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1. Posted by larondey (Full Member 105 posts) 11y

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Hey guys!

I'm headed to Kobe, Japan, this May to visit a friend of mine from my college. She lives in Kobe, and I'm flying into Osaka.

I've never been to Japan (or Asia for that matter), and I want to know where I should definitely go while I'm there. I'm going to be in Japan for 2 weeks, and I'm planning on buying the JR rail pass so I can visit places like Tokyo and Hiroshima.

If anyone is from Japan or goes there often - it'd be cool to hear where you think are places that should NOT be missed!

Thanks!

James

2. Posted by larondey (Full Member 105 posts) 11y

Any ideas? Please? ;)

3. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I plan to be in Japan in July / August 2005, and am also very keen to hear comments about Japan

4. Posted by Delissa (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Hello,
I am living in Japan at the moment and can recommend some places but there are so many things to see. Please let us know what you are interested in seeing ......culture, beautiful scenery, temples and/or shrines, historic places and museums, cities, anything.

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Delissa

Hello,
I am living in Japan at the moment and can recommend some places but there are so many things to see. Please let us know what you are interested in seeing ......culture, beautiful scenery, temples and/or shrines, historic places and museums, cities, anything.

How about just slow leisurely pace? Chill-type things without too much emphasis on mass tourism?

6. Posted by larondey (Full Member 105 posts) 11y

I'm actually going to Japan for only 12 days and I'm interested in the more touristy things. What are the things I must see in Osaka/Kobe/Tokyo? As an American, I am very interested in visiting Hiroshima. I really don't have much of a plan as to what I am going to do there, but I am planning on buying the JR rail pass (i think it's something like 22500 yen for a week).

Thanks in advance for your help!

7. Posted by Delissa (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Hiroshima is definitely a must-see. The park and museum can be done in one day, however, I also recommend that you go to Miyajima Island. It is one of Japan's most beautiful places. It is easy to get there by train and ferry from Hiroshima in less than an hour. I recommend a day and a half for those sights if you are short on time.

Another touristy place that you should see is Kyoto. Kyoto has so many beautiful temples and shrines, you could spend a week there at least, but you only have 12 days so I will only list a few of the main ones: Fushimi Inari Shrine---has many paths that lead into the woods lined with lots and lots of torii gates(you could get lost there), Ryoanji Temple---has the famous zen rock garden, Nanzenji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Ginkakuji Temple and the Philosopher's Path. These places are easily accessible by bus. Get the day pass for 500 yen. Well worth it.

You will be here during the time of the EXPO in Aichi near Nagoya. I went to it the first day and it was amazing. Lots of futuristic things to see like robots and new concept vehicles. If you have time you should check it out.
Here is the site for more info: http://www-2.expo2005.or.jp/en/index.html

I can recommend more things at a later time if you'd like. At the moment I am heading to Thailand for some well deserved r and r!

8. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Japanese tourists,here's the past postings.

9. Posted by pactrav (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

I lived in Japan/worked there for 4 months,dont let anyone tell you ,they dont speak english,older generation might not but most younger generation do.i was in a small town in the "sticks"you might say and had no problems with speaking to anybody all or most restraunts have pictures of the food they serve so ordering is no problem ,maps they might be hard to find in english unless you get them at airport or in your own country ,for those who say not speaking the language either has never been there or just a idiot,as far as getting an interpreter,hahaha i doubt you can afford one they like nothing there is cheap.

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