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Going to japan for 12 days
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Posted 11/22/14
Looks like this is asked a lot but yolo

Ok So in 2 days time i fly out for 12 nights!

Work has been so hectic and i've been watching so much anime and trying to get lvl 100 on wow before i go i havent even thought about what i was going to do there until now!

My itinerary as follows
6 Nights in Tokyo Ikebukuro
1 night in a japanese onsen near Mt Fuji
1 Night in Kyoto
1 night in Osaka
3 nights back in tokoy shinjuku

Activities
Day trip to mt fuji
Disnley Land
Mt Fuji
Half day Akihabara
Tokyo and Skytree tour

Anyone have any other suggestions? I love cars would love to see some racing but i dont think i will be that lucky.
Posted 11/22/14 , edited 11/22/14
If you're going to be hanging around Ikebukuro for lunch, you should check out Menpo Juuroku and order "tsukemen". It's a small ramen shop that closes at 3PM (closed on Sunday), but it ranks in my top 3 of all ramen stores I've visited.

Photos and info:

http://ramenjiyuku.web.fc2.com/m.toshima.menpo16.html
http://ramendb.supleks.jp/s/1892.html
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Posted 11/22/14
Awesome thanks so much!!

I have just started getting into Ramen (fussy eater) so this is a must!

I am really nervous of the language barrier
Posted 11/22/14 , edited 11/22/14

letthiswork1 wrote:

Awesome thanks so much!!

I have just started getting into Ramen (fussy eater) so this is a must!

I am really nervous of the language barrier


It's run by a Japanese couple, I'm not sure if they can speak English to be honest. Can you read the menu on the website? You might want to confirm beforehand to avoid confusion.

Or just say something like "お任せします" if they ask you for specifics.
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For the Skytree you need to get a queue ticket first before you can line up for the tour. When I went we had to wait over two hours before we could enter, for about 1 hour or something I believe. In short, I recommend getting advance tickets for this to avoid spending too much time waiting to enter. You might also consider purchasing a japan rail pass to save money if you intend to take the shinkansen more than 2 times, also lets you go straight to the train without buying a ticket every time. Himeji castle is a little west of Kyoto but should be worth a trip if you like castles, it's the biggest one in Japan!

edit: Himeji castle is west not east
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Posted 11/22/14

Iggdrassil wrote:

For the Skytree you need to get a queue ticket first before you can line up for the tour. When I went we had to wait over two hours before we could enter, for about 1 hour or something I believe. In short, I recommend getting advance tickets for this to avoid spending too much time waiting to enter. You might also consider purchasing a japan rail pass to save money if you intend to take the shinkansen more than 2 times, also lets you go straight to the train without buying a ticket every time. Himeji castle is a little west of Kyoto but should be worth a trip if you like castles, it's the biggest one in Japan!

edit: Himeji castle is west not east


Thanks,

I am going on a skytree "Tour" so hopefully they have this sorted!

I have a 14 day JR railpass booked to avoid the hassle :)

Castle's are awesome! Ty
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Just an update. .. here now and I am in love. . Absolute love
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Posted 11/28/14
You have a nice discussion here. I like your posts and threads. Thanks for being so friendly.
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Nobster1985 wrote:

You have a nice discussion here. I like your posts and threads. Thanks for being so friendly.



Haha Thanks,

I should post some pictures of my travels!

I just arrived in Kyoto and finally have decent wifi. Was hoping to catch up on missed shows but Crunchyroll is not allowed in japan </3
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Posted 12/3/14
Would love to go there sometime, but thus far is too expensive
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Would love to go there sometime, but thus far is too expensive :(


And yet...it has never been cheaper! Well, not since the late 90's or so. At 120 Yen to the US Dollar, Japan is almost a steal right now.
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masked185 wrote:

Would love to go there sometime, but thus far is too expensive :(


And yet...it has never been cheaper! Well, not since the late 90's or so. At 120 Yen to the US Dollar, Japan is almost a steal right now.


Meant more the airfare it takes to get there
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masked185 wrote:


Cellory wrote:


masked185 wrote:

Would love to go there sometime, but thus far is too expensive :(


And yet...it has never been cheaper! Well, not since the late 90's or so. At 120 Yen to the US Dollar, Japan is almost a steal right now.


Meant more the airfare it takes to get there :D


That...is more of a problem yes. But it also depends on where you leave from, and what airlines you choose.

From Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines it can be under $1k, and even less at times. Vegas is probably the closest airport to you that they serve (and Vegas likely has the cheapest connecting airline rates). Depending on time of year looks like you can get trips from Vegas to Kansai for about $1.1k. Haneda is about the same I think.

Summer and Golden Week (and probably the period around New Years) is likely to be the most expensive. Late Summer and Early Spring are probably going to give the best rates. Hawaiian Airlines is one of those West Coast secret airlines, even on the West Coast few people know of them due to the limited number of airports they service. They mostly fly A330 and Boeing 767's with decent seats even in coach. Plus they are the only major US airline I know of that still serves a hot meal on each flight (assuming it is not a red eye) as part of the normal service.

Not saying that perhaps $1.5k for a round trip is not spendy too. Just that the dream perhaps is closer than you might imagine.
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Posted 12/7/14

masked185 wrote:


Cellory wrote:


masked185 wrote:

Would love to go there sometime, but thus far is too expensive :(


And yet...it has never been cheaper! Well, not since the late 90's or so. At 120 Yen to the US Dollar, Japan is almost a steal right now.


Meant more the airfare it takes to get there :D



Yeah the only reason i went there was because i found cheap air fares. IMHO its the only way to travel.

I am from australia and Jetstar were doing a promotion of 2 for 1. So it ended up costing me and my partner $1300 for the both of us return!
She isn't into japan as much as me but we still had the best time ever. I have bought so much haha
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letthiswork1 wrote:

Looks like this is asked a lot but yolo

Ok So in 2 days time i fly out for 12 nights!

Work has been so hectic and i've been watching so much anime and trying to get lvl 100 on wow before i go i havent even thought about what i was going to do there until now!

My itinerary as follows
6 Nights in Tokyo Ikebukuro
1 night in a japanese onsen near Mt Fuji
1 Night in Kyoto
1 night in Osaka
3 nights back in tokoy shinjuku

Activities
Day trip to mt fuji
Disnley Land
Mt Fuji
Half day Akihabara
Tokyo and Skytree tour

Anyone have any other suggestions? I love cars would love to see some racing but i dont think i will be that lucky.


1.) Ikebukuro is good! Lots of nice affordable hotels there.
2.) Staying at a Ryokan is spendy, but certainly fun. I stayed at a hostel and got a coupon to go to a nearby onsen. The onsen near Fuji aren't very famous though. For famous onsen you'll have to go to Beppu or Kurokawa in Aso.
3.) Kyoto is wonderful! Again, spendy! It's a tourist trap though -- so everything is done in a kind of "going overboard" way.
4.) Osaka is wonderful. Go to Namba. Go to the aquarium. If you have money, go to USJ.
5.) Tokyo again? Shinjuku? Not too far from Ikebukuro.You can take the Yamanote Line...

Your activities are good, but right now it's off-season so there are no buses going up Mt. Fuji. I don't think there's even a bus that will try for the 5th Station. It's winter now so the roads are probably dangerous. You'll be able to see Fuji-san from afar though. I climbed Mt. Fuji back in July. From the first station (Umagaeshi) to the tippy-top! Two nights!

You should try to make time to go to the Gibli Museum. It's kind of out of the way, but totally worth the trip there. It's nowhere near Tokyo Skytree or Akihabara. You'll find that almost all the stores in Akihabara just end up repeating one another. Every book store has the same books, unless you're going for something -- ahem -- more specific. Making it a half-day is good. Odaiba has a huge Gundam (or should, unless they moved it). Asakusa is also a nice little trip.

I'm currently living in Japan!
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