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Jeannette
Brooklyn

Japan

3 weeks in Japan: where to go and what to do

I'm planning to spend 3 weeks solo in Japan in October. I'm on a budget, but willing to splurge on some nice meals. Looking for any recommendations on places to stay, eat, visit, etc. 


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top answer by
Lorraine

Get a rail pass before you go-will save you heaps and you can often pre-book seats as well. Kyoto a must, Nara not far on train from Osaka is great to visit. Hiroshima and the Peace Park, and  Nagasaki(on Kyushu)-both have great Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and interesting to visit. Beppu-also on Kyushu-very high geothermal activity area-has great onsen, and has the Hells of Beppu (geo thermal pools). Can have hot sand baths.-is a beach city.Steam comes up from gutter gratings and cracks in pavements!! Miyajima Island just off Hiroshima-can take a ferry and if you have a Japan Rail pass, covers the ferry. Temples, walk trails and fascinating history. Hint-watch the deer near the ferry terminal-they will eat anything-maps, hats, your bag!

Himeji Castle in Himeji well worth a visit-was never attacked so is original castle. Osaka Castle bombed in WW2 so is just a replica-Himeji for real.

keep an eye out for seasonal foods-lots of little stalls will sell and are hygienic-candied sweet potato, fried maple leaves, okonomiyaki-lots to try.

If you get to Osaka-try to go to Mino Park-about 25 minutes on train from Umeda station. Has walking trails, little temples, and a waterfall, and lots of monkeys. You will probably manage to be there when all the leaves are changing-beautiful, and a real break from the concrete-not much greenery in Japanese cities.

In Tokyo, make sure you go to Ginza. Also go to Harajuku, especially Takeshita Street-crazy fashions. Shibuya 109 interesting to shop in. In Osaka don't miss Ame-mura for interesting and innovative fashions.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Kyoto (city)
  2. Nara (city)
  3. Osaka (city)
  4. Hiroshima (hotel)
  5. Peace Park (attraction)
  6. Nagasaki (city)
  7. Kyushu (attraction)
  8. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (attraction)
  9. Hells of Beppu (attraction)
  10. Miyajima Island (attraction)
  11. Himeji Castle (attraction)
  12. Osaka Castle (attraction)
  13. Mino Park (attraction)
  14. Ginza (region)
  15. Harajuku (neighborhood)
  16. Takeshita Street (attraction)
  17. Shibuya (metro area)
  18. Ame-mura (attraction)
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