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Japan Travel |OT| We have to go back

Oct 27, 2017
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The digital art museum is in a completely different location from the Morii Art Museum for the record. It confused us for a bit and we weren’t sure if we accidentally went to the teamLab Borderless headquarters by mistake. The skyview is at the Morii Art Museum, which while we were there had a Cardcaptor Sakura exhibit, a destruction themed art exhibit, and an exhibit on a famous Japanese cartoonist which was really well organized so easy to enjoy even for someone unfamiliar with his work.
Oh you're talking about the Mori tower. One of the best observatory on Tokyo!
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Japan was fantastic. Here are a few pictures:
Great photos! When we were there in October we also loved the Team Lab art exhibit! We went to a cat cafe too that looked the same. is that the one near Harajuku station?

Man I need to get back to Japan! I miss it so much, but the food at convenience stores has ruined me, Just so easy and available anywhere/anytime.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Spending around two weeks in Japan come the end of March, just finished booking the rest of the Airbnbs and ryokan. Starting in Tokyo, heading to Kyoto, then on the way back to Tokyo spending a few days at a ryokan in Gero, and then back to Tokyo.

It's been wild planning so far. It'll be an adventure for sure. Gotta finish scheduling out individual days now.
 
Oct 30, 2017
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Finally booked my Tokyo Airbnb late April and early May. Didn't get the exact one we wanted as it was picked up while we were discussing out two options. Would have preferred a hotel but my best friend is like 6'4 and the trip dates are too long for us to be in such a tiny room together. We plan on picking a Ryokan for the last two days at the end of the trip. Any good recommendations (oh he has tattoos)?
 
I posted this on the etcetera board, but I will copy and paste here. Looking for honeymoon tips. I will read the OP and comb through all the pages, but figured I would get the ball rolling! Thanks in advanced :)

Hello!

My fiance and myself are interested in going to Japan for our honeymoon. This will be sometime in June. We will probably go for 10 - 14 days.

Here is what I am interested in:

-Exploring Toyko: local attractions, touristy spots, night life, mario kart racing
-Learning about Samurai Culture and other ancient culture
-Going to Hiroshima and/or Nagaski
-Learning about Japan during ww2 in general
-Learning about Japanese Arts
-visiting temples
-Sumo culture. I am also a wrestling fan, but dont know much about NJPW...worth it?
- I love video games

My fiance is interested in:

-Hiking
-relaxing on a beach all day long (she could seriously do this for 1 week straight)
-she loves cats. anything cat related whether its a cafe or that famous cat island

We are also open to any suggestions like:

-A good travel agency to help with this
-I was told to try a "Ryokan Experience"
-Also told to try a private dinner with a geisha

We found this website that listed activities:

http://www.epicroad.com/luxury-japan-ryokan-tokyo/

Are any of these good?
 
Oct 28, 2017
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Booked in from April 1st to April 16th to Haneda and back. Time to prep! Second time going. Wondering if I should try and tour a bunch of cities this time around. Might get a JR pass and go to Sendai for a while, and go West as well.

Any suggestions from personal experience in the thread? Lesser known places that are nice, preferrably on JR lines so I can max out the use of a pass if I buy one.
 
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MikeHattsu
Oct 25, 2017
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https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2...oss-japan-forecast-arrive-earlier-usual-2019/

Cherry blossoms in Japan are predicted to arrive earlier than usual again in 2019

Last year, spring arrived surprisingly early across the country, with buds starting to appear in Tokyo on March 17.

In this year’s forecast, released Thursday, Japan Meteorological Corp. announced the blossoming in Kochi is likely to be followed by early flowering in Fukuoka, where blossoms are due to emerge on March 20.

Soon after that, sakura flowers will begin to bloom in the cities of Tokyo and Nagoya on March 22, in Kyoto on March 25 and Osaka on March 27.


Of course, early forecast, so things could change :p
 
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MikeHattsu
Oct 25, 2017
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Are any of these good?
Do 1 week in Tokyo and 1 week in Kyoto/Osaka/Hiroshima with a 1 week JR Pass.

For karting you need an international drivers license, so get that if you wanna do it.
For ancient culture stuff check out the national museums in Ueno in Tokyo. Maybe go to the Japanese sword museum (close to all the Sumo stuff in Tokyo) and the Uiyo-e woodblock prints museum as well?
Go to Hiroshima and check out Miyajima island while you're there. Nagasaki is possibly too far away if you're just there for 2 weeks.
There's temples and shrines everywhere, especially in Kyoto, so go wild :P
Sumo stuff is in Ryogoku in Tokyo. You could go check out the stadium there and maybe go to one of the sumo stables. If you book a tour you could watch them train in the morning and even eat chanko nabe with some of the wrestlers. In addition to the Japanese sword museum there's also the Edo-Tokyo and Hokusai museums nearby the Sumo stadium if that's of interest.
Go to Akihabara :P If you're into old shump and vs fighting games don't miss Taito Hey arcade. If you're into VR, check out the VR Zone in Shinjuku.

Go climb Mt. Takao in Tokyo and to the top of Fushimi Inari in Kyoto. You could also go to Hakone (which is also a onsen/ryokan place) and hike around there.
June is too early for a lot of beaches around Tokyo. You'd have better luck going to Okinawa for that, but that'll take extra travel time... You could go relax at an onsen instead?
Go to one of the cat temples in Tokyo and a cat cafe of course. Going to one of the more famous cat islands are maybe too far for a 2 week trip (especially if it's your first time in Japan).

Never used a travel agent, just done everything myself. :P
Book a ryokan with kaiseki dinner in Hakone and then you can enjoy the nature hiking and onsens there as well.
A private dinner with a geisha is quite expensive and you'll most likely need to book it with an interpreter. Better check out videos of what it's all about and if it's actually something you'd be interested in with the dancing and shamisen music and drinking games. If you're gonna do it then book something in Kyoto.
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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Booked in from April 1st to April 16th to Haneda and back. Time to prep! Second time going. Wondering if I should try and tour a bunch of cities this time around. Might get a JR pass and go to Sendai for a while, and go West as well.

Any suggestions from personal experience in the thread? Lesser known places that are nice, preferrably on JR lines so I can max out the use of a pass if I buy one.
Go through the Hokuriku arch and visit Nagano, Kurobe gorge, Kanazawa and side trips to Shirakawa and Takayama. They're not really lesser known places though :P


Any must-sees in Kyushu/western Japan?
Check out Nagasaki of course and go to Gunkanjima island. You could go to Kagoshima and check out the volcano there and also check out the sand baths at Ibusuki, but that's at the very end of Kyushu :P
Also the onsens at Beppu is nice. Kumamoto Castle still not repaired, but I guess you could go check it out?


Hey MikeHattsu can you please add my 2018 Flickr album to the op? I've been slowly adding some photos.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmbunnDU

Thanks!
Done
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Back from Japan, had a fantastic sleep after being up for 25+ hours traveling home.

KLM are fantastic. Treated us very well on the flights to and from Tokyo. Even gave me a gift on the way from Tokyo to Amsterdam because they noticed it was my birthday. Alcohol, some sweeties/crackers and a card signed by KLM staff. So nice of them <3.

Also if anyone is into KH and in Japan just now, Skytree has something going on just now. It was fantastic to go to <3. (plus ice skating just outside the Skytree ticket area)

Will sort through my pictures and upload them when I get a chance :)
 
Anyone have any more obscure suggestions for day-trip worthy things from Tokyo during winter? Likely will have some time this weekend to spend outside of Tokyo but I've done most of the typical day trip stuff (Nikko, Hakone, Kamakura, Yokohama). Maybe Lake Kawaguchiko is worth visiting this time of year, still haven't been there...
 
booked!! so excited - we're going from 3/23-4/3. so hyped, i've been wanting this one since i was a kid! we're flying into haneda, thinking we'll spend a few days in tokyo, then bullet train over to osaka & kyoto before returning for the last few days/flight.

looking for recommendations on:

- retro game shops! ive heard for years that super potato is picked clean, but i mostly like old sega shit
- eateries! we definitely wanna hit a good ramen shop after all those years of anime, haha
- a cat cafe
- any particular temples/museums in kyoto? i'm a huge weeabo with bushido/samurai culture
- any good bathhouses that don't mind tattoos? (we both have em...)
- as a huge Yakuza (series) fan, i need to see the blocks kamurocho is based on. please say they have a club sega (also where are the yakuza districts? just wanted to pass by one)
- also we're open to hotels or hostels (prolly a mix of both, as i understand prices will be higher & we need to book soon!), down for recommendations there as well!



Of course, early forecast, so things could change :p
oh my god i hope this holds, the timing would be perfect!
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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Anyone have any more obscure suggestions for day-trip worthy things from Tokyo during winter? Likely will have some time this weekend to spend outside of Tokyo but I've done most of the typical day trip stuff (Nikko, Hakone, Kamakura, Yokohama). Maybe Lake Kawaguchiko is worth visiting this time of year, still haven't been there...
Check out the warehouse district in Kawagoe or the kannon carving at Mount Nokogiriyama? Or just go check out the city of Chiba :P
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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- retro game shops! ive heard for years that super potato is picked clean, but i mostly like old sega shit
- as a huge Yakuza (series) fan, i need to see the blocks kamurocho is based on. please say they have a club sega (also where are the yakuza districts? just wanted to pass by one)
Check Friends, Surugaya and Mandarake in Akiba, and since you're going to Osaka check the Super Potato shops there, there's several of them in Osaka, and also Surugaya and A-Too in Osaka. Also, check out any Book-Off stores wherever you are.

There's a Sega arcade in Kabukicho, but it's not a Club Sega though :P
 
Oct 25, 2017
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So because of Flickrs new changes (1000 photos for free accounts AND anyone who has over the limit will have their photos deleted to get to the limit) which I only found out thanks to logging in and seeing a pop up notice from them about it...

I've reuploaded my last trip to Google Photos:

Spring 2016

MikeHattsu feel free to update the op with a link to the new album.

And:

January 2019

My latest trip, about 480ish pictures! :D
 
So I'm going back to Japan for a 2nd time in April. Last time I went on a package tour, this time I've booked it solo.

So, I've got 6 days in Tokyo, 3 in Okinawa, and 5 in Osaka.

What would you say are the absolute best things to do as a solo traveller in those areas? Like I said, I've been before but that was a tour, so my time was kinda restricted. Now I have all free time, and I have a few ideas in my head for things to do, but not enough to fill 2 weeks!
 
Oct 25, 2017
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So I was asking Mike about this on Twitter the other day but maybe some others here might have some insight.

So I'm kinda half planning a trip to Japan later this year (just waiting on some work related stuff that may or may not happen to give me the funds to do so). I've been twice before but only really done Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Nagasaki (plus a few nearby places). This time I want to do Hokkaido some and was thinking it would be neat to head all the way up the Cape Soya but its a fair hike from Sapporo and Asahikawa so looking at staying at Wakkanai so I can get there.

Now my question is, is there really not much to see and do up there, I've tried looking around and there doesn't seem to be alot and given I'm kinda thinking about staying there for 2 nights is it worth it. Would be looking at going in December just cause I've never seen snow and kinda worried if I go up there it's just going to be super cold and miserable and basically a waste of 2 days that could be doing other things in Hokkaido.

So is there anything good to see and eat up there or would it really just be for Cape Soya and not much else?