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So far the plan goes:
Dec 27-30: Tokyo with a day trip to Nikko
Dec 30-31: Nagano and Shibu Onsen
Jan 1: Visit a shrine? Any recommendations of where to go/stay?
Jan 2: Possibly Takayama or Tsumago?
Jan 3-5: Kyoto with a (day?)trip to Nara
Jan 6-7: Back to Tokyo, visit Himeji on the way back

Any recommendations to fill in days or things to add/change? What are some things you would do?

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OK, I have no connection with this guy, except I owe him a great big thank you if we ever meet.

If you're a foodie and/or a Japan otaku like myself, I highly recommend a book that came out late last year by Matt Goulding, titled "Rice, noodle, fish: Deep travels through Japan's food culture." It is very well written, informative, entertaining and thoroughly covers a fair range of Japan's extraordinary food scene. The definitive volume, IMO. Warning, though, you're liable to end up with an…

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Dear All
I will be having 2 weeks holidays in Japan and would like to spend the second half in Kyoto. The date should be around 1-7 Oct. Yet it is exactly when the National Day "Golden Week" of China. I wonder if there would be flocks of Chinese roaming around Kyoto during the period and I should avoid it.
Thank you.
Tse

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Good evening,

I am looking for information on how best to do a 3 day section of this trek. I'm finding it hard to find the following info and hope someone can advise me;

  1. Do you have to book with an tour operator and book ahead and can you just turn up and do parts of this trek independently and make your own bookings. Was hoping to be able to park the van somewhere and do a some treking and for a few days or so then get a bus back to where we parked up.

I have read some information…

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Hello. I'm planning to visit Japan in late December-January. However, new Years seems to have many closings and I was wondeirng if anyone knows if the snow monkey park closes during this time as well?

We are planning to stay in Shibu Onsen from Dec31-Jan 1st, but want to make sure the park is open. Additionally, does anyone have good Ryokan recommendations for this area? Thank you!

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Hi all,

I'm now looking at whether it would be worth the time to fit in a stay in Koya-San at the end of my first trip to Japan.

We will arrive in Kyoto mid afternoon, and then stay for four nights. The next day, would we be able to visit Nara, and then go on to Koya-San for the night, before travelling to Osaka the following day for an evening flight?

I've read quite a lot of mixed things about how much time you need to spend in Koya-San to make the experience worth it, and how long the…

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Hi,

I'm going to be descending Mt Fuji down the Yoshida Trail to the Fuji-Subaru 5th Station. I then need to get to Gotemba so I can catch a train to Osaka.

Could anyone offer some help on this? Trying to look for the most direct way to get to Gotemba from Fuji-Subaru. After looking into this myself I think I'd need to get a bus back to Kawaguchiko Station and then another to Gotemba but just wanted to be sure.

Thanks

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As a big traveler myself I want to see what people are looking for in a trip to Japan.
I have traveled more than 50countries myself and from all of the traveling I most enjoyed the activity and experiencing the local life.
I felt there is lots to see in Japan but not much to mingle with locals and experience the life of Japanese or culture of Japanese.
As Japanese myself I really want to have tourist in Japan experience more JAPAN.
Would you be interested in farm staying, finishing village stay or…

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My wife myself and our 4 year old daughter would like to visit Hokkaido, north East for 4 days. We fly in on 9th xoctober morning and from Japan on 16 October
1. is it a good time to go? temperature, weather?
2. Good onzen accomodation to stay at?
3 We love seafood any reccomendations
4. How to spend 4 days ?
5. Is 4 days enough?
6. How should we spend the other 4 days?
7. any other suggestions

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Hi guys,

I know that there are many posts about Mt. Fuji... but I have a big doubt..
I just want to have a nice view from mt. Fuji..

I have been told that from Shizuoka , ( nihondaira ) There are nice views of Mount fuji with the tea plantations...
from where there are the best views of Mt. Fuji from Hakone, from kawaguchiko or from Nihondaira?

To go to Kawaguchiko is it best to go from Tokio or from Shizuoka? I come from Hiroshima to Tokyo and I do not know if it is better to…