I'm going to Japan for the first 3 weeks of July! I'm staying with a friend who is working there so need to entertain myself during the days. Other than taking a trip to Okinawa for the first week I have nothing planned! Has anyone got any must see's or do's especially day time activities!
Any help would be great!
Well I haven't been yet ... but just wanted to say have fun. I'll be going in August so write about your trip when you come back.
I have no idea where you are staying in Japan (you don't mention that in your post), but you should take a trip to Kyoto but that definitely needs to be more than a day there. 2-3 days would be a minimum if you want to see everything reasonably well, so that would probably require you are not staying with your friend at that time unless your friend lives near Kyoto. If you are in to Temples Nara is also a really interesting place for a daytrip from Kyoto.
[ Edit: Edited on May 25, 2007, at 2:34 AM by aharrold45 ]
Kyoto is definitely worth a few days, and hiroshima and nagasaki are good day trips if you are around that part of japan. it would be worth spending a few days exploring Tokyo too if you have the time.
I agree, definately Kyoto and Nara if you can. Tokyo is good if you like crazy cities and pretty funky fashion, but if you prefer traditional sightseeing, go to Kyoto. My favourite part of kyoto was Gion, the old Maiko district. It's like you're stepping into old Japan. And Nijojo, the squeeky castle. Very cool.
what part of japan, if you are in tokyo or yokohama you will have lots to do and see just my walking or riding the train. many interesting shopping, shibuya is a party, yokohama has a carnival area and the 79 story tower, might cost you 10 bucks to go up it.
eating out is fun, there are lots of small shops at every corner that you can get a meal for 6 bucks.
have a safe trip.
in the summer go to kamakura beach close to yokohama in kamakura ken.
If you intend flying, this JAL discount may be useful -
'Visit Japan Fare' (http://www.jal.co.jp/yokosojapan/)
There are 2 special discount deals on the webpage so one of them should apply.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) also has a 'Visit Japan fare' deal.
During the day when your friend is at work you can go around the town or take a day trip to nearby places.
Which city/town are you going to stay?
I spent a few weeks in Japan, mostly in Tokyo and Kyoto. Tokyo is made up of a number of crazy neighbourhoods. If you like cities, you'll love Tokyo. I just about fell in love with the subway system.
I would suggest checking out an Onsen (public bath). You should be able to head up on a JR train to the slopes of Fuji and go to one up there. Nice, outdoor bath in hot springs.
Baseball, even if you aren't a huge fan, is worth seeing, just for the fact that the Japanese fans have such a good time with it. Plus, I've never been to another ballpark where I could get fried octopus as a ballpark snack.
Instead of starting a new thread, I'll add another question here. Hope someone can help.
On what budget can you travel in Japan, for example eating in cheap restaurants (possible) and staying in ryokans or so?
Is it possible for around 50 dollar a day?