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Trip to Japan-Any advice?

During April, my husband and I are planning to go for a 3weeks trip to Japan.

We would like to explore this beautiful country by ourshelves.

I would really appreciate any travel tips if you have some.
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Re: Trip to Japan-Any advice?

Try their version of a Kit-Kat!
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Re: Trip to Japan-Any advice?

I've been to Tokyo, and I definitely suggest a trip to the Meiji shrine. It's an ancient Shinto shrine right in Tokyo and is perhaps the most famous Shinto shrine there.

Also, if you have the time, you might want to take a visit to Kyoto, the ancient capital. I'm so bummed that we didn't have the chance to do that, as I've always wanted to photograph the many shrines there.

April will probably be a gorgeous time of year to visit Japan... hopefully the cherry blossoms will be in bloom then (not sure). And hopefully it won't be very warm and humid there yet. We were there in August and I practically melted.

Have a wonderful trip!!!
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Re: Trip to Japan-Any advice?

The train system is very efficient and I would certainly consider getting a Japan Rail Pass to travel around with:

http://japanrailpass.net/eng/en001.html
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Re: Trip to Japan-Any advice?

There's an area in Shinjuku, Tokyo called Golden Gai. It's one block of tiny bars that sit 3-10 people max crammed together. Some places are exclusively Japanese but a couple of foreigner friendly ones we found were really awesome. Can't give you exact locations but if you walk around Golden Gai you'll see the signs. Check out:

- Turan bar - on 2nd floor, cheap cover charge with really good atmosphere and plays rock music
- Albatross - bit of a goth-y feel with all the velvet and chandeliers
- Deathmatch - must go if you like death metal and horror films


Bar Zoetrope in Shinjuku is a great whisky bar. You can Google for directions (it's on the 3rd floor I think). Bartender kind of speaks English so you can make a reservation over the phone if you wanted.

Akihabara is better visited on a Sunday when the entire main street is pedestrianised.

Tokyo tip, if you're staying just in Tokyo, don't get the JR pass. That's really only worth it for long distance travel. There's a Narita Express that goes directly from the airport which was good. The green car (first class) seats had massive leg room. To get around Tokyo, you can just get a Suica card from any train station. It works exactly like an oyster card in London so made dealing with the trains and tubes really easy.

Off Hiroshima you can visit an island full of just rabbits. Ōkunoshima is historically a poison gas factory, now it's overrun with rabbits that you can feed and pet to your heart's content.

Finally, I would definitely recommend renting a pocket wifi. http://www.globaladvancedcomm.com/pocketwifi.html It made navigating around so much easier. There's not a lot of free wi fi and we found 3g quite expensive. They can post the wifi device to your hotel or you can pick it up from the airport. They then include a stamped envelope so you can post it back before you fly out. Simple.
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Re: Trip to Japan-Any advice?

Japan is awesome. Stayed there 11 days but I wish I had stayed longer.

Kyoto is the original capital of Japan and thus a mandatory trip. Plan a minimum 3 days there.

Osaka is interesting and can be enjoyed in a single day.

In Tokyo, if you are a japanese food manic like me, it's worth doing the Tsukiji fish market visit and watch the tuna auction. But prepare yourself: you need to get into the queue very early (6am or so). After the visit have a sushi right close to market. Trust me, eating sushi during the morning with the most fresh fish you can have is amazing.
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Re: Trip to Japan-Any advice?

Thank you very much for your input
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