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CyberWings
07-14-2007, 03:32 PM
Hi everyone, I have an unique opportunity in my life, for this reason I'm asking the help of anyone who has ever been in Japan.
I will be travelling to Japan for a training course and I'll be staying in that country for a whole month. Although this trip is work related on weekends I'll be able to visit different places and cities.
Considering that my time for tourism will be limited. What cities and places would you recommend me to go?
I'm really exited of this opportunity; this is such an interesting place and culture.
Thanks in advance for any help or advice!!

CyberWings
07-14-2007, 03:32 PM
Hi everyone, I have an unique opportunity in my life, for this reason I'm asking the help of anyone who has ever been in Japan.
I will be travelling to Japan for a training course and I'll be staying in that country for a whole month. Although this trip is work related on weekends I'll be able to visit different places and cities.
Considering that my time for tourism will be limited. What cities and places would you recommend me to go?
I'm really exited of this opportunity; this is such an interesting place and culture.
Thanks in advance for any help or advice!!

Hydra454
07-14-2007, 04:11 PM
Kyoto.Lots of artsy fartsy stuff there but really beautiful city.Tokyo as well.It is absolutly awesome to walk the streets of Tokyo at night with all the bill boards going.

I'm not from Japan though,I've just visited it before.

zardozid
07-14-2007, 05:33 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Considering that my time for tourism will be limited. What cities and places would you recommend me to go? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

What kind of thing do you want to see?

310th Falcon
07-14-2007, 05:56 PM
1. Hiroshima-Hiroshima is known for its Peace Park and Peace Memorial Museum.

2. Mt. Fuji- Measuring in at slightly over 12,000 feet, Mt. Fuji, a nearly symmetrical strato-volcano, last erupted in the 18th century. You can climb during the summer months.

3. Kyoto-Kyoto is Japan's second most popular tourist destination. Its fame results from a several well preserved historical sites. Kyoto, undamaged in World War II, contains the best-preserved examples of Japan's feudal history.

4. Tokyo-
a. Disneyland Resort & Disney Sea.
b. Toshimaen/Hydro Polis Amusement Park.
c. Akihabara (Electric Town)-Fifty square blocks of massive electronics stores. It's like taking a space trip and landing on planet transistor.
d. Imperial Palace-
e. Tokyo-Shinjuku (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4f/Japan_Tokyo_Shinjuku_billboards_11_014.jpg)


Best Regards

Hydra454
07-14-2007, 07:33 PM
I think that about sums it up well lol

FlatSpinMan
07-14-2007, 11:39 PM
I'm in Japan - Kobe if that means anything to you. I'd like to throw in Kamikura (near Tokyo) and Nara (near Osaka/Kyoto). These places are famous for old buildings and have the added advantage of being set in attractive surroundings. Personally, while I think Kyoto has some areas which are lovely, most of thw city is as ugly as any other Japanese city. Don't get wrong, I am happy living here in Japan but their urban planning (along with wars and earthquakes) leaves a lot to be desired.

If you're in Tokyo there is a park, Shinjuku Gyoen about 15 minutes walk from the station. It's a bit tricky to find. If you go there it has both western style gardens and a japanese style one. It is also cool as it is right in the centre of town so you can see shyscrapers and modern japan rising up behind the traditional building in the garden.
Another interesting but rather controversial site is the Yasukuni Jinja(Shrine). The shrine itself is nothing especially noteworthy in terms of appearance but the attached museum has a real Zero, some torpedo bomber, and Ohka and a katien (kamikaze submarine). Some "interesting" perspectives on Japan's miltary history, too.

If you find yourself down in Osaka or Kobe give me a call.

zardozid
07-15-2007, 01:07 AM
Their are many good ideas here...
(no order here)

1. Kyoto (for all the above reasons) I might add the city is laid out like a grid so you will not get lost. (LOL) This is where you will find the Kyoto Imperial Palace (The Emperors home before the 1800's). One of the oldest wooden structures in Japan...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto_Gosho

2. Akihabara (In Tokyo) if you like electronics's,games,manga this is your home away from home! just don't forget about the DVD regions. (and watch out for the Otaku!)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akihabara

3. Shinjuku or/and Ginza Before the 1990's the "center" of "downtown" Tokyo was the Ginza today you could say Shinjuku is the "Times Square" of Tokyo.
The Ginza http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginza
Below Shinjuku at night...
http://cityscapewallpapers.com/shinjuku_at_night_tokyo.jpg

4. Takayama: Do you want to get out of the city and check out a town? Takayama is a beautiful mountain town and would be a great experience to contrast your visit to Tokyo. (I really like this place)
http://www.hida.jp/english/

5. The Tokaido Shinkansen. If your going to travel from Kyoto to Tokyo I might suggest the Shinkansen (train). It travels the Tokaido road. This historic road was immortalized by the famous woodblock artist Hiroshige.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C5%8Dkaid%C5%8D_(road)

6. Kamikura is a good idea. Many, many temples and it's on the ocean!
http://www.bancroftnebraska.org/Largest%20Buddha-Kamikura.jpg

If you gave me an idea about what kind of thing your looking for I could point you in a direction...Historic, museum's, city's?

CyberWings
07-15-2007, 09:45 AM
Thanks for all the replies, http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif
I'm form Argentina so with this trip I'm really looking to see the contrast between our two cultures and learn as much as I can about Japan. I'm really interested in visiting the most important temples, historic places but also all those things that made Japan such a unique place in the world.
Forgot to tell you most of the time I'll be staying in Nagoya city, these are the places I look up to visit in Nagoya:

Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Inuyama Castle / Nagoya Castle
Osu Kannon Temple

For what I found so far and from your recommendations the best places to visit in Tokyo are:
The imperial palace
Akihabara (For what you told me I could spend one week in this place)
Shinjuku
Yasukuni Jinja I read something about this controversial site but I don't think I would like to miss the chance to see a real Zero. (I promise to post some pictures of those airplanes in this forum http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif.
A few questions:
Do you know another place where I could visit like an air war museum or something like that?
Someone told me that there is a famous zoo in Tokyo, with panda bears. Witch one?
Would anyone recommend me to visit the Tokyo fish market? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif
Can anyone recommend a museum related with Samurai history?

I will also spend at least one weekend in Kyoto and If I had the chance I will try to visit a fourth city, Yokohama, Kobe, or Osaka.

Thanks for all the replies, links with information and pictures, I still have to wait a month for this trip so I'll have the change to read all this information and more. I`ll keep in touch http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Sillius_Sodus
07-15-2007, 01:02 PM
I've spent lots of time in Nagoya, you are a short train ride from Nara, a bit further to Kyoto. Nagoya is a lot of fun, make sure you spend some time at the Osu market. If you like cars, the Toyota factory and museum is close by and worth a visit. There's a Ramen noodle museum too, if you run out of things to do and see. Never been there myself.

Have fun,
Sillius_Sodus

GerritJ9
07-15-2007, 01:16 PM
The "Mikasa", Togo's flagship at Tsushima, can be visited at Yokosuka.

Cajun76
07-15-2007, 02:16 PM
Zero at Yasukuni shrine? Where?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/Cajun76/P1000745a-1.jpg

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Haigotron
07-15-2007, 06:25 PM
nihongo ga wakarimasuka?

CyberWings
07-15-2007, 06:58 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Haigotron:
nihongo ga wakarimasuka? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

nihongo wa wakari masen
eigo de onegai shimasu http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/touche.gif

J_Anonymous
07-15-2007, 07:50 PM
I left Japan 2 decades ago and am no longer familiar with newer things in major cities. But as some suggested, Nara is a good place to have a glimpse of very historical as well as somewhat rural Japan. Nara was the capital of Japan before Kyoto was. Only about 1 hour train ride from Kyoto, but Nara is much quieter (Kyoto is just too loud, in my opinion). I highly recommend "Todaiji" temple in Nara. The wooden structure that contains the big buddha statue is the world oldest structure made of wood (I think). It's huuuuuuuuge. I like walking around the surrounding area during quiet evening hours too (it's safe). There are many ancient burial sites etc. in Nara, some of which have a nice museum.

Nagoya was a major hub of Japanese aircraft manufacturing during WW2. I would be surprised if there is no museum but not sure. Gifu is about 1 hour north from Nagoya into mountanous area, and that city also had aircraft industry during WW2 (hence B29 raid.....). There is still a major base of Japan Air Self Defense Force.

I hope you will enjoy the visit. Nagoya is known for "Nagoya kochin", a kind of chicken, and good for Yakitori! Make sure you try it.

ps. forgot to mention. If you have a chance to visit Nara, Mie is about 1 hour south. Mie is where techniques for cultured pearl was invented and is world famous for "Mikimoto Pearl". Ocean view (I dunt remember well,,,,, Ago-wan (Ago-bay) I think) was magnificent from Youth Hostel when I visted there in my youth.

Dagnabit
07-15-2007, 09:26 PM
Hey Cyber,

I have a friend that lived there that says Kyoto is a must if you want to see Japanese culture at its best. Being the old capital before Tokyo it has many important Shrines/Temples. Also the old Emperors palaces, and other points of interest.
You might also want to do some surfing on the net for more specifics.
Have a great trip.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2158.html

Dag

J_Anonymous
07-16-2007, 10:45 AM
I found a site that lists all aircraft exhibitions in Japan,

http://ksa.axisz.jp/index.htm

There is a small museum in Gifu but it is not worth a visit I think,

http://www.city.kakamigahara.lg.jp/museum/

Your best bet seems Yasukuni Shrine

http://ksa.axisz.jp/a3607Yasukuni.htm

Many Japanese citizens refuse to go there, but you are a "gaijin", it does not matter. Personally, I refuse to walk in the shrine even though my grand father's spirit is supposed to be there. It's too bad ultra conservatives took over the control of the shrine a few dacades ago. Even the imperial family refuses to go there since then, even though the emperor is supposed to be the god of the gods in Shinto religion.... (Japanese forces didn't bother to bring the body of fallen soldiers, hence there is no such thing as grave yard for fallen soldiers. Yasukuni is the only place for the family of fallen soldiers to pray).