#101: Travel writer Brandon Presser joins Chris to discuss all things Japan. They cover why they both love the country so much, what makes it worth a visit, where you should go, what you should see and do, and all the incredible foods you should be trying (including their favorite spots to eat at).
Brandon Presser (@brandpress) is a freelance travel writer who has lived in Japan twice, written 3 books on the country and has traveled there in all but one of the last 20 years. Aside from Japan, he's also written 50+ travel guidebooks, contributes to numerous travel publications and recently released his latest book: The Far Land.
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Full Show Notes
Why Japan? (01:31)
Japan: Post-pandemic and post-olympics (04:12)
How to plan for your first visit to Japan (07:50)
Destinations outside of Tokyo and Kyoto (09:52)
The best time of year to visit (12:12)
Is it beneficial to have a guide? Can people get by using English? (13:51)
Understanding the rating/review system (15:20)
Japanese people and culture (17:43)
Culture: Meeting & getting to know the locals (21:49)
Tokyo: How to geographically think about the city (24:59)
Transportation and the Suica pre-paid transportation card (29:07)
Tokyo: What to eat, drink, do (33:21)
Misnomer: Tokyo is expensive (36:17)
Dining in Tokyo (36:47)
Dining etiquette: Tipping (37:57)
Dining etiquette: Meal times (38:58)
Segmented dining (40:23)
Food specialties (41:18)
Restaurant/bar/cafe recommendations (42:46)
More things to see and do in Tokyo (49:28)
Nightlife scene (59:03)
Is Japan family-friendly? (1:01:13)
What to know about visiting Kyoto (1:07:29)
Working with high-end travel planners/Access to personalized luxury cultural experiences (1:09:44)
How the hotel industry has changed due to the pandemic (1:12:57)
Top things to see and do, and where to stay (1:16:51)
Kyoto: What to eat, drink, do (1:20:12)
Specific types of foods to try (1:22:51)
Other things to see and places to explore in Kyoto (1:24:53)
Etiquette: Be engaging and show appreciation (1:25:53)
Beyond Tokyo and Kyoto: Emerging destinations and interesting places (1:27:07)
Shopping in Japan (1:36:21)
Seto Inland Sea (1:38:45)
Where to find Brandon online (1:40:18)
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