Travel in Japan

Discussion in 'Travel, Points & Rewards' started by Arathald, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. Arathald

    Arathald Registered Member

    So, as some of you may know, I've spent the last month and a half in Japan in Japanese classes. For the next two weeks or so, I'll be travelling around Japan, first to 京都 (Kyoto), then around to various places, ending up in 東京 (Tokyo) a few days before my plane leaves.

    My question is this: what are the places in Kyoto, Tokyo, and Japan in general that I *must* visit? My limitations: (1) They can't cost *too* much money, I'm on a pretty struct budget, (2) I have to be able to get to a 漫画喫茶 (manga kissa, internet cafe) or a cheap hostel to spend the night (unless I ride an overnight train, then that will do), (3) distance/train fare is absolutely no object, because I have a JR rail pass (though I can't ride the Nozomi, the fastest class of Shinkansen, with this) (4) I have a reasonable command of the Japanese language, so even though I might get confused about what people are saying sometimes, I'm not intimidated by having to speak in Japanese, so places that don't specifically cater to English-speaking tourists are okay.

    Thanks in advance for any advice people choose to give me.

    Edit: I'm going to post my current itinerary, and update it as I add things, both to log my plans, and to give people an idea of where I'll be when, in case it gives them an idea for somewhere I should go, or if someone happens to know that I should spend more time in a specific place, or visit places in a different order, etc. (I'm writing my itinerary primarily in Japanese, because that will make it easier for me to find places, and if I have to ask for help, having everything written in Japanese will be rather convenient. I'll translate into English here.)
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    Itinerary
    • 7月24日 (土) Saturday, July 24


      [*]7月25日 (日) Sunday, July 25


      [*]7月26日 (月) Monday, July 26
      9時40分に金沢から出て、14時に京都に着く (バスで)
      Leave from Kanazawa at 9:40, arrive in Kyoto at 14:00 (by bus)

      京都の漫画喫茶で寝る
      Sleep in an internet cafe in Kyoto


      [*]7月27日 (火) Tuesday, July 27
      京都で遊ぶ
      Spend the day in Kyoto

      京都の漫画喫茶で寝る
      Sleep in an internet cafe in Kyoto


      [*]7月28日 (水) Wednesday, July 28
      朝京都から出て、奈良に着く (電車で)
      Leave from Kyoto in the morning, arrive in Nara (by train)

      奈良で遊ぶ
      Spend the day in Nara

      夜奈良から出て、大阪に着く (電車で)
      Leave from Nara in the evening, arrive in Osaka (by train)

      大阪の漫画喫茶で寝る
      Sleep in an internet cafe in Osaka


      [*]7月29日 (木) Thursday, July 29
      大阪で遊ぶ
      Spend the day in Osaka

      大阪の漫画喫茶で寝る
      Sleep in an internet cafe in Osaka


      [*]7月30日 (金) Friday, July 30
      朝大阪から出て、広島に着く (電車で)
      Leave from Osaka in the morning, and arrive in Hiroshima (by train)

      広島と宮島で遊ぶ
      Spend the day in Hiroshima and Miyajima

      広島の漫画喫茶で寝る
      Sleep in an internet cafe in Hiroshima


      [*]7月31日 (土) Saturday, July 31
      朝広島から出て、金沢まで着く (電車で)
      Leave from Hiroshima in the morning, and arrive in Kanawawa (by train)

      金沢で友達と遊ぶ
      Spend the day with friends in Kanazawa

      深夜金沢から出て、朝日光に着く (電車で)
      Leave from Kanazawa late at night, and arrive in Nikko in the morning (by train)

      電車で寝る
      Sleep on the train


      [*]8月1日  (日) Sunday, August 1
      日光で遊ぶ
      Spend the day in Nikko

      夜日光から出て、朝札幌につく (電車で)
      Leave from Nikko in the evening, arrive in Sapporo in the morning (by train)

      電車で寝る
      Sleep on the train


      [*]8月2日  (月) Monday, August 2
      札幌で遊ぶ
      Spend the day in Sapporo

      深夜札幌から出て、朝東京に着く (電車で)
      Leave from Sapporo late at night, and arrive in Tokyo in the morning (by train)

      電車で寝る
      Sleep on the train


      [*]8月3日  (火) Tuesday, August 3
      東京で遊ぶ
      Spend the day in Tokyo


      [*]8月4日  (水) Wednesday, August 4
      東京で遊ぶ
      Spend the day in Tokyo


      [*]8月5日  (木) Thursday, August 5
      アメリカに帰る 
      Return to America 
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2010

  2. Tucker

    Tucker Lion Rampant

    Are you planning to hit Hokkaido, and do you like beer? (You might be able to tell where I'm going with this.)
     
  3. Arathald

    Arathald Registered Member

    Yes, I like beer, and If Hokkaido is worth going to, I'll go, since the rail pass is とても便利 (very convenient) :D
     
  4. Tucker

    Tucker Lion Rampant

    The Sapporo Beer Museum, located next to that city's namesake brewery and bier garten, is a place I'd want to visit. There you can see exhibits chronicling the history of beermaking in Japan. Not a bad bit of trivia to have under your belt for those infamous Tokyo after-work parties!
     
  5. Arathald

    Arathald Registered Member

    I've just finished up my tentative itinerary, which includes a visit to Sapporo (thanks Tucker), and a return to Kanazawa to see my friends, which will also give me a chance to buy some omiyage (presents) for them in the various towns I'll be visiting.

    Let me know if you see anything I should change, or you know of anything specific in these cities that I need to visit.
     
  6. Tucker

    Tucker Lion Rampant

    Sounds awesome, Greg. I'll have to admit to a little bit of envy now, haha. I'm glad that you liked my suggestion, because it was really the only one I had. Looking forward to hearing about the trip!
     
  7. Arathald

    Arathald Registered Member

    For those of you who haven't seen, I've updated my original post to reflect my complete itinerary.

    I am now officially homeless in Japan. I've turned in my apartment key, and it's manga cafes and overnight trains from here on out. I've also heard a rumor that sento (bath houses) sometimes have cheap places to sleep overnight; does anyone know anything about this?

    I went to Kanazawa Eki (station) today and got my rail pass and the English version of the JR guide and time charts. Tonight's project is going over those and figuring out tentative times for the trains I'll need.

    I'll post updates (and mabe even some pictures) when I can.
     
  8. Pugz

    Pugz Ms. Malone V.I.P. Lifetime

    I'm jealous T.T

    If i was you i'd be going to some of the temples :lol:

    I was just looking up festivals, but the only one i your schedule is Obon, the festival of the dead. But it all depends if you're in the right region, some places celebrate it in July and others August. It's another personal one that i'd go to :lol: it just looks so interesting.

    Have fun while you're there.
     
  9. Arathald

    Arathald Registered Member

    I did end up visiting plenty of temples in Kyoto, Nara and elsewhere. My trip has been a blast. I ended up catching 2 festivals that i didn't know were going on: there happened to be a giant, amazing fireworks festival in Kanazawa the day I went back, and in Sapporo, there was a huge beer festival, with 6 beer gardens set up in the central park.

    I'm now in Tokyo, relaxing. I'm going to go see the skyline and hopefully Mount Fuji from an observation deck near here, then pack up since I head home tomorrow.
     
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2010

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