Japan is such a special place to visit. The landscape, the people, and the food! I took a recent trip and would love to share it with you. Come join me on a trip report of one of my favorite countries.

One of the things that fascinates me about Japanese culture is their focus on kaizen, which is a philosophy of continuous daily improvement. I think it is a great way to keep looking forward rather than dwell on past mistakes in a way that isn’t productive, and it encourages lifelong learning which I am a fan of.

Screen Shot 2015-06-14 at 5.26.04 PMKaizen in kanji

There are also a ton of fun things that I love about Japan. Here are just a few –

Respectful bows, Bonsai trees and bento boxes, smart Toto toilets with toasty warmed seats, and Green Tea Kit Kat (which you can’t easily find outside of Japan). Hotels are often top notch with legendary customer service, and even taxi drivers sport white gloves and offer super clean and safe transportation.

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The only tough part about taking a trip to Japan is trying to squeeze everything in!

Here are some of the things I’ll cover in this Japan trip report –

Introduction
Getting There – JAL First Class
Hotel Review: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
Guide to Tsukiji Fish Market
Room Service Review: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
Day in Tokyo
Taking the Shinkansen “Bullet” Train
Hotel Review: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto
Tea at the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto
Day 1 in Kyoto
Day 2 in Kyoto
Room Service Review: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto
Park Hyatt Tokyo Revisited
Getting to Hiroshima
Hotel Review: Sheraton Hiroshima
Day trip to Miyajima
Day in Hiroshima
St. Regis Osaka
Food Shopping in Japan
One Day in Osaka
One Day in Narita
Traditional Ryokan

Leave me a comment if you think of something else about Japan you’d like to see included.