Planning Your Kyoto Experience [Summer Edition]

Hello everyone! Konnichiwa from Japan!

Before I start this special and chunky blog entry about my favorite place in Japan (this has taken me 3 days or so to consolidate everything~ woot~) ..

I just want to share this beautiful illustration art by Little Miss Paintbrush for Japan Lover Me!  :woww:

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Look at that cute Totoro riding the Shinkansen with a flying Doraemon : )))


ANYWAYYY..  Moving on…

I know that this post is way OVERDUE already (considering the fact that I went to Kyoto.. last Summer 2014~ wow haha!) but I figured that this might be helpful to those who would love to travel to Kyoto during Spring / Summer (not the extremely cold season like now huhu).  🙂

You have 3-6 months to plan for your ultimate Kyoto backpacking trip! WOOO! I hope that this guide will be helpful. ^_^

I actually didn’t have any itinerary at all, I just went with the flow the whole time! I’m usually the organized type of person (who, at the minimum, would have “places-to-go” list / or a travel guide book with her)…  but that time, I was planning a Kawaii in Manila 2 convention with my friends and my organization skills were focused solely on those..

And I was like…


True story bro :))

Anyway, I’ll try to my best to make this list of things-to-do as simple as possible. I’ll continue my “Kyoto Photo Stroll” series next time! 🙂

It feels so weird to blog about Kyoto in summer when it’s winter season here!

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 Before starting your Kyoto adventure..

Before I embarked on my journey to the heart of Japan (sorry Tokyo, but it’s not you haha)..

I still considered to do some basic preparations.

First, I checked the weather of the region. I think that this is a must for every trip! : )


Even though it was summer, there were rainy days as well. I didn’t want to go backpacking with wet shoes so I brought with me my favorite pair of sturdy yet おしゃれ (fashionable) sandals + extra comfy sneakers  for longer walks. : )


My travel period was from July 3 to July 10. Honestly, I only thought that I would be there for 5 days maximum, but I decided to extend my stay for 2 more days because 5 days were just not enough!

I only brought a big backpack with my extra clothes and girly necessities, a small canvas bag and my mini shoulder / camera bag. I think that if you want to go on backpacking adventure around Japan… SUMMER would be the best time since you can just bring extra shirts and shorts for convenience. If you want to relax and just shop, travel around Japan during colder seasons. If you’re in for a unique and super adventurous Japanese travel experience, summer then! : )

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DIY Kawaii Experience Itinerary [Takeshita Street, Harajuku]

As you all probably know, Harajuku is my favorite place here in Japan.

I love shopping, meeting friends, dining, spending my “me-time”.. here… a lot.

For me, it’s a place where I can just be myself… & whenever I feel like I need inspiration + a little boost, I go here.

Indeed, “harajuku fix” is the best for any person who appreciates the cute lifestyle! 🙂


For the first part of my DIY Harajuku Kawaii Experience Itinerary Guide, this blog entry will cover Takeshita Street / Takeshita Dori.

If you are planning to go to Tokyo anytime soon and you want to experience a “kawaii tour” without getting a tour (just alone / with a family / friend), this DIY series is the perfect guide for your dream kawaii day!

If you’re planning to go to Tokyo / Harajuku in the future (not now but you’re working on it *wink, wink*)…

why not create your own “kawaii dream board”?


Now, grab a piece of paper / your favorite notebook & get your pens!  :yay:

Let’s make a checklist of things to do while in Takeshita Dori, Harajuku!


You can go to Harajuku using Yamanote Line. I suggest downloading maps from City Maps (as recommended by my friend Eri!)


[Download the Takeshita Street Itinerary Guide]



Before heading out for your kawaii adventure, get your Harajuku stamp from the Omotesando exit! 🙂

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Let’s go! 😀

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