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1. Posted by traveluke (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

Hi guys,

Anyone ever went to japan, tokyo and okinawa? i need some info like cost of living, eating, accomodation, and suggestions on things to see. Basically im going alone to expierence some of the culture/karate-do history. My friends are only interested in partying and stuff, i want a trip to expierence some finer stuff like the japanese culture so im going solo.

Luke

2. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 8y

Did 5 weeks in Japan last September/October with Okinawa included.
When were you thinking of going?, how long for, what would your budget be?
Do you like cities or countryside?
Enjoy snorkelling and chilling on a beautiful beach?

I'll try to collate some notes for you.

Anthony

3. Posted by traveluke (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

hey mate, thanks for replying.

Im planning on doing 5 weeks aswell, im thinking of going august because i heard june is the main rainy month is it?. im planning on saving up 4000 euros, which would total up to 700,000 japanese yen. it could be more im just saving as much as i can. I like both cities and country side...and im up for anything really!! snorkelling and beaches would be great too.

I read that tokyo is just 2/3 hrs away from okinawa....so i might hit tokyo for a while and then go to okinawa. Im looking to expierence the japanese culture, so im not looking for anything western in an far-eastern country :)

Thanks for your help dude
appreciate it

Luke

4. Posted by traveluke (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

welll ok tokyo is a big city, so i expect some western stuff there like all major cities in the world hehe :)

5. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 8y

Japan would have to be the most visually Western far-eastern country I've been to.
E.G. Massive video screens on skyscrapers in Shibuya playing rock videos or movie clips but scratch the surface and it is still very Japanese (which I love).
Think Blade Runner.
I'll try and get you some info ASAP.

Anthony

6. Posted by traveluke (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

Great! thanks man!

7. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 8y

Just found this info which I posted to falukozi last year but hope it helps.
I have a photo of a cheap hostel In Naha, Okinawa which I will upload tonight, but you can get decent single rooms in business hotels for around $60USD and that includes breakfast.

My wife and I spent 5 weeks in Japan last September/October.
Tokyo, Kyoto, Himeji Castle and Mt. Fuji would have to be mandatory, but there are so many other
places to see and things to do.
I bought the latest LP Japan book and checked out the highlights noted at the front of each geographical section and went from there.

If you are spending 5 weeks in Japan, I would suggest a 3 week JR pass.
It currently costs 57,700YEN for 21 days but is so worth it.
My wife and I got 14 day passes which cost 45,100 YEN.

If you want to see outlying parts of Japan pretty cheaply, check out
http://gojapan.about.com/od/airtravel/a/japanairpass.htm

It gives info on discount domestic airfares on JAL and ANA for overseas visitors to Japan, and it gets better if you are flying into Japan on a 'oneworld' or 'star alliance' airline.
Well worth a look.

As JAL is a member of oneworld (we flew into Japan on alliance member QANTAS), my wife and I got one-way tickets to Naha (Okinawa) from Tokyo for about $105 Aussie dollars (10,000 Yen). I think the normal airfare would have
been about $400 AUD.

My wife and I did Tokyo-Okinawa-Miyazaki-Kagoshima-Oita/Beppu-Tokushima-Himeji (3 hour castle visit)-Kyoto-Takayama-Matsumoto-Mt. Fuji-Tokyo.

Our idea was to spend 3-4 days in Okinawa spending daytrips to Zamami and Tokashiki islands for R&R and lots of snorkelling (these islands were great but Zamami was my favourite - came face to face with a sea-snake!!!). Lots of WWII things to see on Okinawa if interested, along with Shuri Castle which had to be rebuilt totally after the war.
We actually managed to buy the 7 day ferry pass from Okinawa to Kagoshima (we were going to stop for a day or two on a few tropical islands on the way back to Kyushu) but a bloody typhoon came storming over Okinawa (it was typhoon season) , all ferries were cancelled and we were stuck in Naha for 3 extra days before having to flying
out to Miyazaki on ANA airline (that cost about $260 AUD each and it's only half way back to Toyko!!).
Miyazaki was a pretty cool place to stop for 2 days as we arrived in time for one of the major surfing competitions of 2007. Lovely little island of Aoshima with nice shrines beside the main Miyazai beach and the Jingu shrine is a 3 km walk from the main train station.
We then took the train from Miyazaki down to Kagoshima (I think it only cost about $25 AUD each) through the mountains and stayed there for 2 days. Ferried over to Sakurajima volcano, hired bikes and cycled around part of the volcano's base.
Wicked sculpture we came across (in my photos) and quite impressed by being that close to an active volcano.
Trained from Kagoshima to Oita (north coast Kyushu) via the caldera of Mt. Aso. Stayed in Oita rather than Beppu because our boat through the Inland Sea to Matsuyama (on Shikoku) left Oita pretty early in the morning.
Trained (using railpass) Matsuyama to Tokushima and stayed there for 3 nights. Spent one day at Naruto whirlpools and another in the Iya Valley (should have stayed overnight as only had about 4 hours to enjoy it). Really liked Tokushima.
Railpassed Tokushima to Himeji and stopped for about 4 hours for the castle and lunch. The castle is one of the major sights of Japan. Back on JR and off to Kyoto which was amazing. Did dinner in upstairs outdoors restaurant in Gion which wasn't cheap but what the hell. Next day did the LP walking tour of shrines/temples followed by the Gion walking tour at dusk and night. Next day was visiting Nijo-jo, the Golden Pavilion and the Silver Pavilion before leaving the next morning for Takayama in the Japanese Alps. Stayed 2 nights (nice town with old architecture and some nice temples) then bussed through Alps to Matsumoto for the medieval castle (almost rivals Himeji) and the Ukiyoe museum (great).
Railpassed down to Otski and private train to Kawaguchi-ko train station at base of Fuji. Had booked the Sunnide Hotel ($130 AUD double room) but it does cheaper for backpackers (about $80 AUD, I think).
Great views of Fuji and the lake. Climbed part of Fuji which was a life-long ambition of mine. Bussed down to the coast then railpassed back to Tokyo for our remaining 3 days.

700,000 Yen would be about $7,000 AUD, so that $1,400 AUD per week if that is gonna be your spending money. Depending on what kind of accomodation you prefer, I reckon $200 AUD per day should be plenty, especially as cheap food stalls (noodles, curry and rice, etc) abound in Japan (try the department stores, railway stations and grab a few Bento boxes).
If you need info on $60 quality accomodation, just ask.

Just gonna upload that photo (the hostel is back from Naha beach).

Enjoy

Anthony