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"The bounciest udon you'll ever eat. A queue is most likely, so arrive early (though I find the line moves reasonably fast. We arrived around 12:30pm on a Wednesday and waited 20 minutes.)"
"If you could only stay in Tokyo for a day, this is where I would send you for lunch."
"Must not miss Udon!!"
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🌸 My itinerary, thoughtfully crafted from my own experiences living in and exploring Japan, span 15 to 20 days of immersive travel. You're not just visiting; you're experiencing Japan's heart through my eyes. Here's what you can expect: 🗼 Kanto Region day by day itinerary : Explore Tokyo and the surrounding areas, including Kamakura, Mount Fuji 🗻, and Nikko. 🏯 Kansai Itinerary: Delve into the heart of Kansai with day-to-day plans for Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, and more. Plus, gain insights into less-explored areas that promise unique experiences. ☮️ Bonus Day in Hiroshima : As an added bonus, how to spend a day in Hiroshima. 📅 Each section is packed with additional ideas for exploring nearby locales. 🎍 Map to accompanies this guide, pinpointing all mentioned locations for your convenience. ✈️ Travel Tips : Benefit from practical advice on navigating Japan, including transportation tips , how and where to eat Kobe beef, managing SIM cards and currency exchange, and more. 🎭 Cultural Experiences : how to attend a sumo match , watch a geisha show and Anime Pilgrimage for anime fans, I've included a map and tips for embarking on an unforgettable anime pilgrimage. 🏩 How to find the perfect accommodation, and choose the best area to stay in. This itinerary is designed for those who really don't want to spend time on travel planning and prefer a nearly ready-to-go trip. If you're not a planning or itinerary person and desire more freedom in your planning, then my "map & tips" option is better suited for you. It's just the map with all the locations, allowing you to freely choose what you want to do.
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