(Closed) Japan

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

My BFF lived there for a year. I can ask for her list of must dos.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@SuperDuperBrit:  This is the website I’ve been looking at for my planning of Japan (Spring of next year) it has sample itineraries and will break down the cost for you as well.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2400_tokyo_6.html

That has the sample itinerary starting in Tokyo and lasting for 8 days and 7 nights. You can play with the calculator to find out what you want. And you can click on the links at the top for sightseeing, accomodation etc.

The other site I use is:http://www.japan-cheap-travel.com/overview.html it shows some really interesting ideas of what to do. 

 

My FI’s brother is a travel agent in California and his partner has taken a few trips to Japan for the purpose of informing. He can do long distance consulting/informing if you’re interested. despite the company they’re very Hetero-friendly, ask for Nathan, he’s the one who’s been to Japan, and let him know “Richard’s Fiance Judy” recommended you if that helps at all 😛 http://www.pride.travel/

They normally specalize in cruises but Nathan can give you a much better overview of Japan, they actually wanted to help plan our trip if we were going in the Fall 🙂

(I’m a bit of a control freak so I take their advice but also research on my own… hence why I have the above sites as well!)

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve been living just outside Tokyo for two years.  There’s definitely a lot of fun things to do around here.  What are you more into, high tech, anime, etc, or more traditional things?

Kyoto is definitely worth seeing, and Osaka has great food.  If you’re traveling between cities a lot, I recommend you get a JR pass before you come to Japan.  It’ll be way cheaper than paying for each bullet train.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t have any Japan advice but we are going to Bali, Thailand and Singapore for our honeymoon trip. So if you guys change your mind and decide to go to any of those places, I have lots of advice from all the research and booking i did 🙂

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

I went last year with my son (18mth old), Osaka, Tokyo and Kyoto. We travelled out to Yoshino (we were there in time to see the sakura, april) and it was phenomenal. Kyoto is a definite must see, it is such a contrast to Tokyo. Osaka I wasn’t blown away by but we stayed there the least amount of time. Rail travel is excellent, the people are very helpful and polite. There is a japan rail pass you can buy but I think you have to be outside the country, check it because it was great value for us and there were specific rules with how to get it.

It was just me and my son and I had people carrying my bags, hailing me taxis, speaking to me in english in the street. Definitely go!!

In Kyoto if you have time go to Gion Corner and see a show. And without a doubt go to the Fushimi Inari Shrine – there are tunnels of red torii gates, it’s beautiful and so well preserved.

In Tokyo definitely go to Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine), I saw a traditional wedding there, awesome.

A lot of the very traditional or smaller food places will have one english speaking person or none s be mindful of that. Get something with mushrooms. the mushrooms there are so good. Maybe Australia just doesn’t have such variety and I was floored haha.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Don’t forget, Fukushima happened very recently and there’s been all sorts of news about how things are not being properly cleaned up but rather covered up, and the Japanese mob is involved and all that.

Personally I won’t be visiting Japan for some time. I do donate to a charity that takes some kids from the most affected region to France for a recovery vacation.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Take advantage of Tokyo Free Guide http://tokyofreeguide.com, which is a volunteer service that pairs you with a local resident for free tour guide services. They are very flexible with the itineraries, and you can either tell the assigned guide a little about yourself and let them decide where to take you, or pick and choose the attractions you’d like to see and let them show you the way. Some attractions and events, like visits to the sumo stables (a must, if you can get a guide and get allowed in) and the Tokyo Beer Museum, do not cater to an English-speaking clientel, and having a native Japanese speaker to translate and guide your way makes a huge difference, plus your guide probably will know some great little izikayas where you can eat like kings for cheap, but you’d never dare to go on your own. No charge for the service but do book well in advance. No tips accepted but they do ask that you pay your guide’s expenses such as museum admissions, meals, and subway fares.  

I would strongly recommend learning to speak at least a little basic Japanese; while written signs are in Japanese (both alphabets) and English in most places, many times you will run into people who do not or will not speak English, despite English being the official language. This is more common in the mom-and-pop restaurants and some of the smaller or more rural areas but even in Tokyo Fish Market, many vendors struggle with English.  Most restaurants have picture menus and/or model food on display so you can eat without knowing the language, but being able to say a few basic phrases will go a long way. We were pretty surprised that the staff in a tempura house in a big department store next to Shinju-ku rail station did not speak English!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I went to Japan in November of…2009 maybe? The weather was great. It wasn’t super hot, but it certainly wasn’t cold. Tshirt and jeans weather. 

I flew into Narita, alone. Got onto a bus and into Tokyo, ALONE. I was meeting a friend who was living there. It was surprisingly easy. My friend was working at Tokyo Disney, so I spent a lot of time around there. We spent a few days in Tokyo, shopping and sightseeing. We went to Tokyo Dome City, which was pretty fun. Lots of chain restaurants and rides. 

We took a bullet train to Hiroshima. It was very interesting and VERY depressing. I’m really happy we went. We also went to an island there for a day, called Miyajima. There are monkeys and deer EVERYWHERE on the island. It was really cool. We hiked up the mountains and saw lots of shrines. It’s a holy island and no one’s allowed to die or give birth there, haha. 

Almost every restaurant we went to had pictures of everything on the menu, so you had an idea of what you were getting. I ate a lot of curry. Some late night McDonalds, for sure, haha. We had okonomyaki (I think that’s how you spell it) in Hiroshima. It was really good. We went to this restaurant/someone’s house and had shabu shabu one night. It’s like fondue, with broth and meat and veggies. It was great. Shochu was one of my favourite drinks there. I actually didn’t have much japanese food. Lots of italian, mexican. 

Hope you have a great trip! It’s one I will never forget!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@SuperDuperBrit:  JR is the company that owns the bullet trains, and also several local lines.  So a JR pass will let you use all of them.  A lot of the trains in Tokyo are JR, so you’ll be able to get around to most of the big places with one.  You may have to go a couple of stops on the Tokyo Metro, which you’d have to buy a different ticket for at the station.

If you want historical and cultural, and are torn between Kyoto and Osaka, pick Kyoto.  You will not be disappointed.  If you have time, a day trip to Nara to see the deer park and the giant Buddha might be fun too.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I am hoping that DH gets sent on a business trip soon, I have been doing the Pimslear conversational Japanese in my car on the way to work just in case! We have a friend in Kobe, and would want to visit Tokyo for sure, my grandfather was stationed at Okinawa, so if its do able I’d want to go there too.  Tagging this thread so I can come back and see all the tips you get!

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I did a study abroad in Japan! It’s an amazing country. Where to go depends on your interests. I actually haven’t been to a bunch of places other than the small town where I lived, so I don’t have a ton of advice about locations.

Kyoto is very historical. Kind of like visiting Boston or Philadelphia in the US. If you like history I definately recommend this! And stay in a traditional Japanese guest house, if you want a real traditional experience.

Fujisan (Mt Fuji) is awesome. Eat a hundred year egg for good luck and go to one of the spas – an absolute must in Japan. Be warned, the gender segregated spas generally have naked people walking around. The Japanese are very modest between genders but not modest at all among the same gender.

I also really enjoyed Nara – they have a giant Budda and sacred deer that roam the city. 

Some general recommendations:

  1. Learn some basic greatings and thank you in Japanese – people will appreciate the effort.
  2. A bow is used for many things – greeting, thank you, goodbye, etc. A bow and a smile will get you far.
  3. Take your shoes off when entering any home, temple, some restaurants, etc. Basically when you step inside any building, take a look around and see if people are wearing shoes or not. If not, look around and there will be a place to store your shoes and probably a bunch of slippers that you can wear. Also – if you’re in a home or traditional hotel they may have a separte set of slippers for use only in the bathroom. If you see slippers in the bathroom then you leave your slippers outside, wear the bathroom slippers in the bathroom and switch back when you exit.
  4. Traditional japanese toilets are the squat kind. Put your feet on either side, squat, and make sure your pants/skirt is pulled away. Many western toilets have a small sink over the tank of the toilet. Water automatically comes through this when you flush -it’s clean water and you are supposed to wash your hands with it. Western toilets also sometimes come with lots of buttons. The flush is often just a regular flush. Not the button with a drop of water on it – that’s the bidet.
  5. Unless you’re going out clubbing or to karoke (which you should totally do) try to dress fairly modestly. Temples may require your to cover shoulders and knees.
  6. Eat first, then ask what it is.
  7. The vast majority of Japan is incredibly safe. People are really friendly. If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask. Even random people on the subway will likely help you. Never underestimate the power of charades.
  8. Take cheapo little souveniers from the US (mini flags, coins, state pins – you used to be able to get those for free, etc.) Give them to people who help you out and they will think you’re amazing!
  9. Don’t touch monks unless they touch you first.
  10. In general be careful about touching or sitting on things in temples. I have a friend who got tired and sat on what he thought was a stool and it turns out it was a sacred turtle statue and he got kicked out of the temple.
  11. Know your blood type – they ask about that like we would ask about zodiak signs.
  12. If someone offers you tea (not to buy), drink it. I hate green tea but I drank gallons of it while I was there because it’s impolite to turn people down.

There are a million things I’m forgetting, but if you have any questions – please feel free to PM me!

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