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Just looking for a bit of feedback on my packing list for a trip to Japan over the Mid-Dec to Jan period (~3wks); have I left anything obvious out here?
15" Laptop & Charger
Shaver & Charger
USB Cable (ebook/mobile charging)
Long sleeved Top x3
Tshirt x2 +1 Worn
Jeans x2 +1 Worn
ToeSocks x2 +1 Worn
Coat 1 worn
hair ties x5 +1 Worn I'm notorious for breaking them :(
VFF Shoes worn
Winter boots x1
Long tooth comb
Rat tail comb
Washbag(Shampoo, Conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, facecloth, nailclippers)
Passport / general documents
Wallet more »
Hi, I am a 21 year old student currently studying in Kumamoto. Landed in Kumamoto about 1 and a half months ago. Haven't been anywhere else. Well, I'll be having my winter vacation from 23 Dec to 5 Jan and I was thinking of traveling around and exploring as much of Japan as I can in that period of time. This window is the only proper time I would have for traveling as I will be returning to Singapore for good on March.
I would greatly appreciate if you guys could advise me on the best cities/places to visit. Anywhere is fine, as long as I am able to maximize my time. It would be a great help for a really clueless guy like me.
Traveling with a friend
Leaning towards exploring nature/landscape (Heard Hokkaido is the place for nature and stuff)
I was in Tokyo a couple of years ago, largely because I wanted to try some of the oldest restaurants in the city. Now, I did expect the food at these establishments to be great. What I didn’t realise is that food in Tokyo is just out of this world. It was hard to find bad fare anywhere in the city. And I’m not talking only about Japanese food. It applies to all other cuisines I’ve tried there. As a matter of fact, many perfected dishes from other countries. No wonder Tokyo trumped Paris with the most number of Michelin stars and better food. You can check out my blog for maps, links and photos: http://asiaescapades.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/tokyo-food-porn/
Izuei Honten is a 260-year old restaurant specializing in Unagi. It is not far from Ueno Station but takes some asking around to get to. In fact, I stayed the first two days of my Tokyo trip in Ueno at Toug... more »
Hi everyone! Thanks for taking the time to read my question about #Japan!
My wife and I are going to fly into #Takamatsu on March 28th(ish) and will spend a week(ish) in the region. I'd love to hear your advice on a 1-week #Shikoku #itinerary, perhaps with a day or two for a side-track to #Hiroshima OR #Osaka OR #Kyoto OR #Kobe? Is there something nearby on the mainland that's a "can't miss"?
We aren't big on shopping, museums or big cities for the sake of big cities - more for natural beauty, can't-miss historical sites, cultural experiences, #food, etc. My wife is a big art-nut (although not for anything pre-Edo period is my guess) so an artsy thing or two would be a good bet! :)
Thank you SO MUCH for your #help! I know very little about Japan, but I want to get the most out of our week, so I appreciate it!
Has anyone stayed at either Hozanso Hotel or Ryosou Tsuyukusa? We are travelling by public transport and only have one day so don't want to waste time getting to and from the sights (we are coming from Takayama and then going to Shirakawago in mid January). The reviews of Hozanso Hotel are a bit confusing - some complaining that it is hard to get to and that you need a car, and someone else saying there is a bus at the door. I confess I have trouble interpreting the maps on the web. Ryosou Tsuyukusa appears to be conveniently located but I think is only bookable through Rakuten which I haven't used before, so any thoughts on that would be appreciated. Thanks everyone.
Apologies for the itinerary post. Basically I've been travelling around Asia now for a few months and have always wanted to go to Japan so have booked a flight to Tokyo on 23rd December. I will be doing a 2 week whistle stop highlights tour. I don't want to rush things so have come up with the following itinerary. I want a highlights trip and am interested in traditional Japan and want to go to the Japanese Alps too:
Tokyo 23/12 to 27/12
Nikko 27/12 to 28/12
Takayama 28/12 to 30/12
Kyoto 30/12 to 3/1
Hiroshima 3/1 to 5/1
Tokyo 5/1 to 7/1
Does this sound reasonable? I basically had to pick one place in the Alps so picked Takayama. Is that the best place to go? Also, I'm conscious I will be travelling over a busy period and some places may be closed but I want to be in tokyo per Christmas and Kyoto for new year. All I have booked so far is a trip to Ghibli Museum... more »
Does anyone know of any budget accom in mt koyasan for 2 adutls and 2 kids 11/13 as I can't find alot of places and the ones I have found are quite expensive. During the week is it possible to just turn up and find somewhere or do we need to book. the week we are near there is from 21st dec to 29th dec so I'm not sure if this is a very busy time there or not.
please advise if anyone can assist
thanks in advance
I have just bought our flights into Tokyo and return from Osaka Kansai airport. We, my daughter (9) and I will only have 8 days in Japan, not long I know, but it´ll have to make do. We are staying 3 nights in Tokyo, 4 nights in Kyoto and a night in an airport (Kansai) hotel as we don´t want to rush in the morning to catch a train to the airport.
My question is about whether it´s smarter to buy railpasses instead of single tickets? I don´t think it´s worth it to buy a specific Japan rail pass, but please correct me if I´m wrong.
We will travel from Narita airport to Tokyo, around Tokyo (in the city), from Tokyo to Kyoto and from Kyoto to Kansai airport.
Any oneday tickets for Tokyo or other combination tickets?
I´m getting really confused about all the different companies and trains.
Thanks in advance
i have a usa passport
if i land in japan with only my one way ticket from usa to japan, and no onward or return ticket (which will be booked later), can i still get the free 90 day tourist visa?
MUST i have some sort of onward/return travel confirmation?
will an original ipad with att 3g service be able to do wifi in japan?
will it be able to, if i get an "international plan", have cellular service?
fyi, i am NOT looking to use it to make calls. just mainly limited web surfacing and sending emails.
Hi Ive booked a Hakuba ski package end on Jan 2014.
Need to work out what to do prior to this.
12 jan - fly into Osaka late
13 Jan Hiroshimo?
16 Jan Tokyo?
17 jan Tokyo - sumo wrestling
18 jan visit Jigokudani snow monkeys
19 Jan Start skiing Hakuba
I'm 25 male, love sports Any advice would be appreciated.I'll probably buy a rail pass.
I am visiting Japan from 25th April-18th May 2014. I would like to see a yabusame display. Are there any places in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nagasaki that show it?
I think they sometimes show in Nikko and I could travel there. If someone has dtes, that would also be useful.
My wife and I are staying in Kameido for the first week in January and wondering if anyone could recommend a good izakaya or restaurant in the area. We also don't mind a 30 minute train trip for good food.
Travelling to Tokyo for the first time , arriving on the 25th of December for a week.
Bored with western Christmas , decided to do something different.
Will be there on my own so very keen to meet people for sightseing with or go out and experience Tokyo's night life
Kind of weird to think that i will be spending Christmas without my friends and family but looking forward to something new..
i am a very laid back , well travelled and chilled gay man. Very straight acting and easy to get along with.
I have booked an hotel in Asakusa so i think i should be quite central for everything.
Anyway, open to suggestions and tips for a cool stay in Tokyo.
Always welcome to email me on : email@example.com ( Relevant stuff only :) )
If I want to get a teaching english job in Japan is it possible to arrive on a tourist visa and look for work then get an upgrade to a work visa? Does anyone ever do it?
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