Discussion in 'Holidays & Travel' started by chainbolt, May 29, 2012.
Can be very hard to find. Couldn't find it last time I was there.
Didn't see any in stock last time through haneda about 2 weeks ago.. Sydney local stock is $225..so any thing less than 200 aud and it should be good.. IF you can get one.
Do you think Fukuoka & Hiroshima are worth a visit?
I'll be in Japan over Xmas/New Years for 4 weeks. I'll have to be in Tokyo for 1 week, then Osaka for 2 weeks - plan on doing kyoto/nara while based in Osaka. Trying to figure out what i should do for the last week... at the moment im considering doing Fukuoka & Hiroshima....
OR jumping across to Shanghai for a week
What would you do ocau?
Fukuoka itself is a bit boring and there are other parts of Kyushu that would be more interesting IMHO:
Hiroshima does have more to see (though it can be a bit depressing) but a excellent side trip from there is Miyajima (take a ferry):
I wouldn't dismiss it completely if you're passing through, Fukuoka is famous with the Japanese for food. Evening street ramen is a must, pubs are the best I've seen in JP. In the burbs they have a chain of $1 sushi restaurants/trains that is also up there. The local clay statues 'Hakata dolls' are good gifts for back home.
I'm leaning towards Shanghai at the moment, i think the peace park and miyajima are about the only things i would like to see...not sure its worth a week. Seems like i can do a lot more in Shanghai.
Heading to Japan in October with my family. I've seen mention in a few places that visible tattoos can be a problem in Japan, is this still the case? I can cover mine up reasonably easily if need be but I'd rather be prepared.
mostly onsens really. but there are some that will allow tattoos like dogo onsen. I haven't had any issues myself as I have tatts on my arms.
Hiroshima is easily done as a daytrip from osaka, for me it was sureal standing at the observatory id seen in so many photos and war docos. The park and museum are very good.
As stated you won't get into Onsens (hot spring bath-houses), in some of the older traditional areas you may feel a sense of judgement as well and possible discrimination.
Tattoos have been a symbol of criminals and gangs for a very long time (especially the Yakuza) and you may get lumped in with them.
Even if you're obviously a non-Japanese person?
Pretty sure mate, my gf went with a tall white lady who was getting dirty looks for her tattoos.
that's a shame. I know dogo onsen is the only one that allows tattoos...in the whole country.
There are some privately owned ones that will (you have to be in the know).
Wow I am surprised that Dōgo Onsen will allow that (one of the oldest Onsens in Japan and it is awesome) but this thread indicates it does:
I got told off very promptly by my father in law for paddling (breaststroke) across the bath (bad form he said).
This is the video I heard about it. At least the operators aren't being so coy about the subject.
I will be in Kyoto Dec 31. Plan is to visit Arashiyama early in the morning. Lunch at Kyoto station, Then buy New Year Dinner ( osechi if it can be had without pre-ordering) at Takashimaya/Daimaru/Isetan before heading to the airbnb (Fushimi-inari)
Will everything be open on the afternoon of Dec 31st? Especially the food halls at the department stores.
Would this market be open between 1st-6th of January? http://flm.blog.jp/
I haven't had issues with my tatts though it was partially cold and I was wearing hoodies for most of the time.
I can't speak for the market, but in my experience most places are open on NYE.
Whats it like on Christmas and New Years Day in Japan? shops closed etc?
Xmas means very little in Japan (this is slowly changing as corporations try to drive change) but it is a normal day for them.
New Years Day:
It is great to head to some of the big temples if you can.
edit: on New Years Eve and watch/participate in pounding the big bell