日本の旅行


Hey all!
I’ve got some good news!
I’m going to be spending a little under two weeks in Japan for my spring break!

I’m excited to be going there, although I must say that I really hate trying to plan the trip there.

This will only have been the second time that I’ve gone to Japan, but that doesn’t mean that the planning to get there has become any less difficult.

So far I’ve already found a great deal on Priceline.com for a hotel in Umeda, Osaka. The flights there aren’t too bad, but the layovers on the way back are going to make me want to shoot myself.
Myself and a friend want to take a shot at the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) to see how well we can do. Also, we’re planning on making a short trip to Tokyo as well since there is a college there that he wants to look at. The only thing that’s causing some stress on my part is that his passport literally just expired, and he’s waiting to see if his grandparents can give him a hand with the expenses.

All in all for just myself alone I am expecting to spend about $5,000 (USD)!

My Sensei talked about getting a JR pass and helping me with that as well so that when we travel around it won’t be as much.

At any rate, I’m happy to be going back. The last time I went I felt like I had learned more in the 8 days that I was there than I had in a classroom. Where I am, it’s extremely difficult to find a Japanese speaking person to practice with. Arizona has hardly any Japanese there, and at the moment I am finding it hard to motivate myself in a way.

I’m working my tail end off at school and right now I’m doing rather well, but I still have a butt load of homework to do and I have to do it to make sure that my grade stays up. But while planning this trip it is really stressful. Actually very overwhelming. To be honest after I come home from school and then surf the internet for another hour or so trying to get everything straight I don’t really want to do too much Japanese afterwords! But tomorrow I have a study session with three members of my class and we’re going to meet up with one of the few Japanese tutors at our school, Takuya.

I really need to get motivated again.

If you have any suggestions please leave them in a comment!

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2 Responses to 日本の旅行

  1. PK... says:

    Sammie!

    That’s pretty awesome!!! I’m sure you will have a blast… and yeah, just a few days “in-country” will teach you quite a bit more than the pure academic classroom stuff.

    Idea: It’s great to book your airline ticket through the travel sites but I would probably suggest waiting until you get there to find a good place to stay. Do you have a local point of contact? Someone that lives there that can help you out? Someone you met when you were there the last time? When I went to Okinawa, I stayed at this place called a weekly mansion (can’t remember the Japanese name for it) … I was there for 12 days and I paid $540.00 … comes out to just about $45 a night. Bedroom, bathroom, and small kithen … everything you need for a short trip.

    On the flip side of the story, Okinawa is a little different from the rest of Japan… I’m sure you know this, it’s like their version of Hawaii so a lot of tourists go that way (probably why they have a few good deals like that). Anyway, just a few ideas. I don’t know what restrictions you have from your parents or anyone else (i.e. if you MUST have your hotel booked and all that good stuff before you get there). If you have someone local that you can meet up with over there, they can probably help “shop around” and cut that $5K bill by at least $1.5K (assuming a good percentage of that goes into lodging).

    Talk to you later…


    PK

    • kamikenji says:

      Hmm, perhaps another time I will have to try and stay with a friend. Because I am not going alone I don’t want to intrude on a friend’s space or anything of the like. I am going to have some help from my friend Shimpei while I am there when he’s not working so that’s going to at least make things easier as far as getting around is concerned. Haha. We plan on doing a lot of travel as well though and it’s a bit easier since the last time I was there it looked like Osaka had a lot of access to everywhere on the main island. So either way I look at it, this trip is by far going to be more expensive then the last one!

      Thanks for the comment PK ❤

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