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« on: May 23, 2007 07:01:49 PM »

Hi,

I'm thining fo coming to Japan next year but i want to know what places i must go to especially ones the travel guides dont tell you about, before i got to the travel angency. Can anyone help?

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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2007 07:06:17 PM »

Lucky duck! I went to Japan before. It was a lot of fun.

They have tons of crafty stuff and a lot of inspiration. Unfortunately, where I went to, things were very expensive.

But have fun and enjoy the food! Yum! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2007 01:03:53 AM »

It depends on how long you plan to come for.  To be honest, when my friends come for a week or two I usually schedule them to:

2 days in Kyoto
1 day in Himeji, with the evening in Kobe for dinner in Chinatown
1 day in Osaka
1 day in Nara
2 -3 days in Tokyo (if they want, but I think that's a waste)

Additionally in the kansai area we have lots to do that wouldn't make it into guide books.  really good restaurants (Osaka), USJ (Universal Studios Japan), Takayama (for beautiful mountainscapes/onsen/old fashioned japanese houses. 

Also, every person who comes here talks about how they love Kyoto... but really, having been to pretty much every temple/shrine/site there... it's all the same.  If you go, pick one or two places that you really want to see (I rec Kiyomizudera and Daisenin)

Go during a festival time - that will be worth the research and time to go see.

walk down streets you don't know, and find some 100 yen shops (all your souvineers for people back home you can get for a buck... same stuff you can get at the tourist traps too)
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2007 06:01:08 AM »

Oh wow, this advice is invaluable...thanks so much! I'll definately look into it. You have a good poiunt with picking a couple of well researched places and enjoying them instead of rushing around.

Thanks!
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2007 04:02:03 AM »

Hey I live just outside Tokyo.

I think the previous post is right about Kyoto. I just got back from a weekend trip there. It was great. You can rent a bicyle and go practically everywhere in Kyoto by bike.

But I have to disagree about Tokyo. There are a lot of fun things to do in and around Tokyo. For example there is Nikko which has great temples and the 3 monkeys. Mt. Fuji, Hakkone, and not to mention all of the cool places in Tokyo. Like Harajuku, Shibuya, Akihabara... There is the Ghibli Museum. The museum features anime by Studio Ghibli for example Totoro, Sprited Away, or Howl's Moving Castle. And I guess I have to mention Tokyo Disneyland (although I've never been there!).
There is a lot to do in Japan.
This is the website for a local magazine. It will give you some info about what's happening in and around Tokyo if you decide to come.
http://metropolis.co.jp/default.asp

have a good trip!
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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2008 04:49:22 PM »

This has been really helpful info!  I'm going to Japan next week, totally excited that this time I can actually have a holiday and not be there for only one day!
I'll mostly be in Tokyo, but we have the rail pass for the shinkansen to visit Kyoto and Osaka. 
Thanks for the handy info!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2009 05:49:20 PM »

Similar question!
It looks like I'm going to be coming to Tokyo for about a week-week and a half this summer. I wanted to go to Kyoto too, but it looks like I'm not going to be able to afford that on my college budget, haha. What's good to do in a week's stay in Tokyo? ^_^
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2009 04:59:18 AM »

this is good for me too !! Thanks
I am planning on making a trip to Japan too one day, after graduating ^^
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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2009 04:53:20 AM »

We're going this Nov - so excited!

We've booked a tour with insidejapan tours - www.insidejapantours.com who are experts at showing you the other side of Japan.

I've also bought a really cute guide to fun shops - with especial reference to craft, kawaii etc that someone has made and is selling on etsy

Have fun
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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2009 05:21:10 AM »

We're going this Nov - so excited!

We've booked a tour with insidejapan tours - www.insidejapantours.com who are experts at showing you the other side of Japan.

I've also bought a really cute guide to fun shops - with especial reference to craft, kawaii etc that someone has made and is selling on etsy

Have fun

ooh what's the name of the book?
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