Planning Your Trip to Japan

????? (Hirosaki Castle and cherry blossoms)Japan is one of the most popular destinations for explorers, exchange students, adventurers, hitchhikers, tourists, and just about any other kind of traveler out there. The Land of the Rising Sun holds many treasures and opportunities. Vacationing in Japan can be a lovely, rewarding experience for you. The trick is to plan ahead, to ensure you are a good guest of the Japanese people and to eliminate as many complications as possible.

First, decide on what time of the year you want to go. Of course, if you’re on a business trip or traveling to study or teach in Japan your schedule will be picked out for you. But that is an entirely different matter. For a vacation, your best bets are spring and autumn. The temperature and weather are most pleasant during those times. See if you can make it to the springtime blooming of the cherry blossoms. In the fall you might want to climb Mt. Fuji or visit the Beppu hot springs.

Second, be aware of the legal limitations. For example, several kinds of medication are prohibited, even for visitors. Certain cold medicines and painkillers are banned in the country, unless you have prior written permission. Without this written permission, you can be jailed, even deported from the country. Additionally, make sure you carry your passport with you at all times, even when you go out to nightclubs or visit a convenience store. When you arrive in Japan, be aware that you will most likely be photographed and fingerprinted.

Next, decide on what kinds of transportation you will use while there. There are lots of amazing options, since Japan has one of the world’s best transport systems. Hitchhikers will need to get up early to find anyone who is willing to pick them up. The trains and subways throughout Japan are efficient, relatively inexpensive, and very punctual. Taxis are available just about everywhere, even in the countryside. Rental cars tend to be rare around the major cities because of the ubiquity and quality of public transportation. Bikes on the other hand are everywhere to be rented and bought. Just be sure to get any bicycle registered if you are planning an extended stay in Japan, or else it might be confiscated.

There is a language barrier, but less so than in most other countries. Just plan ahead and learn some greetings and phrases in Japanese, and remember that Japanese tend to be very polite and compassionate. Most will eagerly try to help you if you try talking to them and always treat them courteously and respectfully.

I hope this article has given you good advice and ideas for Japan trip. May your vacation be a wonderful one.

The Ultimate Las Vegas Wedding

vegas_weddingPlanning a Las Vegas wedding is an exciting time in your life. Las Vegas is full of glitz, glamor, sparkle and entertainment. There is plenty of gourmet food around every corner, and there are high-end retailers to cater to your every need. The ultimate Las Vegas wedding begins with picking a venue. There are dozens to choose from.

The Venue

Each hotel on the strip has a wedding chapel or three. The Bellagio and the Venetian hotel are known for their romantic chapels and wedding packages. The Aria, Cosmopolitan and Caesar’s Palace are also top choices for couples getting married. There are tons of hotels off strip that also have venues for you.

The Food

Your guests will want to eat. Choosing a caterer for your wedding is important. A Las Vegas wedding reception is not complete without gourmet food. Chefs with five-star ratings are available all over the city. If you want something more budget friendly, there are plenty of options for that too.

The Entertainment

Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world. If you want an Elvis impersonator at you wedding, then your wish can be granted. There are various street performers who will show up at your wedding for a reasonable fee too. All you have to do is pick someone and ask.

Time Of The Year

Vegas has beautiful weather all year round. It’s rarely cloudy, and winters are warm. Off season is probably the best time to have your wedding. You may want to avoid the middle of summer since daytime highs can easily climb into the 100s. You want to be comfortable in your wedding gown, and you want your wedding guests to be comfortable too.

The Honeymoon

If you want the full Vegas experience, have your honeymoon in Sin City as well. Every hotel up and down the strip has incredible rooms with special amenities for newlyweds. The swanky suites at the Cosmopolitan and Paris have some of the best views. Mandalay Bay is also a great choice for views directly down the strip.


The wonderful thing about Las Vegas is that you can have any kind of budget and still have an amazing wedding. There are luxury weddings to choose from as well as budget-friendly weddings. It’s up to you to figure out what you want to spend and go from there. You can create the wedding of your dreams in Las Vegas with just a little bit of research.

Vegas is the place to get married. It’s not about drive-through weddings anymore, but those still exist if you’re up for it.