Seasoned mid-budget traveler here. Leaving for a vacation in Japan Oct 8 and will be in-country a full 21 days. I am considering 4 days each Tokyo and Kyoto. The rest of the time I want to explore other parts of the country. I am interested in maybe three 4-day bases from which to explore out from and have them be semi-rural so I can experience a slower more traditional cultural experience. I have the Lonely Planet Guide and it is great but everything it describes sounds awesome…
Hello fellow travelers!
We are planning a 2 week honeymoon (15 days) landing in Toyko and keen to visit Kyoto and Osaka and If timing works out also Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Besides the city sights I woul love to hear your tips of more quiet and authentic places we could stay a night or 2 along the way to these cites. Open to Ryokans, places in the mountains or lakes or by the water. Places that have that romantic charm. We leave towards end of Sept. Many thanks! Justin
My partner and I will land in Toyko on Monday at 5:30. My question is, is it better to bring Sterling, Euro or US dollar to change into Yen?
Also is there a bullet train from Tokyo to Hiroshima?
I was thinking about traveling around Tohoku this summer - maybe visiting Sendai, Aomori, Niigata and Yamagata, starting from Tokyo where I live. But individual train fares add up so I was wondering if anyone knows about any discount arrangements? I see there's something called "Seishun 18" but I'm not sure I want to take semi-local trains all the time, although if it only adds a few hours altogether I might consider it.
I went to Zamami for a few days about 10 years ago and I loved it. I'm considering going back in July for a week or two to relax (I'd like to swim, snorkel, bicycle, maybe dive...) . Do you think I should plan ahead? last time, I didn't book anything and there were many affordable places to stay (surprising for such a beautiful place in a developed country!). Have things changed much since then? Do you know other similar places in Japan with the same vibe?
Hi all, my partner and I are staying in Tokyo for 8 days then Kyoto for 6 at the end of August/ start of September.
We were wondering if there are any amazing day trips we should do out of the cities (mainly Tokyo as we have more time). We have thought about Fuji but reviews seems very mixed for views/cost for a whole day trip.
Please let me know of any great days out! Love culture/ nature in particular
Does this brief trip side trip on way from Tokyo to Kyoto make sense? I want to see the mountains (I'm from Florida), enjoy some great views and and have a uniquely Japanese experience but I have very limited time. Take either train or bus from Tokyo to Matsumoto and spend night. Next day get up early travel to Tsugamo and take the trail to Magome and then take train to Kyoto. I believe I might be able to have my luggage sent from Tsugamo to Magome if I arrive in Tsugamo before a certain…
I'm currently planning our 17-day honeymoon in Japan from July 30-Aug 15 and would love your advice on how to make it better. We're a couple of experienced travelers who love the outdoors and are looking for a good combo of citylife, nature, and culture. We have already booked our flights into Tokyo on the 30th and out of Osaka on the 15th and are trying to make the most of our time.
Here's my plan:
Day 1 - Fly and stay in Tokyo
Day 2 - Tokyo
Day 3 - Tokyo
Day 4 - Tokyo
Day 5 - Mt. Fuji…
So we recently booked a tour with the company Inside Japan, specifically, it's their "HYPERJAPAN's J-Pop & Go" tour:
We're going on the Nov. 15th departure and just wondering if anyone else by chance maybe going on this one as well. It'll be our first time to Japan and we thought this tour fits both our schedule and budget well while hitting up the main spots as well as exploring a…