Post # 1
So we got confirmed and we will be going to Japan for about a week in November of this year. We aren’t sure about the dates yet, either the first week of the month or the third week (which would be better because of the sumo tournament going on). It is possible that we might be there for a special anniversary, so looking for something special on that night, what do the Japanese do for weddings? is there wedding cake?
Has anyone been? What should we do and see and most importantly, EAT!
I am doing a remedial Japanese language course, and I found a tour guide for Tokyo on trip advisor, but we also plan on going to Hiroshima and the shrines there (famous red ones in the water) and also Kobe/Kyoto and DisneySea, maybe even make it to an outdoor hot spring (the ones in the mountains with the monkeys look awesome, but we don’t like that its single sex baths, who would we talk to?). I think we will definitely hit some temples and experience some of old Japan, but don’t want to spend too much time in shrines and museums. Please let me know your suggestions and tips!!
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center
YES! We went in July for a week and it was amazing! We had free tour guides in Kyoto and Hiroshima! They were through Goodwill Guides and Good Samaritan Guides. However, you can do Hiroshima on your own 🙂
Post # 4
Make sure to check up on what’s open during what seasons, as it can be quite chilly in Japan, even snowy, in November. I’m jealous! Have a wonderful trip!
Post # 5
@edgebee: Takoyaki. You should definitely eat takoyaki. You should also eat all of the popcorn flavors at DisneySea.
How long are you planning on staying in each area?
For Kyoto, I really liked Kiyomizu-dera. Kyoto also has a lot of traditional style inns that are nice, and some of them have hot springs.
Post # 6
Freshly made tofu, sushi (DUH), ramen, soba. YUM. if you are taking the bullet train it’s really fun to get a bento box and just see what they’ve put in there.
Post # 7
@Jabberwocky: Yes, ALL of the Disney sea flavours! (and kiyomizudera). A couple of times I’ve visited Kyoto and rented a bike. That’s really fun!
Also, you’re going to both kansai and Hiroshima – they are famous for different types of okonomiyaki, try them both.
I love ramen, especially Hakata style. Hakata is near Hiroshima (though on a different island), so you may find some there.
In Kobe eat beef. Go to a place called Steakland – at lunchtime they do real Kobe beef sets for only 3000 yen.
In Hiroshima, visit Miyajima, and climb the mountaun behind it (mt misen).
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
I lived in Japan for a year and did a lot of travelling. November is gorgeous for fall colors. If you are going to Tokyo make sure to make a trip to Shinjuku-Gyoen, beautuful garden in the fall. I loved Disney Sea, there are some amazing rides and it is very elaborately decorated. Other cool things in Tokyo if you have extra time, Odaiba (manmade islands with one of the replicas of the statue of liberty), Kamakura (pretty beach with the large buddha), Akihabara (electronic district great if you are a nerd). Kyoto is so historical and has tons of amazing shrines, Kasuga Taisha (1000 lanterns), Fushimi Inari (1000 tori gates, my favorite) and Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillion) are all really nice. Arashiyama is a short train ride from Kyoto and is a mountain sanctuary for monkeys. Hiroshima Peace Museum is fantastic, if you go make for tons of time, we went 3 hours to close and had to rush the end, I cried like a baby. Make sure to go to Miyajima when you are in Hiroshima, it is a short ferry ride to the islands and is the home of the famous tori gate (probably one of the coolest things in Japan, and one of the most famous). One of the most amazing things we did was climb Mount Fuji, probably not enough time in a 1 week trip but it has been one of the best experiences of my life. I don’t think it gets cold in Japan but I am Canadian so my definition of cold is quite high! It doesn’t really snow, we only saw snow twice, once on Christmas day and once during our trip to Kyoto in December. Favorite foods, okonomiyaki in Hiroshima, takoyaki, yakisoba anywhere and sushi of course.