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« on: January 20, 2008 12:35:17 PM »

konban wa!
i am visiting Japan in March, 2008. I'll be staying for a month, traveling from Tokyo area down to Kansai and wherever else!
I am looking for fun craftsters to go out to dinner, bars, or just for a walk and show around.
I wish to find cheap lodging and also am interested in homestays... do you know anything?

« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2008 04:05:40 AM »

hey ill be there for a month at the same time! cherry blossom season!
unfortunatly its going to be a "romantic" holiday and theres no way by partner would let me stray from our itinerary....
i hope u have a wonderful trip to japan!

are you going solo? theres a few tokyo day trip tours around on the net...
i dont know about homestays either but im sure you would find some on the net
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2008 08:39:40 PM »

Hi there !
I am hoping someone has pm'd you already to answer some of your questions... Like meeting fellow craftsters & such...

Anyhow - I hope you have already done with all your hotel reservations and fixed your itinerary by now. If you are planning on doing homestay - I hope you have already contacted & made plans with your host family by now.

I hate to be a spoiler  Embarrassed Roll Eyes- but you should know that March is a very busy time for Japan - both for the Japanese and the tourists (local & foreign) for many reasons:
1. end of fiscal year
2. graduation from school (uni)
3. moving season - most companies transfer their employees to new posts on April
4. Spring vacation - families go traveling or visiting gramps & grans
5. and like samurii said - it is the cherry blossom season - all over - beginning early March in the southern parts (Osaka & Kyoto) of the mainland proceeding northwards to Tokyo (mid-March) up to further North (around late April)...
6. Conference season - for many scientific associations

Over-all this makes it hard to find good & cheap lodging...
Lots of info can be found on the net -
1. http://jin.jcic.or.jp/travel.html
2. http://www.theforeigner-japan.com/
3. http://www.japanable.com/
4. http://www.japancorner.com/default.asp
5. http://www.jetsetjapan.com/infozone.shtml
6. http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/attractions/freeAttractions.html
7. http://travel.japantimes.co.jp/e/japan/index.html

I hope this helps a bit...
Good luck and have a nice trip to you (and to samurii too...) Grin
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