tickets make it official


Having bought the plane tickets yesterday, I can now say with confidence that kniedzw and I are going to Japan!

I’ve been once before, briefly (over spring break my senior year of college); he’s never been. We’ll be heading down to Kyushu, where kurayami_hime is currently living, then enjoying about a week and a half of sightseeing in Kyushu and western Honshu. Our exact plans haven’t yet been nailed down, but are shaping up to include Nagasaki, Kyoto, and points in between.

If you’re familiar with that area, feel free to recommend things in the comments: sights to see, hotels or ryokan to stay in, etc. We’ll be there during Golden Week, so this will need to be the kind of trip that’s planned in advance, with reservations secured ahead of time.

(True story: when I was in Japan before, I arrived right when cherry blossoms were blooming in the Kansai region. kurayami_hime and I had vaguely planned to stay in Kyoto for three nights, starting on a Wednesday, but when we got to the city and went to make a reservation at a ryokan, there was a sign above the desk warning us “NO VACANCIES IN KYOTO FRIDAY OR SATURDAY NIGHTS.” The entire city was sold out. So we stayed two nights instead of three, and that’s how I ended up going to Takayama, which had not been on my original itinerary.)

Now I’d better get to work dusting off my language skills. It’s been a long time since I really tried to speak Japanese . . . .

0 Responses to “tickets make it official”

  1. la_marquise_de_

    Have a wonderful time.

  2. Marie Brennan

    Yes, I did; I forgot that I hadn’t responded to it! (Sorry about that. I forwarded it on to my partners in crime, which apparently made my brain check the “you have dealt with this e-mail” box.) Thank you very much; it’s quite helpful, and I might have some follow-up questions for you as our plans get more concrete.

  3. alessandriana


  4. moonandserpent

    The fact you’re going to be out of town while I’ll be a couple of blocks from your place cracks me up.

  5. starlady38

    I’ve only stayed at a hotel in Kyoto once, and it sounds like you have better advice on that front already. =) I’ll send you another email one of these days.

  6. hooton


    (And I am so jealous. I’ve always wanted to go to Japan. I hope you both have a blast).

  7. shveta_thakrar

    Oh, fantastic! I can’t wait to hear all about it.

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  9. green_knight

    You should inquire whether the Ninja museum in Iga-Ueno is open. I did this as a day trip from Kyoto and loved it.

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