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Divo
06-13-2008, 06:30 AM
Hi y'all,</P>


Finally a long-lasted dream of mine will come true: by the end of Octobermy gfand I will pay a two-week visit to Japan.</P>


We will fly to Osaka and will visit all the major places which are well-reachable by train or shinkansen e.g.Kyoto, Kobe and Tokyo of course...</P>


However,'I'd like to get some input from you guys who have been there before: any cities, parcs or festivals you'd like to recommend?</P>


Awaiting some valuable input:)</P>


- Divo -</P>
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Faust
06-13-2008, 03:34 PM
Wow, that's awesome. My dream trip. In addition to whatever people may recommend here, I would suggest browsing SuFu travel sections - looks like lots of good info there.

Divo
06-13-2008, 06:03 PM
Thanks for the suggestions...</P>


Yeah I have been studying the language for quite some time now, so I will be able to survive in daily life conversation. Has been a big dream for more than 2 years and within a few months will finally come true.</P>


Nihon e ikimasho!!!!</P>


- Divo -</P>

theetruscan
06-13-2008, 06:22 PM
In Kyoto there's a temple complex in the middle of the city. It's called Myoshinji. I stayed at the Daishinin there, and would recommend one night there. It's actually very cheap (you stay on a futon you roll out in a shared room), it's in the middle of the temple complex, you breakfast with the monks, and it's very cool. The monks are very relaxed, though be warned that breaking your raw egg on rice and putting the top back on will get monks laughing at you so hard they fall over.</p>

In Kyoto, the most exciting things for me are the cultural ones. Visit temples, castles, and so on. Find an old-fashioned teahouse and the like. Tokyo is for shopping, eating, nightlife. Kyoto has plenty going on, but not really at the same level as Tokyo, and the cultural experiences are amazing.</p>

In Tokyo, there's lots of shopping to be done in Daikinyama and the areas around there if you're feeling like shopping and size 3 or smaller. Stay the fuck out of roppongi and you'll have fun. Roppongi is a giant shithole, don't trust people who recommend it. Either they're (a) working for the fucking nigerian mafia there, or (b) soulless zombies who will likely eat your brains.
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lowrey
06-14-2008, 05:51 AM
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hmm not sure what kind of info you're looking for, general things (how to get around etc), what to see, where to shop, eat... or all of it?</P>


if you're spending two weeks, I'd devote one week to tokyo. kyoto for example can be seen quite well in2-3 well organized days, I think the same applies for osaka and kobe. to really get into tokyo I think a week is pretty good, much shorter and I can guarantee you'll feel like you ran severely out of time ;)</P>

Avantster
06-14-2008, 06:17 AM
mike is right. I did the whole osaka &gt; kyoto &gt; gunma region &gt; kusatsu onsen &gt; tokyo trip a few years ago in three weeks, spending 6 nights in tokyo, and it was NOT enough. I'd suggest at least one solid week in tokyo.</p>

the tokyo superguide (http://supertalk.superfuture.com/supershop/superguides/superguides-tokyo.php) is always a good resource. worked for me. it's updated monthly so I'd buy it a few weeks before you go.
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Divo
06-14-2008, 06:36 AM
Arto, Avantster thank you for the recommendations.</P>


Am not really looking for general information, because I have been digging into all of that for quite some time now: good places to shop and eat should not be a problem to find and transportation is not as complicated as it seems at first sight.</P>


It is very helpful to know how much time should or can be devoted to the cities I am preparing to visit. Actually I want to see as many places as possible in this shortperiod of time, and I'd rather sniff up some of Japanese traditions and nature (e.g. onsen, tea ceremonies, forests and mountains) than spending half of my time in this megacity which Tokyo is.</P>


I will definitely take this information with me when planning my trip (tickets to Osaka have been booked already; hotel arrangements only thing left), but the stay in Tokyo will not be longer than 3 days at the max. It might be I'll never return to Japan, so want to spend my time as effectively possible.</P>


Maybe some great "countryside" places to visit?</P>


Last but not least I'd like to know if Nagoya is worth a visit.</P>


Thanks</P>


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snafu
01-13-2011, 07:19 AM
Bumping this one up, as im going for a couple of weeks in april:

hotels, places to eat, and a long shot but does anyone know where i can buy fabric in japan? I saw in tokyo has a area called Nippori fabric town, but any more info is great.
I don't plan to do much shopping so i am not so bothered about that type of thing.

would be a huge help for you guys to give me any pointers to get me in the right direction.

Faust
01-13-2011, 08:40 AM
Looks like this is the year to go to Japan. Many people, including myself seem to be going!

TheNotoriousT
01-13-2011, 09:16 AM
Me too, in march!
Can't wait, Tokyo AHOI!

Btw will be staying at the granbell in the heart of shibuya, have been there the last time I was in Tokyo and quite liked it.
Its in a small and quite street but still in the middle of everything, 3 minutes away from shibuya station.
http://www.granbellhotel.jp/index_e.html

Avantster
01-13-2011, 06:42 PM
snafu, check out this post (http://www.stylezeitgeist.com/forums/showpost.php?p=171240&postcount=7) from lowrey. I've also stayed at Tokyu Stay Aoyama, clean and comfortable in an excellent location. Includes kitchenette and washer/dryer which is handy. Great buffet breakfast, too.

Some tokyo restaurants:

Kurobuta tonkatsu - maisen (http://mai-sen.com/)
Ramen - menya kissou (http://boku-homepage.com/Koutou/kissou.html) 1-11-3 Toyo, Koto-ku, Tokyo. Best ramen in Tokyo on ramendb.supleks.jp (http://ramendb.supleks.jp/). Aways a line but well worth the wait. Arrive at 11am (they open at 11:30am) to be safe, closed sundays.
Unagi - izuei honten (http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g063800/) 2-12-22 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo. 260 year old unagi (eel) specialist. Filled with japanese oldies so you know it's good. Go there for lunch (cheaper) and get a set.
Modern izakaya - toki no ma (http://r.gnavi.co.jp/tokinoma/) 2-3-14 Ebisu Minami, Shibuya-ku 〒 150-0022 Tokyo 2F Conze Ebisu. Sleek, modern drinking establishment. Try the horse sashimi. Booking required.

Cheap French - red pepper (http://r.gnavi.co.jp/fl/en/g285001/) Shimizu Bldg. 1F 3-5-25 Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061. Quaint little 'french' restaurant. Good if you need a break from Japanese food.
French - l'Osier (http://www.shiseido.co.jp/e/losier) 7-5-5 Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo 104-8010. 3 starred michelin restaurant. 200+ per person. Ballers only.

snafu
01-13-2011, 09:42 PM
Thanks B, i dont suppose you have a clue on hiroshima? I land into Haneda; might spend a day or tow in tokyo looking for fabric and getting an idea of the city, i plan to travel by train and go across the country as much as i can.
If i do any shopping it will be buying one piece in Lift or more likely buying a bit of yohji while im there. I mean i do enough shopping online when im not traveling, so i don't really plan to spend my visit looking at things i can't afford. Id love to shop while im there but i really think i can't afford to, plus i dont want to waste any time while im there.
Another question how much would you expect a person to spend or so over two weeks there, im pretty much putting 2000--2500 aside for the trip not really including hotels as il try book in advance and split the cost with the gf.
to little or plenty enough ...to me it seems plenty as it will be on 2k its like 140 a day?
I'l try to put aside a bit for buying a piece or two but i can't see me spending too much as im a cheap bastard.

anyway thanks for the heads up

I think there loads of info on Tokyo but id love to find out more about the rest of the country.

Fade to Black
01-13-2011, 11:28 PM
my regular sushi stop is Sushi Kan in Yoyogi Uehara, Tenkane in Shinjuku for Tempura (both Tokyo). Dinner for 2 roughly 25K yen at the former, 20K at the latter.

Enaml
01-14-2011, 12:05 AM
I'll also probably be in Japan this summer for a bit, and then studying abroad at Waseda (hopefully!) or Sophia in the Spring of 2012.

jumpoff
01-14-2011, 09:38 PM
You are probably aware of this, but if you are planning to travel around in Japan, you should definitely get the JR Pass, which gives you unlimited travel (with the exception on a couple of the fastest shinkansen) on JR operated trains for one, two, or three weeks. Travelling inside Japan is very expensive, so its easily worth it. You buy it at a travel agent in the UK before you go and then exchange it for the pass in Tokyo when you get there.

As for a budget, you should be fine with around 2000GBP. My tip would be to spend money on food instead of clothes. By my standards Ive bought quite a lot of clothing while living here, but some of the food experiences I will probably remember forever and I wish Id spent more on food and less on clothes. If youre looking for a deal, go for lunch as the prices tend to differ quite significantly compared to dinner. Lots of top restaurants offer reasonable set menu lunches.

If youre into sushi, you should try to go to some of the top places. I went to Saito for lunch and it was really memorable, and as a non-japanese speaker it really helps that Saito-san speaks some English. You would probably have to book weeks or months in advance though, probably with the help of a concierge. I am definitely going back when I come back to Tokyo.

PaintedBlack_7
01-15-2011, 10:37 AM
You are probably aware of this, but if you are planning to travel around in Japan, you should definitely get the JR Pass, which gives you unlimited travel (with the exception on a couple of the fastest shinkansen) on JR operated trains for one, two, or three weeks. Travelling inside Japan is very expensive, so its easily worth it. You buy it at a travel agent in the UK before you go and then exchange it for the pass in Tokyo when you get there.

As for a budget, you should be fine with around 2000GBP. My tip would be to spend money on food instead of clothes. By my standards Ive bought quite a lot of clothing while living here, but some of the food experiences I will probably remember forever and I wish Id spent more on food and less on clothes. If youre looking for a deal, go for lunch as the prices tend to differ quite significantly compared to dinner. Lots of top restaurants offer reasonable set menu lunches.

If youre into sushi, you should try to go to some of the top places. I went to Saito for lunch and it was really memorable, and as a non-japanese speaker it really helps that Saito-san speaks some English. You would probably have to book weeks or months in advance though, probably with the help of a concierge. I am definitely going back when I come back to Tokyo.

Great tips, to this day i still have a PASMO card with the equivalent of $200 left on it, and i use it whenever im in japan.

Hiroshima is alright, tokyo is more exciting from a consumer level/perspective. But the atomic/nuclear bomb museum is worth visiting. spend an hour there or so.

Hiroshima is filled with awesome hole in the wall places, pints of beers for 800 yen is a good deal. you'll find out how expensive japan is once you get there haha.

have fun, vending machine restaurants were a staple for me. that and natto since im allergic to most Japanese food.

Atom
01-15-2011, 10:52 AM
have fun, vending machine restaurants were a staple for me. that and natto since im allergic to most Japanese food.

I salute you, you're a very brave man.

Peasant
08-12-2012, 10:14 PM
Heading to Japan with the lady in a few weeks. Pretty much have Tokyo planned out but will also be hitting Kyoto and Osaka (3 days each). Any recommendations are appreciated for cultural, fun activities. Only planning on hitting Mindtrive in Kyoto. Most of the shopping will take place in Tokyo.

the-orb
08-12-2012, 10:50 PM
Don't miss the Ryōan-ji in Kyoto. A couple of years after my visit, still one of the most memorable images of Japan. Also, if you go to Mindtrive, you could spend a couple of hours in the modern area around it and stop at some restaurants. I walked from Mindtrive back to the historic part where I was staying in a hotel. It was about an hour's walk but totally worth it. It has a very different feel to the tourist parts of Kyoto. And compared to Tokyo, being able to walk on streets which have names was a big relief.


Heading to Japan with the lady in a few weeks. Pretty much have Tokyo planned out but will also be hitting Kyoto and Osaka (3 days each). Any recommendations are appreciated for cultural, fun activities. Only planning on hitting Mindtrive in Kyoto. Most of the shopping will take place in Kyoto.

Peasant
08-13-2012, 05:58 AM
Thanks. That place looks interesting. Definitely the sort of culturally different experiences we'd like to have.

jippos
08-13-2012, 01:06 PM
Have you looked into spending time in Arashiyama? The train to get there (short ride) looks like an antique. I would recommend renting bikes (can be done at the station), and riding around. You'll see the impressive bamboo forest, amazing river/mountian views, and the pretty cool togetsukyo bridge. Also, unless this has changed, the bike rental allows you a free turn at the communal foot bath; great after riding around all day, and an interesting way to meet other people. (W/ free commemorative towel! :D )

jippos
08-13-2012, 01:26 PM
oh, and I loved the nishiki market, an outdoor, covered, food market, trying things that were unusual, tasty, and unusually tasty.

tron
08-13-2012, 01:52 PM
That sounds really nice. I'll be looking in to the whole bike rental thing a lot while over there i think. I'll be living near the ginza area so I figure it'll be easy enough to get around but any more recommendations of hidden gems you know would be great thanks [thumbup]