Here are the goods from my most recent trip to Japan and Korea in the fall of 2014. Before my trip, I spent an absurd amount of time researching everything on TripAdvisor and Japan-Guide. I booked my hostels and bus tickets beforehand. Consulting with my friend who has been to Japan many times, I was able to plan out my routes optimally. I flew to Tokyo (2.5 days), took an overnight bus to Kyoto (1 day), took a day train to Osaka (3 hours), took an overnight back to Tokyo (0.5 days), and headed to Seoul (1.5 days). When I first landed, I met up with some friends and their friends who lived in Japan so I received great recommendations, especially for food. For the latter part of the week, I traveled alone, with only two backpacks, and met new people everyday. I chose the last week of October to coincide with the leaves changing colors; I was too early in Japan but right on time in Seoul. The weather is about the same as the Northeast US. Japan and the neighboring countries are now in a recession so now is the perfect time to go. Almost no one speaks English in Japan but everyone is nice enough to go out of the way to help you, not to mention the quality of everything is amazing. In Korea, most people speak Korean, Chinese, and English. Overall, Japan was great, Tokyo is 23 cities in one city, but Korea was okay, very similar to China, unless you party. The food everywhere was A+. Feel free to contact me directly should you have more questions. Below are some photos from the trip.