I may get the opportunity to go to Japan. I'm very excited. Has anyone been to Japan? What was it like? What sights and places would you recommend?
Where would you be going?
Be prepared for high prices and depending who is paying for your accomodation (you or your company), expect much smaller apartments than what you're probably living in now.
I'm more familiar with the Tokyo area, but there are plenty of interesting places in Japan to see. Only problem is, depending on your job, you may not have time to travel much, and when you do, the rest of the country may be traveling at the same time. It's often much cheaper traveling outside the country than it is within. Hiroshima, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Kyoto and Nara are all worthwhile to see. Also the Kyushu islands like Okinawa and points south, but again... pricey to get to.
It's a great opportunity, especially if your company is footing some of the bill!
Ugh, now you'll conjure that ancient narcissist ShinjukuBaby. Good going, OP.
Nikko National Park, particularly the Toshogu shrines to the first shoguns. Plus you probably shouldn't get any closer to Fukushima than here.
In the west
Kyoto (with Nara) deserves a full week believe it or not, there is that much to see
Hiroshima and Miyajima (shrine island)
Beppu if you are into hot springs
There are many things to see in Tokyo, including the charming Yanaka district (see link)
Not the first shoguns actually but the first of the shogun period.
It is full of Asians.
Japan is gay-friendly. It's not like the rest of Asia.
R7. Based on? Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore are all very friendly.
@R8 You mean as far as prostitution?
[quote]Japan is gay-friendly. It's not like the rest of Asia.
Except for their porn, which is still masked.
Lived in all three and they are very friendly
R8, I thought gay sex was illegal in Singapore?
R12. Not really
Be prepared for the odd pixelization when you have sex. The government does not allow cock shots in public or private so everyone's crotch are pixilated
There are some FANTASTIC YouTube clips about living in Japan as an American posted by a guy who calls himself Tokyo Cooney. He posted a zillion fascinating and practical videos that will help you live there & show you things to do and see.
Here's a link to his clip about the conbini, which are convenience stores, because you can do a million things in convenience stores in Japan that we can't do in America,
Are you black, OP? The Japanese don't like black people.
Could you send me some green tea Kit Kats, OP?
Great place to live OP. I lived there for 3 years and was very sad to leave it. Most of my (actually fairly negative) prejudices were proved wrong, and now I have very warm feelings about the Japanese and Japan.
There are great tourist sights in Japan, but the best thing about the place is the whole place, so to speak. You'll especially notice it in Tokyo, which at first glance is an ugly featureless sprawl. But as you live there your eyes slowly become accustomed to its small-scale quirky charm, and you notice that in fact there are little hidden gems everywhere. It truly has a different aesthetic from the rest of the world.
I won't add to the list of 'sights', but I will offer two suggestions for your first couple of months, to help you understand what it is all about. The first is the Tokyo history museum. The other is the woodland walk from Kitakamakura to the Buddha of Kamakura.
Why would anyone go to Japan now after the Fukushima nuclear disaster? Avoid sea food. Avoid dairy products. Buy a water filter and extra filters here before you go. Nuclear material doesn't go away in minutes or days. It can take decades or even centuries for nuclear material to break down completely. Avoid going anywhere near Fukushima.
Don't be so dumb. That's like saying why would anyone live in the US after Five Mile Island?
They say "ah-so" a lot and they rape Chinese when they go to Nanking. They also bomb you when you aren't looking and since 1945 many of them glow.
Asian cities tend to be the same. You'll find the bustle and largeness really exciting at first and then you'll scratch the surface and find that there is an overwhelming sameness and dullness about them (not to mention ugliness) and finally discover that culture essentially means shopping and eating and working.
In essence, boring.
[quote] Don't be so dumb. That's like saying why would anyone live in the US after Five Mile Island?
THREE Mile Island. And the ongoing level-7 crisis at Fukushima is far worse than what occurred at TMI. It's quite possibly worse than Chernobyl, which involved a single reactor. The Fukushima disaster involves three reactors and years worth of fuel in the spent fuel pools.
Temples, parks, Imperial Palace, and the old, narrow alleys of Kyoto. The main train station is the most trippy modern building I've ever seen. Stay inside the station at the Hotel GranVia.
Beware of the lady who lives in the well.
Take Chris Isaac with you.
Is Japan vegetarian/vegan friendly?
Also, I'm allergic to all seafood. How much seafood is consumed/ around (in restaurants and in daily cuisine)? Does the fact that Japan is reletivly close to the ocean mean that seafood is cheaper, therefore eaten more often? I used to live in a town that had lots of fishermen and many people had boats. It was hell for me. Some people ate seafood for breakfast, didn't brush their teeth after either, smh.
Is employment better in Japan?
Still has a very significant problem with Asians.
Rs 23, 27, and 32 = correct. So very sad. For all of us.
Unless you are biologically Japanese, you will never be fully accepted.
You are all "Gaijin". Many westerners have moved there for decades, speak fluent Japanese, but they are still considered outsiders and treated as such.
They even made a movie about this (currently on TopDocs)
And yet they make children read Lafcadio Hearn in the schools R42, Methinks you oversimplify.
They also make them read "Anne of Green Gables."
Hardly a mark of xenophobia.