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Postby powderfinger » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:26 am

Kenny wrote:If I was going to Tokyo for 2 weeks would that be enough time to reasonably go to another city/part of Japan and if so which part should that be?

I was thinking Kyoto or Osaka?


That's plenty of time to go many places without feeling too rushed. It's so damn easy to get around in Japan that I didn't find traveling stressful at all. In two weeks we did:

Tokyo (six nights)
Osaka (two nights)
Miyajima Island and Hiroshima (one night)
Kyoto (four nights)
Tokyo (one night)

I don't regret anything about that itinerary, though for most people I would probably recommend skipping Osaka as an overnight destination and seeing the highlights as a daytrip from Kyoto. I loved Osaka, but we also prioritized being there overnight on the weekend so we could go clubbing. If you're not trying to party and just want to sightsee, it's probably not worth an overnight stay at the expense of more nights in Kyoto/Tokyo or perhaps a more off-the-beaten path spot.
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Postby sailormoonvillain666@aol.com » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:26 am

u will neeevvvveeeer have 'enough time' for tokyo so just roll with it. deciding on kyoto vs osaka however depends entirely on what ur after. i spent six months on exchange in osaka and also didnt feel like that was enough lol.

i have lots of friends that post pix on facebook of 'whirlwind' tours doing a city a day or like three days and it makes me want to scream.
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Postby sailormoonvillain666@aol.com » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:27 am

lol ur post wasnt up when i was writing mine so pls dont take it as a dig! good timing however.
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Postby powderfinger » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:37 am

Given that the cost/logistics of getting to Japan from North America or Europe, the amount of vacation time most people have to work with, and the relative ease of getting around Japan, it is better-suited for covering a lot of ground than most places you can visit. Realistically that two week trip is all most people will ever get. Make the most of it.

That said, some people take that way too far. DO NOT spend time lurking /r/JapanTravel. Don't even search it for advice. Those people are insane.
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Postby Kenny » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:46 am

I mean, I'm guessing that Tokyo will be the focus of the trip but I want to see something else besides just the biggest city and a representation of something else. Like to be silly about it, I've wanted to go to Takamatsu after reading Kafka on the Shore years and years ago
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Postby powderfinger » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:15 am

Kenny wrote:I mean, I'm guessing that Tokyo will be the focus of the trip but I want to see something else besides just the biggest city and a representation of something else. Like to be silly about it, I've wanted to go to Takamatsu after reading Kafka on the Shore years and years ago


I'm saying, you can see a lot! To put a finer point on it, as amazing as Tokyo is, you are massively shortchanging yourself if you spend more than half of a two-week trip there IMO.

Spend some time in Kyoto and you still have a few days to follow your whimsy to places like Takamatsu.
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Postby Kenny » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:19 am

kewl thanks dude! I'll do some more planning. This is a far future plan, I'd like to save a chunk of change
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Postby dusky » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:20 am

whatever you do, fly into one city and out of another
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Postby hi-res » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:30 pm

edit: didn't refresh thread, i see plenty of good opinions have already answered petty's question.
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Postby Stuntman » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:02 pm

My opinion could not have changed more since page one of this thread. It turns out that being with a group of rowdy students living in Greater Tokyo makes the Tokyo experience far less enjoyable. Going there by myself made me appreciate the city in ways that were impossible in a group. I definitely think you should spend as much time in Tokyo as possible.

I love Kyoto fwiw, but for different reasons. There are more shrines and temples than you can see in a week and they're all beautiful. Wherever you choose to spend your time, for the love of god do not rush yourself. The last time I was there was for a wedding and I let the groom plan the last leg of the trip and he just wanted to hit up every possible shrine and temple in a 5-day window which meant that we were only spending about two hours per location and couldn't go down certain paths because they were too long. We took a bullet train to Hiroshima just so we could spend an hour at Itsukushima. It was the worst. Don't do that.
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Postby Stuntman » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:03 pm

Also Petty you probably already know this but you need to go to Super Potato in Akihabara. It was made for you.
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Postby Stuntman » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:09 pm

I've only been to Osaka once and it was just to see fireworks in Dotombori but after playing Yakuza 0 I want to spend like two weeks there.
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Postby new blood, old hat » Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:56 am

Osaka rules

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Postby tarantula » Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:20 am

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