Post Reply 25 Days in Japan, I'm afraid I won't make good use of the time :(
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Hello,

Two weeks from now I will arrive in Tokyo, I will be staying there until 29th of March and then I will go to Osaka until the 5th of April.

The closer the departure time the more afraid I am of missing out on stuff, I haven't made a clear itinerary.

I want to visit temples, a few museums, get to know the city life in Tokyo, try to visit rural parts of Japan.
Also.. maid cafe, all the Japanese food that I can find, and sweets.

I don't want to make a strict itinerary because it will feel like a chore more than a vacation. But then I'm afraid I'll end up with dead times doing nothing

I bought a rail pass to save a bit of money on train travelling.

Any advice on how to make the most out of it?
Also, will anyone here be around Tokyo between 11th of March and 29th of March (or Osaka between from 30th of March until 5th of April) ?

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Akihabara has quite a few maid cafes such as, Maidreamin and @homecafe.
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Akihabara is one of the most obvious places to visit as a tourist.
maybe visit the locations that were used for your favorite anime?

氷菓(Hyouka)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StZThZXqvc4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORoQxHq0vK4 (audio muted because reasons i disagree, but what can you do >.>)

いなり、こんこん、恋いろは (Inari kon kon koi iroha)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rQoP7AfvZc

中二病でも恋がしたい (chuunibyou)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfGdczIpKvA

たまこまーけっと (Tamako Market)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O9e4TesS9E

天体のメソッド (Sora no Method)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9NMxLyTRVQ

and a few others. if you liked a slice of life genre, there's a good chance the setting was based in a real life location in Japan.

edit: and a few more...

グラスリップ (Glasslip)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udu2ceGmafA

TARI TARI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWGc5NtoEsc

Love Live
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68GzBVuAKZQ
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PokemonBecky wrote:

Akihabara has quite a few maid cafes such as, Maidreamin and @homecafe.


These look promising, thanks :)



namealreadytaken wrote:

Akihabara is one of the most obvious places to visit as a tourist.
maybe visit the locations that were used for your favorite anime?

氷菓(Hyouka)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StZThZXqvc4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORoQxHq0vK4 (audio muted because reasons i disagree, but what can you do >.>)

いなり、こんこん、恋いろは (Inari kon kon koi iroha)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rQoP7AfvZc

中二病でも恋がしたい (chuunibyou)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfGdczIpKvA

たまこまーけっと (Tamako Market)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O9e4TesS9E

天体のメソッド (Sora no Method)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9NMxLyTRVQ

and a few others. if you liked a slice of life genre, there's a good chance the setting was based in a real life location in Japan.

edit: and a few more...

グラスリップ (Glasslip)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udu2ceGmafA

TARI TARI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWGc5NtoEsc

Love Live
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68GzBVuAKZQ


Wow, thanks! I didn't think of this. I'll have to look through my list of favourite anime and get some locations. I remember there's a small bridge that appears in many anime.
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no problem. have fun there :D
also found the locations for Non Non Biyori, which is pretty much a must-go for any anime fan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_Oe18P_RXM
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namealreadytaken wrote:

no problem. have fun there :D
also found the locations for Non Non Biyori, which is pretty much a must-go for any anime fan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_Oe18P_RXM


Sweet, thanks again. It's a bit sad I haven't seen either of those anime. I know of a few of them, but I haven't actually watched them.

I know there's the town Hinamizawa is modelled after, but it's a bit hard to reach.
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I've come back to list some more locations you might want to visit

1. Akihabara in general
2. Nakano broadway - this place is filled with merchandise and it's pretty cool
3. Akakusa shrine (also known as sensoji temple) - A popular shrine
4. Cat cafe? Or other animal cafes
5. Cosplay cafe
6. A whole bunch of other cafes
7. Manga cafe - You'll have to be able to read Japanese
7. Harajuku - Filled with cool fashion subcultures
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PokemonBecky wrote:

I've come back to list some more locations you might want to visit

1. Akihabara in general
2. Nakano broadway - this place is filled with merchandise and it's pretty cool
3. Akakusa shrine (also known as sensoji temple) - A popular shrine
4. Cat cafe? Or other animal cafes
5. Cosplay cafe
6. A whole bunch of other cafes
7. Manga cafe - You'll have to be able to read Japanese
7. Harajuku - Filled with cool fashion subcultures


Thank you I'll visit as much as I can.
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Make a list of things you want to do and plan how to fit that into your time.
You should find two weeks is plenty.
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Sir_jamesalot wrote:

Make a list of things you want to do and plan how to fit that into your time.
You should find two weeks is plenty.


I hope you're right thanks
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I went and backpacked for two weeks, hit Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Hakone. I'd like to make a few recommendations just to help you get the fullest experience. I won't make recommendations on where to go, you can buy books for that (and I recommend several very very good ones below), but rather I make recommendations based on my experience traveling there.

1) Don't be afraid to get lost. Everyone is very nice and helpful. Go out, wander around, and get lost! Enjoy it!

2) Eat at the small places you see on the street and hole in the wall places you find. Don't go to the chains and stay away from the hotel restaurants. Even if they don't speak English or you don't speak Japanese you can find a lot of pictures, just pick something and point to it. They'll understand. If you're really concerned you can ask you hotel for a map with places that have either English speaking staff or English menu's.

3) I HIGHLY recommend asking for a map from your hotel, it will be much more helpful than you realize.

4) The train system is awesome! Use it and don't be afraid to go everywhere! Each station is basically a small city within itself surrounded it's own unique personality.

5) Locate the nearest Starbucks and set up a Starbucks account to get free wifi. Your hotel likely has it but I wish I had set up a starbucks account beforehand. You buy a drink and get free wifi that way, it's a good deal.

6) Get a journal and every few days write down your experience and how you're feeling. Seems silly I know but you'll be so happy to have this later on. I did it on a whim (never written in a journal before) but it was such a great experience!

7) Get a window seat on the bullet train, its worth it if you get a clear day and get a picture of Mt. Fuji.

8) Take pictures everywhere and of everything. Bring a huge SD card and just snap as many as you can. Then go back to the same places and wander without the camera so you get to take in the entire experience.

9) I'd like to recommend a few books I read before going that were a HUGE help to me. They not only recommend places to go, how to get there, but also speak to the customs and ease of getting around. They are also geared toward geeks so they recommend a lot of geek locations like the Gundam Cafe, Animal Cafe, Pop groups, etc. They are quick reads, fun, and make great guides:

http://www.amazon.com/Geek-Japan-Discovering-Manga-Ceremony/dp/4805311290/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457101909&sr=8-1&keywords=Geek+in+Japan

http://www.amazon.com/Cool-Japan-Guide-Manga-Lucky/dp/4805312793/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1457101909&sr=8-4&keywords=Geek+in+Japan

http://www.amazon.com/Tokyo-Foot-Travels-Colorful-Neighborhoods/dp/4805311371/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1457101909&sr=8-5&keywords=Geek+in+Japan

10) Pack sunscreen. You'll be walking a lot and in the sun, so be sure to prepare for that.

11) Start walking NOW! Go out in the evenings and walk 2 or 3 miles a night (if you're not used to it). I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this. You'll be walking every day constantly. I had a jawbone UP3 with me and I measured around 10-13 miles a day in walking. I recommend doing some prep for this because you'll be exhausted every day if you don't.

12) Get a good backpack. Something very sturdy. Your backpack will be your best friend and be certain is water resistant. I suggest checking out REI for one. They have a good selection designed for trips such as yours, that's also where I went for mine.

Hmmmmm, I think that's my top recommendations. You can find guides for the shrines and temples everywhere but for the niche places you should just wander. Like I said at the start, don't be afraid to get lost and walk around. I got lost a lot and there was always someone nice to offer directions or guide me. Make sure to have a map at all times, especially one from your hotel. If I think of anything else I'll let you know :)

Lastly: HAVE FUN!!!!!
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Ronxz wrote:

I went and backpacked for two weeks, hit Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Hakone. I'd like to make a few recommendations just to help you get the fullest experience. I won't make recommendations on where to go, you can buy books for that (and I recommend several very very good ones below), but rather I make recommendations based on my experience traveling there.

1) Don't be afraid to get lost. Everyone is very nice and helpful. Go out, wander around, and get lost! Enjoy it!

2) Eat at the small places you see on the street and hole in the wall places you find. Don't go to the chains and stay away from the hotel restaurants. Even if they don't speak English or you don't speak Japanese you can find a lot of pictures, just pick something and point to it. They'll understand. If you're really concerned you can ask you hotel for a map with places that have either English speaking staff or English menu's.

3) I HIGHLY recommend asking for a map from your hotel, it will be much more helpful than you realize.

4) The train system is awesome! Use it and don't be afraid to go everywhere! Each station is basically a small city within itself surrounded it's own unique personality.

5) Locate the nearest Starbucks and set up a Starbucks account to get free wifi. Your hotel likely has it but I wish I had set up a starbucks account beforehand. You buy a drink and get free wifi that way, it's a good deal.

6) Get a journal and every few days write down your experience and how you're feeling. Seems silly I know but you'll be so happy to have this later on. I did it on a whim (never written in a journal before) but it was such a great experience!

7) Get a window seat on the bullet train, its worth it if you get a clear day and get a picture of Mt. Fuji.

8) Take pictures everywhere and of everything. Bring a huge SD card and just snap as many as you can. Then go back to the same places and wander without the camera so you get to take in the entire experience.

9) I'd like to recommend a few books I read before going that were a HUGE help to me. They not only recommend places to go, how to get there, but also speak to the customs and ease of getting around. They are also geared toward geeks so they recommend a lot of geek locations like the Gundam Cafe, Animal Cafe, Pop groups, etc. They are quick reads, fun, and make great guides:

http://www.amazon.com/Geek-Japan-Discovering-Manga-Ceremony/dp/4805311290/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457101909&sr=8-1&keywords=Geek+in+Japan

http://www.amazon.com/Cool-Japan-Guide-Manga-Lucky/dp/4805312793/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1457101909&sr=8-4&keywords=Geek+in+Japan

http://www.amazon.com/Tokyo-Foot-Travels-Colorful-Neighborhoods/dp/4805311371/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1457101909&sr=8-5&keywords=Geek+in+Japan

10) Pack sunscreen. You'll be walking a lot and in the sun, so be sure to prepare for that.

11) Start walking NOW! Go out in the evenings and walk 2 or 3 miles a night (if you're not used to it). I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this. You'll be walking every day constantly. I had a jawbone UP3 with me and I measured around 10-13 miles a day in walking. I recommend doing some prep for this because you'll be exhausted every day if you don't.

12) Get a good backpack. Something very sturdy. Your backpack will be your best friend and be certain is water resistant. I suggest checking out REI for one. They have a good selection designed for trips such as yours, that's also where I went for mine.

Hmmmmm, I think that's my top recommendations. You can find guides for the shrines and temples everywhere but for the niche places you should just wander. Like I said at the start, don't be afraid to get lost and walk around. I got lost a lot and there was always someone nice to offer directions or guide me. Make sure to have a map at all times, especially one from your hotel. If I think of anything else I'll let you know :)

Lastly: HAVE FUN!!!!!


Thank you for the in depth reply :D
I'm not going to stay at a hotel, I went through airbnb, for the most part I'll have a portable wifi hotspot.
I'm not afraid of the language, I know a little bit of Japanese and if it will be necessary I could use google translate.

I thought about the journal idea too at some point. I'm thinking more of an audio journal, it should be quicker to talk into my phone than to write stuff down.

I'm not very sporty, I tried training my legs at home the past 2 weeks, hopefully that'll help a bit. I don't do much walking here, because I live outside of town, driving to work is the only reasonable option. (or cycling, but the weather is too bad for that)
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