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Who's Going to Japan in April 2013
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Posted 1/8/13

iamnikki wrote:

I might go next year, that is, if I have the money :3
Does anyone know how much it would cost to stay there for a week?


It all depends on what you want to do and if you plan to stay in one city or travel the JRail and visit other cities in 1 week. Staying at a hostel will save you a significant amount of money. I stayed in a hostel in Tokyo for around $30 a night for a private single room. If you don't eat expensive sushi and drink beer and sake every day then you don't need as much. If I didn't do all those things I would say $600 - 800 USD spending money is enough. For me that is probably cutting it close as I can definitely spend twice as much if I go out every night and am not careful on what I order.

If you want to travel from Tokyo to Osaka, expect to spend $300+ for the train ticket alone. You might want to consider getting JRail pass at this point if you plan to ride the bullet train.

I booked my flight for April, hopefully I don't go broke this time.
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Posted 3/15/13
been there last year
probably going back around autumn or winter again this year
tokyo's cool but im weary of the fast paced life it offers, would like to visit Shizuoka or Osaka or somewhere in the country side for a change
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kitsunae2 wrote:

I'm heading to Osaka. Back to the land of the rising sun & the joy of using a rail pass again.
Where is your favourite place to visit?


The Kansai region, most definitely.
Where many people in Japan are extremely polite, they are quite a distant people that won't say a word more than needed.
The contrary is true for a lot of the people of Kansai, they are a quite open and curious people. A lot easier to approach and they are more inclined to approach you.
I love that about them.

Aside from that there's a lot to do there.

In July I'll go back to Japan again for 3 weeks, this time the route includes a 2 week Whisky trail to most of the active distilleries in Japan (Japan makes some pretty good whiskies) with as last stop of a week long in Osaka. (Maybe a little less, I'm still deciding if I should go to Nagoya a few days to see and help our team with the WCS.)
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Posted 4/4/13
If I wasn't teaching computer science courses four nights a week, I would have booked a flight. I have seen the airfare going for about $1100, which isn't too bad at all.


Maybe if the airfare isn't too insane, maybe I will spend 2-3 weeks in August. I'd like to go hiking with my friend that lives in Kyoto.
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Posted 4/16/13
Well done my first week in Japan. Lost my Rail Pass. That was a pain had to organize to get a new one delivered from New Zealand so I can get around without paying too much. At least insurance covers the replacement pass but lost money on this one. Good policy make sure your belongings are place safely so they don't fall out. Saw the New DBZ movie. Based before pan is born. I also saw a mixture animae of dragon ball z & one piece not sure of the third. Looked ok.
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Posted 4/17/13
Very cool! Hope you're enjoying your time here in Japan. In a way I envy those who are coming to visit. I've been here two years now and I've grown accustomed to everything. I bow to the people in the cars who stop to let me cross the street. I take naps on the bus/street car/train. I stopped taking in the sights around me. But this spring was rather nice. Here's an image I took of the castle I pass every day on the way to work back in March:



Kumamoto Castle!
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Posted 4/30/13

kitsunae2 wrote:

Well done my first week in Japan. Lost my Rail Pass. That was a pain had to organize to get a new one delivered from New Zealand so I can get around without paying too much. At least insurance covers the replacement pass but lost money on this one. Good policy make sure your belongings are place safely so they don't fall out.


My fear was losing that rail pass last June. I held on to it like my life depended on it.
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One day ill go to japan hopefully my long last dream would be this
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Kerensa wrote:

Very cool! Hope you're enjoying your time here in Japan. In a way I envy those who are coming to visit. I've been here two years now and I've grown accustomed to everything. I bow to the people in the cars who stop to let me cross the street. I take naps on the bus/street car/train. I stopped taking in the sights around me. But this spring was rather nice. Here's an image I took of the castle I pass every day on the way to work back in March:



Kumamoto Castle!


dude that is a nice camera. Yeah the first habit I gained here is sleeping on the train is okay. I'm still in awe at everything I see though since I only been here for a month so far XD
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Posted 5/2/13

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Kerensa wrote:

Very cool! Hope you're enjoying your time here in Japan. In a way I envy those who are coming to visit. I've been here two years now and I've grown accustomed to everything. I bow to the people in the cars who stop to let me cross the street. I take naps on the bus/street car/train. I stopped taking in the sights around me. But this spring was rather nice. Here's an image I took of the castle I pass every day on the way to work back in March:



Kumamoto Castle!


dude that is a nice camera. Yeah the first habit I gained here is sleeping on the train is okay. I'm still in awe at everything I see though since I only been here for a month so far XD


Give it time haha. Eventually it'll all start to look like another part of home. I'm visiting my home (USA) for the first time in a little over two years (by the time I go it'll be over 2 years since I've been home and seen friends and family). I expect some reverse culture shock.
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I just started watching Shugo Chara. And I absolutely LOVE IT !!!!! SHUGO CHARA IS SUPER AWESOME AND EMPOWERING !!!!!
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I hope more people will visit Japan, because nothing can be compared. It is the most uniquely beautiful place in the entire world. I went back there as a young child during my summer break. I even celebrated my birthday while I stayed there with my mom and older sister. That made the 3 to 4 week vacation even better. Japan has a long, and uniquely rich and strong history. There are so many places to visit, things to see and enjoy. One day I would love to return there hopefully in fall of 2013 or between spring or summer of 2014. If you have the opportunity to visit Japan, I know that you will want to return as I do. I LOVE BEING JAPANESE !!!!!! I AM A STRONG SAMURAI !!!!!!
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Posted 5/7/13
I went to Fukuoka in April, actually.

Met an amazing person there. Will be going back this year, that's for sure!

The trip overall, was so wonderful. It was nice to experience another culture (I love traveling as a whole) and the people I met were fantastic.

I encourage anyone to try going to Fukuoka. It's a beautiful city. It reminded me a lot of Seattle, WA.
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Posted 5/7/13
I'm jealous that you went to Fukuoka. It's where I wanted to go for the World Baseball Classic but a change of events cancelled those plans
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Posted 5/7/13

despin422 wrote:

I'm jealous that you went to Fukuoka. It's where I wanted to go for the World Baseball Classic but a change of events cancelled those plans


Ouch. That's a real bummer. I was fortunate enough to watch the Softbank Hawks play. I had a beer with frozen foam on the top and sat in the ouendan section. Tanoshikatta!
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