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Ever been to Japan? :D

I really want to go, and I definitely have the money for it, but it will be a while before I have enough vacation days. Anyone been there and could recommend an itinerary or some pointers?
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~no~

my mom has been and she said it was aight nothing special
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Been there a lot of times and lived for 6 months.

My advices:

Get a Japan railpass (7, 14 and 21 days) depends on the duration of your trip, totally worths it and you can travel really fast on shinkansen and night trains.

Stay in more than one place, make reservations in at least 3 different places I recommend Tokyo, Niigata and Kyoto for your night stay then at the day travel to near places (especially Tokyo taking the Yamanote line)

Don`t bother going to Nagasaki, it`s too far and Hiroshima has a better museums and places to visit.

I totally recommend Mijayima (you can take the ferry with the japan railpass)

I don`t recommend Kyushuu I totally prefer Hokkaido, Tohou, Kansai and Kanto region. In Kyushuu there aren`t too many rain lines thus reducing the places to visit easily.

Wakura Onsen is a beutiful place.

I recommend going from April to May and September to October, outside this seasons is either too damn hot or too damn cold XD

Make a schedule using Hyperdia app or home page, you can schedules train ticets from there.

Ensure that your plane lands on Narita and take the N`express (Narita express) comes with your Japan railpass and totally saves you time upon arrival

Rent a wifi mobile (I recommend econnect) they send you a little device that gives you 75Gbps on your pocket, a little expensive but a life saver to plan your schedules by train or reservations on Hyperdia.

As soon as you get there "buy" a Pasmo card, you can add funds in almost any station and lets you buy from vending machines, 7 eleven, pay a taxi, you can use it for almost everything and at different places without carrying money.

Around Tokyo I recommend Shibuya, Akihabara, Ginza, Ikebukuro, well maybe all the Yamanote line stations have something to see.

Also remember that Yamanote line goes in circles around Tokyo and to save time you can take Chuou line (crosses right the middle)

Nikko is beautiful you should go!

Well I wrote a lot XD if you have any question or doubt please feel free to ask ^___^

I`m going to Japan next week XD I`ll be taking vacations there for 15 days O___O
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Hobu-totonou-kun wrote:

Been there a lot of times and lived for 6 months.

My advices:

Get a Japan railpass (7, 14 and 21 days) depends on the duration of your trip, totally worths it and you can travel really fast on shinkansen and night trains.

Stay in more than one place, make reservations in at least 3 different places I recommend Tokyo, Niigata and Kyoto for your night stay then at the day travel to near places (especially Tokyo taking the Yamanote line)

Don`t bother going to Nagasaki, it`s too far and Hiroshima has a better museums and places to visit.

I totally recommend Mijayima (you can take the ferry with the japan railpass)

I don`t recommend Kyushuu I totally prefer Hokkaido, Tohou, Kansai and Kanto region. In Kyushuu there aren`t too many rain lines thus reducing the places to visit easily.

Wakura Onsen is a beutiful place.

I recommend going from April to May and September to October, outside this seasons is either too damn hot or too damn cold XD

Make a schedule using Hyperdia app or home page, you can schedules train ticets from there.

Ensure that your plane lands on Narita and take the N`express (Narita express) comes with your Japan railpass and totally saves you time upon arrival

Rent a wifi mobile (I recommend econnect) they send you a little device that gives you 75Gbps on your pocket, a little expensive but a life saver to plan your schedules by train or reservations on Hyperdia.

As soon as you get there "buy" a Pasmo card, you can add funds in almost any station and lets you buy from vending machines, 7 eleven, pay a taxi, you can use it for almost everything and at different places without carrying money.

Around Tokyo I recommend Shibuya, Akihabara, Ginza, Ikebukuro, well maybe all the Yamanote line stations have something to see.

Also remember that Yamanote line goes in circles around Tokyo and to save time you can take Chuou line (crosses right the middle)

Nikko is beautiful you should go!

Well I wrote a lot XD if you have any question or doubt please feel free to ask ^___^

I`m going to Japan next week XD I`ll be taking vacations there for 15 days O___O


Perfect! I figured the trains would be pretty crazy since there's a lot of them. I was thinking staying for 14 days, maybe going to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. Sapporo would be too far I think, but that sounds like it would be fun. I probably won't be able to go for quite some time, but it's good to think about. Thank you so much!

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... One of these days, I'm gonna find all the posts I've made about these and put them on my profile or something so I don't have to hunt for them.

Ugh, I'm too tired to do that now so here. Just look at the Google map.
http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/searchdiary?word=%2A%5BJapan%20Trip%202012%5D

This post has general pointers.
http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/20121209/1355012118

Distilled stuff in the conclusion.
http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/20121215/1355561533

What not to do on Mt. Fuji.
http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/20120926/1348621588

EDIT: Maybe not too tired.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-843409/going-to-japan-in-the-summer#46078495
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-835987/ask-me-anything-about-living-in-japan?pg=6#46286663
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Definitely very solid information in there!
I absolutely second getting a JR Rail Pass because it makes life so much easier traveling around Japan.

Secondly, for the PASMO recommendation, I say get a Suica instead, it's the same type of card and these days should be an accepted card all over Japan for the subway systems, Vending machines and in-station Conbini.
(A couple of years ago almost every area had their own card, Suica for Tokyo, Icoca for the Kansai region, Manaca for Aichi, etc. I have a bunch of them at home and am happy that I only have to bring one with me now.)

Apps I use to get around:
Train App (Japan):
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bside.extremeambient.net

Metro App (World Wide):
http://metro.nanika.net/MetroG-en.html

Now for places to visit:
I don't know where to start, or to finish so I'm keeping it short too, or at least I'll try to.

I also second the advice not to stay in a single place depending on your duration, Tokyo is a good place to start because there's enough to see to fill an entire week at least.

Secondly I can not recommend the Kansai area enough!
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Himeji and Nara are all really close and Kansai's location makes it an extremely convenient hub to make day trips to places a little further away like Hiroshima and Miyajima, Koyasan and even some places on Kyushu.

If you have a lot of time and money to spend I can also recommend taking a few days R&R on Okinawa and explore the surrounding islands, or head north and see Hokkaido.

I too have visited Japan several times now and I'm going back this summer for the seventh time.
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