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4-6 weeks Japan

Hi all,

I'm about to travel Japan for the first time. End of March/beginning of April I will fly from Bangkok to Fukuoka or otherwise to Tokyo or Osaka. I've never been in Asia yet, and Japan has always been number one on my to visit list.

Plan is to see the blossom, skip the Golden Week by getting to South Korea by then and be back in Japan to experience the 3 festivals in May.

I will buy a Willer bus pass so travel mainly that way, and maybe by train or bus or hitch hike to places Willer…

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Buying a seal (not the marine variety)

My Dutch friend wants me to buy her a traditional Japanese seal for a holiday present but I'm not sure what she means. Anyone got any idea and where I can buy one in Tokyo?

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Narita City to Hiroshima Possible Same Day?

Hello all.
I will arrive from the U.S. at Narita Airport 4:30pm. I was thinking of overnighting in Narita town instead of Tokyo. Sounds more relaxing than going into Tokyo and I've heard Narita is a pleasant little town. I have been to Japan and have already seen many of the must-sees. This time I would like to start in Hiroshima and work my way back to Tokyo. After my overnight in Narita would it be too optimistic to get from Narita to Hiroshima the same day--without arriving too late?
I…

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Hakone-Kamakura & other ideas for March

Hi guys!

I'm returning to Japan for my 5th time in early March and thought I'd try to visit a new place for at least 2 nights that's within an inexpensive train ride of Tokyo (under $50). I was thinking of Hakone, since I've never been, and combining it with Kamakura because I love that town so much. Using Hyperdia, it looks like Hakone is both nearby and reasonable, and that it's also quick and inexpensive to travel between Kamakura and Hakone.

Having said that, I'd love your advice. I have…

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21 days in Japan - Help with itineary and travel suggestions

Hi all, long time lurker first time poster.

My boyfriend and I (22/23yo) are on our first international trip together and will be spending 21 days in Japan. 7 nights in Tokyo, 2 nights in Mt Fuji, 4 nights Kyoto and 7 nights in Osaka. Some have said that 7 nights in Tokyo and Osaka may be a bit long of a stay and it isnt necessary to have such a long stay. But I am the type of traveller who enjoys taking in the culture and atmosphere without having to rush around and trying to jam pack as many…

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Direction from Haneda airport to Sumida (Yahiro train station)

Hello all,

Can someone please tell me the detailed direction of going to Sumida (train station: Yashiro) from Haneda airport?

I'd like to know if there is one train I can take directly from the airport or I need to transfer at somewhere.

Many thanks,

Kurisu

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Nightlife in Osaka

Hey, my wife and I(Late 20s) have a 5 day stay coming up in Kansai in early December. Will be my third time in Japan but her first time. We are thinking of mainly staying in Kyoto with a few short trips to Nara and Kurama. Lots of temples, palaces, some hiking in the hopefully not frigid mountains and a soak in an onsen.

To juxtapose to that, we are thinking of heading out somewhere for some modernity and night life. Something with a lot of young people.

I think I have been to Namba,…

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Scenic train travel out of Tokyo (with a stay at the end)?

Anyone out there who is really a train fanatic who has a favorite train trip out of Tokyo with great scenery? From central Tokyo to destination, it would have to be less than a day of travel, but we would be willing to combine a shinkansen with a rumbling local line, and if it ends at a ryokan with a view where we could stay a night or two, even better. Our guests are not into onsen (arrgh), so it would all be about the ambience and the view--and the accessibility. One of our number can't…

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Tokyo for less-mobile visitors?

And by "less-mobile," I mean can't walk very far at all, and can't take more than a flight of steps. I'm looking for activities in the Tokyo area that are pretty easy on a visitor--they are coming to eat and drink and make merry, so we're covered as far as that goes, but I wonder if the collective wisdom has any suggestions for events that are easy to get to and less exhausting once you're there. High culture, low culture--whatever you've got. We're fluent in Japanese, familiar with Tokyo,…

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Year end Japan - MUST HAVE SNOW!

Hi,

Am looking to take my family to Japan from maybe just after Christmas to New Years. The only requirement is that there must be snow. Having said that, non of us know how to ski or snowboard although we wouldn't mind going for a hike in the snow or giving it a try. I'll be going with my 6 year old daughter so it should be kid friendly. Thanks in advance for your recos.