Japan - 7 days

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1. Posted by craftcorner (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone, I am hoping that someone can give me a bit of advice and help.

I am going to be in Japan for about a week in January, for the first 4 days, 3 nights I will be with a friend and we will probably just be in Tokyo, but then the other few days I am wanting to travel a bit more, but I have no idea what to do.

At the moment we have no itinerary, and im feeling a bit overwhelmed with finding a starting point. I dont know whether i should buy a rail pass, what sort of rail pass i should get, where i should be thinking of going etc...

We basically want to make it as cheap as possible, so will be staying in hostels, and trying not to splurge too much, while still doing everything that is a must.

Please could people give me their suggested itineraries, our dates are as follow

Arrive in tokyo - 21 Jan 2012
Friend leaves Tokyo - 24 Jan
I leave Tokyo - 27/28 Jan

Any suggestions or recommendations would be great.

2. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

You can visit Yokohama, there's China Town, and the landmark building from 70-something floor you can see the 180-degree view of the city bay area.

You can also take a trip to Kamakura, which is well-known for the big Buddha statue that once sit inside a temple but tsunami hit it--the temple's gone but the statue survived.

Then you can stay a couple of days in Fuji Five Lakes (Fujigoko) area. It's the area around Mt. Fuji. I myself visited Yamanakako, a town near Lake Yamanaka. You can see the beautiful view of the mountain from around there.

Or,

From Tokyo you can go north to Nikko, it's a mountain area with national park with hot spring, lake, waterfall, and the tomb of Tokugawa the Shogun. There's also Nikko Edomura, a theme park imitating Edo era. The small streets with Edo-era style shops, restaurants, museum, Ninja attractions, etc.--it's interesting if you like Japanese history/culture.

Have a nice trip! :)

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Dec-2011, at 20:48 by zags ]