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I'll be taking my second trip to Japan in a couple of weeks so I'm trying to plan out my itinerary (airfare is pretty reasonable atm!).

For those of you that have been there before, what place would you absolutely want to visit again? Everything from favorite towns to favorite shops would be appreciated.

I spent a lot of time in Tokyo last time and will still probably spend a couple of days there again, but I plan to spend most of my time elsewhere. I would like to travel a little further this time (I'm thinking of heading to Sapporo for part of the trip) and do some hiking as well. Last time I also spent quite a bit of time in Kyoto and visited Nara, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Enoshima, Kamakura, and Kinugawa (a nice quiet onsen town just north or Nikko).

I have taken two years of Japanese (meaning I can get around, but I'm not fluent) so I'm not afraid to venture off the beaten path a little.

Thanks!
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Osaka is pretty rad went and saw Luna Sea there back in 2012. The history museum there looks awesome from the outside and was one of my favorite museums I've been to in Japan. Sapporo and Hakodate are both really cool cities, Sapporo obviously has their brewery and a great main street with nice parks and fountains and such. Hakodate kicked much ass with one side of the city having your classic viewing tower and an old bunker, while the other has a cable car you can ride to the top of a near by mountain and get great views of the city. If you enjoy hiking I would recommend going to Nikko if you haven't already I spent most of my time there just walking around back roads.
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Cosplay bars.
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Maxwell2112 wrote:

Osaka is pretty rad went and saw Luna Sea there back in 2012. The history museum there looks awesome from the outside and was one of my favorite museums I've been to in Japan. Sapporo and Hakodate are both really cool cities, Sapporo obviously has their brewery and a great main street with nice parks and fountains and such. Hakodate kicked much ass with one side of the city having your classic viewing tower and an old bunker, while the other has a cable car you can ride to the top of a near by mountain and get great views of the city. If you enjoy hiking I would recommend going to Nikko if you haven't already I spent most of my time there just walking around back roads.


Thanks! This was the kind of reply I was looking for. I'm still a little undecided on Hokkaido this time, but Osaka is certainly on the list. I just have to decide if I'm willing to spend the extra time to go to Sapporo. Even the distance between Hakodate and Sapporo will take some time to cover unless I fly... I hate dealing with the airport more than I have to though. :-/ The Sapporo Autumn Fest will be starting around the time I planned to visit, so that could be fun.
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ive never been in Japan
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I would love to go to Hiroshima and Nagasaki and leave some type of Personal momento to all of those who perished. Just something simple, but poignant. I'd be doing it in My Grandfather's stead...He fought as a Marine in WWII and killed 11 Men in hand to hand combat, and countless Others with the machine Guns. If He was still alive, I'm very aware He would not approve of Me doing that in the slightest, nor even hearing ANYTHING about My Japanophilia whatsoever. I can totally understand His position...He was a 19 Year old Man shipped thousands of miles away and saw countless Friends get their heads blown off. He told Me once what fully hardened His heart towards them was when they got to One of the neighboring Islands of Iwo Jima and He saw 18 US Marines that had literally been Crucified, disemboweled, and had their genitals removed. He was awarded the Navy Cross which, behind the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross is among the highest receivable awards to an active Military member. My Mother has it, His burial Flag, and His Masonic ring and apron.

War is Hell, and I know I got a bit off track here, but this would simply be something I would like to do. And of COURSE, who doesn't wanna visit Akihabara Electric Town and even Aokigahara forest...But I most certainly wouldn't go alone!
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I second Osaka! I loved it way more than Tokyo because it's not as crowded with people. Definitely the parts that I liked were those around Osaka Station where the Yodobashi Camera is, Namba, Den-Den Town, etc. Namba is so lively at night, and you have to take pictures with the Glico Man and the huge crab that's outside that one restaurant. It's so full of restaurants and street food, omg I wish I was there again.

What are some things you recommend for Tokyo? I'm returning to Japan next Tuesday for the semester and I want to try some things that I didn't get to do while I was there back in May. I've been to Tokyo Tower, Skytree, Shibuya, Akihabara, and Roppongi.
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ummm i've never been to japan but i already know what my favorite place is

fuji-q highland's evangelion world

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I would love to go to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Oh my gosh, I went to Hiroshima Peace Park and let me just say that going there was just a completely different experience... For example, of course you learn about what happen briefly in history textbooks at school, but to actually visit and get a first hand look at all the damage that occurred? I seriously cried. I think everyone that is able to should visit this museum because it is seriously very eye-opening. I couldn't help feel bad about everything that happened and that the country I'm affiliated with did all this damage to innocent people? I couldn't take it. You see all the items that children wore during the time, like uniforms that are charred, and mannequins that resemble people that were burned trying to make it back to their houses... Very serious.
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x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:

I would love to go to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Oh my gosh, I went to Hiroshima Peace Park and let me just say that going there was just a completely different experience... For example, of course you learn about what happen briefly in history textbooks at school, but to actually visit and get a first hand look at all the damage that occurred? I seriously cried. I think everyone that is able to should visit this museum because it is seriously very eye-opening. I couldn't help feel bad about everything that happened and that the country I'm affiliated with did all this damage to innocent people? I couldn't take it. You see all the items that children wore during the time, like uniforms that are charred, and mannequins that resemble people that were burned trying to make it back to their houses... Very serious.


Absolutely well said, My Friend. I'm glad Someone out there shares My sentiments.
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irnogs wrote:


Maxwell2112 wrote:

Osaka is pretty rad went and saw Luna Sea there back in 2012. The history museum there looks awesome from the outside and was one of my favorite museums I've been to in Japan. Sapporo and Hakodate are both really cool cities, Sapporo obviously has their brewery and a great main street with nice parks and fountains and such. Hakodate kicked much ass with one side of the city having your classic viewing tower and an old bunker, while the other has a cable car you can ride to the top of a near by mountain and get great views of the city. If you enjoy hiking I would recommend going to Nikko if you haven't already I spent most of my time there just walking around back roads.


Thanks! This was the kind of reply I was looking for. I'm still a little undecided on Hokkaido this time, but Osaka is certainly on the list. I just have to decide if I'm willing to spend the extra time to go to Sapporo. Even the distance between Hakodate and Sapporo will take some time to cover unless I fly... I hate dealing with the airport more than I have to though. :-/ The Sapporo Autumn Fest will be starting around the time I planned to visit, so that could be fun.


I took a train from Sapporo to Hakodate and then from there to Tokyo, I've only flown JAL twice. The Autumn Fest sounds like an awesome event to see I'm kinda jealous :D!

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You should definitely visit the Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Yoyogi Park, or the Shinjuku National Garden if you haven't already. Though I highly recommend the first. Bring some tea with you and find a place to relax.
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I absolutely loved the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka. I don't have any photos of it...I think I wasn't able to take pictures when I went.

I also liked Miyajima Island. Try their Momiji Manju. They have different fillings in theirs outside of the usual sweet red bean paste. I've been searching back home for them ever since I went and haven't been able to find them. At all.
Feed the deer there too and find out that deer can be VERY intimidating when they're up close and hungry!

I don't know the name of it, but there was this wonderful restaurant in Nara that served, hands down, the BEST okonomiyaki I've EVER had! God I dream of that place and its okonomiyaki sometimes! *.*
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Osaka is a great place to visit. You can find a great diversity of restaurants if you get tired of the same kinds of foods over and over again. The group I was with gravitated to a Mexican restaurant frequently for a nice change of pace.

Also, please visit Kyoto. Of the places I've been to in Japan, Kyoto had the best balance of things to do and maneuverability without being too crowded. I loved Tokyo but you must abandon your sense of personal space when there.

Plus, if you're going to spend a lot of time in Tokyo, BRING COMFORTABLE SHOES! You will be on your feet and walking a LOT there. In the busier areas, finding a place to sit down becomes quite difficult and I remember paying for not bringing really good quality shoes on my trip. Sheesh.
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Well I don't know a great deal about the locale of Japan, however after watching a great deal of anime, namely the slice of life genre (Non Non Biyori, A bridge to the starry skies etc.), I'd like to visit one of those country villages with an onsen and a maid cafe. Oh! An onsen that is run by cute maids! <3 <3 That is my idea of a vacation. : )
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