal fast pace, explore places off the beaten track and be spontaneous! I can’t wait to start my next journey and looking forward to sharing my experiences with you all!

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