Sunday, November 30, 2014

Planning a trip to Japan with the best local restaurants and experiences

Good morning from Manila.

So the other night in Tokyo, living a Travelife, there I was online on a message thread created for one of our Travelife Sri Lanka groups.

We were all joking around while discussing our upcoming trip to Japan next year.

This group had such fun together in Sri Lanka that they want to travel together again, and the destination is really immaterial as long as it's convenient and enjoyable.

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Then someone said "Japan" on the evening we all had dinner in Manila before I flew to Morocco with another group of our readers and friends.

And since then, I've been all over Morocco, accumulating three very large and heavy suitcases along the way, and halfway around the world twice. 

But I've also been busy planning a fun and interesting Travelife to Japan for them that'll be just for themselves and their friends.

In Morocco last week,
with some of our dear Travelife readers and friends


I said: "This will be off the beaten track Japan, okay? No touristy things like Tsukiji fish market, Maisen tonkatsu or Zakuro for shabu-shabu."

I stressed: "I'm going to take you to really nice local places that are hard to get to if you don't have a Japanese speaker with you."

And it's not just about being able to speak Japanese either. It's about knowing where to go and how to discern what the group will enjoy out of hundreds of possible choices.


Fortunately, everyone is game and most have already committed to joining before even seeing an itinerary, knowing that Japan is one of the destinations we at Travelife know like the back of our hand.

They also know that anything we plan will be very good. We are Travelife, after all. "Good" is just never good enough for us.


Join us for 
a Travelife to Japan 2015

The ultimate Tokyo & Yokohama food trip
June 6 to 11, 2015

Make mine Hokkaido
July 3 to 8, 2015

The hidden Japan
August 29 to September 3, 2015

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This trip, scheduled for next year, will have a little bit of everything -- including lunch at the best tonkatsu in Japan, which is actually in a local restaurant in the middle of rice fields on the way to Mount Fuji, and dinner at one of these restaurants that serve Japan's who's who but who only get business by word of mouth. 

No advertising, no signs.

But everyone from Japan's richest man to the top sumo wrestler eats there. And Robert Parker's been there, too, driving straight from the airport and bringing his own bottles of wine.


And after my wonderful stay in one of Japan's top ryokan this weekend, I'm thinking about including an onsen ryokan stay as well.

Basically booking an entire ryokan for a Travelife.

When we plan a Travelife, we really put our heart and soul into it because we want our dear readers and friends to truly experience the joys of a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife. 


"Best trip ever."

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April 18 - 27, 2015


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