Japan excitement!

Holiday alert!

I can’t believe that in 9 days time I’ll be sitting on my BA flight to Tokyo. Time is funny like that. I can remember the fantastic time we had in Tokyo in October last year just like it was yesterday. And yet the time elapsed since we booked our flights to go back has (seemingly) evaporated.

This is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the holiday is a lot closer, but on the other hand, I feel a lot less prepared than I should. So I’ll have to do some serious prep this weekend.

One does not simply walk into Tokyo…

I’m determined to enjoy every minute of this holiday and not waste any time while we’re there. With visits to Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto planned, I’ll need some plans. Not a daily timetable, but a good idea of the things I’d like to see and do while we’re there.

I’m pretty clear on the experiences I’d like to have, including an extended visit to an onsen spa and its associated relaxation. I’d also like to see more Japanese art, calligraphy in particular. I feel we barely scratched the surface of all Tokyo has to offer and a client recent excited me about his home town, Osaka.

So…more reading required, followed by generation of a long-list and a short-list for each city. But I’d also like to be accepting of the fact that plans will change and we won’t be able to do it all. And be heartened by the fact that Japan isn’t going anywhere, so we can always go back in the future.

Yet I don’t want to find myself regretting any wasted time. Though some of our best experiences in Tokyo were due to us simply hang a ‘wander’ through the streets.

Fingers crossed

That said, there’s talk of a bloody Icelandic volcano exploding in the coming weeks. I don’t want to bet against nature – that’s a losing bet to start with – but I’d be happy to offer some small animal sacrifices if our Icelandic cousin could hold off on erupting until we’re actually in Japan.

I dread our flight getting grounded before we’ve even left London. Heartbreaking. But if a significant volcanic eruption were to occur while we are in Japan, leaving us ‘stranded’ there with nothing but our very comprehensive travel insurance to rely on, then I’m quite happy to accept that dreadful scenario and make the best of a bad lot.

I’m sure I could cheer myself up with some Japanese food and culture. I’m resilient like that. 😉

Even if the volcano doesn’t misbehave, we have to fly over Russian airspace to get to Japan. We’re hoping Putin et al keep their hair on for the next few weeks and don’t follow through on threats to ban foreign flights from their airspace.

Though having to spend a few extra hours on a re-routed flight isn’t exactly Guantanamo. Especially when you’re travelling BA First Class.

Oh…did I forget to mention that?

Yes. The obsessive collection of BA frequent flyer points – through every means imaginable – means we got a complimentary upgrade to First. And this will make all the difference. Having done the same last year, I can tell you the food, the bed and the peace and quiet mean you can hit the ground running when you arrive.

And so…the countdown begins.

Checklist creation, packing list organisation and experience anticipation. God I love travel.

  1. I know you loved it before and have no doubt you will have more fab pics and stories!

    I’d suggest some volcano juju to you but I only ever dealt with the Hawaiians.

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    1. I have fingers and toes crossed for an appropriate amount of volcanic activity!

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