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I've looked through the forum before deciding to post this thread, I think I'm suffering from a case of information-overload, so I hope the good folks of TT will be able to help =)
My partner and I are visiting Japan in September, it will be the first trip to Japan for both of us (how exciting!)
We are landing in Osaka, then will depart from Tokyo (onward to Beijing). From what I've read in the TT forum so far, it seems like I can give Osaka a miss (or I could do Osaka as a day trip from Kyoto, or stay in Osaka for the first day or two, then onward to Kyoto)
We are quite flexible with our itinerary, and this is what we've come up with so far:
- Sep 3rd - land in Osaka
- 4th - Osaka (or even Kyoto)
- 5th - 8th - Kyoto (with day trips to surrounding areas, such as Nara and Hiroshima??? unsure where else)
- 9th - 13th - Tokyo (1 day in Disneyland, and the rem... more »
I am considering a bike trip to Japan but am gluten intolerant, meaning I can't eat wheat. Will I be able to find enough things to eat along the way? I am particularly concerned about soy sauce, which contains wheat. Is it in everyting? I don't mind bland food, so is it always easy to ask for dishes before the sauce is added, or are most meals pre-prepared?
I could certainly feed exclusively on sushi, but are these relatively affordable and available anywhere?
Are the mountain areas affected by typhoons as well?
Is september a good month to visit Japan on a bicycle? I don't mind some heat, but much dislike the rain!
Hi guys! I've been reading the tattoo posts and wanted to follow up with my own specific questions.
I'm travelling to Japan alone in mid-November for my 4th time and thinking about finally going to Hakone. What the heck - looks beautiful (is it?) and I've yet to visit an onsen. In past trips I have been to Tokyo, Nikko, Kamakura, Kyoto, Nara, Takayama, and Shirakawa-go.
A few questions:
1) I am a very friendly, modest, extremely un-intimidating-looking 40+ year old woman with 2 full sleeve tattoos (that's 2 full arms of flowers and Buddha, plus a full calf of flowers and trees). I'd like to visit an onsen and could not in a bazillion years be mistaken for yakuza or even a "cheap" woman. The argument that tattoos in Japan are still strongly or exclusively associated with yakuza seems so outdated given the huge popularity of tattoos with Japanese youth; I know of no other count... more »
A friend and I are going to be in Japan for 16 days in August and want to do a 4- ish day hiking trip. We were hoping for something slightly remote/not busy with people. I currently have the lonely planet hiking guide to Japan but can't find something like this.
At the moment we start our trip in Tokyo, work our way to Kyoto then Hiroshima and end in Osaka (Yes I know this is right by Kyoto but our flight goes from there).
We looked at possibly doing part of the 88-Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku or the Japan Alps, however both these options seem very busy with people. We would prefer the Shikoku or the area around Hiroshima/Kyoto/Osaka but are open to the Alps as well. We are considering Kumano-Kodo pilgrimage but not sure this wont be packed either...
Both of us are relatively experienced hikers, looking for an adventure and to experience a bit of rural Japan (T... more »
We are planning a three day hike in Kamikochi, with a return travel to Matsumoto at the end of the hike. If we finish early enough, we were thinking to go to HIrayu Onsen for a detour stop back to Matsumoto. As it is not on the way, looking for recommendations if the public spas are worth it? I looked for a place to stay, but everywhere was sky high, so any budget accommodations would be appreciated too.
What is the best thing to do concerning costs and exchange rate?
- Do we take cash euro’s with us and change them in Japan?
- Do we purchase Japanese yen in Belgium?
- Do we withdraw cash with visa at domestic ATMs?
Thanks in advance for your reply
Just wondering if anyone could help me out with a couple of questions!
My friend, sister and i are heading to South Korea and Japan for a month all up, with 2 weeks in each country. We're flying from Busan to Osaka, and after that we've been a bit stuck for ideas on how to get around.
A lot of website are recommending a JR railway pass, but we're not sure if it's worth the $450 or so the website is quoting. We are planning on travelling to Hiroshima, Nara, Kyoto and finishing up in Tokyo, where we are hoping to spend a few days of our trip. We might be making a few day trips out to smaller areas but on a whole, these are the main cities we are hoping to spend a couple of days in each.
Has anyone got some ideas as to how to get around cheaply and efficiently? Seeing as we're there for 14 days, we're not really moving at either a fast/slow pace.
Thanks for ... more »
I have been researching the JR pass to see if it is worth my while and i am still very confused and hoping you guys can help.
My Plan is to fly into Osaka, train to Kyoto the next day (3 nights), then Train to Hiroshima (2 nights), then train to Nagasaki(2nights), then Fly from Fukuoka to Sapporo(2-3nights), then Fly to Tokyo(4-5nights).
From What i can see the Nazomi Line (Hiroshima to Nagasaki) is not included in the pass, is that correct???
So my trains that can be included in the pass are:
540 yen Osaka to Kyoto
11,090 yen Kyoto to Hiroshima
15,400 yen day trip from Tokyo to Nagano
270,030 yen in total ($275USD)
but this would mean a 14 day pass at $466 USD
So are my calculations correct or is there other uses for a JR pass that i am missing
Also, can i use the JR pass to get to Fukuoka airport from Nagasaki because i'm assuming that i can't... more »
We are planning to travel from Tokyo to Kyoto via Hakone area. We have 2 nights to spend here. Any advice regarding how to do this to get the full experience of the cable car/boat/ropeway circuit. Is it better to stay 2 nights in one place or split the nights? Should we pre book or can we book through tourist info centre in Hakone. We will be there the start of July and traveling with light backpacks and our 13yr old daughter. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks.
I am thinking to make a trip to Japan taking my two kids (10 & 7) with me.
I am not so clear about pricing policies on kids in minshukus and other hotels in Japan since I got mixed information. Are these hotels typically charging on a per person model or per room?
If per person, are kids at the age of 10 typically considered as an adult, i.e. paying the full price or will they be discounted?
If charging is per room, are family rooms usually available or will a family of four usually need to take two double rooms?
It is unfortunately not easy to get this information from guide books or hotel internet pages and many of the smaller hotels only have Japanese pages and if they have English pages this rather detail information is often not provided.
Thank you for your help.
Does anyone know of a free blog site that allows posting videos from an iPhone? Blogger does not.
The homu (platforms) in the Tokyo metro system clearly mark where the train cars with seats for rojin/shogaisha (aged/disabled) will be when the next train pulls into the station. A nice touch.
But often when I entered a train car, lugging my lame left leg with me, none of the sleeping sararyman sitting in those seats would wake up from his snooze. I was tempted to politely poke the gentlemen with my cane, but I only did this once. I felt sorry for their 8AM-10PM working lifestyles and usually figured they needed more sleep than my leg needed gravity comfort.
The hardest part about Tokyo train navigation for crips like me is transferring lines in the downtown stations. Tatoeba, changing from the Marunouchi to the Ginza line requires a roughly 1km walk. And there are no benches along the way. It's like a long mountain trek for the normally-abled.
If grandpa plans to visit, y... more »
My boyfriend and I will the travelling to Japan in late Dec: 19/12 - 22/12 osaka (probably doing a one-day tour in kyoto, 22/12 - 27/12 tokyo. I'm thinking of visiting disneysea on one of the days while in tokyo, but am not sure which is the best day to go. I understand that 23/12 this year (falls on a monday) is a public holiday in Japan, so I'm assuming disneysea will be insanely crowded. I've read elsewhere that visiting on weekends isn't good too, which means I'm left with 24-26 to choose from. Any help/advice is greatly appreciated!
P.s. I've read about people utilizing the fastpass in disneysea/disneyland, but I'm not really sure how it works or how best to utilize to maximise the experience. Does anyone have any strategies as to conquering the theme park in a full day? I'm only looking to visit disneysea as I've been to disneyland before. Any personal experiences (l... more »
My husband and I are going to Japan, landing in Tokyo on Sept. 28th. We need some help with our itinerary with regards to the Japan Alps. Below is what we're thinking. I'd love advice on (1) if the routes are feasible and optimized; (2) are we spending too much time in specific places; (3) does it sound overwhelming/like too much travel? We're mostly going to the Alps to see the contrast as well as to hike. We're not really going to see temples and/or shrines.
1. Tokyo - A few nights
2. Tokyo (Depart AM) --> Takayama (spend night in Takayama)
4. Takayama (Depart AM) --> Magome --> Hike to Tsumago (spend night in Tsumago)
5. Tsumago (Depart AM) --> Kamikochi (spend 2 nights in Kamikochi)
6. Kamikochi (depart AM) --> Kyoto
Edited by: kem1982
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