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Old 01-08-2018, 04:24 PM   #1
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Default Planning a 7 day vactation to Japan - Advice

Looking for advice from anyone that has been to Japan recently. We are planning on hitting Tokyo and Kyoto for sure. What would you recommend doing while in Japan, besides the usual museum tours and walking around Tokyo.

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Walk around every day taking tons of photos of the locals like you’re on safari

Or do what party boy did from the jackass show.

Enjoy your trip, should be a lot of fun
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Very interested in this too, were thinking of this for our honeymoon
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Kyoto - silver pavilion (kinkakuji) and kiyomizu are absolutely cannot miss. Gold pavilion (ginkakuji) is ok too. Philosophers walk from silver pavilion. There’s a couple of amazing shopping streets and the best tonkatsu restaurant in the land, the names escape me now. Consider a day trip to Nara to see the giant wooden Buddha and play with the deer in the park in the middle of the city. Consider a day trip (or overnight in an onsen, steam baths that your gal pal will love) to Miyajima island. Consider a day trip to Enrakuji temple up the mountain from Kyoto. You’ll take awesome trains and funiculars and the temples up there are spectacular.

I’ve been 7-8 times and took my wife there ok our honeymoon 5.5 years ago. Amazing trip. I speak enough to get by but honestly you probably only need English. I will try and dig up my itinerary from our last trip if desired.
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Kyoto - silver pavilion (kinkakuji) and kiyomizu are absolutely cannot miss. Gold pavilion (ginkakuji) is ok too. Philosophers walk from silver pavilion. There’s a couple of amazing shopping streets and the best tonkatsu restaurant in the land, the names escape me now. Consider a day trip to Nara to see the giant wooden Buddha and play with the deer in the park in the middle of the city. Consider a day trip (or overnight in an onsen, steam baths that your gal pal will love) to Miyajima island. Consider a day trip to Enrakuji temple up the mountain from Kyoto. You’ll take awesome trains and funiculars and the temples up there are spectacular.

I’ve been 7-8 times and took my wife there ok our honeymoon 5.5 years ago. Amazing trip. I speak enough to get by but honestly you probably only need English. I will try and dig up my itinerary from our last trip if desired.
Thank you for all of this! An itinerary would be wonderful if you still have it.
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Tell us how your toilet experience is. I hear they have super nice toilets. Japan is known for their awesome poop experience.
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Couldn’t find the itinerary as it wasn’t in email and I’ve changed computers who knows how many times. The shopping streets that I found the most fun were on and by Teramachi (called Teramachidoori). There’s two of the tonkatsu restaurants there. You’ll thank me later. My other advice is to plan your train and street car travel ahead of time. The JR website is really easy to use. All the trains have English-ish names on them and I think most of the announcements are in Japanese and English. I still use the JR (japan railways) notification tone as my text message alert.

I’m sitting in the dmv and typing on my phone so if I remember more later I will add. I know there’s some folks that often post in baseball threads that actually live or work in Japan who may be able to help more.
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And most places now have western toilets. Many of the higher class ones have fancy Toto seats that are heated and have a bidet and air dry blower. So amazing. I tried to buy one for my house but our toilets were too old school and not compatible. Lol.

If you have to use a trough, then you’ll know why many Japanese have such strong quads
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Just 1 place from me.

Tsukiji fish market
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Look out for Godzilla!
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I cannot personally speak for myself, but my brother in law (who is currently an expat living in Thailand) goes there quite a bit, maybe 3-4 times a year. He says nothing but great things about Akihabara, Juso and Kabukicho.
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Thanks guys! Lots of good suggestions.
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Go to a baseball game, depending on what time of year you are going. Sumo wrestling match maybe. Play some pachinko machines.
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Suggestion.... take me with you
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We are going on the 17th in this month and coming back on the 27th. My boss got us business class tickets out of LAX

Definitely plan on trying to get sumo tickets. There is a tournament starting on the 14th runs through our whole trip.
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We are going on the 17th in this month and coming back on the 27th. My boss got us business class tickets out of LAX

Definitely plan on trying to get sumo tickets. There is a tournament starting on the 14th runs through our whole trip.
sumo tournament???


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Have a great trip. My wife is half Japanese and she has been there, but I have not it I hope to. Plus my 8 yo daughter is bugging us to go. One day, God willing. But I am taking notes, so let us know how you make out.
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Ty hope!!!

Advice, make 7 day trip 5 days
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Try the pufferfish. But do it carefully.
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You better hope Godzilla dont decide to rise up from the ocean when you are there
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If you’re confronted by an angry person with a missing pinky, run. This is both good advice and mostly a joke, till it happened, then it was less funny.

I recommend McDonald’s for a meal. I know what you’re thinking, why the hell would I go to the other side of the world and eat at McDonald’s? Because the ones in Japan have some unique menu options that are so worth trying. Also they have dozens of weird varieties of American sodas we don’t get here. Man now I’m hungry.
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If you’re confronted by an angry person with a missing pinky, run. This is both good advice and mostly a joke, till it happened, then it was less funny.

I recommend McDonald’s for a meal. I know what you’re thinking, why the hell would I go to the other side of the world and eat at McDonald’s? Because the ones in Japan have some unique menu options that are so worth trying. Also they have dozens of weird varieties of American sodas we don’t get here. Man now I’m hungry.
Their 7-11s are actually packed with great food choices as well. Many you tubers vlog about 7-11 meals in japan.

Aside from Sushi and hitting up the street food scene outside of Tsukiji fish market, get a good Tonkatsu meal (Pork Cutlet). I can only talk about food because thats my passion!!
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If you’re confronted by an angry person with a missing pinky, run. This is both good advice and mostly a joke, till it happened, then it was less funny.

I recommend McDonald’s for a meal. I know what you’re thinking, why the hell would I go to the other side of the world and eat at McDonald’s? Because the ones in Japan have some unique menu options that are so worth trying. Also they have dozens of weird varieties of American sodas we don’t get here. Man now I’m hungry.
Just don't get the spicy chicken sandwich if they have them.
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Just don't get the spicy chicken sandwich if they have them.
I’m gonna regret this, why not?
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We are going on the 17th in this month and coming back on the 27th. My boss got us business class tickets out of LAX

Definitely plan on trying to get sumo tickets. There is a tournament starting on the 14th runs through our whole trip.
It's been 20 years since I lived there, but the Grand Sumo tournament was worth every penny.

I'd spend 7 days eating! I miss the food so much.
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