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Going To Japan! Need Advice On Cost And Sights  
User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1659 posts, RR: 7
Posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

Hello there fellow A.nutters!  

So I'm finally going to Japan for 2,5 weeks in October/November, flying into Tokyo on the 22nd of October.

My plan is to stay in Tokyo for a few days and than move down South, either by rental car or bullet train. Now I already have a lot of info thanks to websites like http://wikitravel.org/en/Japan, but there is always more to be learned!  

I have a few questions hopefully some of you can help me with;

1. What should I expect for normal daily expenditures in Euros? With that I mean buying a simple breakfast in a supermarkt, having a simple lunch and diner. Buying a few beers in a supermarket and at bars, that sort of stuff. Actually anything besides hotel costs (I got that figured out) and car rental/train tickets. Is Japan still as expensive as some people make it out to be?

2. Maybe someone can inform about must-see places or activities? Preferably not too touristy or trampled by Lonely-Planet-Backpackers. Would love to know some spots normally only locals go to.

3. Anthing else you want to share about Japan to a very excited Dutch guy? 


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User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2193 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1987 times:

My favourite country! In my opinion, don't bother renting a car, just catch trains. And not just Shinkansens, take the slower trains through the mountains and see a local side to Japan. Hyperdia is your friend.

If you stay at Super Hotels or Toyoko Inns breakfast will be included, though the latter generally serves a Japanese breakfast (which I like and isn't raw fish but miso soup, salad and rice cakes). They are both easy to book online and cheap, though nothing special.

Beers can be got from vending machines and convenience stores, though I don't drink so can't advise on costs. Noodle shops are cheap, just look around and you will find meals for less than 10 Euros easy. Try some of their western food, it can be nice, though different. 24 hour convenience stores can be great for snacks and Japanese bakeries are excellent. Though you are coming from Europe where the food is made to better standards than in Australia from my experience.

There are an infinite number of must-sees in my opinion and many of them will not be overrun in the season that you are going. Most attractions are geared to local tourists, though are easy enough for westerners, and you will almost certainly feel they are genuine rather than tourist kitsch (with the exception of many reconstructed castles - go for the wooden originals).

In my opinion Japan is cheaper than Europe, unless you decide to spend on luxury.

I've been there 10 times in 8 years and want to keep returning there is so much to see and do. You can find ideas at my blogs at travelling allrite and a bit to see around Tokyo here. I haven't rewritten up my favourite trip yet, which was Osaka - Nara - Takayama - Kanazawa -Tokyo. The photos are in a few Picasa albums though you will need to click "show more".

Unfortunately, most of my trips have been earlier in the year than yours. You should at least spot some gorgeous autumn foliage.

Other than Kyoto and Tokyo, which both have tonnes of local sights, I loved Kanazawa for the gardens, pottery, samurai district etc. Takayama for the beef and old areas. Matsuyama and Takamatsu on Shikoku for the castle, baths and beautiful garden. The route from mountain valley Tsuwano to pretty Matsue. Beppu - touristy but the hells are just amazing, then a ride along giant Mt Aso's caldera. The train ride up to Koya-san. Walking in Kamakura. I could go on and on.

Can't wait for my next trip there, so I hope that you enjoy yours as much as I have.



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8226 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1985 times:

Quoting travelavnut (Thread starter):

3. Anthing else you want to share about Japan to a very excited Dutch guy?

The women are generally awesome. Seriously. They take care of themselves well, especially in Tokyo, and usually have their own money. And they're hot. Daily life here is a continuous testosterone injection.

Quoting travelavnut (Thread starter):
1. What should I expect for normal daily expenditures in Euros? With that I mean buying a simple breakfast in a supermarkt, having a simple lunch and diner. Buying a few beers in a supermarket and at bars, that sort of stuff. Actually anything besides hotel costs (I got that figured out) and car rental/train tickets. Is Japan still as expensive as some people make it out to be?

Japan is quite inexpensive if you know what you're doing, and often times less so than Europe or the States now that we've had four consecutive years of deflation. That said the exchange rates are not favorable at the moment as the yen is incredibly strong.

For starters, you won't buy breakfast at a supermarket, as most of them don't open until 9 or even 10. Most Japanese pick up breakfast at small cafes, or chains like DOUTOR, Komeda's Coffee, and McDonald's. There are billions of Komeda's Coffee locations in any busy station district of every major city. They have decent breakfast sets with ham and egg for around 750 yen. A simple lunch will run about the same, though I recommend having your fancy meals at lunch as they can be quite filling and cost 20-40% less than dinner. Even gourmet restaurants often offer lunch deals at significant discounts over their dinner rates. You can have an incredible multi-course lunch for under 2500 yen, whereas the same would cost 3500 or more for dinner.

Beer in bars runs anywhere from 200 yen for draft mugs in local izakayas (Japanese bars) to upwards of 500-600 yen in chain bars and bars that cater to foreigners. You can get a six pack of happo-shu (reduced barley content) beer for 650 yen or less. Sapporo makes a great one right now called Ice Lager that I heartily recommend. Anything in a convenience store will be significantly more expensive, so avoid buying things there if you can.

If you really want a cheap culinary experience, head into a major supermarket after 7 pm when they start discounting everything in the takeaway section. The seafood and deli sections usually have mountains of delicious fresh bento (takeaway) meals ranging from average to absolutely exotic, and usually everything is under 1000 yen. You'll probably spend a good bit of time just looking at it all. Hell even after six years here I have trouble deciding what to get - sometimes everything just looks that good. Don't forget to try the local sweets too - they're great. Whatever you do though, don't eat anything you pick up randomly in public - this is a major foreigner's no-no. If you must eat in public, best to do it in a park or somewhere out of view.

Keep in mind for getting around in all the major cities if you plan to spend the day hitting a lot of sites you can save a lot of money by getting a day pass for the subway. All subway operators offer them and it's much better to pay 900-1000 yen for the day then spend double that on several rides.

Quoting travelavnut (Thread starter):
2. Maybe someone can inform about must-see places or activities? Preferably not too touristy or trampled by Lonely-Planet-Backpackers. Would love to know some spots normally only locals go to.

It really depends on where you plan on visiting. Hiroshima and Kyoto are must-sees for sure if you have the time to spare - and Kyoto requires at least three days at minimum to give its due. Probably the most essential experience you can have that locals enjoy is to visit an onsen. There are hot springs all over the country and Japanese often go for the day to unwind. They are usually quite inexpensive unless you are staying the night and even in the summer the relaxation value can't be beat.

Quoting travelavnut (Thread starter):
3. Anthing else you want to share about Japan to a very excited Dutch guy?

As previously mentioned, if you really want to enjoy your trip, go into a bar near any business district on a Friday night and look for groups of women drinking after work. Chances are at least 1 or 2 in a group will speak decent English, as Japanese women are typically much more English proficient than men. If you hit it off, you'll have a local tour guide for the weekend at the very least. Get them to take you to karaoke and you're in for a great time. The all-nighter in Japan is a great memory to have!



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User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6365 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1972 times:

Japan is one of my absolute most favorite places. See, I am a very orderly person - if there are rules, I follow them; if there are lines, I queue up correctly. I am convinced that inside my Caucasian exterior is a Japanese interior  

As far as Tokyo, I can recommend an affordable hotel with free breakfast - Hotel Asia Center of Japan. Check it out. Rooms are small, but the location is spot on (about a 4 minute walk from Aoyama-Itome metro station) and the price is really good.

Quoting allrite (Reply 1):
don't bother renting a car, just catch trains. And not just Shinkansens, take the slower trains through the mountains and see a local side to Japan.

I agree with this 110%

Quoting allrite (Reply 1):
Beers can be got from vending machines and convenience stores, though I don't drink so can't advise on costs

After a long day of business or sightseeing, when I just want to crash at my hotel, I will often walk to the closest convenience store and grab a Sapporo or two. They end up being just a couple euros each.

Quoting allrite (Reply 1):
24 hour convenience stores can be great for snacks

I would go one further and say a lunch or light dinner. I have, on many occasions, just picked up a few hot buns (ahem...) or some chicken from a local convenience store and had that for a small meal. Not great, but cheap and quick.


User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1659 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1972 times:

Quoting allrite (Reply 1):
My favourite country!

Botswana still takes that spot in my book, but who knows   I have a feeling I'm really gonna like Japan 
Quoting allrite (Reply 1):
Hyperdia is your friend.

Awesome! Thanks! This is just the kind of info I'm looking for.

Quoting allrite (Reply 1):
Noodle shops are cheap, just look around and you will find meals for less than 10 Euros easy.

I love noodles, great  
Quoting allrite (Reply 1):
In my opinion Japan is cheaper than Europe

Ok, that comforting, I have heard some horror stories about how expensive it is.

Quoting allrite (Reply 1):
Other than Kyoto and Tokyo, which both have tonnes of local sights, I loved Kanazawa for the gardens, pottery, samurai district etc. Takayama for the beef and old areas. Matsuyama and Takamatsu on Shikoku for the castle, baths and beautiful garden. The route from mountain valley Tsuwano to pretty Matsue. Beppu - touristy but the hells are just amazing, then a ride along giant Mt Aso's caldera. The train ride up to Koya-san. Walking in Kamakura. I could go on and on.

Thank you very very much!

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
The women are generally awesome. Seriously. They take care of themselves well, especially in Tokyo, and usually have their own money. And they're hot. Daily life here is a continuous testosterone injection.

Haha, actually I was really wondering about that. Let's see if they like a Dutchy  
Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
They have decent breakfast sets with ham and egg for around 750 yen. A simple lunch will run about the same, though I recommend having your fancy meals at lunch as they can be quite filling and cost 20-40% less than dinner.

This is exactly what I was looking for, THANKS!

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
Beer in bars runs anywhere from 200 yen for draft mugs in local izakayas (Japanese bars) to upwards of 500-600 yen in chain bars and bars that cater to foreigners. You can get a six pack of happo-shu (reduced barley content) beer for 650 yen or less.

Not too bad, I was expecting much more expensive.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
Sapporo makes a great one right now called Ice Lager that I heartily recommend. Anything in a convenience store will be significantly more expensive, so avoid buying things there if you can.

So beer/alcohol in bars is actually cheaper than in convenience stores?! Exactly opposite of most places I visit.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
If you really want a cheap culinary experience, head into a major supermarket after 7 pm when they start discounting everything in the takeaway section.

Thnaks, really great info.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
Hell even after six years here I have trouble deciding what to get - sometimes everything just looks that good.

I'm literally mouth watering right now 
Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
Whatever you do though, don't eat anything you pick up randomly in public - this is a major foreigner's no-no. If you must eat in public, best to do it in a park or somewhere out of view.

Ok, good to know. Still have to read up on that kind of thing.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
Hiroshima

Actually one of the places I really wanted to visit, any specific tips or pointers for this city?

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
Probably the most essential experience you can have that locals enjoy is to visit an onsen.

Check! Will absolutely do this.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
As previously mentioned, if you really want to enjoy your trip, go into a bar near any business district on a Friday night and look for groups of women drinking after work.
Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
If you hit it off, you'll have a local tour guide for the weekend at the very least. Get them to take you to karaoke and you're in for a great time. The all-nighter in Japan is a great memory to have!

I-cant-wait   



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User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1659 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1967 times:

Quoting sw733 (Reply 3):
Japan is one of my absolute most favorite places. See, I am a very orderly person - if there are rules, I follow them; if there are lines, I queue up correctly. I am convinced that inside my Caucasian exterior is a Japanese interior

Haha I have the feeling I might be the same. Maybe not that orderly, but if there are procedures or rules I follow them. Bar the occasional drunken mischief of course.

Quoting sw733 (Reply 3):
Quoting allrite (Reply 1):
don't bother renting a car, just catch trains. And not just Shinkansens, take the slower trains through the mountains and see a local side to Japan.

I agree with this 110%

Ok, great, I think that settles it  
Quoting sw733 (Reply 3):
Quoting allrite (Reply 1):
24 hour convenience stores can be great for snacks

I would go one further and say a lunch or light dinner. I have, on many occasions, just picked up a few hot buns (ahem...) or some chicken from a local convenience store and had that for a small meal. Not great, but cheap and quick.

Ok cool, good info.

Thanks a lot guys! My excitement level is only going up through this thread  



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User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1659 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1964 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
Quoting travelavnut (Thread starter):

3. Anthing else you want to share about Japan to a very excited Dutch guy?

The women are generally awesome. Seriously. They take care of themselves well, especially in Tokyo, and usually have their own money. And they're hot. Daily life here is a continuous testosterone injection.



BTW; are they flirty/easy going? I always had the impression that Japanese women were very traditional.



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User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2193 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1953 times:

I forgot to mention the Japan National Travel Organisation website. It has very useful information about destinations. Have a look at the pdf information sheets under "Travel Tips" in the right hand side navigation for some destinations (often the bolded ones in the destination list).

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
Don't forget to try the local sweets too - they're great.

Although you may be in for a shock sometimes when what you think is strawberry jam turns out to be red bean paste (azo) or some other not-so-western-sweet flavour. But you have to try some anyway. The Japanese version of western desserts/sweets are delicious and you can often find Japanese style sweets with something agreeable inside. We always bring some back.

Japan rail passes may or may not be good value depending on what your plans are, but they certainly are convenient. Some private lines can be very interesting too (take a look at the Nankai Rapi:t between KIX and Osaka Namba - some photos in my last trip report as well as the aforementioned blogs).

As Aaron says, onsens are fantastic and if you can stay in a ryokan, even if only for a night or two, then do it (watch out for curfews though if you like to party). Some of the Super hotels have onsen baths, though the hours of service may be inconvenient if shared between men and women. And they won't be as atmospheric as many dedicated onsens. Still, they are cheap!



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8226 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 4):
So beer/alcohol in bars is actually cheaper than in convenience stores?! Exactly opposite of most places I visit.

Supermarkets are the cheapest though.

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 4):
Actually one of the places I really wanted to visit, any specific tips or pointers for this city?

It's best to arrive in Hiroshima before noon as if you have to leave on the shinkansen in the late evening it is often crowded and you can end up standing all the way to Osaka or wherever you're headed. The city is very walkable though the atomic bomb dome and museum are quite far from the shinkansen station. They have a streetcar line from the 1920s that is still running that can get you anywhere in town for about a 100 yen though. The peace museum opens around 10 so that's what I'd shoot for. If you're there, ask any local person who can speak any English for recommendations on their local delicacy - okonomiyaki. It doesn't look like much, but it's to die for:

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 6):

BTW; are they flirty/easy going? I always had the impression that Japanese women were very traditional.

Some are but the majority these days are not. In Tokyo and especially Osaka you'll find women are especially ready to cut loose after a long week at work. The ones who are really shy or reserved generally don't go out in big groups anyhow. Don't lose hope if a Japanese woman tells you she has a boyfriend, or is engaged or anything of the sort. This is often a green light to have a bit of harmless fun  



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User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6365 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1930 times:

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 4):
Botswana still takes that spot in my book

Dude...Namibia (as per my signature).


User currently offlinesomething From United Kingdom, joined May 2011, 1633 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 4):
Quoting allrite (Reply 1):
In my opinion Japan is cheaper than Europe

Ok, that comforting, I have heard some horror stories about how expensive it is.

I have heard the same about London, Paris, Rome and New Zealand. Never really felt any of that had truth to it. There are tourist traps as anywhere, but you have to remember that the Netherlands have one of the highest median income levels. It sounds like a terribly arrogant first world type of thing to say, but a European income should allow you to live well pretty much anywhere in the world.

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 6):
BTW; are they flirty/easy going? I always had the impression that Japanese women were very traditional.

Maybe we should discuss this via PM. Seriously.


As far as ''must see'' things are concerned.. I wouldn't bother too much visiting the South to be honest. Of course, it all comes down to personal preferences, but the North just feels much more genuinely ''Japanese'' to me. Not as crowded, rather small cities, lots of amazing nature and the weather is cooler. Again, subject to personal preference but I'm not so fond of the concept of sweating. Longnoses like us are also a pretty rare sight there. I was on a train from Sapporo to Chitose and two kids stood in front of me, mouths opened and then asked their mother if they could touch me. It was the cutest thing!

I must admit I've never visited anything South of Osaka and I'm sure there are great things to be seen, but if you're into mountains, forests, lakes, clear and fresh air I suggest you take a flight to Sapporo. You feel really special there. For one thing, because you're not just one out of many other tourists there, for another, because at least to me it feels like the real Japan. People also don't have coffee and pastries for breakfast there as alluded to earlier in this thread, but rather fish soup and green tea.



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User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1659 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1908 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 8):
It's best to arrive in Hiroshima before noon as if you have to leave on the shinkansen in the late evening

This may be a stupid question, but does your reply mean you can't say in Hiroshima it self?

Quoting sw733 (Reply 9):
Quoting travelavnut (Reply 4):
Botswana still takes that spot in my book

Dude...Namibia (as per my signature).


It's a close call dude, choosing between those 2 pearls of countries. I could live in both and I have never said that before about any country.  
Quoting something (Reply 10):
Maybe we should discuss this via PM. Seriously.

Haha, message sent  
Quoting something (Reply 10):
but the North just feels much more genuinely ''Japanese'' to me.

Thanks something! I'll take that into serious consideration. Although I really want to visit Hiroshima.



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User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4903 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1905 times:

Quoting something (Reply 10):
Quoting travelavnut (Reply 6):
BTW; are they flirty/easy going? I always had the impression that Japanese women were very traditional.

Maybe we should discuss this via PM. Seriously.

Nooo....Curious minds want to know!


User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2193 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1861 times:

Quoting something (Reply 10):
As far as ''must see'' things are concerned.. I wouldn't bother too much visiting the South to be honest. Of course, it all comes down to personal preferences, but the North just feels much more genuinely ''Japanese'' to me. Not as crowded, rather small cities, lots of amazing nature and the weather is cooler. Again, subject to personal preference but I'm not so fond of the concept of sweating. Longnoses like us are also a pretty rare sight there. I was on a train from Sapporo to Chitose and two kids stood in front of me, mouths opened and then asked their mother if they could touch me. It was the cutest thing!

I must admit I've never visited anything South of Osaka and I'm sure there are great things to be seen,

If you look at when the visit is scheduled, the main islands of Japan should all be reasonably cool. I've never been north of Mito in Japan - I was planning to this year but then the Tsunami struck and some of my planned places to visit were directly affected - don't forget there are still power issues as far as I know. However, much of what you say is applicable to the south of Japan, once you get outside of the Kansai region (inc Osaka and Kyoto) and major cities like Hiroshima and Fukuoka. I bet longnoses are not rare around the ski resorts of Hokkaido and associated cities - tonnes of Australians go to Sapporo and some of the ski resorts in the Tohoku region. Also, you could say that Hokkaido is "less" Japanese than the other islands as many of the towns and cities only date back to relatively recent times and were more influenced by the west.

If you want to escape, go to the areas not served by Shinkansens. Catch a local diesel railcar somewhere into the mountains and you might be lucky to see many other Japanese passengers let alone westerners. Travel on the west coast rather than the East and things should be quieter (and if in the north less affected by the earthquake/tsunami).

I personally love the dead quiet Japanese cities with few attractions, but they can be found all over the place. But there is a reason why the Kanto/Kansai regions are popular with tourists - they are very interesting despite the tourists - it's not Disneyland tourism. However, my advice would be to include a visit a smaller historic town outside the major cities so you can experience an alternative to the frenetic activity of the biggest cities. I didn't on our first trip and as a consequence was disappointed with the country. It wasn't until our second visit that I learned to see the beauty in small things and fell in love with the country.



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User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1659 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1818 times:

Thanks everyone! I got exactly what I was looking for  


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40035 posts, RR: 74
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1794 times:

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 14):
Thanks everyone! I got exactly what I was looking for

You got laid already?
I thought your trip was in October/November.   

Check out the girls working at the coffee shops and check out the nude orchestras and nude figure skating.

Just be careful. Kilroy (Mr Roboto) is rumored to be out on the loose.




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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8226 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1757 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
You got laid already?

It's no joke - my first three trips to Japan way back when to visit friends, I got laid multiple times on each trip, with minimal cost and effort. Now that I've been here awhile and can speak the language a bit, it's pretty much automatic whenever I want a change of scenery.



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User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1659 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1748 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
Check out the girls working at the coffee shops and check out the nude orchestras and nude figure skating.
Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 16):
It's no joke - my first three trips to Japan way back when to visit friends, I got laid multiple times on each trip, with minimal cost and effort. Now that I've been here awhile and can speak the language a bit, it's pretty much automatic whenever I want a change of scenery.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Os5IHBaS7Dw/TC1BQrtgaRI/AAAAAAAAA0w/0nN_EZssfEI/s1600/GiggityGiggity.jpg  



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User currently offlinegocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4355 posts, RR: 19
Reply 18, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1743 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
You got laid already?

That's what happened when I first met my wife when I was visiting Sendai in 2008. I $% on the first date. On the different subject, I was in Pattaya, Thailand last week and couldn't believe how many Thai women (or katoys) just wanted it. I can see why many Westerners are living there with their 18 year old girlfriends.

Quoting something (Reply 10):
I must admit I've never visited anything South of Osaka and I'm sure there are great things to be seen, but if you're into mountains, forests, lakes, clear and fresh air I suggest you take a flight to Sapporo.

Nailed it! Lived in Aomori Pref. for nearly 4 years. Loved it up there. Reminds me of Colorado with Mountains, beautiful Lakes, great wintersports, snow, and fresh air. The weather during those months are normally sunny and cool until the first snowstorm rolls in usually around Thanksgiving.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40035 posts, RR: 74
Reply 19, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1706 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 16):
It's no joke - my first three trips to Japan way back when to visit friends, I got laid multiple times on each trip, with minimal cost and effort. Now that I've been here awhile and can speak the language a bit, it's pretty much automatic whenever I want a change of scenery.

I need to spend more time there on my next trip.

Quoting gocaps16 (Reply 18):
I can see why many Westerners are living there with their 18 year old girlfriends.

They're not 18 years old. They're more like 40 but act 18.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 20, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 1701 times:

There have to be parts of the country still affected by Fukushima radiation (thinking in terms of winds and rain for example) unless it's all a lie from the media and/or highly exaggerated?? What is the situation with this?

    



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8226 posts, RR: 26
Reply 21, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1684 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 20):
There have to be parts of the country still affected by Fukushima radiation (thinking in terms of winds and rain for example) unless it's all a lie from the media and/or highly exaggerated?? What is the situation with this?

It's all highly exaggerated and scaremongered by the anti-nuclear crowd. The radiation levels at the plant itself are 1/3 of what they were 3 months ago, and the largest threat currently is from the radioactive waste water that is still leaking into the ocean at the site. There is a ban on fishing, swimming, and boating in a 25 km radius from the plant site. There are some concerns with the immediate local food supply, but these are being mitigated rapidly as well. 90% of Japan is totally unaffected.



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User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7342 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1683 times:

It's time I paid a return visit there I think...hahaha..

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40035 posts, RR: 74
Reply 23, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1651 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 20):
Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 21):

Not sure if it's nuclear fallout or the popularity of McDonald's in Japan but somethings are getting bigger and I think its a positive.

McDonald's



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