Omakase in Kanteki in Tanabe in Japan

The best tips for Japan – according to me.

I did two trips to Japan. And I will definately be back. It was the first destination ever in my life that I wanted to return to as soon as I was back home. My first trip was in 2016 as part of a two week trip to Japan, which included visits to TokyoKyoto, Osaka and Kobe as well as hiking a large part of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail. The second time was in 2019, when I visited Osaka again, redid a part of the Kumano Kodo trail (the Nakahechi part) and added the Kohechi part to Koyasan. So here are the best tips for Japan – according to me.

Why you’ll love Japan

Wow. Just wow. If there’s one country that will surprise and amaze you, it will be Japan.

My best omakase experience in Japan

The Japanese habit of omakase (お任せ) when you’re ordering at a restaurant pretty much means, “I’ll leave it up to you”, inviting the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of dishes. I try to do it in every city I visit, and apply the idea behind to everything between how I pick my runshow I pick my foodhow I plan activities with my kidshow I explore cities and how I travel in general. So, I obviously tried this in the home of omakase, Japan.

My best omakase experience in Japan was my best omakase experience ever: a true omakase in Kanteki in Tanabe, on my way to my Kumano Kodo pilgrimage hike.

The best tips for Japan – according to me

  • The Kumano Kodo (also read my packing list and preparations) was my single best experience in Japan. Having the opportunity to experience the old pilgrimage trail as well as meeting locals and seeing some of the most stunning views in Japan was truly memorable.
  • The New Japan capsule hotel in Osaka, a men’s club meets capsule hotel meets spa is a great base for your Osaka explorations.
  • The Hōnen-in temple in Kyoto but maybe even more the day trip to the Kurama-dera Mountain Temple and the nearby onsen.

My posts on Japan:

From all my posts on preparing for my Japan trip and my Kumano Kodo hike to the different city trip tips for Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo and Kobe:

So, what are the best tips for Japan – according to you?

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