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Posted 16 July 2013 - 18:23

hello! in a years time I AM going back to japan with a friend... we already know where in tokyo we are going... but I wanted some ideas on what more rural areas we can visit ? I  want to really experience japan any suggestions ? already want to go to mt fuji ... but we are going 2 weeks tokyo and 2 weeks rural whats the best way to do this? 




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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:07

Best way to experience true Japan; don't plan it - just go and wander, get out, hitch a ride, converse with the locals and just enjoy it.



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 17:47

In a year? Those plans always fall through.

 

But i've visited Tokyo and Osaka (and a bunch of places in between).

 

Osaka (and surrounding districts) are by far my favourite places in Japan. I wanted to see Hiroshima and Mt. Fuji more, but it was far too foggy to see anything.

 

My recommendation, do not spend 2 weeks in Tokyo. I've visited it twice, first trip was amazing (10 days) and my second trip we planned on staying 7 days there but left early because it was the same stuff over again.

 

Good tokyo districts: Hirijuku, Shibuya, Kyoto.



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 22:55

In a year? Those plans always fall through.

 

But i've visited Tokyo and Osaka (and a bunch of places in between).

 

Osaka (and surrounding districts) are by far my favourite places in Japan. I wanted to see Hiroshima and Mt. Fuji more, but it was far too foggy to see anything.

 

My recommendation, do not spend 2 weeks in Tokyo. I've visited it twice, first trip was amazing (10 days) and my second trip we planned on staying 7 days there but left early because it was the same stuff over again.

 

Good tokyo districts: Hirijuku, Shibuya, Kyoto.

 

 

ive been to all of them places xD I went last year and nah this trip wont fail like a whale dw ;) i just didnt go this year simply because I wanted longer next with a mate... 

Im not realy sure about traveling around random places? left early where? i dont understand... I want to go to the red light district in japan... and i want to go clubbing + mt fuji is obviously on the to climb list ... but I want to experience the rest of japan... cannot really do that with a suit case ...maybe book a hotel for a month? and then just travel out every few days to other parts ? come back touch base head out again? or what?



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Posted 28 July 2013 - 05:13

Japan is so awesome, I spent ten days there last year. Just amazing.

I would suggest getting a rail pass, which allows you unlimited travel on the trains and buses for a period of time. It will save you a lot of $$$.
You can read more about it here: http://www.japanrail.../eng/en001.html

Osaka is really good, try visiting Universal Studios, or the Pokemon center!
http://www.pokemon.c.../pokecen/osaka/
 

 

Tokyo will always be my favourite though.

Ueno is a must visit, there is a colourful market which is easy to locate (It's right next to the station). There is also a zoo, with baby pandas if you are interested.
Shibuya is a must, visit the Shibuya crossing if you haven't already!

Roppongi for the nightlife! Avoid the red light districts though, I'd say most of them are run by organised crime syndicates. Remember, the legal drinking age is 21 but the law isn't strict and hardly enforced.
If you are a tech head, Akihabara is the place to go. The latest high quality technology, all at low prices. Not to mention the vast range!
Oh and the Tsujuki Fish market, if you are into sashimi :D



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Posted 28 July 2013 - 06:16

The typical Tokyo tourist areas like Shibuya, Harajuku, Shinjuku, Ginza, Ueno, Akihabara etc. are all perfectly fine.  However, if you want to go slightly off the map (within Tokyo), I would suggest checking out some of the smaller, cooler places, such as Kichijoji, Shimokitazawa, and Takadanobaba.  If you want a more chilled-out experience, away from the hustle and bustle of central Tokyo, I strongly recommend taking a trip on the Arakawa tram, which goes from Waseda to Minowabashi...it's a lovely old fashioned experience that will take you through some of the more 'local' parts of the city that are often overlooked:

 

http://en.wikipedia....en_Arakawa_Line

 

As for rural trips, really there's so much to see and do in Japan, it's difficult to suggest one thing over another.  My recommendation would be to pick one or two prefectures, then read about the culture, history, industry, and try to visit during local festivals etc.

 

Enjoy your trip to this beautiful country! ;)