Japan

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captainkurtz

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Bez

Quote from: captainkurtz on March 07, 2016, 16:17:44 pm
Anyone been?


Yep, a long time ago though....

Spent 3 weeks in Tokyo "working" in the early 90s.

Loved it.
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captainkurtz

That's recommendation enough, then!

Looking to book for Easter 2017...although flight and accommodation reservations aren't open for that time frame yet...

Been wanting to go for awhile..
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Bez

We did some trips ; Tokyo Disney, Mount Fuji, hot springs,  some temples ( the original see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil monkeys).

Stayed near the Rippongi (sp?) district. At the time it was a cross between red light and tourist area. Hotel was the Ana (Air Nippon I think). Plenty of westernised restaurants and plenty of Japanese as well. My chopstick skills are still pretty good.

People would literally stop in the street and point at me or want to shake my hand. Six foot plus, blond and devastatingly handsome probably helped. Sometimes shouting  'Gaijin' (sp?) which literally means 'foreigner'
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captainkurtz

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Nick

Yes, to Osaka and Kobe, brief business trip. Just got a taster, not enough time to make any recommendations. It's a fair way away, and the time difference will mess you up so factor that in. Enjoy the Kobe beef.
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Slim

Yes, been to Tokyo a few times with work. Had an apartment at Ebisu in the summer of '98. Good times, great place to explore. If you go you must go to Harajuku, Roppongi, Akihabara and Ginza.

Thailand Express

I'd thoroughly recommend investing in a Japan Rail Pass before you leave and making some journeys on the Shinkansen. A fantastic experience.

Kyoto is an absolute must to visit.

captainkurtz

Thanks for the advice all.

I do enjoy the logistics of planning these things, often more than the trips themselves!  There seems an awful lot to do in 2 weeks, but looking forward to organising it all.  Bookings open now from early March, so just a few more weeks until they open for my planned travel time in early April 2017...so I've a few weeks to sort out itineries.
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Valen

Will be watching this thread with great interest.

Japan has been on our bucket list for a while, and we nearly pulled the trigger for next year before looking at costs. If we do it, it'll be for a fortnight at least, hence the cost.

Look forward to your updates along the way.

captainkurtz

Still a few weeks away from flights being released....but have a basic itinerary of 5 or 6 days in Tokyo, shinkansen to Hiroshima where we will stay for 2 days, then onto Kyoto for 6 days...

Too much to do really, so will have to plan fairly well.

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Valen

Remember to take out some travel insurance.....just in case you-know-who awakes from his radioactive slumbers and decides to go on a wee rampage  ;)

captainkurtz

Flights booked.

April 6th - April 21st 2017.

:D
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Chris Quartly

I know a good friend who is currently living in Hiroshima, if you want some hints nearer the time then give me a shout and I can put you two in touch.
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captainkurtz

Cheers Chris - will take you up on that nearer the time...
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