will there be much difference between 10 days and 14 days in japan, time wise and money wise.
i have school i'm going to miss, and don't want to miss more days, but i'm really considering 14 days instead or 10.
i'm afraid i'll regret not staying longer ...... but don't want to spend too much more money.
will there be a big difference.......
Basically, it's not somewhere that you are likely to pass through/get the opportunity to visit on a regualr basis, so take the longest that you can get away with!
Most people only stay 7 days or so (a few 14days, rarely much longer) as part of a RTW and check Japan off, and never return, which is a shame as there's so much to see and do.
I originally went for about 3weeks, to see some friends and then do the standard Tokyo - Kyoto - Hiroshima trail, but ended up staying 3months. I only left because I had to for visa restrictions, and with the knowledge that if i got the 3month extension that UK passport holders can get easily, I would be there another 3months, and that would have just been too expensive for me!
i have school i'm going to miss,
No idea if this is a possibility for you or not, but if the school is supportive, see if you can arrange with your tutors to maybe get extra credit, or credit in lieu of what you miss, if you produce a report about your trip. If you go with a specific question - something relevant or of use to your studies - so you can kind of produce something accademically relevant to your studies, and not just a holiday journal, you may be able to offset the time you miss that way. I did it a few times when I was at school (13-16) and away doing different things in different places instead of actually turning up all the time!
I'd vote for the 14 days as well.
We came back Saturday from a 10-day trip to Japan, could easily have stayed another couple of weeks. I don't think Japan is that expensive, we quite easily had dinner for about 500-700 JPY, and very tasty food as well. We stayed in hotels and ryokans at app. 10000 JPY a night for a twin room, I know from this forum and other searches on the web, that you can easily get accomodation a lot cheaper than that.
SO: go for it, take those 2 weeks off, and make the most of it.
i bought my ticket a week ago, and i'm staying for 14 days! thank you so much everyone .... ever since i bought my ticket, i've been more scared than excited .... i leave oct 22, and come back november 5. it's my first time overseas, so i'm getting more nervous the closer it gets.
i'm getting nervous about accomodation.... because i haven't booked any yet.... it seems very daunting because i don't exactly know my itineray yet ....
i will be flying into tokyo, and want to stay maybe 4 days, then i'll venture out with my 7 day rail pass ..... to kyoto, osaka, maybe hiroshima .... but i want to visit little little towns too ..... tell me if i'll have enough time!
i want to stay in ryokans a couple night, and hostels .... and aslo peoples homes through couchsurfing.com ......
i've been so busy, i haven't had time to book anything. any suggestions?
14 days!! of course!!
You will find tha there are so many things you want to see and 14 days might be not enough!!
which city are you going to go? anyway, don't miss Kyoto!! it's an amazing city~
For accomodation, check out the Tourist Information Centers. They seem to have them in all the main inter-city train stations, as well as at the airport (assuming you are flying into either Osaka or Narita). They can help book accomodation to your style and budget.
You can also book on-line.