Japan? Japan!

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  1. mtw

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    Thought I'd give an update now that I'm here... Do NOT get a WiFi dongle from any of the places at the airport. They are 200-300% more expensive than the link I previously mentioned.

    For example: 51 days for the SoftBank Premium WiFi dongle at the airport was ¥68,500. For the exact same device & service for 2 months ordered from Japan Wireless was ¥18,250.
     
  2. DivHunter

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    If you are staying in hotels this is an excellent idea especially if you are in a group as SIMs are ~$30 each.

    If you are staying in Air BnB places they often give you one to use.
     
  3. PrawnBoy

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    The girl and I almost jumped on the latest jetstar free return deal. However, we're waiting to hear back about her work to make sure she has a full time role.

    Plenty more sales to come, but im super keen to go over and either hit up snow or go to ebisu etc.
     
  4. zeropluszero

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    Wife and I have booked 5 weeks in September, pretty pumped.

    Our flights are Melb-Narita, spend 3 days in Tokyo (we've been once before) then flying over to Fukuoka, and then spend 4 and a bit weeks working our way back to Tokyo via Shinkansen.
    Stops in Hiroshima (havent been yet) Kyoto (have been) and Nara (havent been) definitely on the cards, but definitely looking for any and all advice on "west of Osaka" basically.

    Nature, food, sightseeing are our things
    shopping/theme parks not so much.
     
  5. Bold Eagle

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    Hiroshima:
    https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2160.html

    - The Peace Park is interesting and a bit depressing at the same time,
    - I wish I had gone to the Mazda museum but the missus Father (FIL) had been convinced to leave it out of our plans,
    - Miyajima island - a short ferry ride - is well worth a visit for around 1/2 a day at least and is amazing at low tide and you can walk around the gate;
    https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3401.html
    Otherwise at high tide you will see Itsukushima Shrine in all it's glory:
    https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3450.html

    I will have a look later for some more tips.
     
  6. zeropluszero

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    Thanks for that, Miyajima definitely on the cards, Not sure about the Peace Park - I'd probably find it interesting, I doubt the wife would, but we can maybe split for the day.
     
  7. Bold Eagle

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  8. Bold Eagle

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    Some considerations;

    Kanazawa:
    https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2167.html
    - awesome garden - Kenrokuen Garden - https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4200.html,
    - some Samurai (middle class) houses,
    - Ninja Temple (https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4205.html)

    Kyushu - there is something in the water down here as the gene pool seems to be noticeably better:
    https://www.japan-guide.com/list/e1108.html
    - active volcanoes,
    - scenic old train rides - there is the bullet train but we went on 3-4 old train rides and saw some of the most scenic views of Japan, examples;
    https://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/english/time_table/time_table.html
    Shodoshima (monkey island):
    https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5430.html
    Nearby and you can island hop via ferry is -
    Naoshima (Artist island - this place is mind blowing):
    https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5475.html

    Ask questions if you want.
     
  9. zeropluszero

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    preliminary question, is via Tokyo & Shinkansen the only realistic way to get to Kanazawa?
     
  10. Bold Eagle

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    The missus stated we caught the "Thunderbird";
    https://www.jrailpass.com/blog/thunderbird-express-train

    Pro Tip: do not EVER be late for a Japanese Train as you will miss it - you can set your watch by their punctuality.
     
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