1.5 Months Japan Itinerary

Old Apr 13th, 2020, 06:51 PM
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To the OP - I have looked at your other post, and I agree with Crellston. We are all volunteers here, and we are not inclined to design an itinerary for you. I will, however give my insight into Japan costs in the hopes that it will help others who stumble across this thread.

I agree with all the posters upstream that Japan is among the most expensive countries in Asia. I found that small aspects of Japan travel add up. For example, the tiniest of houses and museums all charge at least $5 to get in. For example, when we in Takayama, where there are a series of historic houses to visit there, it could really add up by the end of the day. Also, posters upstream have mentioned buying food at grocery stores. However, a small tray of sushi costs about $8, and it is enough for little me. However, a normal size guy would want two trays for a meal. Lastly, even if you don't get a rail pass, the trains and buses are super expensive. For example, I paid $225 for a train ticket from Nagasaki to Tottori. And I spent about $15 for a bus ride around the outskirts of Kumamoto. As you can see, all this ends up. I have not even mentioned hotels. The single rooms that thursdays mentioned are typically the size of a postage stamp, and are rarely less than $70 per night.

The only suggestion I can make for saving money would be to look into the myriad of passes available in Japan. Many cities offer day passes for museums and/or buses. For example, I got a one day bus pass in Nagasaki which proved helpful, since the sights there are all spread out. I also got a one day "Fun Pass" in Kumamoto which included the buses and ferries.

thursdays and crellston - I am glad you are both well. We are well here in So Cal as well. I see lots of people walking in my neighborhood, and lots of sidewalk chalk street art by children.
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Old Apr 14th, 2020, 09:21 AM
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Thursdaysd, "I hope your housing situation will be OK after June, wonder if somewhere like South Korea will be letting foreigners in then”

Thanks, I sure it will all work out ok- it usually does. I hadn’t really thought much about travel this year. South Korea would be great (if only for the food!!) but even if things are ok there then I doubt they will be welcoming foreigners with open arms. I am already detecting some “xenophobia” here which has mainifested itself in a great deal of resentment for those attempting to visit second homes in holiday area. Spoke with my son in Sydney today who seems to think that Australia will be closed to tourism for at least the remainder of this year. I think that will likely be our next trip, but who knows when.

Had to chuckle re you changing your hairdressers appt. Carolyn is adamant they should be classed as an essential industry

Good to hear you are well CaliforniaLady. Seems that the lockdown in the US is not so strictly enforced as it is here, which in turn is not as strict as it is in Italy and Spain. Who knows who has got it right? Our time outside is only for an hour a a day for exercise or shopping for essentials. on Thursday it will be extended for another 3 weeks at least. I only hope that the “cure” for this horrible virus doesn’t turn out to cause more damage to the world than the disease itself.

I am really glad we managed to visit Japan in January!

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Old Apr 19th, 2020, 01:09 AM
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Urban cities, countryside, history, museums, zoo, views, bodies of water
are your interests.

They can be found almost everywhere across Japan. These are the essential elements of Japanese tourism.
$66/•7,000 per day.
can become viable, if you go for the more affordable destinations. Destinations in Kyushu and Shinkoku may allow you to travel at this budget.

A BestWestern hotel room in Kagoshima in Apr 2019 cost around $30 (early bird) per night. You still have $30/•3,500. You can grab lunch in a restaurant at •1,000. If you settle with a fast food restaurant for another meal, you should still be able to get a city transport pass and pay for some attractions in the city. Or, if your hotel provides bike for rental, the transport cost would come down a bit.

Kyushu regional rail pass also comes off a lot cheaper. You can choose between the Northern Kyushu and Southern Kyushu versions, both of which covers Shinkansen in the respective region.

Another inter-city option is the high speed bus, which might be a bit more affordable.

Kagoshima may not sound as reputable as Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. It is home to the World Heritage Site of Meiji Industrialization, e.g. Sengan-en and Shuko Shuseikan Museum

You will find the Sakurajima volcano a throw away from the city centre- a backdrop of the Kagoshima Bay. An aquarium is not far away.

Do they tick your boxes?

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