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Vacation in Japan?
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Posted 7/28/12
Hi,

Me and a friend of mine have decided to go to tokyo next summer.
We already decided on going to the shibuya station and the shibuya crossroads, but we were wondering if there were any festivals during the summer. Can someone help us on that one? Other suggestions are welcome too
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Posted 7/28/12
How long and why Shibuya?
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Hmm, not sure about any festivals or anything but if you're going to be there for a while, why not check out kyoto? It might end up being very nice.
Hope you have fun!
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Posted 7/28/12
I'm sure there are tons of natsu matsuris going on during the summer...
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Posted 7/28/12
Just be aware that summer in Japan can get very hot and humid, particularly in July and August. June is also the rainy season, so take that into consideration as well.

Also be aware that airfare tends to be higher in August, as it's an extremely popular time for travel in Japan.
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Posted 7/28/12 , edited 7/28/12
10 days including the flight time. Its not just shibuya, we want to see as much of tokyo as we can in those days and we really wanted to see the statue of hachiko hence shibuya and i've been told that the crossroads are not far from te station.
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Posted 7/28/12
Those Tokyo travel guide books are helpful

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Can I make a suggestion then, 10 days is a good amount of time to see a bit more than just Tokyo. I think you can see most of Tokyo in three days or so. Shibuya is kind of a rural area and it's on the opposite side of the city from where the major train lines are. You could probably find more hotels and such there and ride the Yamanote train around the city, it stops at Shibuya right near Yoyogi Park.

I stayed near Tokyo station and rode the trains out to Kyushu, Hiroshima and Osaka all in 15 days.
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Posted 7/28/12 , edited 7/28/12
Kuro_Kiri and GodWhomIsMike have joined the conversation!!!! Let me read what Kuro_Kiri wrote first.

Last month, I spent 10 days in Japan. I went to Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Miyajima.

Kuro_Kiri gave me a lot of helpful advice.

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If you are headed out to Osaka area, I also recommend Nara. It is a very interesting and scenic area. Of course, you also need to go to Akihabara. Any self-respecting anime person on Crunchyroll would dedicate at least a day to exploring that area. The size of some of the department stores in that area is just incredible. If you like to go to amusement parks, Disney Sea is very interesting as is Sega Joypolis (near Odiaba).
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You are aware that airfare in the summer is going to be $Texas, right?

June is normally the rainy season, and it can rain for days on end. On the upside, the airfare is typically a lot cheaper, and you may luck out with the weather like I did. On the downside, there are no festivals during that time, and you run the risk of having to deal with rain everyday. I paid $1079 for round trip non-stop airfare with Japan Airlines. If I went in August, during festival season, it would be about $1800+ for the same airfare.

As Kuro_Kiri suggestion, 10 days is far too much for Tokyo. Plan on going elsewhere, and see more than just Tokyo. I suggest Kyoto.

Hakone was cool, but ONLY for a day, and after 4-4:30PM, there is exactly nothing to do or see. Hotels close to the ropeway, like the Prince Hotel Hakone, will charge a ton of money for meals, and there is nowhere else you can go eat. Cabs are expensive, and it's about a 1 hour bus ride from the train station to the ropeway area in Hakone.

I wasn't overly fond of Hiroshima, but Miyajima was pretty cool.

Kyoto was awesome. Tokyo is very advanced, Kyoto is full of rich history and cool things.

If you're in Kyoto, you can easily get to Osaka and Nara, which is something I really wish I had done.



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If you're looking to save some money on the hotel (which can be very expensive in Japan), look at the Weekly Mansion line of hotels. They are very reasonable, comfortable and generally more spacious than many other hotel rooms. They have a number of hotels along the major JR lines. Another option would be to stay further out from the city center, like around Yokohama or Chiba. Yokohama has a pretty cool Chinatown. Also, look at getting a JapanRail pass as it will save you a ton of money and allow you the freedom to choose where you want to go on a given day.
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Please note, Japanese hotel rooms are SUPER small.

Toyoko Inn was fairly reasonable. It was 8900 Yen per night. JAPANESE-style breakfast was include free. The breakfast was white rice, flavored rice, SOFT-boiled eggs (I seen a tourist not realize this and broke the egg, and got it all over their self), a potato salad, some other salad looking thing, and miso soup.

Another choice is Super Hotel. I really liked the one I stayed at in Kyoto (Super Hotel Kyoto Shijokawaramachi). This hotel was smack in the middle of the shopping district, and a super quick walk to a bus line that goes straight to Kyoto Station. We only paid about 5900 Yen total for the two of us to stay the night. They also included free breakfast, they made their beverage machines free during breakfast hours, and they let you pick your own pillow based on the firmness you like. Very affordable, and I really recommend it if you are on a budget and staying in Kyoto. I slept on the sofabed and my sister slept in the regular bed.
This is exactly what the room at the Super Hotel looked like:
http://www.superhotel.co.jp/s_hotels/shijyo/page05.html

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Posted 7/28/12
Thanks everyone, ill talk it over and then we will decide what to do :).

Ps. Does anyone know a good manga store?
Posted 7/28/12
you lucky bastard lol
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