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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?

by Anonymousreply 4405/04/2013

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!

by Anonymousreply 102/08/2013

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by Anonymousreply 202/09/2013

Ugh, now you'll conjure that ancient narcissist ShinjukuBaby. Good going, OP.

by Anonymousreply 302/09/2013

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

Himeji Castle

Hiroshima and Miyajima (shrine island)

Izumo-taisha

Mt. Fuji

Beppu if you are into hot springs

There are many things to see in Tokyo, including the charming Yanaka district (see link)

by Anonymousreply 402/09/2013

Not the first shoguns actually but the first of the shogun period.

by Anonymousreply 502/09/2013

It is full of Asians.

by Anonymousreply 602/09/2013

Japan is gay-friendly. It's not like the rest of Asia.

by Anonymousreply 702/09/2013

R7. Based on? Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore are all very friendly.

by Anonymousreply 802/09/2013

@R8 You mean as far as prostitution?

by Anonymousreply 902/09/2013

[quote]Japan is gay-friendly. It's not like the rest of Asia.

Except for their porn, which is still masked.

by Anonymousreply 1002/09/2013

Lived in all three and they are very friendly

by Anonymousreply 1102/09/2013

R8, I thought gay sex was illegal in Singapore?

by Anonymousreply 1202/09/2013

R12. Not really

by Anonymousreply 1302/09/2013

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

by Anonymousreply 1402/09/2013

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,

by Anonymousreply 1502/09/2013

Here's Tokyo Cooney on the high cost of living in Tokyo.

by Anonymousreply 1702/09/2013

Shopping in a Tokyo supermarket with Tokyo Cooney

by Anonymousreply 1802/09/2013

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by Anonymousreply 1902/09/2013

Visiting a Penis Parade in Japan

by Anonymousreply 2002/09/2013

No but I've been to San Francisco....same thing.

by Anonymousreply 2102/09/2013

Staying in ryokan Japanese inn

by Anonymousreply 2202/10/2013

Be prepared to glow in the dark.

by Anonymousreply 2302/10/2013

Are you black, OP? The Japanese don't like black people.

by Anonymousreply 2402/10/2013

Could you send me some green tea Kit Kats, OP?

by Anonymousreply 2502/10/2013

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.

Enjoy.

by Anonymousreply 2602/10/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2702/10/2013

Don't be so dumb. That's like saying why would anyone live in the US after Five Mile Island?

by Anonymousreply 2802/10/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3002/10/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 3102/10/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3202/10/2013

Beware of the lady who lives in the well.

by Anonymousreply 3302/10/2013

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by Anonymousreply 3403/08/2013

Take Chris Isaac with you.

by Anonymousreply 3503/08/2013

mcdonald's

by Anonymousreply 3603/10/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3703/11/2013

Is employment better in Japan?

by Anonymousreply 3803/11/2013

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by Anonymousreply 3905/02/2013

Still has a very significant problem with Asians.

by Anonymousreply 4005/02/2013

Rs 23, 27, and 32 = correct. So very sad. For all of us.

by Anonymousreply 4105/04/2013

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)

by Anonymousreply 4205/04/2013

And yet they make children read Lafcadio Hearn in the schools R42, Methinks you oversimplify.

by Anonymousreply 4305/04/2013

They also make them read "Anne of Green Gables." Hardly a mark of xenophobia.

by Anonymousreply 4405/04/2013
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