37 days and counting!

8 02 2012

I can’t help it, I’ve officially started a countdown for my trip to Japan. Today’s inspiration provided by Japan-guide.com’s Cherry Blossom Forecast 2012:

Cherry Blossom Forecast 2012
As of February 22, 2012

According to the current forecasts, the cherry blossoms are expected to open according to their average schedule or slightly delayed in 2012. The blossoms are forecast to start opening across wide areas of Kyushu, Shikoku and Honshu in late March and reach full bloom in early April.

Location Opening Estimated Best Viewing  
Tokyo March 30 April 5 to 14
Kyoto March 30 April 6 to 15
Kagoshima March 28 April 5 to 14
Kumamoto March 26 April 3 to 12
Fukuoka March 28 April 5 to 14
Hiroshima March 30 April 6 to 14
Osaka March 31 April 7 to 15
Nara April 1 April 7 to 15
Nagoya March 30 April 7 to 14
Yokohama March 31 April 6 to 13
Kanazawa April 7 April 12 to 19
Nagano April 13 April 18 to 25

If all goes well, we’ll be hitting peak viewing in most of the cities we’re visiting. I can hardly wait to get on that plane in 37 days!


I’ve got the travel bug…

31 01 2012

..and I’ve got it bad.

Fortunately, it’s about time Roman and I took another international trip. In the past we’ve spent nearly three weeks in central and eastern Europe, a week in Paris, a week in the Mayan Riviera, and a week on Grand Cayman. Where to then?

This time we’re heading to JAPAN, for 16 days! I can hardly contain my excitement. We’ll be arriving in Osaka, traveling to cities like Iga, Hiroshima, Koyasan, Kyoto, Nara, Nagoya, Nagano, and leaving after 5 whole days in Tokyo.

There’s so much history and culture to see, we could spend a month and not see it all! However, I think we’ll have a pretty incredible trip with the time we have. And, we’ll be there during hanami (Cherry blossom viewing season)!

Every spare moment of my time is going towards planning this trip (hotels, ryokan, vacation rentals; oh, my!). Which is aiding in my overwhelming excitement. If anyone out there has any suggestions of what to see, where to eat, etc., please pass it my way!

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