Introduction to Japan: Trip Planning For First Time Travelers with Simon Richmond

Introduction to Japan: Trip Planning For First Time Travelers with Simon Richmond


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Learn the essentials that will take the stress out of planning that first trip to Japan, including where to go, when to go, and the correct etiquette for when you get there.

Planning your first trip to Japan can be a daunting task. There are the inevitable questions over itineraries; how many days should I spend in Tokyo vs. Kyoto, and what time of year is best to go? There are practicalities to consider such as how to travel around the country and what an average meal costs so you can work out a travel budget. And there’s the potential minefield of Japanese etiquette and the seemingly impenetrable language barrier.

Don’t panic! Pour yourself a soothing cup of green tea and sit back to enjoy this informative and stress-busting seminar, led by Japan expert and guidebook author Simon Richmond. Learn about such things as the different types of train and other transport passes and how to get the best out of them; how to stay connected by your smartphone or computer; how to behave at religious sites or on visiting a Japanese home; and what it’s like to stay at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, or go bathing at a public onsen, a hot spring bath.

Led by Simon Richmond, the author of travel guidebooks including the Rough Guide to Japan and Lonely Planet Japan, this interactive seminar aims to answer most, if not all, of your Japan travel queries. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away confident of a successful premier adventure in the land of the rising sun.

Simon Richmond is a UK-based freelance journalist and photographer with over 25 years of experience of researching and writing travel guidebooks and other non-fiction books. After living in Tokyo in the early 1990s he co-wrote The Rough Guide to Japan (which was named Guidebook of the Year in 2000) and The Rough Guide to Tokyo. He has since written and contributed to over 150 guidebooks, most of which have been published by Lonely Planet. A former resident of Sydney, Australia and Boston, USA, the countries he has most frequently covered include Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, the UK and the USA. Find out more about him at www.simonrichmond.com.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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Ann White (Beltsville, US)
Great Trip Planning Guide

If you're thinking about visiting Japan, I highly recommend this seminar. I learned a lot, and even recognized some of the photos from animes that I've seen.

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Guy Griffith (Nashville, US)
Intro to Japan

I was grateful for the overall orientation to Japan and then specific suggestions about where, when, and how to travel. It was comprehensive and inviting.

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Anonymous (Asheville, US)
Intro to Japan travel

Richmond offered an informative presentation that targeted practical information for first-time travelers to Japan.

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Anonymous (Jersey City, US)

Another excellent seminar by Simon Richmond. A comprehensive, well-organized, well-oriented, digestible and charming approach not just to trip-planning but to planning the trip to Japan that best suits you. A really good foundation.

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Rebecca Schmitz (Missoula, US)
Helpful Overview

This is a great presentation for anyone who is thinking about visiting Japan and needs an overview of the geography and main areas of the country before deciding which area and sights they're most interested in seeing.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
44%
(4)
33%
(3)
22%
(2)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
A
Ann White (Beltsville, US)
Great Trip Planning Guide

If you're thinking about visiting Japan, I highly recommend this seminar. I learned a lot, and even recognized some of the photos from animes that I've seen.

G
Guy Griffith (Nashville, US)
Intro to Japan

I was grateful for the overall orientation to Japan and then specific suggestions about where, when, and how to travel. It was comprehensive and inviting.

A
Anonymous (Asheville, US)
Intro to Japan travel

Richmond offered an informative presentation that targeted practical information for first-time travelers to Japan.

A
Anonymous (Jersey City, US)

Another excellent seminar by Simon Richmond. A comprehensive, well-organized, well-oriented, digestible and charming approach not just to trip-planning but to planning the trip to Japan that best suits you. A really good foundation.

R
Rebecca Schmitz (Missoula, US)
Helpful Overview

This is a great presentation for anyone who is thinking about visiting Japan and needs an overview of the geography and main areas of the country before deciding which area and sights they're most interested in seeing.