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Post Reply Do You (Really) Want to Go To Japan?
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Posted 2/10/17 , edited 2/21/17
I used to live there for 8 years during childhood and early teenage years. My dad is Japanese, so we still go there once a year to visit my grandparents.
Posted 2/10/17
Yeah, then again I would like to travel anywhere.
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Hell yeah I would. Problem is I just don't have the money and I don't know enough Japanese (though in the right situation, no Japanese is required). But in any case, I have been wanting to go ever since I got into anime, and I hope that I do someday.
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Yes, but not until I take some language courses first. Don't see much of a point unless I can actually interact with people.

Being stuck on the "stupid tourist trail" is never fun, and I definitely got more out of my travels in Colombia once my Spanish got halfway decent.

One day, one day....
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I think most people would want to go somewhere significant to them in some way, even if all the connections are considered "not really" by many people.
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Yes, but not until I take some language courses first. Don't see much of a point unless I can actually interact with people.

One day, one day....


Hmm, this seems to be common issue here. Problem is, people put it off forever, get too old, then forget about it.

As long as you stay in Tokyo/Major cities, u really don't need much language knowledge at all. Can basically silent run the whole time. Many food places have English menu; there is always McDonalds/Mister Donut/Convenience Store (the staple food) for your pleasure. Plus, most tourist sites have at least some English signage.


You really be surprised how little u actually, if any, "need" to learn for a low-difficult mission. Right now, in preparations for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, they (the country in general) are tyring to make everything /easymode . So no worries...
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Been there. Still want to come back. We're planning to spend 3 weeks Spring of 2018. Gonna be spending most of our time outside Tokyo. Probably in the Northern region.
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Posted 2/10/17
We visit every other year. After my trip last year I think I'm done for awhile. Last time I was there I was kinda bored to be honest. Next time I'll sit it out and let the family go without me.

I would eventually like to visit Hokkaido someday.
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We're planning to spend 3 weeks Spring of 2018. Gonna be spending most of our time outside Tokyo. Probably in the Northern region.


Ahh, depending on when u go, should hit a Inari shrine Spring Planting festival. I need to do that. Best one is in Kyoto, even has an anime (FUNimation; "Inari Kon Kon")...

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AlastorCrow wrote:

We're planning to spend 3 weeks Spring of 2018. Gonna be spending most of our time outside Tokyo. Probably in the Northern region.


Ahh, depending on when u go, should hit a Inari shrine Spring Planting festival. I need to do that. Best one is in Kyoto, even has an anime (FUNimation; "Inari Kon Kon")...



I proposed at the top of Inari Mountain lol. I barely missed the early Fall fire festival (Ohitakisai) there but it's okay. Less people.
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kevz_210 wrote:

Yes, but not until I take some language courses first. Don't see much of a point unless I can actually interact with people.

One day, one day....


Hmm, this seems to be common issue here. Problem is, people put it off forever, get too old, then forget about it.

As long as you stay in Tokyo/Major cities, u really don't need much language knowledge at all. Can basically silent run the whole time. Many food places have English menu; there is always McDonalds/Mister Donut/Convenience Store (the staple food) for your pleasure. Plus, most tourist sites have at least some English signage.


You really be surprised how little u actually, if any, "need" to learn for a low-difficult mission. Right now, in preparations for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, they (the country in general) are tyring to make everything /easymode . So no worries...



It's not being afraid of communication barriers, but rather I do not want to feel restricted/limited compared to the types of experience I'd have with some background of the language. I've done it for one language already, so its not like if I put in the time and effort that it isn't doable either, especially there is a university a 15 minute drive from my job that offers Japanese courses. I think of all the friends I have met that I probably never would have spoken to if I traveled using only English, and do not want to miss out on such opportunities regardless of where I am, whether it be Japan or elsewhere.

I guess for me traveling has more to do than solely checking off some check marks on a sightseeing list.


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There is more to life than Tokyo.
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I proposed at the top of Inari Mountain lol. I barely missed the early Fall fire festival there but it's okay.


NICE! Sounds like something I would; but not, cause I fail at life of course. I was in Kyoto during Bon week, was hoping to see the "Gozan no Okuribi" event, but massive rain that day/time. Did I get hit with rain.

But yes, north may be "ok" I suppose...

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AlastorCrow wrote:


I proposed at the top of Inari Mountain lol. I barely missed the early Fall fire festival there but it's okay.


NICE! Sounds like something I would; but not, cause I fail at life of course. I was in Kyoto during Bon week, was hoping to see the "Gozan no Okuribi" event, but massive rain that day/time. Did I get hit with rain.

But yes, north may be "ok" I suppose...



We're planning to day a day trip or two to Shibata for the Sakura Omatsuri. Not sure yet if we'll go further North after that.

Also gonna spend maybe 2~3 nights at a ryokan in Hakone and spend more time in Kyoto. Those JR Passes will definitely come in handy again.
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kevz_210 wrote:


TheGrandAlliance wrote:


kevz_210 wrote:

Yes, but not until I take some language courses first. Don't see much of a point unless I can actually interact with people.

One day, one day....


Hmm, this seems to be common issue here. Problem is, people put it off forever, get too old, then forget about it.

As long as you stay in Tokyo/Major cities, u really don't need much language knowledge at all. Can basically silent run the whole time. Many food places have English menu; there is always McDonalds/Mister Donut/Convenience Store (the staple food) for your pleasure. Plus, most tourist sites have at least some English signage.


You really be surprised how little u actually, if any, "need" to learn for a low-difficult mission. Right now, in preparations for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, they (the country in general) are tyring to make everything /easymode . So no worries...



It's not being afraid of communication barriers, but rather I do not want to feel restricted/limited compared to the types of experience I'd have with some background of the language. I've done it for one language already, so its not like if I put in the time and effort that it isn't doable either, especially there is a university a 15 minute drive from my job that offers Japanese courses. I think of all the friends I have met that I probably never would have spoken to if I traveled using only English, and do not want to miss out on such opportunities regardless of where I am, whether it be Japan or elsewhere.

I guess for me traveling has more to do than solely checking off some check marks on a sightseeing list.




Definitely worth it IMO. Certain things I've experienced there was kinda gated behind a language barrier It wouldn't be impossible but certainly frustrating to do certain things outside of the Metro areas without knowing some Japanese. Even if you can only kinda speak some Japanese, if they know a bit of English, you can meet each other half-way. People are also less anxious to interact with you if they know you speak a bit of their language since not everyone is too eager to stretch out their English skills.

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To anyone planning to go there. I'd suggest checking out AirBNB listings. Stayed in some very nice places before for a fraction of what a small hotel room would cost. A studio apartment with kitchen, living room, washroom, balcony and a great view in Tokyo runs for around $70~$120/night whereas a small hotel room with a single bed and no/crap view would run for around $250~$400/night. One with a king size and a nice view would probably be around $300~$800/night.
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