Mt. Fuji - Station 5.  Jump off point for mountain climbers of Mt. Fuji.

Mt. Fuji - Station 5. Jump off point for mountain climbers of Mt. Fuji.

I just came back as the tour group leader of a one-week backpack tour across Osaka, Tokyo and back to Kyoto.  My ward,  my family of 7 including my 2 kids (aged 9 and 11), one senior citizen with rheumatitis (my mom), one senior citizen with a cane (my dad), one 5 month pregnant sister-in-law and my 2 adult brothers.  We are all dead tired but the experience will be documented under Japanese Immersion heading in our album.

I don't think you can get to experience the real Japan on a guided tour group sitting on a motor coach.  Japan is a vibrant city with its intricate train system, myriad train platforms and exits (there are 200 exits in Shinjuku station!), tens of vending machines littered everywhere, beautiful temples, very helpful and polite people, street signs in Japanese character, cold weather not to mention amazing bathroom discoveries.  There is just so much to love about Japan!

Of course my parents swore to stick with tour groups since it required too much walking.  On hindsight,  I would not recommend it to senior citizens, pregnant women and children below 10.  They are right,  there is just too much walking.

In my succeeding posts across June and July, I will share with you our:

Osaka, Tokyo, Kyoto 7-day Itinerary

7 Days in Osaka, Tokyo, Kyoto at Php 55,000  ($1,200) /person (including airfare)

Shopping in Japan

Traveling Light

Commuting in Japan

Hope you can follow my Japanese experience and someday soon have your own Japanese experience.  Or if you have been there already,  hope you can share some tips to fellow Pinoy parent travelers as well.

With you in this Happy Chaos called Parenting!

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  1. natawa ako dun sa sinabi mo na magstick pa din sila parents sa guided tours. ayan din lage nila sinasabi sa amin. 🙂 Di ko makita yung iba mong posts re Japan hehe. May iba pa ba? Ang galing nung Nepal trekking mo. Idol!

    • Hi Alley Kat! Haha hindi ba parents have to stick to guided tours. First they wake up super early anyway. Plus the walking part is more forgiving. My parents always enjoy religious tours hehe kasi ka age group nila. Re Japan, naku hindi ko na natapos gawin yung entire trip namin. I’ll give you an email kapag nagawa ko na:-) Re Nepal, ang sarap ng feeling super! Hope to climb again soon. Are you a mountaineer too?

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