April 19, 2016

Getting Ready For Japan & Hong Kong...

As I've done for the majority of my other travels, I've collected links to articles and blog posts about traveling in Japan and Hong Kong. And even though we aren't going for another couple of months I thought I'd share my current findings because someone else might find them useful. So here's what I've put together as of thus far...

Adventurous Kate -- What’s It Really Like To Travel Japan?
CNN -- 11 Extremely Practical Japan Travel Tips
CNN -- Tokyo Travel: 11 Things To Know Before You Go
FlipKey -- 30 Tips For First Time Travelers To Japan
Hey Kumo -- A Guide To A First Tokyo Trip
Japan Travel Mate
Nomadic Matt -- How To Turn High-Cost Japan Into A Cheap Place To Visit
Nomadic Matt -- Japan Travel Guide
Nomadic Matt -- 38 Reasons Why I Am Excited To Visit Japan
Notes Of Nomads -- 8 Surprising Things About Japan For First-Time Visitors
Japan Lover -- Cool Japan Travel Guide
Only In Japan -- How I Planned My Trip To Japan
Osaka Bob
Run Kimi Run -- Vacation Time! Japan Spring 2013
This Beautiful Day -- Travel Guide: Tokyo, Japan
The Phenomenal Mama -- Japan
To Europe & Beyond -- Everything You Need To Know About The Japan Rail Pass
To Europe & Beyond -- First Time In Japan: 11 Things That Surprised Me
Twenty-Something Travel -- A First-Time Itinerary For Japan
Twenty-Something Travel -- Simple Ways To Make Travel Cheaper In Japan
We Are Eaton -- Snapshot: Japan Vacation

My favorite YouTuber's Anna Lee and Jesse travel to Japan all the time and a few months back Jesse posted a video with tips for traveling in Tokyo that I found useful.

Bluebalu: Living In Hong Kong -- Hong Kong In General
Fathom Way To Go -- Hong Kong Essentials: The Scene 
Fathom Way To Go -- New & Improved! Our Hong Kong Guide
Joanne Khoo -- 2014 Hong Kong
Nomadic Matt -- How To Spend Four Days In Hong Kong
Peanuts Or Pretzels -- Hong Kong
The Blonde Abroad -- Ten Tips for Your First Trip to China
This Girl Abroad -- How A Visit To The Mainland Can Help You Appreciate Hong Kong

In addition to all of these articles and blog posts Justin and I watched a bunch of Anthony Bourdain shows and Rev Runs Around the World (2015–Present) because why not?!

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005–2012)
  • Season Two, Episode One: Asia Special – China & Japan
  • Season Two, Episode Seven: Japan
  • Season Three, Episode Twelve: Hong Kong
  • Season Four, Episode Sixteen: Tokyo
  • Season Seven, Episode Eight: Japan
  • Season Eight, Episode Five: Japan – Cook It Raw
The Layover with Anthony Bourdain (2011–2013)
  • Season One, Episode Five: Hong Kong
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–Present)
  • Season Two, Episode Eight: Tokyo
  • Season Six, Episode Four: Okinawa, Japan We aren't going here but it was fun to watch
Rev Runs Around the World (2015–Present)
  • Season One, Episode Three: Tokyo – Getting Diggy with It
  • Season One, Episode Five: Hong Kong – Please Don't Run


  1. I wanna go to Japan and Hong Kong!! So excited for you!

  2. I lived in Hong Kong for 2 years.. wonderful place!

    1. That's so awesome! Do you have any places you think my husband and I must see and/or eat at?