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  • 87%
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 81%
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  • 69%
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  • 63%
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  • JapanPro 2014
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    One of the most refined cultures on Earth, Japan is an easy place to like -- clean, polite, beautiful and crime-free, with excellent transportation, food, and sightseeing. Still Japan is expensive, and careful planning will save the traveler a great deal. Centuries-old temples and hot spring villages exist alongside shinkansen bullet trains and acres of glittering neon, a melding of the traditional and the hyper-modern unlike anywhere else on earth. The biggest surprise though? Stunning natural beauty, whether gnarly hikes in the Northern Alps or skiing deep powder far above the lavender fields of Hokkaido.

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  • Japan
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    Japan is a big country and it’s hard to decide what to see and do on your first visit. I’ll share our itinerary – hopefully, it will help others plan their trip. We were happy with our trip. We wanted to visit Japan when cherry trees were blooming, so it took some research to figure out when we should book the trip so we can hit the blooming time. There are websites that show blooming dates in the past and predicted dates for the upcoming season (for example, http://www.jnto.go.jp/sakura/eng/city.php?CI=10).
    This was our itinerary (11 nights total):
    • Arrived in Tokyo at 5 am; took a train to Kyoto; checked in at our hotel near the Kyoto Station around 9 am and went exploring the city
    • Stayed for 5 nights in Kyoto
    • Day trip to Nara from Kyoto
    • We had 1 night booked at a ryokan in Hakone (between Kyoto and Tokyo); we shipped most of our luggage to Tokyo (arranged through our hotel) and with an overnight bag took a train to Hakone.
    • 1 night relaxing at a ryokan with hot springs; then exploring the Hakone area
    • Took a train to Tokyo, arriving late at night (our luggage was at the hotel already)
    • Stayed for 5 nights in Tokyo; planned to do a day-trip to Nikko but it didn’t work out (unfortunately).
    Some practical tips:
    • It’s hard to find an ATM machine that take international cards; so don’t count on refilling your wallet with cash frequently, like you would do in Europe; look for 7-11 stores; there is a machine at the post office near Kyoto station
    • No worries about carrying lots of cash with you – there is no petty crime in Japan
    • Great public transportation – busses, subway, trains; figure out how to use it and you will do just fine getting anywhere you want
    o For example, busses in Kyoto: 220 yen ticket price within city line, if you have exact change – put it in the machine near the driver; you can get a day pass for 500 yen;
    o Get in line at the bus stop, even if there are only a couple of people waiting
    o Get in line at the designated spaces marked on the pavement at the train station
    o It is easy to arrange to have your luggage shipped from one city to another ($15 a bag); It will arrive on the second day - works well if you take a side trip to a smaller town for a day or two.

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  • JapanPro 2014
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    Hands down one of the most unique places in the world. Japan, to say the least, has a style all it's own! The special blend of modern and traditional achieved by these people is truly one of a kind. The cities are bustling, the countryside is spectacular and the you could not find kinder people.

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  • JapanPro 2014
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    Japan is a large country to visit. The dense population means that even a small area offers a wide variety of experiences and environments. Aspects seem familiar to a North American but other aspects are totally foreign. Researching before you visit is a good idea, and speaking a little Japanese helps grease the social wheels.

    Recommended for:Art & Design LoversFoodiesHistory BuffsLocal Culture
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  • Japan

    Spent two summers in Japan, traveled to multiple cities and islands. This is a must see if anyone wants to visit an Asian country. The temples are well kept, the food is incredible, the rice patties are beautiful, the Ginza is an experience. And, dancing at a Bon Dance Festival with hundreds of dancers at a real temple is something I will never forget. I highly recommend visiting this country!!

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  • Japan

    I really enjoyed Japan. Unfortunately we only had 5 days here and spent it all in Tokyo. It is on our list to go back. Not a cheap destination by any means but well worth it, the food and the people were fantastic.

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  • Japan

    Since my family is from Japan, this may be a bit biast but I have traveled to 32 countries and still feel Japan is a fantastic country to visit. It's very well organized, modern, clean, the people are polite and there is a lot of things to do. The Japanese cuisine is amazing, the nightlife in the city is awesome, the hot springs in southern japan is unforgettable, my friends appreciates the anime culture, there are tons of gorgeous temples, the shopping is fun...the list can go on and on.

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  • Japan

    The most famous the creator is Akira toriyama lived here.Do draw and painting a dragon ball z. 40 books of Dragon ball z

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  • Japan

    Lived and worked in Japan -and such an amazing country. A juxtaposition of the historical and the very new. Lovely people, wonderful sites and of course amazing food.

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  • Japan
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    This is a very clean, beautiful, historic country. I suppose that could be said about anywhere but I like it most for their food. Where else can I get really great sushi? I'm not too keen on the currency exchange but I've always wanted to attend one of the vibrant festivals here.

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  • Japan
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    My Dad was an employee for a company that had a contract. He designed and installed computers for our ships.

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  • Japan

    One of my favorite places in the world. One of the few places you can visit where you truly feel you have stepped into another world or planet. Everything is different and fascinating with some of the most friendly, courteous people in the world. Whilst Tokyo is a must see for all the usual reasons, a trip to Japan is not complete without visiting Kyoto, the quiet, serene and picturesque town only 2hours from Tokyo via Shinkansen. If you can plan accordingly, visit early April during cherry blossom season.

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  • JapanPro 2014
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    HOw can you not love Japan?

    This unique country, with its unusual blend of ancient traditions and ways with its' technology prowess and facsinations, is a study in contrasts and harmonies.

    Nowhere will you find the simple beauty of a Zen tea ceremony mixed with the crazy, trendy fasion and lifestyle of the Harajuku girls of Tokyo.

    Japan is almost an oxymoron by itself.

    And despite the crowds and modern lifestyles and congested cities, and modern lives most of its people lead, there is a beautiful country, with mountains, rivers and stunning nature, here, with the beauty and natural elements that are famous influences in the countris designs. passions, and influences.

    If you have never been to Japan, I would recommend you plan on a visit and see what the second largest economy with only a third of the people of America, stuffed into a mountainous country smaller than California, with Sushi and Toyotas, is all about.

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  • Japan

    Was a combination of witnessing a fantasy while being a part of that fantasy and immersing myself in beautiful scenery! The Bamboo, the Rice fields, the cities, the countryside, the friendly people. It was a dream and a half!

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  • Japan

    من أجل عينيك سأهجر الدنيا ومن
    {فيها...}
    وأحفظ كل أغاني الحب ولك
    {أغنيها.}
    .وأردد كلمات الحب التي أعرفها والتي لا أدرك
    ... {معانيها...}
    من أجل عينيك قصة حبي للعالم سأحكيها.
    وأردد انك أروع ما فيها.~...
    نعم..
    من أجل {عينيك} فقط..
    {سأتحدى}...
    الدنيا وأنا معك سأمضي في تحديها..
    و أرتمي بين احضانك
    .وأصرخ..
    أحبك أنت..
    ولاتهمني بعدك الدنيا وما فيها

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  • Japan

    Japan was an amazing, and captivating place to visit. I spent a majority of the trip exploring Tokyo, and also spent several days in Kyoto. If you decide to visit Japan I would suggest setting aside at least 5 days minimum to explore the vastness that is Tokyo, if you plan on visiting several parts of Japan you may want to look into getting a JAL pass, which allows you to travel on Japans extensive rail system. I found the subways easy to navigate even with the language barrier, if traveling a long distance I would suggest taking an overnight bus, or forking over the cash for a high speed train ride, which is an exciting experience. Overall I would have to say Japan is by far my favorite travel destination as of yet. I very much look forward to returning there some day and getting lost in Japans endless beauty.

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  • Japan

    We came back from 14 days trip less than a month ago and even in winter it was wonderful to visit. We took the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto and saw mount Fuji from the train. We tried to visit all the World Heritage spots in Kyoto, but missed couple. Each one of these places made me feel like I was in a dream--very different than Western historical architecture. I liked the tea ceremony, different tofu dishes, green tea tasted better and deserts made from bean. So many people everywhere, but still very clean.

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  • Japan

    I have been Tokyo, Japan which is a modern city and convenien subway could transport you guys to everywhere you want, but you better make understand whole tickey category of subway befort you get there, that would be safe much money.

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  • Japan
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    extraordinary country. if I go there, I'll use a very thick jacket so I'm not freezing.

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  • JapanPro 2014
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    Clean and polite people and have beautiful scene.

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Just mentioning 'Japan' conjures up so many images for people across the globe, spanning from the ancient to the modern. Japan is geisha in flowing kimonos and wooden shoes for some, Harajuku schoolgirls in Gothic Lolita petticoats and Hello Kitty headbands for others. Some might think of ancient temples and Shinto shrines, while others might envision Tokyo's iPod vending machines or apartment dwellers' robotic pets. Just by Japan's geography -- an island archipelago buttressing Asia's far eastern coast -- the Land of the Rising Sun was perhaps destined to greatness. The homogenous culture grew in relative isolation for many centuries, and the resulting culture boasts untold unique facets. Visit Kyoto to walk back through time, whether temples, geisha and kabuki theatre fascinate travelers. Tokyo has more people (and money) than just about any place on the planet. Although Japan is not a cheap destination, the non-claustrophobic can stay in a capsule hotel to save costs, or try a traditional Japanese hotel called a ryokan, where communal baths and traditional meals are part of the experience.

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