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Japan for 2 weeks - advice? suggestions?

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1. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 416 posts) 10y

We're off to Japan next week for the second leg of our RTW trip. Never been to Japan and would appreciate any suggestions.

2. Posted by RunAmuck (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Hey, I spent a month in Japan last year and it was so great! Beautiful country, elegant ceremonies, and very very expensive compared to the rest of Asia.

I'm assuming you're flying into Nagoya or Tokyo so definitely spend a few days in Tokyo. Check out all the crazy districts, Harajuku, Roppongi, Akihabara, Shinjuku, etc... There's districts for electronics, food, fashion, etc. There's the Imperial Palace, but you can't really go in unless it's the emporer's birthday, so everyone just visits the gardens and takes pictures with the bridge. You defenitely have to wake up at 530 and visit Tsujiki, the largest fish market in the world. We went and saw the auctions and had the freshest sushi right off the dock! My favorite places to eat were the traditional Japanese restaraunts (which are everywhere) and conveyor belt sushi joints.

You definitely need to check out Kyoto. The temples and shrines there are old and the city has an historic feel to it. Definitely check out the Torrii Shrine there (I've forgotten the name, but ask anyone and they'll know). You can even catch a Geisha there, but be sure to ask politely to take their picture as they are constantly stalked by inconsiderate tourists. That's assuming you can catch one, as they can walk super fast and tend to disappear in the back alleys.

Hiroshima: This was an eyeopener and made me feel real depressed. I'm glad I went though because it's one of the most significant places in history. Prepare to feel ashamed of our violent nature.

Anyway, I kept a travel log so if you want to read what I've done, you can go here:
http://travelpod.com/travel-blog/mikeraboy/japan_20045/tpod.html

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

Hi,

I travelled in Japan last autumn. If you're going to travel alot using trains and moving West-East vice versa, a Japan Rail Pass will be a saver. But you must buy it before going to Japan.

What do you want to see? If you like nature, you must go to Fuji Five Lakes area - very beautiful place with the magnificent view of Mt. Fuji. If you like pop & modern Japan, go to Tokyo and see Harajuku, Akihabara, Odaiba,etc. Kyoto: thousands of temples scattered. Nikko: a National Park & shrines including Shogun Tokugawa's tomb.

You can check my travel blog here on Travellerspoint if you want.

Happy travel

4. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 416 posts) 10y

Thanks, thats a great start. I'm much more into seeing traditional Japan than modern Japan and don't feel even the slightest need to do any shopping. I think I'm well prepared for the prices and really looking forward to the food (especially the sashimi), and I'll also be trying to get a little fishing in (I'm trying to fish everywhere I go).

I'll check out both of your blogs!

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

Quoting DocNY

I'll also be trying to get a little fishing in (I'm trying to fish everywhere I go).

You might be able to fish in Fuji Five Lakes area. At least local people do.