1. Book the Flight
2. Saving Money
One of the reason decided to just buy the plane ticket was for saving money with no choice hahaha. I'm pretty impulsive in buying things so I need a strong reason not to do it :)) I also opened another bank account for the saving. It was quite crazy because I saved more than half of my paycheck + writing fees there, so maybe my friends were tired of hearing my broke-as-hell complain every month ;p
3. Passport and Visa
You can't enter Japan without passport and visa, can you? So, this is another important preparation I made. I actually already had a passport, so I just need to apply for the visa. But when I read the requirements about certain amount on my bank balance, I wasn't sure I could get the visa. That's why I decided to make a new passport, e-passport to be exact. In Indonesia, we can get free visa called waiver visa to Japan as long as we have the e-passport. It costs me around IDR 600.000 to get a new e-passport. After I got my e-passport, I used Dwidaya Tour to help me get the waiver visa (because I'm working on the weekdays) and it costs me IDR 50.000.
4. Itinerary + research
For me, made an itinerary for 14 days was quite a task, hahaha. I did have some places in mind, but dividing them was confusing. In the end I made it, but don't expect a detail one because I'm not a neat and organized person (lol). I will share it to you in my next posts, please be patient and stay tuned :D Note that don't forget to do some research about the place you're going to- the route, time to reach there, transportation, what's special about that place, fee, etc.
5. Book the accomodation
6. JR Pass, Disney Sea and Disneyland 2 day pass, etc.
7. Wi-Fi router or XL Pass
I was confused to choose wi-fi router or XL Pass. Wi-fi router was quite expensive for 14 days and I was alone so it's kinda a waste. The problem was, I really need the internet connection for maps etc. So my friend offered another option called XL pass; XL is Indonesian network and they offer XL pass to Indonesian traveler, luckily Japan is one of the country that's applied for this pass (softbank). It's half of the price of wi-fi router rental (XL pass: IDR 350.000 + data 16 GB: IDR 90.000 for 30days), but tbh I was kinda doubt the connection quality. In the end I decided to just go for it, turned out the connection was not bad at all. I recommend you to use XL pass when you're traveling abroad, especially when you're alone. If you're going in a group, wi-fi router can be the option because it can be used by 4-5 devices.
9. Everything I need for my trip
Camera, extra memory, tripod (because I'm alone but still want to take a nice pics, lol), power bank (it's a must especially when you depend on the maps), wire-plugs (because the plugs in Japan is different from Indonesia).