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Old 1st August 2012, 12:37 PM   #151
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997 C2S, MJ 2011. It took me 4 hours on the highway from Tokyo to Sendai.
haha cool cool! really enjoyed the weather yesterday in tokyo, been sweating like a beast think im starting to get used to it. slightly
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haha cool cool! really enjoyed the weather yesterday in tokyo, been sweating like a beast think im starting to get used to it. slightly
So what have you seen so far and what have you got planned?
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Old 1st August 2012, 2:18 PM   #153
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haha cool cool! really enjoyed the weather yesterday in tokyo, been sweating like a beast think im starting to get used to it. slightly
Rain season is over and the heat will not go away until end of September. And Tokyo is for sure not even the hottest place in Japan.

By the way, it's around 70 km from the outskirts of Tokyo to the kujikuri beach area, a stretch of 50 km sandy beach in Chiba, one of Japan's longest and less crowded beaches, perfect for all sort of surfing and camping. In summer, I'm every second weekend there.





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Old 3rd August 2012, 6:28 PM   #154
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So what have you seen so far and what have you got planned?
Just ate a lot havent really done much. Reason im here is to visit my girlfriend, no im not some otaku, backpack wearing neckbearded freak. She relocated to tokyo about a year ago from brisbane. So i dont go too far from the city as she has to work the whole time im here. I had forced holidays. and she has forced holidays in one weeks time, after i leave. Which annoying but i guess thats life just means im stuck close to tokyo!

Visited cousin who lives in Oiso on the Shonan coast which was awesome. I have been before but in winter. Really like it there cool little coastal village vibe to it without the tourist feel of Kamakura.

If I lived in Tokyo i would quite like to live there (still probably prefer nakameguro as im a cityboy), commute to the central tokyo not too bad

but as i said mainly eating and drinking

here is some Kaiseki style dinners i had recfently


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And chainbolt that beach looks awesome! Nice and wide like something from fraser island! I have been to Chiba but not too that beach!

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Old 4th August 2012, 6:22 PM   #155
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And chainbolt that beach looks awesome! Nice and wide like something from fraser island! I have been to Chiba but not too that beach!
It's a 60 km stretch. Tokoyties prefer the Kanagawa beaches (Shonan etc), but they are far more crowded and not that wide.
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For those visiting Japan these days: It's "Hanabi" season, massive summer fireworks, often at river banks. I watched the Edogawa 2012 firework at the Edogawa river on Saturday. 2 million people were watching. Absolutely magnifcient! And the best is, all the cute girls and ladies come in Kiminos.

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Awesome. I'll be there early sept, hopefully I can catch a set. Great info in this thread BTW, thanks to the contributors.
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Awesome. I'll be there early sept, hopefully I can catch a set. Great info in this thread BTW, thanks to the contributors.
Sumo is on in Tokyo from Sept 9-23 if you are there then.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2080.html
We bought tickets through this guy who posted them to us before we left for Japan. You can also queue up early in the morning for some of the daily allocated seats (cheaper)
http://www.buysumotickets.com/Sumo_E...html#This_year
I would arrive at 2pm or so, you don't have to be there all day. Tournament finishes at 6pm.
A typical Sumo tournament day schedule:-
http://www.sumo.or.jp/eng/ticket/hon...chi/index.html

At the sumo in Tokyo you should be able to rent headsets which will give you live English commentary of the action.

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She relocated to tokyo about a year ago from brisbane. So i dont go too far from the city as she has to work the whole time im here. I had forced holidays. and she has forced holidays in one weeks time, after i leave. Which annoying but i guess thats life just means im stuck close to tokyo!
You can day trip a long way with a JR Pass!

Not sure if you have bought one before but the JR Kanto Pass might be a good option for you. You can buy it while you are in Japan.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_06.html

Good way to day trip to a few places like Nikko, Kusatsu, Karuizawa , Kawaguchiko, Hakone, Izu, Boso Peninsula etc.

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My Japan trip is in five months and we haven't booked accommodation yet. Should I consider doing so quickly or is there still plenty of time (without prices skyrocketing)? I'm thinking of booking through travel agents is this the recommended approach and has anyone experienced doing so themselves online?

I haven't figured out the itinerary yet but a rough proportion of our days would be 40% Tokyo, 25% Kyoto, 25% Osaka and 10% Hiroshima. Given Tokyo is pretty darn massive I don't know what exact locations I should book.
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Sumo is on in Tokyo from Sept 9-23 if you are there then.
+1 for the sumo, went there for what I think was the Winter tournament when we there a few years back and it was fantastic. Also worth going to is the sky bar at the park hyatt.
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My Japan trip is in five months and we haven't booked accommodation yet.
What dates exactly? In general you can't book much more than three months ahead for hotels in Japan.

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Should I consider doing so quickly or is there still plenty of time (without prices skyrocketing)?
Tons of time. I often book only a week or a day in advance.

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I'm thinking of booking through travel agents – is this the recommended approach and has anyone experienced doing so themselves online?
Book them yourself:-
http://www.jalan.net
http://www.rakuten.co.jp
http://www.expedia.com
http://www.agoda.com
http://www.japaneseguesthouses.com
http://www.japanican.com

Ask here if you need advice on areas/recommendations or opinions on specific hotels.

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I haven't figured out the itinerary yet but a rough proportion of our days would be 40% Tokyo, 25% Kyoto, 25% Osaka and 10% Hiroshima.
Sounds good. Where do you fly in and out of? How long is your trip? In general activate the JR Pass when you leave Tokyo so that it remains active until you return. Or do Hiroshima just before Tokyo if you enter and exit at KIX (Kansai International). 7-day or 14-day JR Pass will pay off assuming you do Tokyo-Hiroshima-Tokyo.

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Given Tokyo is pretty darn massive I don't know what exact locations I should book.
I usually stay and recommend Shinjuku. I've also stayed in Ueno and Shiodome, depending on what we had planned.

Good description of all areas plus other options
http://www.japan-guide.com/hotels/tokyo.html

You don't mention a budget but two to get you started in Shinjuku are New City Shinjuku and Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku. Obviously there are cheaper and more expensive options in Tokyo.

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It'll be in mid Jan (9-23). Given we'll be travelling from Tokyo to Hiroshima I think the JR Pass is the way to go

We don't really have a budget but we would prefer cheaper rather than more expensive accomodation (5 people in their mid 20's = not really fussed about where to stay as long as there's a bed and shower). We're thinking of staying a few nights in ryokans for the sake of it. Is it much nicer than hotels?

Given the size of Tokyo I'm not sure where the best places to book will be, maybe until we have a firmer itinerary. How big is Tokyo CBD physically compared to Sydney CBD?

Some things on our Japan bucklist

- Sumo
- Hot springs
- Disneyland
- Studio Ghibli
- Sake brewery
- Instant noodle museum
- Cat cafe
- Eating sushi to the point of mercury poisoning

Is there anything up north east we should visit? Or else we'll just probably go south west towards Hiroshima.
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My Japan trip is in five months and we haven't booked accommodation yet. Should I consider doing so quickly or is there still plenty of time (without prices skyrocketing)? I'm thinking of booking through travel agents – is this the recommended approach and has anyone experienced doing so themselves online?
Book yourself, Check agoda and trip advisor first.

Have you purchased your air?

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It'll be in mid Jan (9-23). Given we'll be travelling from Tokyo to Hiroshima I think the JR Pass is the way to go
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Depends. Tokyo as a city is immense. Tokyo is so big you literally couldn't discern where Tokyo ends and Yokohama begins. But with an excellent public transport system it makes very little difference where you stay. If I'm in Tokyo for more than a night I tend to stay at Shinjuku. If overnight, Tokyo.

Try looking for apartments just off the main lines like Hundred Stay. Much cheaper.
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It'll be in mid Jan (9-23). Given we'll be travelling from Tokyo to Hiroshima I think the JR Pass is the way to go
You could also consider overnight buses using the Willer Express Bus Pass if you want a cheaper option.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2369.html

I'd probably just get a 7-day JR Pass, activate it on the morning you leave Tokyo for Kyoto/Osaka/Hiroshima and return on the last day.

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We don't really have a budget but we would prefer cheaper rather than more expensive accomodation (5 people in their mid 20's = not really fussed about where to stay as long as there's a bed and shower).
Singles? Couples?

Plenty of hostel style options if you like:-
www.hostelworld.com

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Ryokan tend to be a different experience. Most good ones also include (often elaborate Kaiseki) meals (dinner + breakfast) so factor that into the pricing.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2029.html

On a budget Minshuku are also an option:-
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2026.html

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Given the size of Tokyo I'm not sure where the best places to book will be, maybe until we have a firmer itinerary. How big is Tokyo CBD physically compared to Sydney CBD?
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2017.html
Just try and stick somewhere near/within the Yamanote Line.

Sumo

Tokyo Jan 13-27. You can queue up early in the morning (try mid-week) for cheaper daily tickets, or book in advance.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2080.html
http://www.sumo.or.jp/eng/ticket/hon...chi/index.html
http://www.buysumotickets.com/Sumo_E...html#Next_year

Hot springs

Onsen:-
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2292.html
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2292_where.html

Consider Hakone or Kusatsu perhaps. Possibly Shibu Onsen if you want to see the snow monkeys:-
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6028.html

Disneyland

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3016.html

Studio Ghibli

Note booking/reservation info:-
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3041.html

Sake brewery

Kobe (close to Osaka/Kyoto)
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3556.html

Instant noodle museum

Yokohama Ramen Museum
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3202.html

Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen in Ikeda (near Osaka)
http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/search/d...eing_5247.html

Cat cafe

Try Nekorobi in Ikebukuro or Hapineko in Shibuya

Eating sushi to the point of mercury poisoning

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3021.html
Queue early for Sushi Dai or Daiwa Sushi at Tsukiji, or one of the others nearby. There are some all you can eat ones/cheaper ones in Tokyo of course.

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Is there anything up north east we should visit? Or else we'll just probably go south west towards Hiroshima.
Heaps in Tohoku, depends what you wish to do though. You can even go to Hokkaido if you wish.

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