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1. Posted by xiaogui (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

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Hello everyone! I'm going on vacation for two weeks in Japan and am super excited about it. Planning an itinerary is daunting though because of the vast amount of things to see. I definitely will be going to Tokyo and Kyoto and hopefully nearby areas like Mt. Fuji and Osaka. For Tokyo and Kyoto, can anyone recommend places that are a must-see? (I know it will be hard for Kyoto, assume I'll be spending a 3-5 days there.) I just want to make sure that I hit the highlights. Also, I'm interested in eating the specialties of Japan. Can anyone suggest places to eat in Tokyo and Kyoto that serve either the regional specialty or authentic Japanese cuisine? Thanks, I greatly appreciate any advice!

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 613 posts) 10y

Check out www.sawanoya.com for a place to stay - an authentic Ryokan but particularly friendly to non-Japanese, and the owner will give you advice on where to eat locally.

3. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 10y

In Osaska try local specialities okonomiyaki and takoyaki. Tokyo has hundreds of good places to eat check out http://metropolis.japantoday.com/default.asp
for some restaurant reccomendations.
Of course the sushi, however a good sushi restaraunt can get very expensive and if you don`t speak the language a little troublesome. Try Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. Also yakitori in the small food stands in Shinjuku or Yurakucho stations for a classic dining experience.
Also yakiniku, shabu-shabu, ramen, and sukiyaki are some of my favorites.

4. Posted by kat_crane (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y

Every city is famous for some different food item. If you have a Lonely Planet it will usually tell you the region's famous food and where to get it. I would find out the local specialties where you're headed and check a guidebook for an affordable place to try them. Be forewarned, though, Japanese food is not always delicious. I mean, when you go to Thailand you can point to just about anything on the menu and be confident that if you don't absolutely love it at least you'll be able to stomache it. In Japan, though, you could end up with raw horse or grilled chicken skin if you're not careful, so doing a little research about what you want to try while you're here will definitely pay off.

In Kyoto you should stay in Higashiyama. It's really beautiful and within walking distance to many great temples. My favorite parts of my trip were hiking Diamonji Yama, Ginkakuji, walking tetsugaku no michi (Path of Philosophy), Maruyama Koen walk to Kiomizudera, and Pontocho Dori, which is on the other side of the bridge from Gion. We went there for dinner and then walked aroun Gion afterward.

Kyoto is really beautiful, but some of the temples, such as Kinkakuji, Kiomizudera, and Daitakuji, are pretty crowded. I would choose one, maybe two of those to see and then stick to walking around the town and seeing the smaller temples, eating at little cafes near your ryokan, going to a tea ceremony at/near Nanzenji, and taking a day trip or two: nara or those 2 towns to the north of Kyoto- I can't remember their names, but you can hike from one to the next and there's a great hot springs in one.

If you want some other advice about Japan travel I also posted on the "Japan in June" thread

Enjoy!

5. Posted by xiaogui (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Thanks everyone for your help! I really appreciate the advice.

6. Posted by aarantes (Respected Member 165 posts) 9y

"...or those 2 towns to the north of Kyoto- I can't remember their names, but you can hike from one to the next and there's a great hot springs in one."

Does anyone know which towns north to Kyoto are these?

Thanks.

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7. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

Quoting aarantes

"...or those 2 towns to the north of Kyoto- I can't remember their names, but you can hike from one to the next and there's a great hot springs in one."

Does anyone know which towns north to Kyoto are these?

Thanks.

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I believe the towns are Kibune and Kurama and if you're talking about the onsen, it's in Kurama I believe. There are some steep climbs and rocky terrain so it's best to have shoes, at least sneakers. I don't really remember how long of a hike it was but it was nothing too strenuous. Maybe a couple hours