1st time in japan jan. any suggestions?

Nov 22nd, 2005, 08:56 PM
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1st time in japan jan. any suggestions?

Im going to Japan in January. Arriving in NRT on the 24th jan until jan 30th. I have no clue what to expect or what to see there. We are going with a friend of my husband and she use to live there for 4 years but i will like to have my own idea of what to see. Help! I'm perhaps a little scared due to the lenght of this flight (14 hours from ATL).Dont laugh at me please....
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Nov 23rd, 2005, 12:46 AM
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Bonjour Humphrey,

This site is all about tourism in Japan: www.jnto.go.jp/eng

This one too, http://web-jpn.org/index.html , especially in your case "Tokyo past and present" http://web-jpn.org/tokyo/index.html

Nipponia will give you great ideas too (look at the back numbers, nr 25 is on Tokyo now and then) http://web-jpn.org/nipponia/backnumber/index.html

This should already give you a good idea of what there is to see and do.

In addition, you have plenty of time to find guidebooks and discuss your interests with your friend.

Feel free to ask any questions here too.
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Nov 23rd, 2005, 02:49 AM
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Bonjour Humphrey (no, I am not French, I am just doing that to keep in line w/Florence - hi Florence!)

So do I understand correctly that aside from arrival and departure days, you will have 5 full days there? If so, I would stay close to Tokyo and probably do a day trip to Nikko, and a day trip to either Kamakura or Hakone, depending on what your interests are (Hakone= nature and a potential Mt fuji sighting, although that is always iffy due to weather, cloud cover, and time of year; Kamakura = temples, a big buddha). Then the other 3 full days in Tokyo.

What kind of things do you like? Art? History? Museums? Pop culture? Landmarks w/views (do you like the Eifel Tower and Empire State Bldg kind of thing)? Theme amusement? Shopping (antiques, arts/crafts, or the 5th avenue experience?) Tokyo has all of it. You'll have to pick and choose a bit. So think about those kinds of things.

I suggest searching those web pages Florence provided and then come back and give us a bit more info on what you like and ask more questions at that point.
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Nov 23rd, 2005, 03:24 AM
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My wife and I went to Japan for the first time in May this year and we checked out Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima etc. If you haven't bought a guidebook yet I would recommend you to do so...it is a great way to start planning and look forward to the trip I have posted a trip report with pictures on my personal homepage http://gardkarlsen.com . Maybe you can find some useful information there. Get in touch if you have any questions or comments.

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Nov 23rd, 2005, 07:48 PM
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Thanks a lot to all of you for your kind responses. I will be checking all those websites and probably meet with my husband's friend, so we can plan an itinerary of the most importants things. Im not into amusement parks, i like to see more how japanese lives, history, maybe a little shopping and night life....I can't wait to get there. Thanks again for all the info
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Nov 24th, 2005, 04:11 AM
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A friend of mine has written a terrific post about what you must do in Tokyo. he and I lived there for about a year so hopefully you can benefit from this experience.

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