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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  11. Dynamite Dave

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    Anyone looking for a japan travel sim stay away from these guys www.roamingabroad.com.au
    Unlimited sounds too good to be true and it is, I think they are speed capped. Few of us had them and the fastest we could get was 600kbps :sick:
     
  12. Munki

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    Hey guys, I wanted to plan a trip with the family (wife and 2 kids - 6 y.o and 4 y.o). Which part of Japan would you guys recommend? Ideally, I'd like to be able to see a bit of the country side, but would obviously need to do Tokyo.
     
  13. Speaker4TheDead

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    Pro Tip: If you EVER are late and miss the train.. Don't stress too much as in most cases they happily swap your ticket for a later one without unduly punishing you by paying for a second full fare ticket. Just go to the booth/office/ticket counter for help.

    Of course if you miss the last train for the night.. you will have to camp out until the next one in the early morning.
     
  14. fcyde

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    How long you going for?

    Tokyo + Kyoto, is good for first timers and shortish trips
     
  15. Munki

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    Was hoping for at least 2 weeks (maybe 3 if the funds permit). Ideally don't want to have to rush around so keeping the travelling around to a minimum would be great also. Would a week in Tokyo be too long?
     
  16. fcyde

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    Definately not, there is so much to see and do in Tokyo. Ive been 8 times, and still haven't done everything i want to do lol. 1 week in Tokyo and 1 week in Kyoto/Osaka would be good. Kyoto and Osaka are only ~40mins local train away from each other (or <15mins shinkansen) - so you could stay in one place, and just do day trips to the other.
     
  17. Munki

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    Haha I guess it is a big city after all, right?

    That sounds quite good actually. Osaka is pretty high on my list of places to visit. Thanks for the info!
     
  18. Boneman

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    10 years in Tokyo, just scratched the surface!
     
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  19. Speaker4TheDead

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    Tokyo and Osaka is great for all visitors period... but be mindful of young children and Kyoto may not mix well depending on how well they travel and how much temples/gardens/non kids stuff they can handle.
    Love Kyoto but depending on the audience, may not be for everyone.

    For anyone who needs a English speaking hire car service in Kyoto, please PM me and i can recommend a great guy. It isn't cheap but if you need one .. let me know.
     
  20. DivHunter

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    Came back from my most recent Japan trip a week ago.

    Highly recommend Kobe, requires at least two days to do the port + breweries + any other things. I will definitely go back there.

    Miyajima has nicer deer than Nara, the Nara deer were mangy and aggressive. Don't give your kids the food aggressive.

    I had been to Japan three times but never went to a straw grill restaurant. I went to a place in the ad hoc building in Shinjuku and it's honestly the best food I have ever had, not best Japanese, best food. Ever. Place was full of locals each time we went. Can require a reservation.

    https://www.facebook.com/dd.warayakiya.shinjyuku/
     

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