2 weeks in japan

Old Dec 28th, 2010, 04:59 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 2
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
2 weeks in japan

We are visiting our son in Tokyo the last 2 weeks of May, but we also want to see as much of Japan as we can. We would like to have some active adventures and spend a couple days in kyoto. We know nothing of the country and would appreciate any advice.
sbmatttraveler is offline  
Old Dec 28th, 2010, 05:31 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 33,289
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Start by

1. buying a good guide book.

2. Reading some of the many trip reports here. Go to the drop-down menu and choose "Japan" and look at those that have the trip report symbol.

Obviously, one could travel in Japan for months and not see it all. Only you can figure out what you would be most interested in.
Kathie is offline  
Old Dec 29th, 2010, 07:34 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 23,025
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Also see:

kja is offline  
Old Dec 29th, 2010, 07:31 PM
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 218
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
To slightly rephrase Kathie's post, "what would you be most interested in"? What do you like to see and do when you are travelling?

I have a personal (and simplistic) term I use to describe travelling in Japan, the three "C"s. If you want Culture, go to Kyoto. If you want Culinary, go to Osaka. And if you want Cutting-edge, go to Tokyo. (And if you want to go "chopping", the first syllable pronounced 'sh' as in 'Chopin', all three cities
Sydney2K is offline  
Old Dec 30th, 2010, 01:08 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 2
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We are visiting our son who lives in Tokyo. After several days there we would like to explore. We would like to go to Kyoto, my husband is in the food business,and we enjoy trying new foods. We are also active. We like to bike and hike, etc. We don't care about shopping.
sbmatttraveler is offline  
Old Jan 1st, 2011, 09:14 PM
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 77
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I live up in the northern island (Hokkaido), and you can usually add Hokkaido as a leg to your ticket for not too much money. There's a lot of biking paths up there, and it's very beautiful country -- and it won't be as hot as Honshu (if the weather is normal). If you fly into Asahikawa, you can take a bus to Sounkyo Falls, and rent a bike to check out the area. There's also an onsen. But I'm afraid to explore some of the other attractions in the area, it would be helpful to have your son available, or to speak some Japanese.

OTOH, Kyoto and Osaka are very close together, and not that far from Tokyo by bullet train. If you are interested in a little taste of the traditional performances, catch the show at Gion Corner. As far as the temples go, I would say don't miss Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto. It's quite a hike up a hill (especially if you get lost in the cemetery!), but really worth the time you spend getting there.

Near Tokyo is Nikko, which is primarily famous for the See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil carvings. Beautiful area, too, and it might be a nice escape from the heat of Tokyo.
TokachiM is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Sep 29th, 2017 01:55 AM
Mar 16th, 2012 08:09 PM
Sep 29th, 2005 04:57 AM
Jan 26th, 2004 09:16 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -