Japan Trip...Looking for cool things to do/see?!

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  1. Stressfest

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    A question for the brains trust.. ;)

    Off to Japan next week and spending two weeks holidays, hitting namely Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima. Got the rail pass, so travel isn't an issue... Anyone been there and done that? Have any pointers for me? Any places a "must see" for either cultural or food reasons, hell I might even be able persuade the wife to hit a music store or two with me :D
     
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    Nice! In time for the early cherry blossoms.

    Also, Kyoto has fabulous temples and shrines. The more time you have to check them out, the better.
     
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    They have have some nice guitar shops over there..
     
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    Kyoto is in the first week of landing and have a tea ceremony there.. and yes, cherry blossom season was the reason we took the trip at this time.
    We're doing the Disney/universal thing for the kiddos, a Mt Fuji tour and the robot show for a laugh and naturally a lot of drunk karaoke is a given.. :D
     
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    Go check out the biggest Tower Records in the world in Tokyo.

    Try Habu Saki at least once.

    [​IMG]

    It's saki (sake) with a Habu snake coiled up in the jar.
     
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    Like, Okinawa south? How far south we talking?
     
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    Please don't call it Carry Okie.
    It's Kara Okay.

    It's the same Kara from Karate. Karate = Empty hand. Karaoke = empty orchestra.
     
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    The Golden Pavilion is a must see in Kyoto. Honestly, one could spend a few days in Kyoto going to shrines and pavilions (although probably not with youngish kids in tow).
     
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    Hard with a rail pass. I was thinking southeast of Nagasaki
     
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    Good to know!! Thanks :)

    Golden Pavillion... noted!

    We've got the railpasses but nothing's impossible.. Planning on a big trip with lots of spending money, so the sky's the limit really.. well, within reason ;)
     
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    Climb Mount Fuji. Great experience. Japanese baseball games are also very cool. Not sure if their season is ongoing, but it was a blast.
     
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    Use the huts.
     
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    Kinokuniya's South Shinjuku Store in Tokyo is a crazy good bookstore with a great selection of English language books.
     
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    try and stay a night or 2 at an Onsen that has one in the cabin.

    and don't forget to eat Fugu!

    probably can still ski mt. Fuji too.
     
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    Fugu and Sea Urchin and two things that will be on the menu.. to my wife's disgust. :rotflmao
     
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    - Make sure to book seats in nonsmoking Shinkansen rail cars.

    - Carry cash. Many ATMs won't accept your foreign bank card. It has been a few years, but when friends visited when I lived there, they had a hard time getting cash.

    - Take knapsacks with light sweaters/ jackets to last you throughout the day. It is always a long way back to your hotel.

    - The cuisine is regional as you travel up and down the country. Research which dishes you would like to try in each region.

    - Shinsaibashi, America Mura, Namba, and Osaka castle can be done in a day or 2 in Osaka. (There a few guitar shops in Shinsaibashi that you will enjoy and can visit while the wife and kids see something nearby).

    - My favourite spots in Kyoto are Kinkakuji, Ryoan-ji, Arashiyama, and Fushimi-Inari. Take the Sagano scenic train in Arashiyama. The views are spectacular, and will get the children off their feet.

    - In Tokyo, hold onto your kid's hands on the street. There are so many people, it is easy to get separated.

    - Watch what the locals do, and do the same.
     
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    I was wondering about the cash situation there.. I've got visa card and visa debit attached to the account but that'll be next to useless if they don't recognize the card. Cash is king I guess :)
     
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    I really like Nara as a day trip from Kyoto. Some really amazing stuff there and not quite as intense with the crowds.
     
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    It is a cash based society. The credit card system is very different than Westerners are used to.

    Also, do go with a massive, multinational insurance company for your travel medical insurance. There is nothing like being hounded by hospital accountants wanting reassurance that the company will pay them when you are in the emergency ward. But of course, hopefully you won't need it.
     
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