Post Reply I'd love to visit japan, any recommendations?
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Posted 4/20/17
Hi guys,

I'd love to visit Japan next year and I'm curious about where I should go. I want to see as much of it as possible, from towering skyscrapers and neon lit streets at night to the beautiful sun sets and scenery. Have any of you guys visited there? Where do your recommend I visit? I will most likely only go once in my life and so I want to make sure I see as much of it as possible.

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Posted 4/20/17
I recommend Tokyo, Akihabara, been there and it's fun
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I second Akihabara
Posted 4/20/17
One of the things that I always recommend to friends if they're going to Japan is to book one or two days at an onsen resort (hot spa). Regardless of the weather, it's a great thing to do. If you go in the summer, visit Noboribetsu. It's considered one of the best overall but it's also further north (so even in the summer, it's got a nice breeze). Don't forget to order a JR Pass before your trip (these are rail passes, you'll need them to travel around Tokyo and it's a faster means of traveling throughout all of Japan).

Most of us anime geeks will tell you to hit up Akihabara. It's a quaint little place and it's not bad to visit for the arcades as well. Just don't spend all of your time in Tokyo - there's a helluva lot more beauty in Japan than Tokyo. You can cram in a fair amount within two weeks - especially if you spend a few days in each area. I lived in Kyoto for a year and it's still got so much more "life" than Tokyo (for me). Nijo Castle, the shrines, temples... it holds a special place in my heart due to how long I stayed there (admittedly), but I'm serious when I say that you shouldn't spend the whole time in Tokyo. Kiso Valley is a nice place to go too.

Personally, I would suggest (for financial reasons) to avoid going during Golden Week. While it's amazing (I know, I'm horrible at convincing people to listen to me in this regard), you'll find that the prices are ridiculously higher and it's harder to book rooms and such. During that week, practically everyone goes traveling somewhere and you'll find that you'll have plenty of celebrations to go to ... but only if you have the money to handle it. Cherry Blossom period (like this timeframe, April/May) or the Winter are my two favorite times to go. I'd suggest looking around online at "lesser known" tourist locations .. you'll be amazed how much is out there. And regardless of what American traveler tells you about going to a hot spring (onsen) during summer... it's sooooooooooooooo relaxing. It's just slightly more enjoyable in the winter.

Have a safe trip!
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I also recommend Shinjuku and Nagoya. There are a number of Aquariums in Nagoya or close by it that still do amazing dolphin shows. I never seen a skinny Japanese girl stand on a dolphin back before and ride it like a surfboard. To bad a majority of these shows got banned in the usa
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Posted 4/20/17

ninjitsuko wrote:
Onsen ~ Regardless of the weather, it's a great thing to do.
But lets be honest, its way better in the winter.

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