2 weeks in Japan
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Sep 25, 2009 1:53 AM Last Post By: rob81
Sep 11, 2009 8:39 AM
2 weeks in JapanHi
I’m looking for a bit of advice. I’m planning on visiting Japan with my wife for 2 weeks over the Easter holiday (end of march), flying into Tokyo. I’m after some suggestions and advice on places to go and things to see. We’ll be doing most of our travelling on the trains so if you know of any good routes please let me know. Also if anyone can suggest good accommodation in the places I’ve listed below that’d be really helpful too. Obviously I know that Tokyo has an abundance of hotels, but once we leave Tokyo it’d be nice to stay in a few Ryokans.
So far my list of places to go are as follows:
• Visit a traditional natural spa town (any suggestions for easily accessible ones welcome!)
• See Mt Fuji and some monkeys sitting in a hot spring (im aware that the latter may not be possible)
• See some dramatic & beautiful scenery!
We also want to spend some time away from the big cities where we can soak up some of the culture, however as neither of us speak any Japanese (I’ve just started learning) and we don’t want to be stuck in the middle of no where with no way of communicating with anyone.
I know there are literally thousands of things I could do whilst there but because we are only there for two weeks it needs to be feasible as we don’t want to be spending a lot of our time there on trains etc.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Sep 12, 2009 10:10 PM
Sep 19, 2009 7:50 PM
2If you want to visit the country and see Mt Fuji, I would recommend Fuji 5 Lakes (Kawaguchiko). There are many onsen, hot springs, and ryokan. If you want more of an expensive resort style town, Hakone is good too.
In Kyoto, Shinmonso Ryokan in Gion is a nice place to stay. As far as Mt Fuji goes, if you need any area info, feel free to send me a message. I live here, and do all the english bookings for a local ryokan.
Also, the links page of our website has some good info too:
Don't worry too much about the language barrier, especially the bigger towns the hotels usually have at least one english speaking staff. Also the information centers at the train stations are very helpful. It would help you to learn a few simple phrases though. :) http://www.murahamasou.com/tips.html
Have a great time!
Sep 25, 2009 1:53 AM
3Thanks for the information. I had planned to visit Hakone but the prices are quite expensive so i will check out Kawaguchiko. Im continuing to learn Japanese so hopefully by the time i get there i should be able to get around.
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