This will be my second time to Japan. I went to Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama and Osaka before. But, this time, i also go with my friend that never been there at all. So, seems Tokyo and Kyoto is a must. Anywhere else? I love something like Takayama though. Very unique.
If you like temples and things traditional, head up to Mt Koya. Definitely worth an entire day as it is a bit of a pain in the butt to get up there, but I'd suggest you stay one night if possible- there's lots to see.
I am over in Kurashiki, in Okayama prefecture, and we have some nice sights here as well. Korakuen is one of the 3 most famous Japanese gardens in the country, and within walking distance is the cool, black Okayama Castle. Saijo Inari, dedicated to Ebisu, the god of commerce, is a huge shrine with one of the largest torii (gates) in the nation. Kurashiki (17 minutes west from Okayama on the JR Sanyo train line) has an Edo-era part of town called the "Bikan-chiku". If you stay in this area, you can easily head across the Seto Bridge to Shikoku, and explore Takamatsu (the city is cool, Ritsurin Park is a nice traditional Japanese garden), etc. When will you be coming? Each season offers special things to do and see... about 8 years ago
I went to Himeji Castle last week and it's spectacular and definitely worth a visit. It's about 30 minutes east of Osaka on the shinkansen. Nara is also definitely worth a trip, as is Kyoto. I find the japan-guide.com really helpful for information on how to get to places, opening times, costs etc.
I'm hoping to go to Nikko sometime soon, as I heard the buildings there are amazing. Might be worth looking into that, too.
Hope you have a great time in Japan! about 8 years ago
I strongly recommend Hokkaido - one of the most beautiful parts of Japan. It's kinda like tasmania, but with snow. I've lived in Japan for 6 years and i make a point of going to Sapporo, Hakodate and Otaru and other places every year. The food is great - the best sushi, crab and other seafood in japan i reckon. The sights are fantastic - in summer they have a flower festival in Furano and in Winter they have the snow festival in Sapporo (just google Sapporo Snow Festival to see some highlights). It's well worth the extra flight to get there. I also recommend Hiroshima as it is one of the friendliest cities in Japan (in my experience) - The a-dome is serene and beautiful, and Miyajima is amazing too - it's a shrine/gateway in the water.
Anyways please have fun whilst you're here! about 8 years ago
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Anyway, There is a question I have for a long time. Why did you decide to come to Japan? over 6 years agoAnswered by secret via Travellr.com
must visit place?
for sure, hokkaido university festival.
i took a movie of hokkaido uni. festival.
exchange students explain how the festival is like.
there are many kinds of food, many events like lecture by professor Akira Suzuki, a novel prize winner in science. I really recommend you to go this event next year. must be fun. you can experience part of young Japanese culture there.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxEhuAzsVds about 6 years agoAnswered by yuta via WorldNomads.com