Japan 2 week itinerary options: for first-time visitors

2 weeks in Japan itinerary options | PACK THE SUITCASES

Here are some potential itineraries for 2 weeks in Japan. After a few trips there, I’ve become a self-confessed Japan geek and so now I’m always answering questions for friends planning their own Japan trips. So I thought it was about time I wrote something like this.

Your plans will of course depend on which airport you fly into: one of the Tokyo ones or Kansai (in Osaka Bay) or another. But these itineraries might be a starting point for you. They’ll give you a rough idea of where to start and how long you’ll want to spend in each place. Hint: there are very few places in Japan you won’t want to spend weeks in.

Anyway, onto the Japan itinerary options…

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How to plan a trip to Japan: everything you need to know for your first visit

One day in Kobe, Japan | PACK THE SUITCASES

Planning your first trip to Japan involves lots of practical things like booking accommodation, sorting an itinerary and organising transport. But there are also lots of useful things about stuff like toilets, nudity and hairdryers that you need to know before you go too.

Just being in Japan is so, so different to anywhere else so it’s worth putting the time in with your planning to get the most of of your trip. Japan is a brilliant country that’s hard to do justice to. Bonkers, but brilliant. I’m willing to bore people with how much I love Japan at any opportunity (soz about that).

So here’s a huge brain dump of everything we tell people when they ask us about planning their first trip to Japan…

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3 days in Zagreb: a city break in Croatia

A city break in Zagreb, Croatia | PACK THE SUITCASES

We had a really good city break in Zagreb, Croatia (as part of a multi-destination week in October, with the week beginning in the nearby fairytale city of Ljubljana, Slovenia). Croatia definitely isn’t somewhere people associate with city breaks. It’s all about the party resorts, beaches and coastline. I know plenty of people who’ve been to Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik, but the capital of Zagreb was met with blank looks when I mentioned it to people. I don’t know why it’s so overshadowed because it made for a really interesting, hip and easy city break.

So here’s some highlights and things to do in Zagreb, Croatia…

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