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#1 Posted by seanbooker (273 posts) -

I'm on my way to Japan in May. We're all nerds here, where should I go? What should I check out? What dumb food should I eat/drink?

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#2 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (4468 posts) -

I don't know anything about Japan. Try bubbletea, their Nintendo World?

I've heard of the all-time classic game, where you go to a restaurant, order something, and play, "Is this fish?" "Is this chicken," can work as well.

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#3 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

Eat natto to prove your might to the Japanese and they will fear and respect you.

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#4 Edited by Laiv162560asse (488 posts) -

Have you a rough idea of where in Japan you're going to? Where you go depends what you're interested in.

Sightseeing & taking photos & olde Japanised atmos = Kyoto/Nara, kansai region, rural areas & Kyushu further west, maybe Hakone or whatever for some hot springs.

Shopping and geekery = Tokyo and Akihabara specifically.

I'm a sumo nut so I always recommend it to people who happen to be holidaying in Japan while a tournament is on. Just so happens that the Tokyo tournament runs from May 12th-26th. Tickets go on sale from April 6th on the official site and it's usually most worth checking out on either the final or penultimate day, since that's when the championship usually gets decided.

I've found the Lonely Planet guides to be pretty awesome and exhaustive. Buy one, flick through it, fold some page corners, bish bash bosh. I tend to combine that with the reviews of accommodation on Tripadvisor and work from there.

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#5 Edited by panda21 (66 posts) -

go to one of the sega world arcades in akihabara and play virtua fighter! check out kotobukiya!

eat okonomiyaki!

by a japanese 3ds and instantly regret it when you bring it home and never play on it because everything is in japanese!

visit the ghibli museum!

eat 'crunky balls nude' and drink 'the creamy' coffee in a can!

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#6 Edited by cclemon36 (205 posts) -

Eat kare raisu, buy coffee and tea (hot and cold) from vending machines, go to FamilyMart at 3am to get onigiri.

I'd recommend visiting a shrine in the midst of all that tech-badassery. Meiji shrine is really impressive if you're in Tokyo.

C.C. Lemon?

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#7 Edited by YoungFrey (1363 posts) -

What everybody else said (especially that bit about a Japanese 3DS)

If you go to the Ghibli museum, I believe all the online purchasing info is in Japanese. I want to say J-List has a service to buy them for you (but I can't access them from work).

Most Japanese people read English way better than they speak it. If you want to communicate something, writing is way better. This is really useful for taxis.

If you aren't going on business, you can get a railpass that will let you rain all over for free. It's massively worth it if you can make use of it.

Don't be afraid of eating at any place because of language. Nearly everywhere has plastic/wax models of the menu in the front window. Assuming you aren't Asian, just point at what you want for the hostess by the door. That food will show up for you. Then the bill. No tipping, it'll only confuse things.


Don't bring in any porn, the laws are pretty strict.

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#8 Edited by TheHBK (5670 posts) -

Get a geisha!

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#9 Posted by pr1mus (4158 posts) -
  1. Put belongings in small or medium sized suitcase
  2. Put small of medium sized suitcase in larger empty suitcase
  3. Fill larger suitcase with used games
  4. ????
  5. Profit
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#10 Posted by big_jon (6447 posts) -

If I had money, I'd visit Japan.

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#11 Posted by matti00 (677 posts) -

If you're travelling around a lot, get a rail pass. Very worth it, and you can use it on the circle line within Tokyo (which hits most tourist spots).

Don't be embarrassed if you can't read a menu, just point at what you want and smile. If you know a tiny bit of Japanese, give it a go. They'll appreciate you making the effort.

If you have a girlfriend, get her made up as a geisha at Maiko in Kyoto. Expensive, but worth it.

If you've done any reading on this you don't need me to tell you to go to Akihabara, take a day and go in every store.

This website tells you how to get tickets to the Ghibli Museum, but you need to do it a fair bit in advance.

If you're tall, people will look at you. Embrace it.

Kyoto is the greatest city in the world.

shi shi remooooon

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#12 Posted by jay_ray (1524 posts) -

Go to Junes?

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#13 Posted by NiKva (133 posts) -

Go to Coco Ichibanya. :D

Its a great curry restaurant.

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#14 Edited by metalsnakezero (2872 posts) -

Street pass like crazy when your in city areas.

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#15 Posted by seanbooker (273 posts) -

I heard about some tour guides that will show you around for free as long as you buy them lunch and stuff. Anyone know of this?

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#16 Posted by Sanity (2158 posts) -

Never been there so no advice, but have a good time, sounds great. Could check out that Super Potato place Jeff's always talking about. Supposed to be a ton of cheap classic games there.