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Japan - Where I stayed and played.

~ Solo? Really? ~ 

I had wanted to visit Japan for a very long time. I kept trying to organise with other folk but as I got older this got harder as responsibilities and work and school holidays play their part.. So - I decided to go alone! I certainly did not regret it! I felt safe, comfortable and really inspired. The quality of life out there is truly sublime. Not to forget the amazing robot toilets and the food, oh the food!

You may have followed my trip in my Instagram Stories - I thought it would be handy to put links to where I stayed in one place for you to refer to. I will put separate posts up of candid reviews and handy tips on solo female travel over time. But for now here is a quick pocket reference link guide.

~ My Travel Route ~

London Heathrow - Phuket - Osaka - Kyoto - Kanazawa 

Firstly - I flew from London Heathrow to Phuket Thailand. Thai Airways had good off season prices and I thought a few days there would take the edge off the Jet lag in Japan, it did! After getting COVID, grr, and healing I then flew from Phuket to Osaka Kansai International. On arrival I took a train to Kyoto - it only took a couple of hours. It was clean, fast and comfortable. I was staying at Kyoto station which was a perfect hotel and base. 

I stayed in Kyoto for a few days then I took the train to Kanazawa. It's a comfortable 2.5 hour train and there are great snacks at the train station 'Eki-Ben'. There is plenty to do in Kanazawa - a great place for Sushi as it is by the sea. I then used this as a base to take a bus to the mountains to see Shirakaw-Go. What a magical place. It was then easy for me to return from here to Kyoto for a few days. Where I took the train out to Nara Park to snuggle Deer and then return to Kyoto in a day. Easy Peasy.

The return jet lag was brutal though... Do keep that in mind when you travel. It took me about four days to get my head back in the game, as best I can anyway!

See below some links to the places I enjoyed!

x Natasha 

~ Kyoto ~

 

Where I stayed in Kyoto:
Hotel Granvia Kyoto - Comfy, clean and near the station and bus stops - perfect.
Kyoto Nanzenji Ryokan Yachiyo - Japanese-Suite with Open-Air Bath. Amazing. See my google review

Highlights of Kyoto:

Train from Kyoto to Nara Park
- went to all temples then Tepanyaki lunch at Todaiji-Nagomi
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Kanazawa ~

Where I stayed in Kanazawa:
Hotel Nikko Kanazawa 
- A little dated, but great views, exceptional Japanese breakfast
- clean comfy and near station.

Highlights of Kanazawa:
Bus to Shirakawa-Go (above)
- & River View Onsen
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I hope you are feeling inspired!
You an see more pictures in my
Instagram Stories

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