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planning a trip to japan. HELP

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planning a trip to japan. HELP

i have no idea where to start. i dont know when the best time of the year to go. or where to go in japan. what to visit or what restaurants to try. please help

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1. Re: planning a trip to japan. HELP

Please start by doing some research at - http://www.japan-guide.com/ - the site has some suggested itineraries.

Also type Trip Report in the search box above. You'll find posts from others on how they spent time in Japan.

In addition - check out a good travel guidebook from your local library.

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2. Re: planning a trip to japan. HELP

How many times do you plan to re-word your original question, already answered


Edited: 19 December 2012, 18:33
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3. Re: planning a trip to japan. HELP

when you start writing down some really anwsers

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4. Re: planning a trip to japan. HELP

I just noticed these brochures & guides, which would be helpful:

(Japan National Tourist Organisation)


Edited: 23 December 2012, 06:54
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5. Re: planning a trip to japan. HELP

I've found the JNTO brochures really worth looking at. They've helped me choose which places and sights I'd most like to see.

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6. Re: planning a trip to japan. HELP

Dear Coralyn, if you were asked the same question on your country from a person who you don't know well, how would you reply? If you are from United States, would you recommend going to New York and Boston, or Arizona and Colorado to me? Japan is quite diverse with quite a lot of things to see, but what appeals most at what time of year depends on the person visiting.

Many people like visiting Tokyo and Kyoto/Nara. Add in Takayama and/or Nagano to see some countryside town. Hiroshima/Miyajima is also very popular. The lesser visited Shikoku, Kyushu, Tohoku, and Hokkaido are no less interesting or nice. Actually wherever you go at what time of year, Japan has something to offer for many tourists. Tourism has been a big domestic industry and foreigners are always welcome. There aren't really anywhere you should avoid (apart from the non-entry zone around the now defunct Fukushima Daiichi plant). However, you'll have to do a bit of research to known what you would most prefer.

Edited: 23 December 2012, 13:58
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7. Re: planning a trip to japan. HELP

>>"when you start writing down some really anwsers"

I find the OP's attitude appalling. TA members don't get paid so we are under no obligations to provide answers. If you don't feel like spending time to do even basic research, go to a paid travel agent or join a group tour.

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8. Re: planning a trip to japan. HELP

You might have a look at insidejapantours.com/self-guided-japan-holid…

for ideas of what to see and how to see it. There is also an interactive map on the right side of their website that can be a help planning if you want to get beyond the Tokyo/Kyoto/Hiroshima western tourist trail. (those are lovely places to go, but there is so much more to Japan.

It can be a bit daunting when faced with a guidebook for a country as large and varied as Japan (you have, I hope, looked at a guidebook?)

The spring and autumn are the most pleasant for weather (and some would say, the most beautiful) time to travel, but while the summer is hot and humid there are some wonderful festivals then (I particularly loved the one at Hirosaki) and while the winter may be cold, there is also snow and skiing in many places.

Japan is incredibly easy to travel in as efficiency is coupled with consideration for others. In the railway stations the signs are in English as well as Japanese and even towns not on the western tourist route often have street signs in English. There are also luggage lockers at the railway stations so stopping in towns on the way to your next stop is easy.

However, for a first trip especially, it may be worth having some help in organising it from a specialist agency.

I have found Inside Japan honest, efficient, culturally sensitive and good value for money.

The first trip I took to Japan was their Garden Self-Guided Adventure (done solo) with the itinerary stretched to 3 1/2 weeks and a couple of destinations added.

They have since organised a couple of tailored trips for me, one completely solo, one partly so.

They are able to get me, a solo female, into ryokens that otherwise might be a problem and, while I normally plan and book all my holiday arrangements, in Japan I find their help and advice invaluable.

(and no, unfortunately, I don't work for them or get a discount but they have got me hooked on travel in Japan)

Edited: 24 December 2012, 09:45
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It all depends on what your preferences are.

Also the time of year that you visit may very much influence where you should go, for example if you want to see the blossoms at their best.

My suggestion is to plan this trip on the basis that you will be coming again - and you will if you like the place as much as we have after our visits.

A round trip in Honshu is great for a first visit (though you can certainly visit the other islands and see wonderful sights if that is your wish).

Kyoto and Nara give you so much history that they have to be included in a first tour. This suggests that you fly into Osaka (Kansai). A few days in this area are essential. Also while Tokyo is yet another large city it has many attractions and should be included in a first time visit, and also a possible departure point. Both Kansai and Narita airports are excellent.

Kanazawa and Matsumoto are cities of great interest not far from the core places you may visit. However you will also find many small towns in the central Honshu area that will attract you.

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