What to Do for First Visit to Japan Post-Pandemic

My last visit to Japan is in 2019 just before the COVID-19 Pandemic hits the shore (in many countries). 3 years later in 2022, I finally got to revisit Japan. What has changed?

This is a relaxing trip. No heavy itineraries. We wanted to enjoy the weather and enjoy Japan again. We went to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Surprisingly, we went to a few places that we have not been to in our past trips.

I tried to squeeze in as much information as possible in this 20 minutes video. This is just part 1 for Tokyo only.

This time, I also travel light. Here are the gears used in this video – Google Pixel 7 Pro and Insta360 ONE X2, and DJI Osmo Mobile 6 (DJI OM6). Can you differentiate which gears are used in each scene?

To make the video easier to digest, I segmented them. You can click on any of them to go direct to the content.

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:20 Visiting Schedules
  • 01:02 Flight, Hotel, WiFi router and Japan Rail Pass Booking Details
  • 02:05 What to expect at Japan Immigration (Haneda Airport)
  • 02:50 Taking the Limousine Bus service at Haneda Terminal 3
  • 03:52 Reaching Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
  • 05:02 Visiting Ichiran restaurant in Shinjuku
  • 07:24 Converting Japan Rail Pass voucher, book Shinkansen ticket and top-up Suica card
  • 08:15 How to go to Meguro River
  • 09:17 What is inside Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo
  • 10:24 Visiting the Instagrammable Onibus Cafe
  • 10:33 Visiting the Traveler’s Factory
  • 12:14 Visiting MagicSpice Restaurant in Shimo-kitazawa
  • 13:39 Christmassy Starbucks on top of Tokyu Plaza
  • 15:05 How to go to Gotemba Premium Outlet
  • 18:44 All the brands inside of @Cosme
  • 18:53 Visiting Shin Udon, a popular udon place
  • 19:08: Visiting Tsukiji Market, Sushizanmai
  • 19:23 Visiting Kaminarimon Gate, Senso-Ji
  • 19:54 Advice and things to do to enjoy Japan, Tokyo
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During our travel period, it was a transition period when Japan want to introduce a new visitor entry method to their country (from 14th November 2022). We did the more complicated “MySOS app” application. If you visit now, you will need to visit “Visit Japan Web” to enter your traveling details.

I did a summary of what you should do to enjoy Japan. I hope it can help those who want to visit Japan soon.

Talking about gears, overall, I love the Google Pixel 7 Pro for the software computation on complex scenes with multiple lighting conditions. However, I am disappointed with the cinematic mode. The footage was not usable. And I am surprised that Google Pixel 7 Pro (and Pixel 7) does not allow external microphones like the Saramonic microphones that I wanted to attach to it.

For night scenes, thankfully, the DJI Osmo Mobile 6 did a wonderful stabilizing job. And for interesting scenes, I used the Insta360 ONE X2, which I can edit the footage later. Can you guess which gear I used in each scene?

I will do a review on the Google Pixel 7 Pro and DJI Osmo Mobile 6 later. In the meanwhile, enjoy the video.