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Discussion in 'Holidays & Travel' started by chainbolt, May 29, 2012.

  1. samos

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    Japan is in my radar guys, will be coming back for heaps of info - I know next to nothing about it, but looks amazing!

    What is it like toward the end of April/May?
     
  2. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

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    march - april is the cherry blossom season and that's important in the japanese calendar.
     
  3. GoneFishin22

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    They are pretty mad on the flowering and here was this years flowering variance (compared to last year and showing the lag as it moves from South to North):
    https://www.jnto.go.jp/sakura/eng/index.php

    2017 may vary from the previous two years plotted.

    With that in mind if you did want to see this spectacle end of April would have it in Hokkaido - there are some great sights up there.

    @samos - if you can indicate what sort of things or activities you may be interested in a lot better advice can be provided.

    This website is good for Japan in general. Here it shows some of the great viewing locations for Sakura relative to time of year (be mindful the flowering can vary from 1-2 weeks each season depending on weather patterns):
    http://www.japan-guide.com/blog/sakura16/
     
  4. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

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    i was having a squizz at what the size of the current exclusion zone around fukushima daiichi and compared to the rest of the country it's a small chunk considering it would have been worse.
     
  5. RyoSaeba

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  6. GoneFishin22

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  7. samos

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    Ah my man, I was speaking to a mate of mine and he said "Japan? I could have spent 2 weeks in Tokyo alone! It's endless amount of city"

    To be honest, I don't even know. I could probably stretch out a holiday to say 14 or 15 days, I don't even know if that's enough?

    I think we'll start in Tokyo then from there on who knows. I literally have no idea where to start. I have been told a number of places are amazing.

    Sights like Samurai houses/historic areas, scenic routes and the like sound all awesome to me. Anywhere away from quake prone areas also won't go astray :p
     
  8. GoneFishin22

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    I'll throw some good suggestions out there then:

    - Himeji Castle: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3501.html (1/2 day)
    - Kyoto (lot's to see here): http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2158.html (1-2days)
    - Nara: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2165.html (1 day)
    - Nikko: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3800.html (1 day at least)
    - Kakunodate: Samurai district town with some amazing houses; http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3601.html - far away but has some gorgeous scenery.
    - Kanazawa: Ninja temple, Samurai district, Japan's "best garden" and lot's to see around here - rains a lot though and you have to time the season: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2167.html - near Kyoto and lot's to see.
     
  9. Urbansprawl

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    Just seconding Kakunodate, it is very pretty and the samurai houses are very interesting.

    I'd also suggest Tsumago and Magome up in the Kiso Valley. They are both very well maintained 'post towns' that were part of one of the traditional routes from Kyoto to Tokyo. They are pretty spectacular -

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  10. miffu

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    The walk between the two places as well as staying at a Ryokan in Magome were one of the highlights in my recent trip. :thumbup:
     
  11. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

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    why must kanji be so hard?
     
  12. samos

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    Wow thanks man will check it all out!
     
  13. blankpaper

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    Hi guys, got a quick question. Am heading to Hakuba to ski next weekend. I get into Narita at 7pm and want to get to Hakuba that night. All the bus/shuttle options I'm aware of are booked out so I'm resorting to trains. Is the below possible?

    - land at 7pm at Narita (assume it's on time)
    - out of customs by about 8.30pm?
    - get Keisei Skyliner train to Ueno station (apparently 35min)
    - get Shinkansen to Nagano station. Buy tickets at Ueno station? Latest train is 22:14 (see below pic)
    - how to get from Nagano station to hotel in Hakuba if I get there at midnight? Can I pre-book a taxi? If so, where?



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    Thanks a ton in advance - this is the last logistical part of my book-on-a-whim trip :lol:
     
  14. cam99

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    I got a taxi from Narita to Nozawa Onsen it was something like $30 more than the train and door to door.
    I arrived late and the driver even found my room for me.
    Excellent service

    I think this was them
    http://chuotaxi.co.jp/publics/index/10/

    Give them a try
     
  15. blankpaper

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    Yeah tried them already, they're full the night I land. Same with the Narita Snow Shuttle (the purple buses).

    ta
     
  16. dwdc

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    There is also the Nagano Snow shuttle that I've used twice. Currently in Myoko Kogen, and using them to get back to the airport. Been a great service so far. Travel time has been ~5 - 5.5hrs airport to village. few rest stops along the way also.

    (Edit: They go airport to resort.)
     
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  17. blankpaper

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    Tried them too, no dice. There's a jetstar flight coming in at the same time, I think all those guys filled the bus.
     
  18. mtma

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    What you're doing is cutting it pretty fine. Is your trip short enough that the half day of getting there the next morning going to be a big thing?

    Under these circumstances I would probably book to stay at Nagano that night and go over the first thing in the morning. Alternatively the same in Tokyo and take a morning express up there.

    Alternatively you could super wing-it mode and try the cab rank at Nagano; I probably wouldn't though, not in the middle of winter!

    ED- by the way, ask the concierge/staff of the resort you're booked into. They will probably know the best way about this.
     
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  19. CAPT-Irrelevant

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    Thinking of going to Japan in 2020.
    Watch the Olympics, and to witness Karate as an event for the first time. (I have a friend who is training to enter)
    Do some Karate training in Okinawa.
    See all the anime culture at its source.
     
  20. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

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    interestingly enough karate originated from Okinawa as the Japanese Government didn't allow them to carry weapons.
     

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