Dream Destinations: Korea and Japan

Once again I find myself dreaming of faraway destinations as the rain starts to fall and my wardrobe is being lured by the siren song of overseas shopping, partly fuelled by perusing the Woman’s Day celebrity travel style gallery.

I know I am not the only one who likes to meticulously plan out details of trips I definitely can’t afford. One of my all time favourite places to do this for is Asia _ in particular Korea and Japan (as you may already know), as if I am not visiting with my family, funding is pretty tight and I have to stint on all the good things!

If I were to be whisked away on a dream vacation, these are my top tips and picks for all things Japan and Korea:

1. A lesser known tip when travelling to Korea or Japan is that these are untapped havens for vintage lovers. J’Antiques in Tokyo is one of the best vintage stores around and there are several like Romiwa vintage in the youthful Hongdae district in Seoul that are full of delicious goodies!

2. My number one rule for travelling in my eyes is having as many good books and your fave glossy women’s magazines on hand for train rides, lazy coffee breaks or plane trips. I would love to hear what some of your hard and fast must pack items are when travelling

3. Kyubey-Tokyo, Japan. This is one splurge that is a must, with the most delicious and fresh sushi around. It’s no surprise the rich and famous flavour establishment has a rich and famous price tag which sets you back around $360 for the kaiseki lunch or dinner menu.

4. Mt Fuji Day Trip-Japan. It is a must to visit the breathtaking Mt Fuji, along with Lake Ashi and the cableway at Mount Komagatake. There are guided tours that cost upwards from $130, but this is recommended if you can’t speak Japanese well!

5. Seoul Folk Flea Market-Seoul, Korea. It’s not luxe but it’s definitely a to do. A two storey building that houses everything from vintage artwork to collectables and more.

6. Myeong-dong Fashion District- Seoul, Korea. The fashion hub to hit in Korea which stocks high-end and high street brands, including some of Korea’s own like Codes Combine, as well as H&M, Topshop, Zara and more!

What are your dream destinations or tips for places to visit?

This article is sponsored by MagShop magazines.

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48 Comments

  • Reply T1NA Saturday 29th September, 2012 at 9:33 am

    i’m off to japan soon, so thanks for the tips!

  • Reply LenoreP Friday 20th July, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Would LOVE to go to Japan during Cherry Blossom Festival!

  • Reply thugsy Thursday 19th April, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Wow!

  • Reply doogs Thursday 19th April, 2012 at 8:18 am

    LOVE

  • Reply bardie Thursday 19th April, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I would love to go

  • Reply jarjar Thursday 19th April, 2012 at 8:13 am

    beautiful

  • Reply Sim Wednesday 18th April, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I would love with all my heart to go to beautiful Japan for the Cherry Blossom Festival….it’d be breathtaking.

  • Reply Raquel24 Tuesday 17th April, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Japan has never been one of my must go to spots but after reading this I’m intruiged and it sounds so beautiful.. great tip for travelling

  • Reply sappheire Sunday 15th April, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    The cherry blossoms are magnificent

  • Reply Raquel24 Saturday 14th April, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I must visit Japan one day. I now have it on my to do list of travelling haha

  • Reply coyleshana Wednesday 11th April, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    lovely

  • wendyandco
    Reply wendyandco Tuesday 10th April, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I’ve lived in Japan, and it is so beautiful – would love to go back! With a side stop in Korea 🙂

  • Reply tzyling Monday 9th April, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Cherry blossoms are so beautiful!

  • tiffany001
    Reply tiffany001 Sunday 8th April, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Sounds so exciting, wish it was me!

  • Reply jennybean Thursday 5th April, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    i would go just for the japanese makeup! 🙂

  • Reply aalana Wednesday 4th April, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I So want to go to Japan!!

  • Reply KatP Tuesday 3rd April, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    mm vintage!

  • Reply diva_101 Tuesday 3rd April, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    would love to go to japan

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Tuesday 3rd April, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Sounds wonderful-maybe one day??

  • Reply linhyy Tuesday 3rd April, 2012 at 9:11 am

    my dream destinations as well!!

  • spunkx
    Reply spunkx Tuesday 3rd April, 2012 at 8:58 am

    My hard and fast must have when travelling? The ipod!

  • Reply mandystsai Tuesday 3rd April, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Wish cherry blossoms flowered in December!

  • Reply dapperdolly Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I’ve watched a fair amount of anime and have become more interested in Japan.

  • Reply fayzeedayzee Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Japan = gorgeousness!!

  • Reply lizzie77 Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    they are lovely places 🙂

  • Reply lieuloves Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    sounds like i need to escape there NOW. destress!

  • flossyfewclothes
    Reply flossyfewclothes Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    ..Mt Fuji day trip {{{{{{…..swoon…..}}}

  • Reply midnightstarfish Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I want to go !

  • Reply tanoshiiki Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Going in two weeks! 😀

  • Reply ladadidah Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    cool

  • Reply ichigolove01 Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I love the cherry blossom season in Japan!

  • Reply ningnong Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    japan is beautiful. lovely culture

  • Legssss
    Reply Legssss Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Japans been on the top of my destination list for a few weeks running now. Can’t wait till i have enough money to go.

  • Reply traanster Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Definitely!
    I went to Japan two years ago and it was amazing. <3
    I can't wait to go again!

  • Reply maggielyly Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    omgsh i want to go to both of those countries haha…
    mainly for shopping lol..><

  • Reply Crystal Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I have been to Korea and Japan. Definitely should be on everyone’s bucket list. The scenery are to die for and the shopping are endless!!!

  • Reply adnrew Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Yes please

  • Reply fengari Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Sounds so exotic!

  • Reply KNY Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Went to Japan on our honeymoon, and fell in love with the place, I so want to go back.

  • Reply Tessa Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I am in the midst of planning a trip to Japan… will note the vintage shopping haunts.

    • Reply fifi73 Tuesday 3rd April, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Wow, lucky you….. Have a fantastic time!

  • Zoe93
    Reply Zoe93 Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    lovely photo, would be a nice time to visit.

  • Reply Jenny Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Japan is beautiful!!

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Would sooo like to go to Japan, especially during cherry blossom time.

  • Reply jessicawheelock Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Cherry blossoms. *sigh*

    • Reply Ian Tuesday 3rd April, 2012 at 11:26 am

      yes

    • Reply fifi73 Tuesday 3rd April, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      Doesn’t it just look amazing?!

  • Reply Whatthe Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I know someone who wants to go to Japan. Very much!

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