Question

Who can give me a good start on a 15 days tour in Japan

Hi Thanks for taking your time to read my question. I'm 30 years old, from Denmark but work and live in Bangkok right now. I'm coming to Japan on my first trip ever the 21st of March and will fly back to Bangkok the 5th of April. Does anybody have a few good advice about accomodation and night life in Tokyo and about skiing. I have worked as skiinstructor in Austria and France and would love to try the Japaneese powder. Thanks in advance Jacob

Location

City: Tokyo

Prefecture: Tokyo

Country: Japan

Answers

Hi Jacob,
Japan should be an amazing experience for you. I suggest you start off in Tokyo. There are bagpackers hotels or capsules where you can get a very economical stay. Capsules usually cost around 2-3000 yen per night. Look up capsule hotel in google and you'll see what I mean. the nightlife in Tokyo is amazing if you know where to go. Roppongi is the bar/club/disco capital of Japan, and can meet up with many different people from different countries. Don't be surprised if you see more foreigners in Roppongi than Japanese. However, if you are interested in superclubs, there are two that you should definitely check out. One is called Womb and is in the Shibuya district in Tokyo. The other one is called Ageha and is a little far from central Tokyo but definitely worth a visit. Google these two clubs and you'll can guide yourself there. Ageha and Womb. Other places to check out in Tokyo are Shinjuku, Harajuku, Ikebukuro, and Odaiba. Odaiba is my favourite place in Tokyo apart from Shibuya. Do visit Asakusa from the famous Temple. Moving on from Tokyo, you should definitely check out Nikko National Park which is about a 2 hour drive or 2 30 min bus ride from Tokyo. They have some world heritage sites there which are a must. Let me know if you're into stuff like theme parks, there are plenty in Japan. For Skiing, the best places as far as I know are Yuuzawa in Niigata Prefecture, a 3-4 hour drive from Tokyo. 2hrs 30 min with a bullet train. Other destinations include Nagano prefecture which is also around the same time but in a different direction. I'm not sure if Skiing is still on in Japan during this time of the year but I wouldn't bet against it. If you have time and are interested in hot springs, do visit Beppu city in Oita Prefecture, the ht spring capital of Japan, only second to Yosemite National Park in the US internationally. Please feel free to ask anything. I hope you enjoy your stay in Japan, I hope my brief help, helps.
Hay Jacob
I live up on the North Island of Hokkaido thats where the real powder snow is. As for tokyo Roppongi Shibia etc are the places to party. Dont know much as dont get there much. Places to ski that time of year not a great deal of snow down there as they have had a bad season . Hokkaido Ashi Dake Kuroro Dake have great spring skiing and basically all back country. Hope this helps
cheers Pat
Hi - im leaving Bangkok in 28 hours to fly to Tokyo and I still don't know if I should bring my ski cloth - do you know how the snow is now?

Thanks -
Hi - im leaving Bangkok in 28 hours to fly to Tokyo and I still don't know if I should bring my ski cloth - do you know how the snow is now?

Thanks -
hi, About skiing. im living in Hokkaido, here NISEKO if a really famous place for skiing, this little town is higly frequented by foreigner, at 90 pourcent of is population for his SNOW, this place its simply wonderfull, but unfortunatly april is not the right season in hokkaido for skiing anymore..
hi Jacob
it seems that you already have a lot of detailed information regarding skiing and partying in Roppongi, that is exactly what i would have suggested. it depends a lot on what you are interested in. i usually try to show people a different side of Tokyo. For example around kokubunji in western Tokyo you wll see interesting things, for example the buildings are surrounded by many fields and people actually work on them, we are still in Tokyo though. Also you can go to Mount Takao, one of the nearest mountains to Tokyo and quite accessible. You will be really in the countriside. Also in Chofu or Fuchu, i cannot remember now there is hot spa with hot BLACK water, the reason is because it sits on a big quarry of coal. you can access it from Musashi sakai, free shuttle bus from the station, south side, Musashi saka is one station away from Mitaka, western Tokyo. The YMCA hostel in Iidabashi should be around 3000 yer per day, or you can try this i havent tried it but you can get an idea. if you nee further info get in touch with me, i can show you around a bit. take care Gianni
Yes, Niseko would be the best powder in Japan. Depending on the day, Furano (also in Hokkaido) can have better powder. The best powder in Honshu (if you don't want to go all the way to Hokkaido) would be Myoko (two hours + from Tokyo) or perhaps Hakuba. But this year was sporadic on Honshu, so Niseko/Furano to be sure.
Hi

Thanks for you advice - it sounds great. If you have time then It could be fun to meet up - the beers will be on me. My email is - you can seach facebook with that address also.

Thanks Jacob
I am afraid that Bertrand is right; powder will be hard to find this time of year. Maybe Patrick can put you on some, though.

You come from Bangkok, and plan to go to Tokyo, see some evening spots, nightclubs, maybe try soap-land girls? The difference in price is going to shock you, and here, they don't do that ping-pong ball thing.
No, they separate you from your cash without the nocturnal sports aspect! Tokyo has nothing on BK for after-hours entertainment.

But dude! Don't let me stop you. Come, see, experience! You are young, and hope springs eternal from every young man's breast! The Tokyo evening entertainment district is built on the principle.

What do you do in BK? Certainly not a ski instructor or English teacher...
Hi Jacob
It all depends on your budget. Concerning night life I'd recommend Roppongi, Nishiazabu, Aoyama, Shibuya etc. Regarding accomodation there are reasonable business hotels in central tokyo.Skiing If you want to skii near by Tokyo, I recommend Naiba, Nagano Guma etc. But if you want to go to Hokaido you have to consider the airfare and accomdation.To get more info. please check metropolis website, it has a lot of info. about night life, events, clubs, accomodation and dinning.I hope this info will help you.
Hi Jacob,
I live on the prefecture of Okinawa in the Ryukyu chain of southern islands. Okinawa is a tropical island it's beautiful here. There is tons to see and do depending again on what you like to do. Naha is the capital city of Okinawa and that's where you want to go out and see the night life. I would start on Kokousai Street while in Naha. The beaches are gorgeous here. If you are in to water sports. The have amazing coral reef to check out here. April is probably the perfect time of year to be here. There are plenty of historical sites to check out as well, like the castle ruins, caves, the naval tunnels from WWII. There is a lot to do here on this beautiful island if you make it down here and it's very easy access from here to get to other near by islands.
Roppongi?! Niseko?! Those are the LAST places you want to go. What a waste! If you want to meet Australians go to Niseko, if you want to meet tourists, go to Roppongi. News flash: just as NYC is about as American as London, Tokyo is about as Japanese as Hong Kong. If you want to see Japan, sure, make a stop in Tokyo so you can take pictures, and say you saw the bright lights, but get out after a day or two, probably bracketed at the beginning and end when you fly in or out. Better yet, fly in to the Kansai, and see the real Japan: the capital for the vast majority of the history of Japan. Those 'new money' foreigners in Tokyo wouldn't know Japan if I hit them on the head with an okonamiyaki.
Hi Jacob!
I will be in Bangkok on the 21rst! I am going to Hua Hin. I will try to answer some of your questions.
I agree, starting in Tokyo is a good idea. I don't know about hostels, I am sure they are very clean, everything is immaculate. But maybe you are a little too old to stay in these accomadations? I would find capsules depressing, windowless. I sure there are inexpensive hotels, if you have a guide book. As I said they will be very clean, they ply gum off the floor is subway stations! You will find the subway system incredibly easy, and everyone is so polite and helpful. There are 3 train systems that run, and they are basically connected. they are clean comfortable, and safe. There is the metro, for around town, and the JR lines also connect very well. Then the highspeed trains that will connect you to more distant places. Like Kyoto, which I think is a must, only 21/2 hours from Tokyo, but expensive. About $250. In the US you can buy a JP rail line, only outside Japan, which I would recomend if you are going afar. You can buy them in 7 days or 14 days pass.
Odabia is cool, but very modern. You can rent a dog for the afternoon there. A nice thing to do is to take the monorail from Shimbashi, to Odabia. It will show you a different perspective of the city, go to the mall there then catch a boat to Asakusa, and the Senso-ji temple. The boats run at like 1:40, 2:40...
Nikko, is amazing, a world heritage site. It an ambitious one day tour, we spent the night once, it was very expensive, and nothing to do, limited restaurants, bars. I would recomend it as a day trip.
Roopongi is quite fun, great restaurants, bars. But there is a lively sex trade run by mostly nice men from Ghana. Its bothersome if you are not looking for it, in other words they won't leave you alone, unless you are with a woman, but some people are looking for it. At any rate most people come home at like 6 in the morning. The subway stops at sometime, and a lot of people find rest in the station.
Anything else I could help you with???
Debra
Dear Jacob,

I took the liberty and created a sample of one very original “Crazy individual Japan tour plan” for your journey. With Japan Rail pass, of course! For a tough person like you, I suggest the following itinerary:

Day 1
Bangkok/Tokyo
Arrive at Tokyo International Airport. Transfer to the Tokyo Station. Get the Rail Pass (in exchange for the voucher you have to buy in another country before you arrive in Japan). Get on the first bullet train to Hokkaido.

Day 2 and 3
Sapporo
Two-day skiing tour in Hokkaido. If possible, take a night train to Tokyo.

Day 4
Tokyo
Visit as many famous spots in Tokyo as you can, e.g.: Asakusa with Asakusa-Kannon Temple, Imperial Palace and its Garden, Meiji Shrine, Ueno Park, Tokyo National Museum, Gallery of Far Eastern Art, Japanese Academy of Art, Municipal Art Gallery, National History Museum, Kuroda Hall, Aquarium, National Science Museum, Shinjuku, Ginza, Kabukiza Theater, Kanda, Korakuen Park, Roppongi, etc.

Day 5
Tokyo/Hakone
Visit to Hakone for a cruise on Lake Ashi and Mt. Komagatake Aerial cableway. Stay at Hakone area.

Day 6
Hakone/Nagoya/Toba
Transfer to Odawara station and board a Shinkansen for Nagoya, visit Nagoya castle, Tokugawa Museum of Art. Transfer to Nagoya station and board a local train for Toba.
Stay overnight at Toba.

Day 7
Toba/Ise/Kyoto
Visit Mikimoto Pearl Island and Ise Jingu Shrine. Travel by limited express to Kyoto, an ancient capital of Japan and the cradle of Japanese culture. Stay in Kyoto for 2 nights.

Day 8
Kyoto/Nara/Kyoto
Visit Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle noted for its gorgeous interiors, and Kyoto Imperial Palace. Transfer to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan. Visit Todaiji Temple housing Great Buddha, colorful Kasuga Shrine with 3,000 lanterns, and Deer Park where many tame deer are freely roaming. Return to Kyoto.

Day 9
Kyoto/Kanazawa
Board a limited express train to Kanazawa, a well preserved fortress town. Stay at Kanazawa for one night. Explore the narrow streets and quaint tea parlors, or take an excursion to the Noto Peninsula.

Day 10
Kanazawa/Takayama
Travel by the limited express train to Toyama, transfer to the commuter train to Takayama, a little town nestled in the Japanese Alps. Stay for two nights.

Day 11
Takayama/Matsumoto
Board a Nohi Bus, which by the way is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass, to the castle town of Matsumoto. Stay overnight at Matsumoto.

Day 12
Matsumoto/Tokyo
Board the limited express train to Tokyo.

Day 13
Tokyo/Nikko/Tokyo
Full day excursion to Nikko by train. Visit Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Waterfall.

Day 14
Tokyo/Hase/Kamakura/Tokyo
Local train journey to Hase via Kamakura. Walk to the Great Buddha and Hase Kannon Temple. Then, return to Kamakura by Eno-Den train. Continue walk to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine through the second and third Torii gates. Walk back to Kamakura station via Komachi shopping street. Return to Tokyo. At night, I recommend the last pub crawl in Roppongi amusement district.

Day 15
Tokyo/Bangkok
If the hangover from last night permits, you can try shopping for some souvenirs until departure. Transfer to the Airport. Go wherever you need to, filled with a handful of great memories from Japan.

Cheers,

Chip
Hello Jacob

Instead of snowboarding i will advice you to go south or around Tokyo and enjoy some water sports, like surfing or windsurfing.
( if you like of course watersport ).

Japan get some amazing surfing spots everywhere, even around Tokyo. You can find some really nice spot. I m sorry about snowboarding, but like everyone said before it s not the best moment anymore for snowboarding but for beginin to advance surfing it s a really good season allready.

If you get interesting to go some surf trip you can ask me.

About my english i m sorry if i make some mistakes

Take care and enjoy this future trip you definitly will have fun
Hi,


Does anybody have a few good advice about accomodation and night life in Tokyo and about skiing. I have worked as skiinstructor in Austria and France and would love to try the Japaneese powder.

-- Nightlife? Roppongi and Shibuya are the best spots in Tokyo.

Accomodations would vary depending on your budget.
You can try either of the following.
1. Sakura Hostel -
2. Capsule Inn in Akihabara - (not for the classy traveler but very cheap. 4k yen a night)
3. Oak Hotel - -- Mid priced.

Skiing Trip?

I suggest you try the tour package offered by Japan Railways East Group (JR East) at
.

Or you could look at these sites.





The thing is, for non-Japanese speakers and on a tight-budget and constricted schedule trips, taking these packages are the best you can have.

After arriving in Narita Airport, look for the Midori no Mado Guchi of the JR East Office. Kanji is (みどりの窓口). It is actually a travel agency/ticketing office of the JR East. And the best part, someone speaks, at least in English.
Don't go to Roppongi!!!! Ewww!!!! You'll get a much better vibe at clubs like Unit or Air, in Daikanyama, or Womb in Shibuya. They tend to get more high-caliber, international acts too.
Don't go to Roppongi!!!! Ewww!!!! You'll get a much better vibe at clubs like Unit or Air, in Daikanyama, or Womb in Shibuya. They tend to get more high-caliber, international acts too.
I m agree with Takanawa, you should try some club outside of Roppongi, for my part Shibuya is a nice place, i oftem go to Atom or Camelot.
Those place get nice party.
The best powder snow that I've seen in Japan is in Hokkaido. If you're not on a limited budget, you should go there. Otherwise, if you want to remain in Honshu, try Nagano or Niigata.

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