Hopfully me and my boyfriend will be celebrating my 25th birthday on the other side of the world. Don't really know anything about Japan, but we are both curious about the country. We have the possibility to fly cheap and maybe get discount on accomodation (because of his job) so getting there, and hopfully living there won't be that expensive, but I'll happily take any tips on cheap living if our plans don't work out.
We'll probably not be there very long, it depends on money and work, but 1 - 2 weeks maybe.
So I would love to have tips on what to do, what not to do, what to see, where to eat, what to eat, what to drink... I think you get the point..
Greatful for answers
Coming from Sweden, it would be relatively affordable if you didn't go over the top with everything. I think it is about the same price maybe a bit cheaper than Sweden is, but if you compare it to other places in Europe then Japan is pricey. Hostels are affordable if you aren't able to get the accommodation as you would hope, but hotels aint cheap at all. If you plan on seeing more than just Tokyo, one thing that makes a big difference is if you have a Japan Rail Pass. It has to be purchased outside of Japan though. It seems a bit pricey when you buy it, but in comparison to buying lots of individual tickets that you would if you plan on seeing a number of places in Japan, you'd save a fortune.
One place apart from Tokyo you can't miss when in Japan is Kyoto. That is a very very beautiful place with lots of things to see and do and is especially good if you are keen on photography. Nara isn't far from there and that is also worth at least a day trip from Kyoto, and also Osaka isn't too far and is probably only really worth a day.
If you have the rail pass, you can go to any of those with ease and on a cold rainy day it can be a good way to see a lot of places whilst staying warm and dry although you wouldn't see them very thoroughly doing it that way.
When would you be going? Prices of things, places worth seeing etc would depend on the time of year. Cherry Blossoms is very very beautiful and is a big thing in Japan when it is on. I know that Tokyo was very nice during this years Cherry Bloosoms and so was Kyoto.
[ Edit: Edited at Nov 18, 2006 4:18 AM by aharrold45 ]
Oh ofcourse! Stupid of me not to say when i was going..
If we go it'll be in mars. So I was kind of hoping to see the cherrytrees, but maybe we're to early?
Lot's of good info though, would it be a good idea to buy the railpass even if we're only going for a week or two? I must admit I havn't looked up too many things just yet, but I was hoping we could go for daytrips if our accommodation worked out, but I'm not sure how realistic that is, considering distances between Tokyo (wich I assume would be our "base")and other cities and places of interest.
Thanks for your reply!