I’m working like mad with Ed to get everything ready for Japan (and continue keeping everything else we have our hands in running as usual), and of course I have a mini anxiety attack.
Looking at our plan, one place I was never 100% on looked a little iffy again. The hotel was so brand new it’s not on Google Maps, it was the longest trip to get there (7h, or 6 if we got to the train station for 7:30 am), transit getting around there was iffy, it seemed pretty kitsch, and there was another option for a similar trip as a day trip from Tokyo.
We also, after working on our plan, were sad we hadn’t booked more time in the mountain city Takayama and wished we had more time in Japan to really get into the less tourist-y areas, and maybe add that day trip we had talked about.
A quick discussion and a search later we had changed our minds on what we were doing (here’s a tip for last minute changes, if it’s not TOO last minute: always get reservations you can cancel for free. Then, when you make changes, give yourself 24 hours with both itineraries. Then, when sure, delete the one you REALLY don’t want – we actually ended up deleting our old itinerary just a couple minutes ago, even if we booked the new hotels last night).
We’re super psyched, as we added a night to Takayama and 2 nights to Tokyo – but gave ourselves 2 experiences we hadn’t had previously (since Japan is too booked for April now and we could not extend our hotel stays): we now are staying in a historical mountain house in Takayama and a love hotel in Tokyo! We’re also in great shape to do a day trip to Hakone and some neat areas near Yokohama.
Didn’t think I could get more excited… but now I am!!!