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Top places to visit in Japan in a 10 - 14 day trip?
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Posted 1/30/11 , edited 1/30/11
lmao, I should post my second year japanese language presentation here. My friend and I put together 3, 2 week trip packages through 3 different prefectures that we were assigned as a chapter assignment. The fun part was researching actual inns and places of interest, it really helped when I was looking for places to visit.
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Posted 1/30/11 , edited 1/31/11
Hiroshima is a good place to go
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Posted 2/3/11 , edited 2/4/11
I'm going at the end of March too lol. For 10 days haha.

We are doing 6 in Tokyo, 3 in Osaka and 1 in Kyoto. I have been before.

I'm currently working on my day trip to kyoto. I wish we had another day there because I would totally get the Maiko make-up done :'(,135.760589&sspn=0.027627,0.038581&ie=UTF8&hq=prefectural+government&hnear=

All the places listed I highly recommend! Especially the Fushimi Inari shrine and Gion (where Memoirs of a Geisha was filmed) Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillion) Kiyomezudera Temple and Nanzenji <3

Maybe do a day trip to Osaka. Visit Den Den Town, Osaka Castle (so many cats live there!) Hep 5 and Umeda Sky Bridge. My friend wants to go to the Aquarium, I've read good reviews on that as well. Dotombori for nightlife... and that's all I remember right now.

In Tokyo, I'm staying near Roppongi. It's pretty central to everything as well. I recommend the Ghibli Museum (you MUST pre-book though, you can't just show up on the day!) Ginza for shopping, Harajuku, Shinjuku and Shibuya. And Akihabara is pretty good, I perferred Den Den though.

Rather than go to Mt. Fuji, go to Hakone where you can view the mountain from there. Mt. Fuji has a habit of being cloudy so make sure it's a clear day when you go, otherwise you won't see it!

Hiroshima was recommended to me but I have not been there yet. If my planner works out I might be able to throw a day trip in there.

Do a day trip to Nara, Nara is gorgeous!!!!!!!! Really beautiful area, I felt transported, gorgeous temples.

Also if you are travelling a fair bit, make sure you buy the JR Pass it will save you a TON of money and train station woes.

5 things you need to do in Japan:
1. Play Pachinko
2. Ride the Shinkansen
3. Take Purikura
4. Tea ceremony
5. Karaoke

And get lost! It's amazing what you will find when you wander around :)
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Posted 2/14/11 , edited 2/15/11
I've been to Japan 3 times, and still have only barely scratched the surface in terms of things to see and do. For those sufficiently adventurous, I'd echo M40R4's advice, and recommend independent travel (i.e. "getting lost," as it were-- though not literally getting lost-- maybe "wandering" is better!). When you're at your own pace and away from the group, there can be so much more you can see, experience, and absorb. Try to learn whatever you can of the language too before going. Sure, you won't be sharing your life story or making life-long friends with the locals with only rudimentary Japanese, but even a few words can make a connection, which is so much better than nothing at all. Trying to chat with "my" maid at the @home Cafe in Akihabara, and making small talk (as best we could) with a couple that likely saved my health after I got sort of lost and running short of water and food while climbing Mt. Fuji are some of my best memories from my latest trip last summer.

Incidentally, despite my minor misadventure, if you're going to be in Japan in the summer (July-August or so- maybe September?), I'd recommended to those physically up to the task to climb Mt. Fuji, and see the sunrise at the summit. I only made it to the 8th station after starting from the Sengen Jinja at the base in Fuji-Yoshida this last time (my legs were just shot, and it was snowing heavily), but will definitely try again (maybe in 2012)! Despite failing to summit, it was the highlight of my trip. The photo (if the upload worked) is from my hotel room window in Kawaguchi-ko, near the base.
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