Traveling to Japan!

  • GingerOH

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    Aug 25, 2013 8:49 PM GMT
    Hey guys, I will be traveling to the land of the rising sun in December for about 3-4 weeks for a trip via the school of architecture. Does anyone have any traveling advice for Japan? We will be going to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima. Any advice is welcome and thanks guys!
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    Aug 26, 2013 5:00 AM GMT
    That's awesome! Wished my school did something like that. Some of the Japanese architectures are amazing!

    Bring a good camera & lots of memory space. Assuming you are travelling with a group and probably with some locals, you'd have no problem getting around. Otherwise, bring a Japanese phrase book. If you have a chance you must experience their hot springs/spas called "Onsen". Spa World in Osaka & Tokyo is great! Just know the proper etiquettes before going.

    Otherwise, have a great time and the food is amazing! Oh and prepare to spend a lot of money; Japan is not a cheap destination.
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    Sep 08, 2013 9:16 AM GMT
    If you will be getting a smartphone over there or already have one taht will work in Japan download the app called Hyperdia Lite. If you won't have a phone Google Hyperdia. It gives you information for the train systems. Enter in a from station, to station, date and time of departure. It will tell you what platform when exactly the train departs how much the trip will cost, etc.
    In conjuction with the app pay the 500Y (roughly $5) and get a Suica or Passmo card (there are more options but these are the main ones) they are swipe cards that are used for public transportation. You can add money onto it at most ticket locations. It's great because you no longer have to read the Kanji or Kana to figure out which ticket to buy. Just swipe it on the way through the gat and again when you leave at your destination.

    Enjoy it's a great place!
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    Sep 09, 2013 10:41 PM GMT
    In Hiroshima, Peace Park and the Peace Memorial Museum are a must see. They're probably some of the most moving experiences of my life as far as travel goes- right up there with the Arizona Memorial.

    http://www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/top_e.html

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    If time permits, it is a short train & ferry ride to Miyajima, which has some incredible shrines and temples.

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    The O-torii(gate) of Miyajima is a famous landmark.

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    There are loads of hiking trails on the island which are fun to explore. Watch out for the monkeys though!

    I was fortunate to be stationed at MCAS Iwakuni for a year. Japan is a beautiful country with fabulous people- enjoy it!
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    Sep 10, 2013 3:34 AM GMT
    The cities in Japan are super clean since littering is forbidden... but a lot of the larger cities are just like blocks of cement buildings one after the other. Gay life in Japan is very closeted. It is somewhat accepted but under cover. You will see guys making out on condominium stairwells for example in Shinjuku. There are bath houses gay and straight that don't let white guys in and some that don't let guys over 25 in so be aware of that. You are going to the most important cities and a train down from Tokyo will pass Mount Fuji. When you get down to Hiroshima away from Tokyo, there are less english signs even in the train station so just ask a young person if you get lost. Older people tend not to like to speak english. Food is expensive but very good almost everywhere you go. Even in the train stations. I even had the best Indian food in Tokyo. Japan now tends to eat more fried foods which is unhealthy for them. Kyoto was my favorite. Visited most of the temples there and you will need to go to the rock garden for sure just to say you've been there. December has snow.
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    Apr 06, 2014 6:53 AM GMT
    bryans saidIf you will be getting a smartphone over there or already have one taht will work in Japan download the app called Hyperdia Lite. If you won't have a phone Google Hyperdia. It gives you information for the train systems. Enter in a from station, to station, date and time of departure. It will tell you what platform when exactly the train departs how much the trip will cost, etc.
    In conjuction with the app pay the 500Y (roughly $5) and get a Suica or Passmo card (there are more options but these are the main ones) they are swipe cards that are used for public transportation. You can add money onto it at most ticket locations. It's great because you no longer have to read the Kanji or Kana to figure out which ticket to buy. Just swipe it on the way through the gat and again when you leave at your destination.

    Enjoy it's a great place!


    LMFAO at that picture of you with the Japanese girls. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
  • jx3fans

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    Apr 12, 2014 1:24 AM GMT
    I am going to Japan in October for 2 weeks. There are some great tips on here already. Thanks guys. Will be flying into Tokyo, any suggestions on what are the areas I could cover in 2 weeks? cheers icon_smile.gif
  • mizu5

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    Apr 12, 2014 2:37 AM GMT
    I'm spending the month of august there, traveling and seeing old friends. Then going back in two years to cycle it.

    I've been planning this trip for years.