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But if anything, try and immerse yourself in Japan's culture. It's not like everyone things. Japan is a country like any other - they have culture, customs, and an economy. Especially the food. Eat the food. That's my advice to you
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Make sure to wear their traditional clothing lol. Just like the guy above me said, enjoy the Japanese culture to it's fullest. Personally, I think it's one of the most artistic and fun cultures. Also, two words....... JAPANESE CANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Dude.... If you are looking for manga/anime go to Akihabara................... I just got back from Tokyo a month ago
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And here you have Diver City at Odaiba
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If you need any help looking for cool places to go I can assist you via private message. I stayed in ropongi and took the train system everywhere. It was really easy and we saw a lot, including shibuya.
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I lived in Japan for 5 years (about 45 minutes from Tokyo, in Chiba). You'll only need about 3-4 days to see most of Tokyo. You can safely stay about anywhere on the Yamanote Line, as it loops around the city and will get you nearly anywhere you need to go. Most of the summer festivals will be out of town in the suburbs, but you should be able to find one or two. As for places to buy manga, any convenience store, book store, and/or used book shops like Book-Off.

Some things to do in/around Tokyo:
*Tokyo - Asakusa shrine area, Shibuya shopping, Harajuku and the shrine nearby, Tsuikji fish market (in the morning, if you like sushi), Ahikabara, Ueno museum, DisneySea (if theme parks are your thing), The Edo-Tokyo museum in Ryogoku (which is right next to the sumo stadium... if you time it right (early May) you could watch some sumo)
*Mt. Fuji - About a 3 hour bus ride, but if you like hard-core roller coasters, Fuji-Q Highland is the bomb, yo!
*Nikko - Day trip: 5 major temples, and a great place to buy hand painted dragon artwork http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT13Sd5tpl4
*Mt. Takao - Day trip: home of the famous Tengu, a decent hike in the mountains
*Koshigaya-Laketown: The largest mall in Japan, about 40 minutes from Tokyo and a great place to check out normal Japanese life, do some shopping, and people watching
*Narita temple - Usually a half-day here is OK on the morning you fly back, as the airport is one stop away.
*Baseball - Try to catch a baseball game if you can, the Japanese fans are amazing!

If you plan on going farther outside of the Kanto area, I highly recommend using the JTB Sunrise Tour packages. You get 3-4 days in Kyoto/Nara/Hiroshima, with bullet train tickets, hotel, and some meals included. They're only available to foreigners, and are often cheaper than what you would normally pay (they're also tightly scheduled, which is good, since Tokyo and surrounding area will take 3-4 days already).

I'm sure I've left out some good stuff, but that's what comes to mind immediately.


Thanks alot, the dragon painter is a beast man. I have played baseball 8 years myself so if there will be a baseball game then i'm there :P

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brendanb5477 wrote:

If you need any help looking for cool places to go I can assist you via private message. I stayed in ropongi and took the train system everywhere. It was really easy and we saw a lot, including shibuya.


Naw, why don't you share your travel tips openly in this topic like the rest of us. But me, personally, wouldn't recommend staying in Roppongi.

Lacks cultural experience.
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jazzy663 wrote:

-Instantly jealous-

But if anything, try and immerse yourself in Japan's culture. It's not like everyone things. Japan is a country like any other - they have culture, customs, and an economy. Especially the food. Eat the food. That's my advice to you :)


Haha i go to a sushi restaurant every month But i know there is much more than just sushi and i won't skip a thing xD i will skip fugu tough.
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Trying sending a personal message to

http://www.youtube.com/user/daiki3768

From my understanding he helps people/foreigners if you come near his area in addition to the videos he puts up.
Obviously, be polite and outgoing and I'm pretty sure he'd love to give you some advice and maybe even show you around since that's what he does in his videos.

edit: wouldn't be a bad idea to go through his videos either as I noted they're all on touring the Tokyo area. He deserves much more support~
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kamimitsu wrote:

I lived in Japan for 5 years (about 45 minutes from Tokyo, in Chiba). You'll only need about 3-4 days to see most of Tokyo. You can safely stay about anywhere on the Yamanote Line, as it loops around the city and will get you nearly anywhere you need to go. Most of the summer festivals will be out of town in the suburbs, but you should be able to find one or two. As for places to buy manga, any convenience store, book store, and/or used book shops like Book-Off.

Some things to do in/around Tokyo:
*Tokyo - Asakusa shrine area, Shibuya shopping, Harajuku and the shrine nearby, Tsuikji fish market (in the morning, if you like sushi), Ahikabara, Ueno museum, DisneySea (if theme parks are your thing), The Edo-Tokyo museum in Ryogoku (which is right next to the sumo stadium... if you time it right (early May) you could watch some sumo)
*Mt. Fuji - About a 3 hour bus ride, but if you like hard-core roller coasters, Fuji-Q Highland is the bomb, yo!
*Nikko - Day trip: 5 major temples, and a great place to buy hand painted dragon artwork http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT13Sd5tpl4
*Mt. Takao - Day trip: home of the famous Tengu, a decent hike in the mountains
*Koshigaya-Laketown: The largest mall in Japan, about 40 minutes from Tokyo and a great place to check out normal Japanese life, do some shopping, and people watching
*Narita temple - Usually a half-day here is OK on the morning you fly back, as the airport is one stop away.
*Baseball - Try to catch a baseball game if you can, the Japanese fans are amazing!

If you plan on going farther outside of the Kanto area, I highly recommend using the JTB Sunrise Tour packages. You get 3-4 days in Kyoto/Nara/Hiroshima, with bullet train tickets, hotel, and some meals included. They're only available to foreigners, and are often cheaper than what you would normally pay (they're also tightly scheduled, which is good, since Tokyo and surrounding area will take 3-4 days already).

I'm sure I've left out some good stuff, but that's what comes to mind immediately.


Thanks alot, the dragon painter is a beast man. I have played baseball 8 years myself so if there will be a baseball game then i'm there :P



This is all really solid advice, but I'd forego any organized tour groups since they tend to move as fast as its slowest person. I live on the African proverb "if you want to travel far, travel together but if you want to travel fast, travel alone". But I think I get pretty far pretty fast. Helps when you got a bullet train too. I suggested this to Mike and I'd suggest this to anyone, get a JR pass. It's only available through travel agents and it's only for foreign travelers in Japan. Works on all JR surface trains, the Shinkansen (except Nozomi) and the Miyajima ferry. NO subways, I got a SUICA card for that, there's PASMO too but I think SUICA is better since you can use them in 7-11's. You have to watch out though, there are OTHER train companies but mostly in the cities away from Tokyo. In fact Tokyo subway is two separate systems but both take the SUICA.

Oh, and if you're flying into Narita the pass works on the NEX.
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This is all really solid advice, but I'd forego any organized tour groups since they tend to move as fast as its slowest person. I live on the African proverb "if you want to travel far, travel together but if you want to travel fast, travel alone". But I think I get pretty far pretty fast. Helps when you got a bullet train too. I suggested this to Mike and I'd suggest this to anyone, get a JR pass. It's only available through travel agents and it's only for foreign travelers in Japan. Works on all JR surface trains, the Shinkansen (except Nozomi) and the Miyajima ferry. NO subways, I got a SUICA card for that, there's PASMO too but I think SUICA is better since you can use them in 7-11's. You have to watch out though, there are OTHER train companies but mostly in the cities away from Tokyo. In fact Tokyo subway is two separate systems but both take the SUICA.

Oh, and if you're flying into Narita the pass works on the NEX.


The Sunrise tours are really just train passes and hotel rooms... you can choose the "I'll guide myself" option for the actual sightseeing time, but yeah, I'd steer clear of the granny tour groups. As for PASMO and SUICA, they are both pretty much universally accepted now at convenience stores, drink machines, and train fare machines all over the Tokyo area. Also, your advice on the JR pass is spot on.

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If you are in the Kansai region, and like a good day long hike, look up Kongo-san. Made that hike three winters in a row, not sure how the summer season is on the mountain, but at least in the winter it was beautiful.
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S7YX wrote:


jazzy663 wrote:

-Instantly jealous-

But if anything, try and immerse yourself in Japan's culture. It's not like everyone things. Japan is a country like any other - they have culture, customs, and an economy. Especially the food. Eat the food. That's my advice to you :)


Haha i go to a sushi restaurant every month But i know there is much more than just sushi and i won't skip a thing xD i will skip fugu tough.


Ehhhh, you will go broke really quick if you plan on living on just sushi.

A lot of places serve omurice, Okonomiyaki, yakisoba, curry, hamburg, tempura, spaghetti dishes, ramen, soba, udon, etc....


For sushi, this place was super reasonable, and a ton of fun too. It's in Kyoto. I will need to ask my friend what the name of the place was, because I do not remember.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO2vGaUn3Nw
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You are so lucky!
Oooh! I'm still full with regrets for declining the offer to be a student ambassador to visit to Japan for free!

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Odowara Castle, in Odowara.
Enoshima, after riding the Enoden in, and the monorail out from Fujisawa to Ofuna (a suburb of Kamakura). From there, you can easily transfer to trains for Yokohama & Tokyo, or most any other direction.
Kamakura! I mean, you're already in the Kanto region of Japan; you really gotta see the DaiButsu (giant, bronze Buddha statue)! And, if you like Maneki Neko, both Kamakura and Enoshima have some excellent shops that sell nothing but.
Going in the Summer? Climb Mt. Fuji! Even better, climb the last leg in the dark, and watch the sunrise from atop the mountain. I did, years back, and the memory still lingers...
Yokohama: Chinatown, The Ramen Museum, Cosmo World, the Red Brick Warehouses, Baystars Stadium, Yokohama Tower and Yamashita Park.
Eat at Coco's. Order the hamberber staek and grill it right at your table on the 900 degree iron mini-grill that comes with it.
Heck, for that matter, eat at Jonathan's, too! Both places are iconic, anime staples!
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