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1. Posted by anoopno1 (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

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Hey all,

I finally got my RTW ticket and my first stop is Japan, now im trying to get some first hand experience on Japan. Im landing in Toyko and flying out of Osaka.

I really could do some advice on places to stay and things to see.

Any kind of advice or help would be really appreciated

Cheers

Anoop

2. Posted by HO (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

japan is wicked. id say you should visit kyoto or nara. tokyo and osaka are good too but they are similar to many other big cities in the world. if you wanna see traditional japan, kyoto and nara are the places you must see. i gotta tell you that they are the places you see tons of tourists, but theyare the places i recommend. kyoto could be really busy whereas nara is quiet. actually my friend from canada came to japan last summer and we visited both kyoto and nara. she liked nara better because kyoto was too crowded but scenery in kyoto is exceptional.hope you enjoy your trip to japan!

3. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 10y

Hi, I just visited Japan last month (November). Just as HO said, if you want to see traditional & historical side of Japan, you should see Kyoto and Nara. Kyoto is a big city, a mixture between old and new Japan. It has more than a thousand temples and shrines, and many are must-sees. They are located very close to each other in Kyoto, but in Nara they are a bit far.

If you like nature, go see Mt. Fuji from Fuji Five Lakes area (esp. Lake Yamanaka), and Nikko where there is a national park and also some shrines. There is also a theme park called "Edo-mura" which imitates Japan's historical Edo Period. Nikko is also an onsen (hot spring) area where you can take a hot spring bath at Kinugawa onsen.

Tokyo and Osaka are big cities. If you want to see "modern Japanese" city--they are of course still different, as Japanese people has their own modern culture. The bay areas are pretty interesting. Yokohama's bay area is also nice. Food: Osaka is well-known for its takoyaki, Utsunomiya is well-known for its gyoza, and so on.

I've been working on my Japan travel tips, if you want to know more, just let me know.

4. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 10y

Quoting anoopno1

Im landing in Toyko and flying out of Osaka.

How long will you be in Japan? Just a thought of itinerary:
You could start in Tokyo with day trips to Kamakura and Yokohama. If you have more time you can go to Nikko and stay there for a day or two. Then head west to Fuji Five Lakes area, then on to Nara, Kyoto, and Osaka where you'll leave the country from. If you have much time, before Nara you can pay a visit to Aichi and see the unusually original shrine of fertility, Tagata Shrine.

5. Posted by catwong (Budding Member 49 posts) 10y

what if i'm not interested in seeing shrines or temples..
more to culture,technology, scenery, landscape,nature..arts
where should i head to?

6. Posted by anoopno1 (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Hey guy,

I really am appreciating all your advice and deffintley be taking everthing into consideration, to a question asked, how long im staying for, im actually staying for 2-3 weeks, coz then im off to thailand for 2 months.

Just wanted to all so ask is it worth getting the the japan rail pass, the one im gonna get is for 2 weeks, but is it really worth while?

7. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 10y

Check out www.sawanoya.com for a great place to stay in Tokyo.

8. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 10y

Quoting anoopno1

Just wanted to all so ask is it worth getting the the japan rail pass, the one im gonna get is for 2 weeks, but is it really worth while?

Of course it is, if you want to travel to a few cities. Especially because you're arriving in Narita and departing from Osaka, you will be travelling from Kanto area to Kansai area. In Kanto you'll likely to travel in Tokyo, and Kansai to (maybe) Nagoya, Nara, Kyoto, Himeji, Osaka.

You can plan which places you want to see and decide which type of JR Pass you'll need. They have 1-, 2, 3, and 4-week passes. I was in Japan for a month but I use a 2-week JR Pass starting when I left Tokyo for Mt.Fuji then off to Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Nagoya, and back to Tokyo and travel within Tokyo. Make an itinerary then you can decide.

Quoting catwong

what if i'm not interested in seeing shrines or temples..
more to culture,technology, scenery, landscape,nature..arts
where should i head to?

For culture and technology you can see Tokyo. In Odaiba (Tokyo bay area) there's MegaWeb where you can see the latest Toyota cars and take a ride (you must have an international driver's license). For scenery/nature/landscape: Fuji Five Lakes area and Nikko are must-sees. And also Hokkaido if not too cold.

Hope this helps. If there is something else, just ask.

9. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 10y

You can see the "normal" price and travel time between places in Japan on this website: http://www.jorudan.co.jp/english/norikae/e-norikeyin.html

This website is very useful to compare the price and travel time between using and not using a JR Pass.

10. Posted by sanquar (Full Member 63 posts) 10y

just as a side note, if anyone has a day to kill and is leaving Japan via Narita. The old town of Narita is stunning... Very enjoyable.