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If you could go to one modern place and one historical place in Japan where would they be and why?
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26 / M / Norway
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Kyoto to check out the old architecture.
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mount Fiji and then Yokohama
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I would visit their racetracks and race on them with my copy of the CT230R made by HKS. Those tracks are both modern and historical.
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I heard their bridges are popular touristic spots for suicidal people, so I'd set camp nearby and wait for a jumper.
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Kyoto for many reasons. Many temples to visit, gardens, museums, restaurants, architecture etc. I've visited many times over my life to Japan and always found that Kyoto held the single most as a city. Sure there are other places that hold significance in Japan as historical sites but I feel Kyoto just had the most to do and see. Anytime I go to Japan I always stop in Kyoto for at least a week.

If you go South of Kyoto then there is Osaka, East would take you to Hiroshima, Agasaki if you make it all the way East is actually pretty nice as well, mostly a beachy kind of town though. Coming from San Diego it was similar.

I found that Kyoto being the old capital of Japan held most the history of it. Tokyo is nice, but to much hustle and bustle its not different than any other big city that you'll ever go to just add a section filled with anime, etc. Wasn't all that impressed with Tokyo. There is a lot to do in Tokyo gardens, museums, tours etc. Just don't feel the history and connection there. Subways are miserable in Tokyo as well, always packed.

If you speak a little more Japanese than the average bloke on here I would recommend checking out some of the smaller cities like Niigata or Aomori. Still gives plenty to do but definitely a much more rural setting. You will encounter people that still speak some English if your not that great at Japanese but you will assuredly have a harder time in those places.

I think the most bang for the buck is probably Kyoto if I only had a few weeks stay there. But If you have more than 2 weeks you can do a measurable amount of site seeing. I've been about 15 times in my life thus far, both for business and pleasure.
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That suicide forest I can't remember the name of. Just for a nose about.
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I think for me it would have to be between Tokyo and Osaka (for the modern location). I know those are 2 tourist spots, but seeing as I've never been to Japan before and wish to go there many times (maybe even live) I think the tourist spots would be a great place to immerse in the modern culture. I've always been fascinated with Tokyo just because of the uniqueness of everything together. They have different districts for companies and jobs (Shinjuku), for weird and unique fashion (Harajuku), for shops, restaurants and overall hanging out (Shibuya) and of course a place dedicated to Anime, Manga, and video games (my haven, Akihabara)...Seeing as i've never been there, this is just the info i gathered from friends who've been there, documentaries, travel channel, etc so you shouldn't really take my word for it.

Osaka would be my other choice. I've seen and heard about how bustling it is and lively. But the main draw for me would be the food. I've heard that Osaka has some of the best restaurants and the best people to just hang out with and have a good time. I'd also love to go see the Hanshin Tigers play and overall just have a good time with some good food in Osaka.

My historic preference would most likely be Kyoto. I'd love to go there, see all the temples,gardens,castles,geishas,etc...And I've always wanted to check out the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji). So Kyoto hands down for me for historic importance. I don't really know many cities outside of those 3 I'd like to visit. Hiroshima would be interesting, Okinawa would be fun (but too "tropical island feel" for me), Sapporo would be cool to visit too, and I'd love to go check out the natural hot springs in Northern Japan.

Go wherever interests you. There is so much to do in Japan altogether that I'm sure it'll take more than one trip. One step at a time.
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miserykitsune wrote:

That suicide forest I can't remember the name of. Just for a nose about.


Jukai.

My friend's dad has a restaurant near there by the same name.
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Also known as Aokigahara (looked it up and discovered Jukai is another name for the same place!). It's on the northwest side of Mt. Fuji. I thought about visiting it last time I was in Japan in 2010, but legs were too tired attempting to summit Mt. Fuji to hike anymore after that. I've also heard a rumor that supposedly due to underground lava flows that are ferromagnetic (is that possible?), compasses go screwy in the area as well.

Anyway, I'd concur with endorsements for Kyoto for a one-stop look at traditional Japan. I also think Tokyo would be a great epitome of modern Japan, though I'm sure other cities like Osaka (which I'd like to visit) would be eye-opening as well.
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Also known as Aokigahara (looked it up and discovered Jukai is another name for the same place!). It's on the northwest side of Mt. Fuji. I thought about visiting it last time I was in Japan in 2010, but legs were too tired attempting to summit Mt. Fuji to hike anymore after that. I've also heard a rumor that supposedly due to underground lava flows that are ferromagnetic (is that possible?), compasses go screwy in the area as well.

Anyway, I'd concur with endorsements for Kyoto for a one-stop look at traditional Japan. I also think Tokyo would be a great epitome of modern Japan, though I'm sure other cities like Osaka (which I'd like to visit) would be eye-opening as well.


I asked my da about the compass thing and he said it could be because of iron reserves or something like that in the area.

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You are an idiot if you want to go to Japan because you watched an anime. If on the other hand you want to go because you would like to visit some of their other attractions.. Go for it. But Japan is just as shitty as every other country in the world. All you kids wishing you were Japanese need to get a reality check and start enjoying your own life where you are right now.
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Oldthrashbar wrote:

You are an idiot if you want to go to Japan because you watched an anime. If on the other hand you want to go because you would like to visit some of their other attractions.. Go for it. But Japan is just as shitty as every other country in the world. All you kids wishing you were Japanese need to get a reality check and start enjoying your own life where you are right now.


Bad day?...
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a619ko wrote:


Oldthrashbar wrote:

You are an idiot if you want to go to Japan because you watched an anime. If on the other hand you want to go because you would like to visit some of their other attractions.. Go for it. But Japan is just as shitty as every other country in the world. All you kids wishing you were Japanese need to get a reality check and start enjoying your own life where you are right now.


Bad day?...


From what I've seen, he's pretty much always like that.
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Happencheese wrote:


a619ko wrote:


Oldthrashbar wrote:

You are an idiot if you want to go to Japan because you watched an anime. If on the other hand you want to go because you would like to visit some of their other attractions.. Go for it. But Japan is just as shitty as every other country in the world. All you kids wishing you were Japanese need to get a reality check and start enjoying your own life where you are right now.


Bad day?...


From what I've seen, he's pretty much always like that.


Hmm...Must be a bad day everyday!
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