3 Months In Japan - Without A Plan
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In a few days my wife and I will be returning to the land of the rising sun. To live there for 3 months in Japan. (This has been a long time coming!)
Ironically, although it will be the most amount of time I've spent in Japan in one trip, I basically have no travel plan.
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Well, that's not entirely accurate. We do have an itinerary taking us up until Christmas - which revolves around revisiting the southern island of Kyushu - which I'm really looking forward to.
But, that aside, nothing else it yet planned or booked. (I haven't even ordered my Japan Rail Pass yet.)
A New Life
For a bit of a control freak like me, 3 months in Japan without a plan is quite a big deal.
But that's because this trip is not a holiday. It's the start of a new life.
"But that's because this trip is not a holiday. It's the start of a new life."
One where we split my time between Japan and the UK. (I left my job in October, so I can dedicate all my time to The Real Japan.)
And because we'll be there for so long, we can plan once we're there.
I've a few ideas of new places I want to see, and there are some friends I'd like to meet up with.
How would you approach 3 months in Japan without a plan? Leave a comment below...
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