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One week Japan adventure- what "musts" ?

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One week Japan adventure- what "musts" ?

Hello everyone!

I am travelling to Japan for a week in August with my family, and we were planning on staying 3 daysin Tokyo (are they enough?), a couple in Kyoto and visit mount Fuji.

For any Tokyo and Kyoto experts, and anyone who has been to Japan, I am looking for help on planning my trip! I know Tokyo is a very expensive city, so I would like to know:

- where to go and eat sushi, ramen and other japanese food that is exceptionally good but at a good price.

- which neighbourhoods are not to miss

- when to go to the fish market

-where to buy in advance the tube tickets (i was told they are cheaper if you buy them in advance)

-recommended transport for both the city and to go to Kyoto

- what not to miss in both city

-how to get to mount Fuji..?

I have so many questions! basically, i would like a rough pln of the trip based on these criterias if you can help. this is the first trip I am planning on my own and would like it to go really well!

Also, are there festivals in that period? (roughly the third week of August)? I can't miss the Harajuku girls, which I know are during Saturdays if Im not mistaken.

Someone also told me there is a starbucks up high on a skyscraper from which you can see the whole of Tokyo.

PLEASE someone help me! any tip will be taking into consideration... climate (probably terribly hot), restaurants, neighbourhoods, festivals, markets etc.

I havn't decided where to stay yet, but i would prefer my three (or four) daytrip to be divided into areas (neighbourhoods close to each other with attractions and "musts") as to not waste too much time going from one side of town to another.

I thank you in advance!!!

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1. Re: One week Japan adventure- what "musts" ?

Oh boy, most of these questions can be answered by searching this forum or researching. This website is a great resource: http://www.japan-guide.com/

- where to go and eat sushi, ramen and other japanese food that is exceptionally good but at a good price.>>> Most people favor Tsukiji fish market for the freshest sushi. I will give you some tools so you can research what is a "good price" and what is "exceptionally good": bento.com and http://metropolis.co.jp/dining . Again, you will find food being discussed in several threads, feel free to ask additional questions based on your research.

- which neighbourhoods are not to miss >>> Here is a guide to Tokyo: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2164.html . Neighborhoods not to miss are Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku, Asakusa.. maybe more depending on what you are into.

- when to go to the fish market>>> This page will answer all your questions about the fish market. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3021.html and another resource: time.com/time/…00.html

-where to buy in advance the tube tickets (i was told they are cheaper if you buy them in advance) >>> you can buy a Japan Rail Pass for unlimited travel in Japan but as it is quite expensive it is only recommended to buy this if you are planning on visiting many places in Japan, not just Tokyo and Kyoto. You need to purchase these in advance and it cannot be purchased inside Japan: http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng There is no discount for buying tickets in advance on the train system in Tokyo. You can buy a Suica or Pasmo card which can be pre-loaded with money so you just tap your card at the gates and enter, without figuring out how much you need or messing around with ticket machines each time you hop on the train. If you are thinking about coming in on the N'EX train from Narita airport you can get a train ticket + Suica card package: https:/…index.html

-recommended transport for both the city and to go to Kyoto>>> Tokyo's train system is extensive and requires some studying. There is no recommended method, you will be using a combination of privatized railways to get around the sites. Here is a guide to the Tokyo train system: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2017.html To go to Kyoto you should take a bullet train. Here is an overview: www.japan-guide.com/e/e2018_tokaido.html There are also buses if you are on a budget.

- what not to miss in both city>>> The links already provided should help you get started on this. What is not to miss differs from person to person, depending on their interests. Here is a Kyoto travel guide: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2158.html

-how to get to mount Fuji..? >>>> Here you go: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2172.html

Also, are there festivals in that period? (roughly the third week of August)? >>> Short answer, yes: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2286.html

any tip will be taking into consideration... climate (probably terribly hot)>>> Yes, August is hot, uncomfortable due to humidity. You will sweat profusely and beg for air conditioning.

I havn't decided where to stay yet, but i would prefer my three (or four) daytrip to be divided into areas>>> You can get around easily in Tokyo, you don't need to divide your stay. As long as you are within the green circle line (Yamanote line) you will be find. Plug in your budget to your preferred hotel finder tool and see what you can swing. Shinjuku and Shibuya are desirable areas. Come back with your short list after you have read reviews if you still can't decide.

on staying 3 daysin Tokyo (are they enough?)>>> Depends on your interests. 3 days in Tokyo, then one night in the Mount Fuji area, then moving onto Kyoto and beyond? Is probably fine.

Please click around, I'm sure you will go down a wormhole of research and come up 3 hours later with more in-depth questions, feel free to come back and ask them.

Edited: 2:16 pm, June 20, 2013
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2. Re: One week Japan adventure- what "musts" ?

August you can expect some heat and humidity and lots of festivals.

As far as Tokyo I think you could stay 2 weeks and not see everything though in 3 days you can see many great things.

If you want to go to the Fish Market you must get there at 4:30 AM and stand in line. Only a limited number of people are allowed in the Tuna bidding area. I personally thing this is a bit over rated but many enjoy it.

I think if you like Harajuku girls you would like a day in Western Tokyo. Harajuku. Visit Takeshita-dori where you will find tons of fashion and interesting people. Also you will want to visit Shibuya which is not far from Harajuku. Center-gai is the famous spot you have seen in hundreds of photo's with the mass of people crossing the street. You can sit in the Starbucks and get a good view of the action there. Depending on what you like to do there is plenty to see and do in these areas. Lot's of shopping, Cafe's, bars, art galleries, parks and more. Many people enjoy Roppongi Hills as well and you will get great views of Tokyo at night from the observation area.

If you go to the Tsukiji Fish market I would do it in the same day as a visit to Ginza. Ginza is another great area to visit. I would visit Tokyo Tower and Zojo-ji which is a very short walk from Tokyo tower. Also I would make sure to visit the East Gardens at the Imperial Palace. If you are interested in museums or shopping there is no shortage and you will not go hungry for sure.

Other possible places to visit depending on what you like.

Asakusa - though if you are going to Kyoto you can probably skip this as you will see plenty of Temples and Shrines

Akihabara - Electric town! Get you geek on with tone of electronics and maid cafe's.

Odaiba - Great man maid island home to the Giant Gundam. The boat rides can be a lot of fun and the Rainbow bridge is beautiful at night.

Ueno Park - if you love museums and zoo's

I will try to write more later but gotta run.

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