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javamoon wrote:

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! *.*


OOOHHH I wanted to go to the Studio Ghibli Museum the last time I was there but didn't know you need reservations... on the plus side I did get to go inside the Tokyo Imperial Palace (Jan 2nd is open to the public).
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never go to japan..
but i'd love to visit Okunoshima and host cafe..
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I've never been to Japan, but from what I have seen from J vloggers, probably Nakano Broadway or Akiba {Akihabara} Or any food related store.
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awune wrote:

ummm i've never been to japan but i already know what my favorite place is

fuji-q highland's evangelion world



That exists ?!

I'd say Akihabara I mean who doesn't want to go there ?

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If you're going to Sapporo, of course you have to go to the Sapporo Bier Garten (beer garden).

If you've been to Tokyo a lot I'd guess you've probably been to Harajuku. If not, go there on Sunday. That's when all the cosplay happens, it's a lot of fun.


Yokohama is the second largest city, go up in the Landmark Tower and take the 15 minute ride on the Yokohama Cosmo Clock (the ferris wheel). Great view, and I love how Cosmo World and the Landmark Tower are in tons of anime :3 Oh and go to china town for some manju buns.


Not as exciting, but if you're near Shibuya you can visit the shops around the enormous crosswalk. It's crazy how all the traffic stops and hundreds of people start crossing in every direction in the same time.

There used to be these Gundam "pods" that you get inside and play a kick ass Gundam game in the Ebina arcade, but they moved them somewhere. You should check out any arcades and try to find some. You play online against others all across Japan.
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Osaka.

Pfft...

*Cackle*
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Maxwell2112 wrote:

OOOHHH I wanted to go to the Studio Ghibli Museum the last time I was there but didn't know you need reservations... on the plus side I did get to go inside the Tokyo Imperial Palace (Jan 2nd is open to the public).


Ya definitely check out the palace. The only time I tried going they were closed, so be aware of what dates it's open to the public. Though, the area around it is really nice even if it's closed off. And it's like 2 subway stops from Harajuku if I remember :3
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Haha, I've definitely been to the Ghibli Museum before. I considered going again, but tickets are sold out for the entire month of September (you have to buy tickets in advance). I guess I could check when I get there (I'm pretty sure there are more sold in Japan than the 100 tickets/day that the JTB agents are able to sell), but I'm not too worried about it.

I don't think I'll go to Kyoto again this time. I spent a lot of time there last time and want to explore new places while I'm there. The last time we were there we rented bicycles and traveled all over during the height of the cherry blossom season. It was so pretty, I just don't think it would be the same in late summer.

I think I've decided to check out the shrines in Ise, then hike the Kudamo Kodo (http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/06/travel/japan-kumano-kodo-hike/) . It looks like a pretty lengthy trail, but nothing too difficult (at least not after the excursion we had in the Enchantments earlier this year) so it should be just enough of a work out. The stay at the onsen ryokan after a long day on the trail will be nice too. It looks like I can get to Osaka pretty easily from there.

I think I'll wait until the next trip I take with my husband to go to Hokkaido. I think he'd really like that area and he's even more of a beer enthusiast than I am. I think when we do we'll book some domestic flights to get around and make the most of our time.

For those that are saying they wish they could go - just do it! It's not cheap by any means, but if you make it a priority it's totally do-able. It just might take some time to save up enough (airline miles were a huge help for me the first time too). Before I went the first time I constantly put off going due to cost. I realized that it would be a pipe dream forever if I didn't put in the effort to make it happen.
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The only place I have been is Fukuoka, so I would say there! They have really neat Hakata cultural things there, and its a pretty bustling place that isn't "too" crowded. Lots of fun, I really miss it there~!
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I would love to go to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


...that the country I'm affiliated with did all this damage to innocent people?


Mm, the atomic bomb sites are worth a visit and they're sad but historically interesting though it is important to remember: Japan was the most brutal of all countries in WW2 though they deny it. They don't even mention what they did to others in the memorials - only a tiny section apologizing to a small number of Koreans.



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WeegeeProject wrote:


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.


The majority weren't so innocent. Just saying.
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Never been there but Akibahara!
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Anywhere with a lot of historical background.

History is interesting, you know?
Posted 9/10/14

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awune wrote:

ummm i've never been to japan but i already know what my favorite place is

fuji-q highland's evangelion world



That exists ?!

I'd say Akihabara I mean who doesn't want to go there ?



OMG, it is real! http://www.fujiq.jp/en/attraction/eva.html
And look who's in the elevator:




And then to be constructive to OP's question, I've never been to Japan but I'd go to all the places already mentioned by everyone here. Hiroshima/Nagasaki, Akihabara, etc. I'd want to check out their old temples, too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_National_Treasures_of_Japan_(temples)

And then I don't know if it is actually a destination, but it'd be cool to go to that house that My Neighbor Totoro was based off of.
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