(Closed) Japan

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@SuperDuperBrit:  Yep, Osaka and Kyoto are very close, so you could definitely do a day trip.  My first weekend trip with my Fiance was to Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka.

Haneda and Narita are the two Tokyo airports.  Which one you leave from will depend on which airline you take and stuff, but generally Narita is more international and Haneda is more domestic.

The trains here are mostly super clean, but I’ve seen the occasional crazy disgusting thing.  I think it’s better than most public transportation though.

If your husband speaks some Japanese, you can probably get away with just knowing sumimasen (excuse me/thank you/I’m sorry depending on the context) and arigato gozaimasu (thank you).  Of course, the more you can learn, the better, but sumimasen will get you pretty far.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@SuperDuperBrit:  Yup.  The JR pass is only availabe to short term visitors and has to be acquired outside of Japan.  When you get to the airport, you’ll automatically receive a 90 day visitor’s visa.

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@SuperDuperBrit:  It’s been a long time since I went to Japan (Nov 2000), but it was awesome!!  You absolutely want to get a Japanese rail pass for travel. I had to get mine through a travel agent, and you need to buy the pass before you go to Japan. You are given a certificate, then you take the certificate to the train station and exchange if for the rail pass. It will let you travel on the bullet train and will save a lot of money.You will have to pay separately for subway travel, but those tickets are not expensive.

I went to Japan for a science meeting and the meeting was held in Narita. From Narita we went into Tokyo a few times by train, keep your passport with you because we did get asked for ID by officers. From Narita I went by bus to Yokohama, again because of the science meeting. But where we stayed there was a giant ferris wheel that was fun to ride. We also took a day trip by bus to see Mt. Fuji which was fun.

After Yokohama we traveled by bullet train to Hiroshima. There we saw the museum associated with the bombings during WWII. The city seemed more somber to me, but that might have just been my interpretation.

Then Hiroshima to Kyoto by bullet train. I’m weird, but I really liked walking around the Kyoto train station. I don’t remember the name of the place any  more, but there is a sho-gun’s residence in Kyoto that has a floor that was designed to intentionally squeak (the sho-gun was worried about intruders, so it was a warning system). It was called a nightingale floor.

The food was amazing! If you stay at a hotel that has a breakfast bar, go to the Japan side, not the American side. The menus all have pictures, so you can point at what you want. The whole time we were there I don’t think we spent 30 seconds looking at the train schedule before someone walked up to us and asked where we were going. Very nice, very helpful. I don’t speak any Japanese and had no trouble in the big cities. Oh, and at the train stations there were vending machines that dispensed hot or cold beverages. Which I thought was neat.

Travel wise, bring comfortable shoes and clothes. We did a lot of walking. November is a nice time to go to Japan!

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@SuperDuperBrit:  I lived in Japan for just over a year 🙂 Aw, I miss it so much, it’s beautiful! I was living in Fukushima, about 3 hours by train from Toyko.

Don’t worry about the language barrier, I don’t speak Japanese (I really tried to learn, I just can’t seem to grasp a second language!) and I traveled by myself with no problem. I just used a lot of hand gestures!

You’ve already got a lot of great advise from people, so I just wanted to say that I’m jealous and you’ll have a blast! I loved Nara too, but I absolutely fell in love with Kobe. Himeji Castle is also a must see 🙂 You can’t go wrong, anywhere you go is pretty much awesome.

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Oo I second (third? fourth? fifth?) Nara, I loved feeding the deer :D!

 

Kobe is also pretty close to Osaka so you can definitely use a JR Pass to make a little trip out there – you can try real kobe beef!

 

I don’t really have recommendations for ryokan in the Osaka/Kyoto but there should be a lot of options.  I would recommend staying at a really nice place there (because it’s the more “traditional” area compared to Tokyo) and staying at a more budget hotel in Tokyo. 

 

In Tokyo, I totally recommend this place to stay: http://www.kimiryokan.jp/ They are quite inexpensive and you get to stay in a traditional style room (tatami mats and futon), however it’s not really a b&b, it’s really just a place to stay.

 

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@SuperDuperBrit:  we went in Oct 2011. We also did Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo. But we stayed 2 weeks. I dont know how you’d see it all in just 8 days. Keep in mind day 1 is kinda shot because of jet lag and day 8 is shot because you are getting to the airport. Then you’ll have at least 1 travel day to get from osaka/kyoto to Tokyo. If you could extend your trip, I would. If not, I would cut out Osaka and just do Kyoto and Tokyo.  I agree, you should fly into Osaka and fly out of Tokyo.

I have a post on here about where we stayed in Kyoto and some other tips. I will try to find it.

Post # 30
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Busy bee

@SuperDuperBrit:  OMGosh! I just looked up the sumo tournament season in Japan and November has tournaments!! That is when we are hoping DH will get sent, and I would LOVE to go to one of these! (Especially after reading about it in Freakonomics!) Here is the link I found in case you are interested also!!

http://www.sumo.or.jp/eng/ticket/nittei_hyo/

maybe we will see you there!

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