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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:02 pm    Post subject: Japan in the summer Reply with quote

I am going to Japan in mid-June this summer. I will have ten days or so to do sightseeing, and visit a karate dojo Is there anyone in Japan or who knows Japan well? I haven't decided which places to visit (Osaka, Nara and Kyoto, probably, but haven't made a detailed plan yet) and I am not sure about the transportation method I should prefer, considering I am on a tight budget. Any recommendations on these two issues will greatly be appreciated. Thank you!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not got any advice but Japan is on my bucket list and hope to do it in a couple of years. Hope you have fun!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DWx wrote:
Not got any advice but Japan is on my bucket list and hope to do it in a couple of years. Hope you have fun!


Thanks, DWx! I am really excited about it, and hope to have a great time there
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Japan is fun and exciting, but it can be quite overwhelming one way or another. Several members here at KF, including myself, have been to Japan quite often. So, here are some link found here at KF that might interest you...

https://www.karateforums.com/okinawa-for-christmas-vt51318.html?highlight=japan+visit

https://www.karateforums.com/trip-to-tokyo-vt50418.html?highlight=japan+visit

https://www.karateforums.com/going-to-okinawa-vt50220.html?highlight=japan+visit

https://www.karateforums.com/japan-living-and-training-as-a-westerner-vt27674.html?highlight=japan+visit

https://www.karateforums.com/i-ll-be-in-japan-for-8-months-vt25476.html?highlight=japan+visit

Hope you find the info in these links. If not, please ask.



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want any video game-related advice, my girlfriend definitely has some, she went to Japan and loved it, haha. Actually, advice from her is in the second thread Bob linked to. (Good list, Bob!) But if anyone else has any advice, definitely add it here! Thanks.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sensei8 wrote:
Japan is fun and exciting, but it can be quite overwhelming one way or another. Several members here at KF, including myself, have been to Japan quite often. So, here are some link found here at KF that might interest you...

https://www.karateforums.com/okinawa-for-christmas-vt51318.html?highlight=japan+visit

https://www.karateforums.com/trip-to-tokyo-vt50418.html?highlight=japan+visit

https://www.karateforums.com/going-to-okinawa-vt50220.html?highlight=japan+visit

https://www.karateforums.com/japan-living-and-training-as-a-westerner-vt27674.html?highlight=japan+visit

https://www.karateforums.com/i-ll-be-in-japan-for-8-months-vt25476.html?highlight=japan+visit

Hope you find the info in these links. If not, please ask.




Hi, thanks for the links, sensei8! And sorry for the late reply, this week has started really hectic for me. I read some of them and there is really useful information for me, considering my Sensei told me I can take an exam in Japan. It is very tempting to train all the time while in Japan, but I should resist it and do some sightseeing as well I will definitely consider the recommendations. Actually, last year I had a chance to visit Japan for one week but did not have enough time to see much, except a bit of Tokyo and some (incredibly beautiful) shrines in Kyoto. Now I hope to have a nicely programmed trip before I go.

Patrick wrote:
If you want any video game-related advice, my girlfriend definitely has some, she went to Japan and loved it, haha. Actually, advice from her is in the second thread Bob linked to. (Good list, Bob!) But if anyone else has any advice, definitely add it here! Thanks.


Thanks for the advice, Patrick unfortunately I never played any video games in my life I will add Meiju shrine and Imperial Palace to my to-be-visited list.


My major problem for now is that I do not have much information on the transportation system of Japan by bus. Their railway system is ultra-super, but not affordable for me this time. I wonder if anyone used buses in Japan and if it is possible to travel by bus as comfortably as trains (at least as much as possible, although it is not as quick as possible). I will spend three days in Shizuoka, then probably head to Kyoto-Osaka-Nara. Then I'll return to Tokyo and to the Narita airport. I may take the bus in the night if possible to spare my hotel fee as well What do you think? Would it be difficult to get to these places by bus?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Japan in the summer Reply with quote

conrad665 wrote:
I am going to Japan in mid-June this summer. I will have ten days or so to do sightseeing, and visit a karate dojo Is there anyone in Japan or who knows Japan well? I haven't decided which places to visit (Osaka, Nara and Kyoto, probably, but haven't made a detailed plan yet) and I am not sure about the transportation method I should prefer, considering I am on a tight budget. Any recommendations on these two issues will greatly be appreciated. Thank you!


I have zero suggestions, but man am I jealous! Have a great time! Keep us posted on how it goes!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Japan in the summer Reply with quote

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conrad665 wrote:
I am going to Japan in mid-June this summer. I will have ten days or so to do sightseeing, and visit a karate dojo Is there anyone in Japan or who knows Japan well? I haven't decided which places to visit (Osaka, Nara and Kyoto, probably, but haven't made a detailed plan yet) and I am not sure about the transportation method I should prefer, considering I am on a tight budget. Any recommendations on these two issues will greatly be appreciated. Thank you!


I have zero suggestions, but man am I jealous! Have a great time! Keep us posted on how it goes!


Thanks, tallgeese! I'll do it
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife and son just returned to the US after 2 weeks in the Osaka area. It was cherry blossom season. They saw kyudo, karate, kendo, and judo classes, hike mountains, saw shrines and a castle, and so much more! I'm jealous that I have to live vicariously through their photos! It looks and sounds awesome.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sperki wrote:
My wife and son just returned to the US after 2 weeks in the Osaka area. It was cherry blossom season. They saw kyudo, karate, kendo, and judo classes, hike mountains, saw shrines and a castle, and so much more! I'm jealous that I have to live vicariously through their photos! It looks and sounds awesome.

Sounds like your wife and son had a blast; and what a great time to visit Japan!!



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