Japan Plans

Inside looking out - Japan

It’s been about three years since we’ve visited Japan, and it was always part of my plan to go back for a longer visit next time. But as with mice and men, schemes rarely come together without a whole lot of planning and effort.

So this month I’ve decided to write down what needs to be done to make our next trip possible as well as useful.

Step 1 – Pick a Date

I found that nothing was ever going to come together until I had a firm date. Things just kept coming up and plans kept getting changed. Since I’ve always wanted to view the Hanami Cherry Blossom season, I decided that late March – May 2011 would be the dates I would shoot for.

Step 2 – Start Saving

Trips cost money, and while I can work from pretty much anywhere I have a internet connection, flying halfway around the world is no small chunk of change. Add to that fact that we’ve chosen Osaka, the second most expensive city in the world to live in (Tokyo is the first), you can probably see why some serious savings are necessary.

So for the past few months I’ve been putting aside a minimal amount of money in a special savings account. What’s so special about it is that I can’t access it, so no worries about me spending it on something foolish like a hot tub or a whole bunch of new camera equipment :)

Step 3 – Set Goals

I’ve set several goals and list of things that must be done before our trip. It keeps me focused on what is left to do, and keeps me from leaving everything till the last minute.

Here’s an example of some of my current goals:

  • Find a fully furnished apartment or house to rent in or around Osaka
  • Learn a total of 1000 Japanese words (currently know 470)
  • Learn a total of 1000 Kanji (currently know 228)
  • Find a Japanese language school in Osaka (preferably a part time full immersion school)
  • Get in contact with friends who are currently living in Osaka
  • Buy a 50mm lens for my camera (wait! how did this get in here?)

As you can see some of the goals have to be done to make the trip possible, while others are challenges it would be nice to accomplish before our trip.

So there we go. It feels pretty good to actually have a date to work towards and goals to get you there.

Are you planning a trip to Japan, also? Let me know how your plans are coming together in your comments!

6 Responses to “Japan Plans”

  1. Shani  on April 17th, 2010

    Nice list of things to get done! I like lists too, then you can check them off and feel like you have accomplished something. Thank goodness you aren’t spending your hard earned money on somehting foolish like a hot tub…….jokes.
    That time of year will be gorgeous too, good choice!

  2. Travis  on April 17th, 2010

    Hey, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind when other people spend their money on hot tubs :)

  3. Jamaipanese  on May 26th, 2010

    good luck with your plans. I am currently saving for a visit next July

  4. stacey  on June 19th, 2010

    cool, where will you be going and for how long?

  5. crushedglass  on August 20th, 2010

    I’m going to Japan for the first next year in April for roughly two weeks. Have started to make lists and researching places I’ll like to see but somehow two weeks may not be enough.

    Have fun!

  6. Travis  on August 20th, 2010

    Longer is certainly better, but you can see a lot of great stuff in 2 weeks :)

    Hopefully we can help you with your trip!

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