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cyko
02/27/19 7:15:35 PM
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So, my whole life, it has always been my dream trip to go to Japan. This weekend, I am getting together with friends to discuss planning a possible triplease to Japan. FINALLY!

I seem to remember that some people here either live in or have been to Japan. So, does anyone have any advice on what to do, where to stay, where to eat, how to get around or any other crucial advice?

I especially want to know what sort of gamer-centric things I should try not to miss - within the Akihabara district or elsewhere. Any help is appreciated . Thanks in advance!
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MysticBrohan
02/27/19 7:17:44 PM
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i did some incredible things this week. Shopping in Akihabara and Ikebukuro, hipster bars in Nakameguro and Ebisu, shrines and temples in Harajuku and Asakusa, the pride parade in shinjuku and shibuya. But honestly the thing I enjoyed the most was the half hour I spent in the bath with my friends. There really truly is something to skinship. It was incredibly relaxing and refreshing and I feel so cleansed!
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cyko
02/27/19 7:22:02 PM
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I have heardone of the public bathhouses, but how do they work?

And any particular places in Akihabara you like for shopping?
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RX7InfinitiIII
02/27/19 7:24:06 PM
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Nara (with all the deer) is kind of touristy but worth checking out regardless. I had fun there.
MysticBrohan
02/27/19 7:24:33 PM
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you sit naked, comfortable in your own skin. as you let the water wash over your glistening body, you admire and appreciate the form and beauty of those around you. its a magical, captivating experience that cant quite be replicated

in akihabara you should check out the shiganshina district for shopping, very modern but a little pricey
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ExThaNemesis
02/27/19 7:46:08 PM
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Everything in Kyoto is just about perfect.
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Jesse_Pinkman
02/27/19 7:54:30 PM
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Getting around? Trains. Trains for everything. Make the mistakes, hop the trains, and figure it out. It's a great experience. Oh, and lots of walking. I logged 20k-25k steps nearly every day during my 10-day trip last year.

I recommend spending atleast a week in Japan, and try to hit 2-3 major cities. 4-5 days in Tokyo should be enough to get the gist. Kyoto and Osaka are both incredible in their own ways and provide a stark contrast to Tokyo.

Try as much new food as possibl. Honestly, everything is SO good, even things that might not sound good.

Try to learn a few basic phrases - take a stab at learning hiragana/katakana if you've got the time. A small bit of understanding the language does help

7/11's and Family Mart's for cheap breakfast and lunch.
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ExThaNemesis
02/27/19 8:06:44 PM
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I'm actually thinking of a trip over there next year if I can pull it off, honestly.
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5tarscream
02/27/19 8:13:19 PM
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Yeah I mean most of what has already been said is what I'd recommend. Shibuya is good for brand name shoppoing if that's your thing and it's where the famous street crossing is. Akihabara is great for anime shopping and has a ton of arcades and games/gadgets stores, there's also a lot of "tat" or "tourist" shops there full of souvenirs. We went to Dome City in Tokyo and it was alright, shopping mall and a rollercaoster. There's plenty of theme parks and stuff in Tokyo though if that's your thing. Also, the food is excellent. The metro/tube/underground/train system is reliable, fast and clean.
BlackDra90n
02/27/19 8:23:10 PM
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There's a lot of places outside of Tokyo that I can recommend too. I've personally been to Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and Hiroshima and all of those places are fantastic in different ways as well. Kyoto is great for culture, Osaka for food, Nara for the parks, and Hiroshima for the history.

The whole Kansai region is actually pretty fun and very accessible by train. It's a good option if you want to hit up multiple cities. Going from Tokyo is an option too, but it's a bit further and requires a bit more time.
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cyko
02/27/19 11:08:09 PM
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This is all great information. Thank you, all.

We would most likely be trying to go before the Olympics (possibly next May - after their Golden Week). I am debating airbnb vs. A hotel. I have to do some price comparisons.

My initial thoughts are to maybe spend a few days in Kyoto, a few days in Tokyo and a few days at Tokyo Disney. The group I am talking with is full of Disney nerds, lol, so I think we have to make time for the Disney parks.
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MZero11
02/27/19 11:44:58 PM
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I live here so if you need anything let me know. I don't know Tokyo very well but if you find yourself in Nagoya or Kansai I can give you some reccomendations
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Raka_Putra
02/28/19 12:00:49 AM
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@NioraptH has been there at least 38 times.
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5tarscream
02/28/19 12:16:04 AM
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We did airbnb fwiw and it was great. Big house with 3 rooms. Super clean and very affordable, we were in Tokyo.
Menji
02/28/19 1:21:01 AM
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Japan is the shit. I plan on moving there later this year.

What cities are you doing?
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VintageGin
02/28/19 2:43:18 AM
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I've only been to Tokyo, and based on what I've heard the parts of Japan outside Tokyo are much more interesting.

However, Tokyo has some amazing cocktail bars. I recommend checking out Bar Benfiddich if you like cocktails at all, but you should go right when it opens to get a seat at the bar.
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foolm0r0n
02/28/19 4:31:40 AM
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There are very often flight deals for like 700 to go. Sign up on one of those lists and watch out for it. Often they stop by other Asian countries too.

Forget about beer. Yes I love beer but you're not gonna find it there. Get a can of Strong Zero for 141 yen and you won't ever want for anything else.

Airbnb is kinda messed up there now but it's def the way to go if you can manage it. The hotel life seems so sterile and I can't imagine experiencing Tokyo that way. Our place was some little neighborhood with a grocery store and all Japanese people. So nice.

That said if you're gonna be a god damn otaku gaijin then don't do that. Which your group might be. Be careful in general if that's the case. My fav places I wouldn't recommend depending on the group for example.

We went to Osaka and Kyoto for a day and they were cool but Tokyo blew them away completely. Im sure those cities are great with time but Tokyo is both instantly comfortable and also super deep in a way that only your hometown feels. Not cold like NYC at all, even though it's way more dense and has the same kind of hustling vibe. Everyone is trying to make some art and sell something but they're happy just to be recognized, especially by a foreigner.

That's the best part really. There are so many cafes and clubs with so much art and music and entrepreneurs just making stuff. A club will have like 5 DJs minimum + 2 VJs, and someone making T shirts and coffee in the corner. And there's dozens of these every night.

Oh for gaming in Osaka you should check out the retro game bar. It's usually foreigners but it's some of the most fun we had in Osaka.
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foolm0r0n
02/28/19 4:45:41 AM
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Oh yeah learning the language is SUPER valuable. You can get around completely with English in all the major cities because of their flawless design, but it's undeniable that being able to speak and especially read a bit will get you access to a lot of less obvious things. Menus are the main thing but also the vast majority of places won't show up on Google maps if you search in English. If you type the hiragana you'll get a lot more. Had to do that a few times. If you also know how to ask simple things like "are you still open" or "can I sit down" you can get into a lot of izakayas and bars that either look really full or are empty (but still look good), without being overly awkward.
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handsomeboy2012
02/28/19 5:12:37 AM
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Menji posted...
Japan is the shit. I plan on moving there later this year.

What cities are you doing?

How do you move there exactly? I heard Japan is very strict on immigration and you have to qualify for a lot of stuff before they even consider it.

Always been interested in Japan but don't have the money to go anytime soon. Some information would be great though.
handsomeboy2012
02/28/19 5:30:51 AM
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cyko posted...
This is all great information. Thank you, all.

We would most likely be trying to go before the Olympics (possibly next May - after their Golden Week). I am debating airbnb vs. A hotel. I have to do some price comparisons.

My initial thoughts are to maybe spend a few days in Kyoto, a few days in Tokyo and a few days at Tokyo Disney. The group I am talking with is full of Disney nerds, lol, so I think we have to make time for the Disney parks.

Most people I know of do Tokyo area, or Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto etc) in separate trips. Not saying your plan isn't viable, but Kyoto and Tokyo are some distance away and would probably take a few hours for you to travel and check in and whatever.

As for Disney... I went to both parks last time (one each day) but didn't stay. Their hotels were expensive.
foolm0r0n
02/28/19 10:44:50 AM
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handsomeboy2012 posted...
Not saying your plan isn't viable, but Kyoto and Tokyo are some distance away and would probably take a few hours for you to travel and check in and whatever.

But the bullet train ride is amazing
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foolm0r0n
02/28/19 10:45:22 AM
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Oh also best thing I ate in Tokyo and one of the best things I ever ate period is Seirinkan
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OliviaTremor
02/28/19 1:10:55 PM
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Miyajima and the gondola to the top/views of Hiroshima Bay were by far and away the highlight of my trip.

Tokyo is massive and youll find something cool everywhere. Other than what people have suggested I highly recommend exploring Ueno and in particular the park there. Ginza is great and there is this building called Ginza Six with a rooftop garden open to the public that is awesome.

Dotonbori in Osaka at night was the craziest sight during my trip. Straight out of Blade Runner. Also in Osaka is a pretty great aquarium and the Ferris wheel outside it provides awesome views of the city and bay.

Kyoto was fine, kind of boring. By the time we got there we had seen shrines and stuff in every other city so Kyoto has the x1000 and it was just meh. After a while it all kinda just blurs together and feels the same. We did stay in a capsule hotel which was awesome.

Finally, I highly recommend staying in hostels. We met some awesome people in the hostels that we would spend the day with. Also the hostel staff are always super helpful and provide recommendations for more local things and stuff.
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OliviaTremor
02/28/19 1:13:53 PM
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Oh yeah whoever said Kyoto and Tokyo are far away, they really arent at all thanks to the bullet train. I cant remember how long the trip was but it may have only been like two hours.

Edit- 3 hours apparently
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neonreaper
03/06/19 9:03:10 AM
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Kyoto is nice but crowded and can be repetitive. Fushimi Inari is a must - once you get to the top, its nice and not full of people taking pictures of themselves.

Golden Pavillion on a sunny day is a big hit.

Bamboo forest is a letdown and not quick to get to.

If youre staying later, Gion is a good cap to the day.
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ExThaNemesis
03/06/19 9:58:41 AM
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This is wild. A couple of my other friends are also apparently planning Japan trips right now.
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GenesisSaga
03/09/19 8:17:30 AM
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Charon and I are planning a honey moon to Japan. >.>
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Nanis23
03/09/19 2:57:08 PM
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Going next month
Anyone have a recommendation for stuff that doesn't appear in most tourist sites? some..unique stuff?
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Nanis23
03/09/19 3:02:43 PM
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foolm0r0n posted...
Oh also best thing I ate in Tokyo and one of the best things I ever ate period is Seirinkan

Googling this...a Pizza Restaurant? NICE
Now see, this is what I mean by "unique stuff"
When I google all I find are the same things over and over again, but small things like this are going to be missed
It looks promising and I am taking note of this place
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foolm0r0n
03/10/19 11:42:54 PM
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Yeah I mean Seirinkan is very famous globally at this point. There is a huge neopolitan style pizza movement in Tokyo (which Serinkan started to be fair) so there are probably many lesser known places that might be even better.

But in general I just watched a ton of Japanese food/culture videos (Eater, Zagat, Abroad in Japan, etc) to get a feel for what is available beyond the tourist guides and google.

Once you actually get to the cities, it's cool to have a few key places you want to go to, but I found it's better just to have an idea of the various neighborhoods and areas and explore openly but with intention in that way.
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neonreaper
03/15/19 4:19:30 PM
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JAL Smooooooooth!
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foolm0r0n
03/15/19 4:49:55 PM
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ANA is so sick. The food you get in coach is like business on United (not really but still), can't even imagine what they get in business.
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swirIdude
03/15/19 5:20:52 PM
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NioraptH posted...
Now that I think about it, this won't be a fair comparison as for Malaysia Airlines and All Nippon Airways, I travelled/ will travel in Economy, but I went with Premium Economy for Japan Airlines...


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_stingers_
03/15/19 5:23:08 PM
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do you need to know how to use chopsticks because i have tried and failed at that for 25 years now
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foolm0r0n
03/15/19 6:31:51 PM
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Just learn it lol
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foolm0r0n
03/15/19 6:32:09 PM
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There are places in the US where you can't even eat without using chopsticks
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03/15/19 7:51:10 PM
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MZero11
03/15/19 9:57:30 PM
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Menji posted...
Japan is the shit. I plan on moving there later this year.

What cities are you doing?


Whoa really? Where are you moving to?
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_stingers_
03/17/19 11:46:25 AM
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whats a good hotel to stay in in tokyo? i think im about to book a flight
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Menji
03/17/19 1:10:03 PM
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MZero11 posted...
Menji posted...
Japan is the shit. I plan on moving there later this year.

What cities are you doing?


Whoa really? Where are you moving to?


I will let you know when I know for sure! Don't you live there?
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LOLIAmAnAlt
03/17/19 5:05:32 PM
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Go to a baseball game.
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MZero11
03/17/19 11:52:08 PM
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Menji posted...
MZero11 posted...
Menji posted...
Japan is the shit. I plan on moving there later this year.

What cities are you doing?


Whoa really? Where are you moving to?


I will let you know when I know for sure! Don't you live there?


Yeah I live in Nagoya. If you end up nearby we have to play basketball! (At least I think you play)
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handsomeboy2012
03/18/19 3:48:57 AM
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What's with so many people living or moving to Japan, isn't it supposed to be difficult to immigrate
5tarscream
03/18/19 4:51:22 AM
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Not if you have good enough qualifications it isn't. Like if you just try and move with no qualifications or job prospects yeah it'd be tough.
neonreaper
03/18/19 6:32:29 AM
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Do you hang out at Shooters
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foolm0r0n
03/18/19 9:20:54 AM
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handsomeboy2012 posted...
What's with so many people living or moving to Japan, isn't it supposed to be difficult to immigrate

Kinda easier than most countries because they have a labor shortage so they will let you in if you have literally ANY job
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GenesisSaga
03/29/19 12:36:47 AM
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Up
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Nanis23
04/07/19 4:39:35 PM
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Oh yeah this thread still exists

Well I have 3000 things to do in Tokyo
But half of my trip is also in Osaka/Kyoto and that area and I didn't check for any attractions there yet (well besides Nara for the deers)
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swirIdude
04/07/19 4:42:11 PM
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MZero11 posted...
Menji posted...
MZero11 posted...
Menji posted...
Japan is the shit. I plan on moving there later this year.

What cities are you doing?


Whoa really? Where are you moving to?


I will let you know when I know for sure! Don't you live there?


Yeah I live in Nagoya. If you end up nearby we have to play basketball! (At least I think you play)


Rumor has it that Menji can defeat the entire WNBA All-Star team.
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Menji
04/07/19 6:25:07 PM
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