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reriel
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(07-16-2017, 12:04 AM)
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I'm going back to Tokyo in november. Last time was a nice ride, but in the end didn't had much time to visit all the places I wanted to. I'm planning to visit Tokyo better and go to places like Nikko, Takaosan and Enoshima. Of course I have some questions:

- I really liked Kamakura, but in my day trip had time to visit only Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Hase-dera and the Daibutsu. Some others places/shrines/temples I should go in Kamakura ?

- Same with Yokohama, went to Osanbashi, Yamashita Park, Hikawamaru and Chinatown. I was thinking about Minatomirai and Sankei-en...

- Opinions for Showa Kinen Park and Kawagoe ?

- Did anyone went to Ushiku ? That Daibutsu seems really big :o
TCRS
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(07-16-2017, 01:09 PM)
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Originally Posted by nhlducks35

Took some pics of my recent trip (10 days), there's more at the link

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm4e1aBu

lovely pics. what camera did you use?

It's only been three months but I already want to go back..


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MikeHattsu
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(07-16-2017, 06:23 PM)
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Originally Posted by 404Ender

I went to Hakone on my last trip and did the whole loop with the pirate ship and the cable cars. TBH it felt pretty kitschy to me and I wish we'd spent the time elsewhere, but now I'm wondering if we just did the wrong things (it was too cloudy to see Fuji, and we didn't check out an onsen).

That's like 50% of the reason for going to Hakone in the first place!



Originally Posted by reriel

- Opinions for Showa Kinen Park and Kawagoe ?

Showa Kinen Park is massive. Any particular reason why you want to go there though?
nabe_shogun
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(07-16-2017, 07:29 PM)
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Well, I've started seriously planning my next trip which I'm pretty sure is going to be in December. More specifically sometime between the 10th and 23rd. Mostly because being a student, I'm limited to summer break, a week in march for spring break, and about a month for winter break. And I've already been there twice during the summer.

Currently flights are also cheap, as in under $900, so that's another deciding factor. Though being close to Christmas, am I going to have to worry about hotels filling up early? I also don't have an actual plan of where I want to go yet.
reriel
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(07-16-2017, 11:28 PM)
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Originally Posted by MikeHattsu

Showa Kinen Park is massive. Any particular reason why you want to go there though?

Seems like a relaxing park you can roaming around with a (rent) bicycle, and easy to reach from Tokyo. Do you recommend it ?
nhlducks35
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(07-16-2017, 11:50 PM)
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Originally Posted by TCRS

lovely pics. what camera did you use?

It's only been three months but I already want to go back..


Canon 6D
hohoXD123
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(07-17-2017, 12:11 AM)
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Originally Posted by 404Ender

Starting to look at places to stay now for Tokyo that's a bit nicer than a hostel and around the $200 per night range or less. The last time I visited I stayed in a great AirBnb in Roppongi and it was pretty reasonably priced. Are they still considered trustworthy, or are there hotel options we should be considering?

I've also heard that a lot of nicer restaurants require a reservation to be made through the hotel. Would staying at an AirBnb prevent us from having access to those?



Ok now I'm thinking I might do it this way:

Day 8: Osaka
Day 9: Hiroshima + Miyajima (spend the night in Miyajima)
Day 10: Head back to Tokyo and stop *somewhere* (Nara for half a day?) on the way OR head to Hakone or Nikko for onsen + overnight and head back to Tokyo the morning of Day 11



This is the first I'm hearing about Nikko. Is it the type of place we'd want a full day in, or could we spend the afternoon and overnight on Day 10, and then head back to Tokyo on Day 11 for our flight? Does it also have good onsens (since you mentioned it alongside Hakone)?

I went to Hakone on my last trip and did the whole loop with the pirate ship and the cable cars. TBH it felt pretty kitschy to me and I wish we'd spent the time elsewhere, but now I'm wondering if we just did the wrong things (it was too cloudy to see Fuji, and we didn't check out an onsen).

If you have specific onsen recommendations for either place (particularly somewhere we could stay overnight) please share : )

So Nikko you'll ideally want to spend the whole day there and stay overnight, just because of how much there is to see and how the train times are set out. It was my highlight mainly because of how much it had to offer, there were great hiking trails, waterfalls, lakes and temples, so many photo opportunities. It's known for its onsens too, but I didn't go to them when I went so hopefully someone else will be able to advise you about that. If you are planning to go then in order of importance (imo) I'd check out 1) Senjogahara hiking trail + Yumoto Onsen 2) Toshogo Shrine 3) Shinkyo Bridge 4) Kegon Waterfall 5) Kanmangafuchi Abyss 6) Akechidaira Plateau 7) Ryuzu Waterfall
Since how much you get to see will depend on when you get to Nikko and what time you leave the following morning. Because of the way the different sites are placed, I'd recommend doing Toshogo Shrine and Shinkyou Bridge on the morning of the 11th (they shouldn't take too long) and everything else the day before (just the hiking trail + onsen if you can only get there in the afternoon). You'll want to pick up the leaflets showing the bus routes when you get your train tickets to Nikko, this site is pretty helpful too. The Senjogahara trail took about 3 hours, it's not particularly strenuous since it's mostly walking on flat surfaces, there are plenty of opportunities to sit down and admire the scenery, you'll get to see mountains in the distance and get taken through woods. At the end, I'd continue on, go up Yudaki Waterfall to Yunoko Lake, by that point you'll be close to the Yumoto Onsen area so you can relax in an onsen there after a long day. This is helpful if you want to do the hike (Link)

There are probably better places to visit than Hakone if you have already been and weren't impressed with the more touristy bits, even if you did miss out on the main draw of the place. If you still want to go back and experience an onsen though then I went to Tenzan Onsen which was well priced, had about 5 different pools to choose from with different temperatures and it wasn't too crowded.

Oh and for Tokyo hotels, I stayed in APA Hotel. They have quite a few branches and it was pretty good value, rooms were nice, couldn't complain.
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Syroc
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(07-17-2017, 08:54 AM)
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Can anyone give me some recommendations for places that can serve as a good base for day hikes? I don't want to spend all my time here in the cities. Anywhere in Japan.

Most national parks seem kinda hard to reach unless you have a car. I could rent one but I'd rather not. Too expensive.
MikeHattsu
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(07-17-2017, 09:11 AM)
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Originally Posted by reriel

Seems like a relaxing park you can roaming around with a (rent) bicycle, and easy to reach from Tokyo. Do you recommend it ?

If you want to cycle around in a park then it's perfect, so yep, you should go there.


Originally Posted by Syroc

Can anyone give me some recommendations for places that can serve as a good base for day hikes? I don't want to spend all my time here in the cities. Anywhere in Japan.

Can go up to Mt. Takao or check out Chichibu, Hakone or Nikko if you're staying in Tokyo.
Zatoth
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(07-17-2017, 06:23 PM)
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Friend just sent me this:
https://www.onegai-kaeru.jp/2015/06/...where-to-stay/

I think I need more days for my upcoming trip. :|
Syroc
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(07-17-2017, 09:36 PM)
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Originally Posted by MikeHattsu

Can go up to Mt. Takao or check out Chichibu, Hakone or Nikko if you're staying in Tokyo.

Thanks! You are the second person to recommend Nikko so I should probably check that place out.
nabe_shogun
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(07-18-2017, 01:00 AM)
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Random question, but is there an etiquette about eating in hotel rooms in Japan? Just wondering because I know last time I was in Japan, after spending 7 hours on a train, I just went to Family Mart, bought a bento, and at it in my room. But the garbage bins in the rooms are so small. My one bento box filled it up. That and I felt bad about not being able to separate the trash either. I'm sure I'm overthinking this, but just wondering.
sfedai0
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(07-18-2017, 01:32 AM)
Thats why there is room service. Or just dump it your way out for the day if it bothers you.
Worthintendo
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(07-18-2017, 06:45 AM)
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Booked my Tokyo hotel finally :D
Staying at the Sakura Hotel in Ikebukero again, Aussie dollar sky rocketing at the moment has really helped with the price of the place. Nagoya Hotel was booked months ago, Osaka AirBnB all booked and flights done ages ago.
Now just need to get rail pass, data sim card, travel insurance, hotel for one night in Nagasaki, trip to Battleship Island and a few other odds and ends and I'm done and ready to go :D
Patrick Bateman
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(07-18-2017, 07:58 AM)
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Originally Posted by nabe_shogun

Random question, but is there an etiquette about eating in hotel rooms in Japan? Just wondering because I know last time I was in Japan, after spending 7 hours on a train, I just went to Family Mart, bought a bento, and at it in my room. But the garbage bins in the rooms are so small. My one bento box filled it up. That and I felt bad about not being able to separate the trash either. I'm sure I'm overthinking this, but just wondering.

When we were there, there were always only tiny trash bins in the hotel rooms (we stayed at Toyoko Inn most of the time). But we had daily room service so it's not a problem.
Worthintendo
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(07-18-2017, 11:19 AM)
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So when I get to Nagasaki I will be going to Hashima Island, has anyone been to it before out of interest? If so which company did you go with? Any details I need to keep in mind when I get there?
404Ender
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(07-18-2017, 02:15 PM)
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It seems like I've missed the chance to buy Ghibli museum tickets for the end of August by about a week. Are there any 3rd-party StubHub-esque services I could use to get tickets at a premium, or am I out of luck?
MikeHattsu
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(07-18-2017, 02:23 PM)
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Originally Posted by 404Ender

Are there any 3rd-party StubHub-esque services I could use to get tickets at a premium, or am I out of luck?

They check passports/ID at the entrance now to see if the tickets match somebody in the party to combat resellers, so you're out of luck.
404Ender
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(07-18-2017, 02:29 PM)
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Originally Posted by MikeHattsu

They check passports/ID at the entrance now to see if the tickets match somebody in the party to combat resellers, so you're out of luck.

Damn, that's pretty intense for a museum.

I could shuffle things a bit so I have an extra day in Tokyo at the end of my trip. Is it worth it? I wish it weren't like 45 min away from Tokyo Station and in the opposite direction from Narita, because otherwise I could probably check it out in the morning before my 5 PM flight out. I think it would be a bit too tight though.
Repgnar
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(07-18-2017, 03:16 PM)
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Got our tickets and hotel reserved for early October. Currently have Asakusa Hotel Hatago reserved because of the location and price. Working out a loose itinerary that i'll post once i'm finished if that's cool. Will be my 2nd time going but last time I went I wasn't really involved in any of the planning and was more just along for the ride. Had a blast but looking forward to hitting up things that my wife and I are really interested in. Going as a late honeymoon trip since we've both been busy with work.
hwalker84
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(07-19-2017, 01:51 AM)
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Originally Posted by nhlducks35

Took some pics of my recent trip (10 days), there's more at the link

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm4e1aBu










Awesome pics. Added to the OP.
MikeHattsu
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(07-19-2017, 10:24 AM)
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Originally Posted by 404Ender

Damn, that's pretty intense for a museum.

I could shuffle things a bit so I have an extra day in Tokyo at the end of my trip. Is it worth it?

If you really like Ghibli movies and the process of animation, then sure. If you're just there to buy goods or something, then no.


Edit: More tourism numbers:
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/201...t-record-2017/

The Japan Tourism Agency said the number of foreign visitors in the January-June period grew 17.4 percent from the same six-month period a year earlier, reaching a record 13.76 million due mainly to an increase of South Korean tourists.

By countries and regions, visitors from South Korea accounted for the largest portion of foreign tourists in the period at 3.40 million, up 42.5 percent, followed by China at 3.28 million, up 6.7 percent, and Taiwan at 2.29 million, up 6.1 percent.

Those from Hong Kong also showed a notable increase of 24.8 percent to 1.08 million, according to the agency.

There have been more travelers from South Korea and Hong Kong due in part to an increase in flights offered by low cost carriers, the agency said.

Foreign tourists spent a record ¥2.05 trillion in the half-year period up 8.6 percent from the previous year, according to the agency, marking the first time spending has topped ¥2 trillion.

Britain topped the rankings of spending per visitor in the second quarter of 2017 at ¥251,171, up 36.2 percent, followed by Italy at ¥233,110, up 25.2 percent, and China at ¥225,485, up 2.5 percent.

In June alone, a record 2.35 million foreign tourists visited Japan, marking an 18.2 percent increase from a year earlier, the agency said.

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Denali
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(07-20-2017, 05:54 AM)
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Would I be better off going to Mt Fuji on Friday or Monday? Seems like lots of things are shut down on Mondays, but are Friday's more packed than other days? Probably want to avoid the weekend days I'm guessing.

Edit: I'm staying in Tokyo, so is there somewhere close to here that provides a good view rather than actually going all the way there?
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Fritz
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(07-20-2017, 06:15 AM)
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Originally Posted by MikeHattsu

If you really like Ghibli movies and the process of animation, then sure. If you're just there to buy goods or something, then no.


Edit: More tourism numbers:
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/201...t-record-2017/

Somehow these numbers always make me anxious. Well, there is no exclusivity in travel I guess. Good for the Japanese!
Zatoth
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(07-20-2017, 06:20 AM)
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Originally Posted by Denali

Would I be better off going to Mt Fuji on Friday or Monday? Seems like lots of things are shut down on Mondays, but are Friday's more packed than other days? Probably want to avoid the weekend days I'm guessing.

Edit: I'm staying in Tokyo, so is there somewhere close to here that provides a good view rather than actually going all the way there?

What things are shut down on Mondays?

As for view. You can see Fuji from Mt. Takao. About 60 minutes away from Tokyo.
Gero
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(07-20-2017, 06:22 AM)
Would it be daunting to travel to Japan alone or should you try to bring someone? I'm trying to go sometime in 2020 or after, so I do have some time to find someone.
Denali
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(07-20-2017, 06:25 AM)
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Originally Posted by Zatoth

What things are shut down on Mondays?

As for view. You can see Fuji from Mt. Takao. About 60 minutes away from Tokyo.

The Palace was, I've heard some museums. Takao looks nice! Think I'll do that.
Worthintendo
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(07-20-2017, 06:43 AM)
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Originally Posted by Gero

Would it be daunting to travel to Japan alone or should you try to bring someone? I'm trying to go sometime in 2020 or after, so I do have some time to find someone.

I did it on my own back in 2015, I was soo nervous the first day, walked out my hotel, took a few steps and then headed back to my room to psyche myself up XD

After 10 minutes decided, fuck it, here to have fun and walked out the door and had the time of my life.

I'm soo proud I did the trip on my own, a few times I felt lonely but if you're staying at a backpackers style Hotel place like I was you'll find people to talk to and not feel so alone, also gaming bars are great for that.

But yeah doing Japan on your own is fine, language can be an issue but they seem to be fine with it for the most part and will help you out if they can. Also super safe to be at on your own too.
Vhalyar
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(07-20-2017, 06:52 AM)
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I'm planning a 14-16~ day trip to Japan in late November/Early December. Since that would coincide with one of the Final Fantasy concerts I was hoping to catch that, but I can't find any information at all about ticket availability. Don't suppose anyone here knows what's the status on that? (The CM for Distant Worlds just shrugged their shoulders when I asked them).
Gero
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(07-20-2017, 07:13 AM)

Originally Posted by Worthintendo

I did it on my own back in 2015, I was soo nervous the first day, walked out my hotel, took a few steps and then headed back to my room to psyche myself up XD

After 10 minutes decided, fuck it, here to have fun and walked out the door and had the time of my life.

I'm soo proud I did the trip on my own, a few times I felt lonely but if you're staying at a backpackers style Hotel place like I was you'll find people to talk to and not feel so alone, also gaming bars are great for that.

But yeah doing Japan on your own is fine, language can be an issue but they seem to be fine with it for the most part and will help you out if they can. Also super safe to be at on your own too.

Nice to know! Hopefully I find someone to go with either way but I am going by myself if I have to.
MikeHattsu
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(07-20-2017, 08:49 AM)
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Originally Posted by Zatoth

As for view. You can see Fuji from Mt. Takao if you're lucky/there at the right time of the day. About 60 minutes away from Tokyo.

Fixed.
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Originally Posted by MikeHattsu

Fixed.

You can also see if from the Metro building in Shinjuku, if the weather yadda yadda ;)
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Originally Posted by Worthintendo

I did it on my own back in 2015, I was soo nervous the first day, walked out my hotel, took a few steps and then headed back to my room to psyche myself up XD

After 10 minutes decided, fuck it, here to have fun and walked out the door and had the time of my life.

I'm soo proud I did the trip on my own, a few times I felt lonely but if you're staying at a backpackers style Hotel place like I was you'll find people to talk to and not feel so alone, also gaming bars are great for that.

But yeah doing Japan on your own is fine, language can be an issue but they seem to be fine with it for the most part and will help you out if they can. Also super safe to be at on your own too.

Can confirm everything so anyone thinking about traveling alone to Japan...just do it. There won't be any problems.
Worthintendo
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I will say, the worst I felt over there was going to Disney and Universal on my own, just cause you see soo many people in groups, families together and all that. I did feel like an outsider there and something it would have been better to do with other, but I got over that after abit, but yeah first few hours at Disney was kinda lonesome.
Laevateinn
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(07-20-2017, 01:30 PM)
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You could see it near Yanaka-Ginza if that goddamn building wasn't in the way.
Denali
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(07-20-2017, 04:20 PM)
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If you're into smaller bars and music, check out Ginza Music Bar. Stumbled across it tonight and god damn I didn't want to leave.
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So I'm reconsidering the day trip in my itinerary. During the time we'll be staying in Osaka, I was going to do a day trip to Kyoto, but it would probably come at the sacrifice of seeing Nara Park. Do you guys think Kyoto is too big to fit into a small day trip and better left for another time? Nara seems like it would be fine to fit into a day.
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Originally Posted by parasight

So I'm reconsidering the day trip in my itinerary. During the time we'll be staying in Osaka, I was going to do a day trip to Kyoto, but it would probably come at the sacrifice of seeing Nara Park. Do you guys think Kyoto is too big to fit into a small day trip and better left for another time? Nara seems like it would be fine to fit into a day.

I think Kyoto is too big for a day trip personally especially if you want to get up to Arashiyama as well.
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(07-21-2017, 07:03 AM)
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Originally Posted by MikeHattsu

Fixed.

It's an incredible view though if you do get lucky! Highly recommend the Mt. Takao hike :D

MikeHattsu
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(07-21-2017, 08:38 AM)
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Originally Posted by Mairu

It's an incredible view though if you do get lucky! Highly recommend the Mt. Takao hike :D

Here's what it looks like when you're not ;P

I got a pic from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku though:

Fritz
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(07-21-2017, 10:50 AM)
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Originally Posted by MikeHattsu

Here's what it looks like when you're not ;P

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Funny Mike, I have the exact same shot ;)
MikeHattsu
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(07-21-2017, 10:53 AM)
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Originally Posted by Fritz

Funny Mike, I have the exact same shot ;)

Hehe
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(07-21-2017, 10:54 AM)
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So, I just booked a ticket to Tokyo and it will be my first time visiting TGS too. Really can't wait to go back to Japan again :)
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Originally Posted by kitschbeam

So, I just booked a ticket to Tokyo and it will be my first time visiting TGS too. Really can't wait to go back to Japan again :)

I hope you like getting on the Yamanote in Shinjuku on a Friday night.
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Going to japan for just over 3 weeks in september. A bit worried about taking my meds with me, could anyone help me out. I’d be bringing lexapro (antidepressant/ssri) and I’ve just started accutane. I believe you don’t need a Yakkan Shoumei if you are staying for under a month and I believe it is acceptable to bring lexapro into japan, however I can’t find any clarification on accutane. Anyone have any advice? Thanks.
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Originally Posted by solarus

Going to japan for just over 3 weeks in september. A bit worried about taking my meds with me, could anyone help me out. I’d be bringing lexapro (antidepressant/ssri) and I’ve just started accutane. I believe you don’t need a Yakkan Shoumei if you are staying for under a month and I believe it is acceptable to bring lexapro into japan, however I can’t find any clarification on accutane. Anyone have any advice? Thanks.

Better check with your doctor.
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Originally Posted by solarus

Going to japan for just over 3 weeks in september. A bit worried about taking my meds with me, could anyone help me out. I’d be bringing lexapro (antidepressant/ssri) and I’ve just started accutane. I believe you don’t need a Yakkan Shoumei if you are staying for under a month and I believe it is acceptable to bring lexapro into japan, however I can’t find any clarification on accutane. Anyone have any advice? Thanks.

Originally Posted by MikeHattsu

Better check with your doctor.

Get a doctor's note for the Lexapro.

Up to one month’s supply of allowable prescription medicine (by Japanese law) can be brought into Japan. Travelers should bring a copy of their doctor’s prescription as well as a letter stating the purpose of the drug. Travelers who must carry more than one month’s supply (except prohibited drugs and controlled drugs), or are carrying syringes (pumps) or a CPAP machine, are required to obtain a so-called “Yakkan Shoumei”, or an import certificate in advance, and show the “Yakkan Shoumei” certificate with your prescription medicines at the Customs.

Source: https://jp.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen...ng-medication/

Regarding Accutane, I'd advise contacting Japan's embassy in your country.

As a side note, accutane side effects include potential Psychiatric issues.
Denali
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Takao was amazing. Couldn't see Fuji, but the view was still amazing. I'll post some pics when I get back.

I hiked it all the way from the bottom and it absolutely kicked my ass. I was laughing at myself because of the amount of 50+ year olds coming down with seemingly zero sweat, meanwhile I am absolutely drenched.

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