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5D4N Japan Itinerary – Tokyo, Gunma, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara

Japan is such a beautiful country. If I would give an advice on where to go for your first trip abroad or your next trip abroad as a traveller, it would be either Thailand/Japan. I love Thailand because it’s cheap and the food are amazing. It would be a nice country to go to if you love adventure. If you are on the chill side and want to relax plus eat good food, it’s Japan.

At first, I didn’t think much of going there because I thought you can only get a visa if you have a family there or if you’re filthy rich. When I saw how my ex-boyfriend wanted to go to Japan to meet his mom, I did a lot of research on how to go there. Even if he had a family in Japan, of course, I had to apply individually for a tourist visa. I will blog how to get a Japan tourist visa soon but here’s my itinerary and expenses for a 5D4N trip to Tokyo and Gunma + 5D4N trip to Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara.

5 Days and 4 Nights Trip to Tokyo and Gunma, Japan

The first time that I went to Japan was last November 2016. Because I’m me, this blog is already one year late. However, I have photos and notes so I will try my best to remember where I went and all my expenses.

Pre-departure expenses:

Airfare via Jetstar – (MNL-NRT) P10,374.78 with 20kg luggage

Accommodation – P5,000 for Tokyo accommodation, P0.00 for Gunma accommodation (thanks to my ex’s mom! :D)

Pocket money – P20,000 for 5 days

5 Days and 4 Nights Trip to Tokyo and Gunma, Japan Itinerary

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NOTE: This was the itinerary that I presented to the Japan Embassy as a requirement. However, as a last minute decision, we decided to ditch Tokyo and spend the last 3 days in Gunma instead. Gunma is hands-down the most peaceful place in Japan. I wanted to live there! In Gunma, I went fruit-picking and also went to the nearby Nikko. It was surreal!

I also had the best yakitori and karaage in one of the hidden gems there.

Check out this amazing restaurant if ever you’ll find yourself in Gunma:
Yakitori Taikoban-Gunma
Address: 群馬県邑楽郡大泉町西小泉5-13-3
Ota-shi, Gunma 370-0517
Tel: +81 276-61-0077

All-in-all, I spent P30,000 for this 5D4N trip to Tokyo and Gunma. This also includes the pre-departure expenses + shopping + pasalubong. Not bad for a first-timer, huh?

Click next for my recent Japan trip itinerary!

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Sponsored by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) implements the Taiwan Excellence campaign to promote innovative and superior-quality products, and encourage Taiwan innovators to continue transforming current technologies.

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The first 50 registrants got to win a Meet & Greet and a signed basketball from Kramer. Afterwards, there was an awarding for online contest winners, in which participants got a chance to win the following: 2 roundtrip tickets to Taiwan, a Paper Shoot Hinoki digital camera, a Tatung Fusion Cooker, a Saeko Marlin K9 swimming goggles, a Tern Verge X10 foldable bicycle, and signed basketballs from Kramer.

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Here are the highlights of the event 🙂

Day 1 – September 29, 2017

Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) Executive Director Mr. Raymond Chen, TAITRA President and CEO Mr. Walter M. S. Yeh, Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines (TECO) Mr. James Shi Chu, TAITRA Chairman Mr. James C. F. Huang, Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman and CEO Mr. Angelito Banayo, Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) Chairman Mr. Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr., and PBA player Mr. Doug Kramer graced the opening in the Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone, highlighting its sports and leisure and products.

Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) Executive Director Mr. Raymond Chen, TAITRA President and CEO Mr. Walter M. S. Yeh, Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines (TECO) Mr. James Shi Chu, TAITRA Chairman Mr. James C. F. Huang, Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman and CEO Mr. Angelito Banayo, Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) Chairman Mr. Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr., and PBA player Mr. Doug Kramer graced the opening in the Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone, highlighting its sports and leisure and products.

The first 50 registrants for the opening day had a chance to meet PBA star Doug Kramer and get a signed basketball from him.

The first 50 registrants for the opening day had a chance to meet PBA star Doug Kramer and get a signed basketball from him.

Angeline Quinto gathered a crowd on a Friday evening, all excited to see her perform after a day filled with activities.

Angeline Quinto gathered a crowd on a Friday evening, all excited to see her perform after a day filled with activities.

Day 2

4th Impact gave a rousing performance to excited mall-goers.

4th Impact gave a rousing performance to excited mall-goers.

The Experiencing Zone brought Taiwan Excellence graded sports and leisure products in the interactive display area.

The Experiencing Zone brought Taiwan Excellence graded sports and leisure products in the interactive display area.

Fashion shows happened throughout the weekend, featuring the best of Taiwan’s products that fit a Filipino’s lifestyle.

Fashion shows happened throughout the weekend, featuring the best of Taiwan’s products that fit a Filipino’s lifestyle.

The Gosiengfiao sisters dropped by and helped in picking the lucky raffle draw winners

The Gosiengfiao sisters dropped by and helped in picking the lucky raffle draw winners

The 3-day Experiencing Zone ended on a high note with a special performance from Inigo Pascual.

The 3-day Experiencing Zone ended on a high note with a special performance from Inigo Pascual.

Personal

When You Want Something So Bad

I know I haven’t blogged in months. I promise to write about my Japan visa experience, the rest of the European, and Asian countries I visited. However, no matter how much I wanted to, I can’t find enough time to blog. I want my blog posts to be detailed as possible because I owe it to my readers. So, forgive me. I will find time and I will give you a Japan visa blog that will help you get approved!

Anyway, I just decided to write here. I’ve been wanting to get this thing so badly that I’m losing sleep. I don’t want to say what it is yet to avoid bad juju. I never thought I would want this because I’m not the kind of person to, well.. want it. I’m losing sleep thinking about it and the more that I research, the more I’m feeling that it might not be for me.

I don’t want to try it because I don’t want to get hurt. At the same time, I don’t want to not try it because what if I can?

Ahhh… Well, let’s see!

Anyway, what’s new with me?

I think the biggest highlight of my 2017 is I finally bought a house for my family! You know my story because I keep on saying it. Our house that we lived in for 18 years wasn’t really ours – it’s the government’s. Meaning, we can be evicted in that house anytime they want which will leave us homeless. Year 2015 when it was circulating that we will be evicted any time soon so that they can build a bridge or another highway. I lost countless nights thinking about it.

I love my family so much and I wouldn’t want them to think about where we’ll end up. After my trip to Europe, I continued with my sidelines and I worked 3 part-time jobs just to save for the down payment. Without even thinking, I paid my whole savings for that house. No regrets.

I’m so happy to see my family especially my parents happy.

This is my favorite quote so far:

Love,

Jack

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