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« on: December 04, 2005 06:47:27 PM »

Hi, i will be going to japan on the 20th of december.. i need all the information i can have regarding japan
I will be going to tokyo, osaka, fuji and not too sure where else

Please help me by posting information regarding shopping, crafty shops, shopping again, food?... n any other stuff

Thank you very much!! i love u ppl! Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2005 11:01:59 AM »

Make sure you go to Kyoto!  I've heard that's the most beautiful city in Japan.  And that's where there are LOTS and LOTS of arts, dance, geisha, etc.

How long will you be in Japan?

OH.  And I've also heard that if you shop in Tokyo, everything is way more expensive than anywhere else in the country...though everything is pretty expensive in Japan.  But I've heard that Tokyo is the worst!
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2005 11:42:48 AM »

I've been to Tokyo twice, so I have some feeling for the town. I do have to say that it's a bit hard to say exactly where to go since the streets have no name, and the city is a bit hard to manouver. But that's a woderful thing since it's great to discover things all on your own.
So for a Craftster be sure to go to Tokyu Hands, its a big crafty departmentstore the largest one sitting in the Takashimaya Times Square-building in Shinjuku (there is a big one in Shibuya too)
The fabric stores are cheap (in swedish standards any hoo) I think there is a chain called Toa (short for toailette in Swedish, thats why I remember...)
For shopping I'd say Harajuku, Daikanyama, Shibuya. There is a ig kitshenwaretown close to the subwaysation before Ueno (coming from he center of town)
A tip on where you can do your reading up on tokyo today at http://metropolis.japantoday.com/default.asp (in english)
and on the art scene at http://www.tokyoartbeat.com/ (also english)
And I als think you should go to Kyoto, it's beautiful

oh, I don't think this makes any sense, but I'm submiting it anyway...
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2005 03:52:18 PM »

i'll agree with linur; tokyu hands is good and the rest of the areas recommended for shopping are good.
i'm half japanese and i've been to toyko with my mum, but i couldn't find anywhere with cheapish yarn. hump. however,  i did go to this supermarket/mall in kyushu(a different island altogether where my grandpa lives) and i found some cheapish yarn, but at that time i'd only just begun knitting so didn't buy enough.

i'm going this xmas again, but my mum's refused to be my tour guide this time, so i really need to find out what to do before i go.
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2005 06:11:45 PM »

3 words: KYOTO, KYOTO, KYOTO! If you go around the 25th they have their main market. AMAZING! You'll have to ask about it once you arrive though 'cause the streets really do have no names!

Get a rail pass, through your travel agent BEFORE YOU LEAVE for Japan. You can't get them once you are here & it will save you sooooo much money. This way you can just jump on a train & go exploring.

Don't be afraid to approach people for help. The Japanese people are so lovely & even though there might be a language problem you'd be surprised how many people can speak basic English. Get yourself a small language dictionary that you can point to phrases in & you will have covered your bases language wise.

As for food, try everything! You must, if you can, eat home made / everyday food. Soooo good. And Sushi! You may think you've already eaten this at home but until you eat it in Japan, made with Japanese hands... Tongue

Shopping has pretty much been covered, no matter how much money you have you'll still want more, more, more! Go to the 100 yen shops, FANTASTIC!

Japan is a fabulous country full of the most friendly people you'll ever meet. Have a GREAT time!
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2005 06:45:28 PM »

ok with all countries where there is a dramatic difference between your everyday food and thier everyday food, make sure you buy some of those tablets that  stop the reaction, i think there kinda like travel sickness tablets, but ask your pharmacist/chemist/doctor about them HAVE A GREAT TIME!
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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2005 12:22:25 AM »

thanks guys so much! i'll bel eaving tomorrow night and coming back on the 28th..

Thanks lots..
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2006 09:07:40 PM »

Man, i was in Japan during december too!, i should have come here and read all this before i went!
oh well now i know for next time, but yeah harajuku is really awesome and dont under estimate the power of the 100 yen shops!
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