Anyone been to Japan?

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve been living in Japan for three years.

Typhoons really aren’t that bad for most of Japan.  Okinawa is where you don’t want to be during typhoon season.

Tokyo and Kyoto are both very tourist friendly.

Good Japanese words to know are greetings, thank you, I’m sorry, and excuse me.  Sumimasen is the most useful word to learn because it can mean excuse me, thank you, or sorry depending on the context.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

My FI and I are also planning on going to Japan for our honeymoon! It’s a relief to hear that typhoon season isn’t terrible, as we’ll be going in June. I guess since I haven’t been I shouldn’t really respond with more than excitement at having found a destination twin but my friend who’s Japanese also said that it’s cheaper to buy the weekly pass for the train. 🙂 

I definitely plan on learning as many rudimentary words as I can… I took a short language course in Mandarin before I went to China and I felt a lot more comfortable. Basics are good to have!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

liameowchelle:  “my friend who’s Japanese also said that it’s cheaper to buy the weekly pass for the train.”

Is your friend talking about the Japan Rail Pass?  It’s definitely a lot cheaper, especially if you’re planning on taking the bullet train at all.  It’s only available to tourists and you have to buy it before you come to Japan though.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

Jabberwocky:  Yes! That’s the one she mentioned to me – apologies, I blanked on the name. She said I’d have to buy it in the States before going over and I’m glad you’ve confirmed that’s the way to go. 

-sunshine-:  We will probably be staying in hotels and ryokans (traditional inns). I suppose it depends – we want to travel around the country a lot while we are there so we thought renting might limit us. I also hate flying, so I understand your pain. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’ve been! The Park Hyatt (Hyatt-o teehee) in Kyoto is just beautiful, although the Granvia is also great and more convenient (the Hyatt is more secluded). Make sure you visit the Arashiyama bamboo forest and monkey park – they’re so beautiful.

Tokyo is a little crazier – be prepared for reasonably small rooms unless you are really splurging. I’ve stayed a few times but my favourite part to stay is in Shinjuku. It’s less crazy than Shibuya but still within walking distance (also close to Harijuku). Make sure to visit Asakusa for the beautiful temple and markets.

I didn’t learn much of the language (just please/thankyou/sorry/yes/no) but you can get by as long as you are respectful.

Sounds like a great honeymoon! 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I went to Japan last March/April for my honeymoon, visited Kyoto and Tokyo too because it was my first trip there. I really loved it in Kyoto, not so much in Tokyo but food in Tokyo is much cheaper than in Kyoto. All in all the trip was fun.

One of the highlight of my trip was staying in ryokan in Hakone (a small town just outside Tokyo). 

If you don’t make a round trip Kyoto-Tokyo-Kyoto (or vice versa), you don’t have to buy the JR Pass. You can check hyperdia for train schedule and fee, it’s really accurate, so you can decide whether buying JR Pass really worth your money or not.

You don’t need local simcard, just rent a pocket wifi. It’s great for checking hyperdia. We really depended on that app while we were there.

Had best sushi in my life in Tsukiji market (look for sushi Dai -said as best- or Daiwa -said as 2nd best-). But this year is the last year, they’re moving it somewhere else (I don’t know when).

We don’t speak Japanese but we didn’t have much problem. The locals are friendly and helpful.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

-sunshine-:  The trains really aren’t that hard, especially if you use Hyperdia like a PP suggested.  It will tell you the stations and lines to transfer to. Google maps will also give you pretty good directions.  There are clearly maked signs in both Japanese and English telling you which way to go inside the stations.  

If you get lost, there’s always a person by the ticket gates that you can ask for help.  They may not speak English, but if you have where you want to go written down to show them, they can get you going in the right direction.  

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

-sunshine-:  Dont worry about the flight. My DH is a nervous flyer (and from DC to Tokyo 13+ hours). He took a xanax when we took off. It took the edge off his fear. Since the flight is so long, he discoverd that by the middle (and the drugs had worn off), he just didnt care. In fact, for the flight home he didnt need anything. And for almost a year after that he was totally cool with flying. But slowly the short flights have made him nervous again, so he takes xanax now. 

And just to let you know, at some point on the flight (after eating, sleeping, watching TV, reading) you will think to yourself–OMG I’m totally over this–I can’t take another minute being cooped up in this airplane. You will look at your watch and still have 5 hours to go LOL

We spent time in Osaka because we have family. There is cool stuff there, but I wouldn’t bother if your time is short.

We only had 1.5 days in Kyoto which we regret. We wanted to spend more time there. If you can splurge on staying at at Ryokan and get the meal plan, I would recommend it (even if for one night) We stayed at the Ryokan Montonago and loved it!

I’ll post more later…

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

-sunshine-:  I am just in the midst researching Japan! I would be going at the end of September early October. I really have no advice, but I am just commenting to follow!!

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

When I was 16 I spent 2 month in Toyohashi Japan. People are super nice. They really appreciate if you learn just a little Japanese, even if you struggle, they like the effort, So learn please and thank you and hello and they’ll think you’re awesome.

I loved Kyoto. Tourist friendly but beautiful and historical. I recommend staying in a traditional Japanese guesthouse.

I actually didn’t spend much time in Tokyo. Huge, really busy city.

I also liked Nara.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ih yeah, the typoons aren’t that bad. We had one while I was there and it was just like a bad storm. And it’s a long flight but if you plan it overnight you can take Benadryl and just sleep through it.

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