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Old 08-14-2018, 11:43 PM   #1
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Well not a hunting related post but just curious to see some responses.
Iíll be taking a trip to Japan in October, been wanting to go there since I was 14-15. Iím 24 now and finally am in the position to go! Iíll be over there for 8 days, going solo and just going to explore. Iíll be staying in the Tokyo area and taking a day trip to one of the western mountains. I already have a list of things I want to do and see but just curious if anybody on the green screen ever been? Anything a must see or a must do?
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I have always wanted to go there myself. No must do ideas for ya but please share your experience when you get back.
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It has been near 30 years since I was stationed in Japan. I spent most of my enlistment in the far east.
Some of the things I remember was going to Osaka and seeing the Osaka Castle. shopping in the Kuromon Ichiba Market is/was cool

take the bullet train to Hiroshima and visit Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome.

pretty cool park in Nara ( can't remember the name of it) but they have TONS of deer in there

Im sure there will be other things that pop into my mind later when I am not trying to remember.....ill post those thoughts later as they come to me


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I was in Yokosuka in the late 70’s for a few years I was stationed on the USS. Midway (CV-41) it is now a museum in San Diego Cali. HAHA

The place has changed a lot since I left ��
It was a great learning experience for me then!!!


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I know very little about it really, just bits and peices but there is a bar in Osaka called Bar Satoh. It is a bucket list place to try single malt scotch for me... if your in the area scope it out for me!

I think hiroshima monument would be a powerful exsperience
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I’ll be taking a trip to Japan in October, been wanting to go there since I was 14-15. I’m 24 now and finally am in the position to go! I’ll be over there for 8 days, going solo and just going to explore. I’ll be staying in the Tokyo area and taking a day trip to one of the western mountains. I already have a list of things I want to do and see but just curious if anybody on the green screen ever been? Anything a must see or a must do?
I've been 6 times for work over the last decade for a total duration of almost 3 months. My most recent trip was this past April. I worked primarily around Osaka/Kobe but have done jobs in Ohi, Kagoshima, Hiroshima. Oddly I've spent little to no time in Tokyo. When we did get opportunities to sight see I took full advantage and to this day my favorite place in the whole world is Kyoto...I love the history, food and people. Japan is by far my favorite place to visit.

Enjoy your stay...8 days will go by fast but you'll love it! Don't sleep on the airplane if you can help it...try to stay away all the way until you get to your hotel and you'll be able to sleep a full night and right your body clock a little easier. The trip back will be when jet lag hits the hardest. Don't be afraid to stop ppl and ask for help/directions. People there are super polite and friendly and always willing to help as much as they can.
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:00 AM   #7
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Went last year to Japan. It's beautiful country and rich in history. One place you definitely want to check out is Nara Park in Osaka. It's an axis deer sanctuary. Kyoto is also worth checking out. Mount Fuji is another stop. Not sure you can climb the summit that time of year but it's cool as hell.
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:01 AM   #8
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One day...
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:15 AM   #9
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Went last year to Japan. It's beautiful country and rich in history. One place you definitely want to check out is Nara Park in Osaka. It's an axis deer sanctuary. Kyoto is also worth checking out. Mount Fuji is another stop. Not sure you can climb the summit that time of year but it's cool as hell.

Nara Park is Sika Deer, not Axis.

Kyoto was one of my favorite places in Japan, butís itís a hike from Tokyo.

Iíll check my notes out from my trip and get back with you. It was my first real international trip in my mid 20s and I loved it. You wonít be disappointed.
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I'll see if I can find my notes on good stuff in the mainland area of Japan. Kyoto is beautiful, Mt Fuji was pretty good to get to see and experience. Tokyo is like another planet!

I used to go over there yearly to help with surf contests but spent most of my time in areas like Chiba, Shonan, Kyushu

Hokkaido is really cool too

There is great food everywhere
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Was stationed in Okinawa for 2 years. While it's still Japan, it's not the same as the mainland. Only ever spent 2 days on mainland in Tokyo. It was a whole different world that Okinawa. Lots to do. Nice looking city IMHO. Great food.
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I appreciate all the replies, Jonboy those pictures are awesome. I’ll be sure to update the thread when I return at the end of October.
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Played UH there in the Mirage bowl back in the ‘80’s. Dang neat place is what I remember. Extremely clean back then.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:55 AM   #14
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Mt Fuji closes after Labor Day because of seasonal weather change...otherwise a must climb...you can see Tokyo. If youre gonna hump a mountain...be prepared for rain down low and snow up top.

Tokyo is fun and metropolitan (lots of willing native and stationed skirt!) but try and spend all your time around Kyoto and Nara (historical capital) if you want the historical traditional cultural exposure. Afterwhile you might get numbed to all the temples but alot of art to be found in them. I was stationed in Iwakuni and Hiroshima was our stomping ground...but thats a bit far for an 8 day trip.

The Tokyo radio tower is cool and iconic.

Ride the bullet train...Shinkansen...just because...its darn fast. Your means of transportation should only consist of bullet train, JR (Japanese Railroad) train, taxi, bike wagon peddlers and foot. I highly suggest not renting a car...completely unnecessary.

Himeji castle...south of Osaka and Kyoto...is the largest remaining feudal castle...worth a days trip.

Have a great time! (Dont put your feet on the train seats...you will get scolded.)

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Old 08-15-2018, 11:01 AM   #15
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Trust me. A bath house is a must do in Japan. Thank me later.
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:31 AM   #16
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Trust me. A bath house is a must do in Japan. Thank me later.
And a good Hostess Bar in Tokyo
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:09 PM   #18
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The food is amazing there and the people are really friendly. Try everything you are served. I had the best steak ever in Kobe and something that I think was fish.

Tokyo is huge, Mt. Fuji is gorgeous, and the bullet train is really cool and interesting. However, I enjoyed the small, ski town of Zao the most. We got to eat traditional food and stay in tatami-style (spelling?) rooms. Karaoke was also a lot of fun, but unique because you sing in small groups in private or semi-private rooms. Have a blast!
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Old 08-16-2018, 01:27 PM   #19
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Japan is awesome. SUSHI!!! Go to the Tsukiji Fish Market early in the morning. Did this on the day I landed. You will see the biggest Tuna you have ever seen, then get sushi at one the restaurants near it for breakfast. Take a trip to Yamanouchi Town in Nagano Prefecture and visit The Jigokudani Yaenkoen Monkey Park. It is not winter but still will be worth it. Stay at Shimaya Ryokan, http://shimaya-yudanaka.com/en/ Awesome place. Walk around and see the shrines and temples. Some I liked are, Yasukuni, Hanazono, Zojo Ji, Senso Ji and Meiji Jingu. Visit the "neighborhoods", Akihabara, Asakusa, Ebisu, Ginza, Shibuya. Go up in the Tokyo Tower, go to the Imperial Palace. Stop at the street food carts and eat everything.
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I've been twice to the Southern end...it's OK but I could only see so many temples. One thing you will see is allot of folks. I ate food I had no idea what t was and some of it was not edible....Their beer is good and you can buy it in vending machines. The train system is awesome once you get it figured out...go to see some baseball games...The Tokyo Giants are the team to beat....after 45 days I was ready to get home..
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Spent three years in Northern Japan. Great snow skiing. Did the Fuji climb. Went to two World Super Bike races. Love the food.

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Old 08-16-2018, 05:25 PM   #22
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Wishing I had more then 8 days to do a lot of the things you guys are listing, cant wait for this trip. Going to eat my body weight in food over there ha!
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You guys are bad lol
I'm not a big traveler, but I do believe in the saying "When in Rome, do as the Romans", so when in Japan.....
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Old 08-16-2018, 06:00 PM   #25
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We went 2 years ago. Went to Tokyo, Hakone, and Kyoto. While we enjoyed all of them we ranked them as Kyoto, Tokyo then Hakone.

The Tsukiji Fish market is awesome BUT you have to be there EARLY!

Shibuya is an experience like no other.

Sushi Nova was a conveyor belt type sushi place. You ordered your sushi on a touch screen and it came out on the belt and stopped in front of you. Was really a neat experience.

My personal favorite eating was an Izakaya. You order small skewers of.... well nearly anything. We had everything from onion to stingray flaps. We ate ourselves stupid for a bill of about $35 US.


The railway system is amazing. It took us about 15 min to figure it out. Once you understand how it works you can get nearly anywhere for a couple of bucks. It can get super crowded around rush hour. No joke type of crowded. We simply did ride the rails at that time.
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Highly suggest visiting Nara to see Tōdai temple. Words cannot describe it. Its truly a sight to see.

Try and see all the castles they are awesome.

Tokyo tower

Also just about every city as a fish market. Get up early and take a stroll before all the restaurants buy it up for the day. You will see all sorts of fresh fish.

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Old 08-16-2018, 07:35 PM   #27
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I see a lot of you guys rank Kyoto as number 1, what are some particular things you liked there vs the Tokyo area?
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Okinawa for 1year, will never forget landing in Tokyo and looking out the window and seeing a 7-eleven sign lol!
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If you are single you need to hit the Roppongi district in Tokyo one night.


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stationed Iwakuni in 81 for a year. will never forget it. really nice people. take a train. get outside of the city. see the citys. bring a good camera. enjoy!
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Sikka deer in Nara





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Old 08-16-2018, 10:14 PM   #32
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I was all over Japan in the late 90's. Kyoto has lots of temples and shrines, very colorful city. I learned right quick what type of restaurants for me to eat in. Hibachi style or Shabu -shabu style. I just aint fond of sushi or any type of raw seafood. I trained at the Pioneer speaker factory in Tendo, Japan and stayed at a local hotel for a few weeks. The hotel did not have "western" facilities and that was a learning curve as well.

I also found that the local beer joints was the place to learn from the locals on where to go and what to see off the beaten path. I had a good time over there and never once felt like I was in any type of bad atmosphere.
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The basics of the language are easy to learn so start practicing. Like said above don’t waste time/money on a car. Their train system is super easy to navigate and around Tokyo you can walk/taxi/pedi cab

One big thing I learned is if food or drink is offered to you try it. Even if you don’t like it just try it. It’s an insult to refuse it, but if you try it and don’t like it it’s fine. You also done usually pour your own drink so be careful if you’re out with locals as they’ll keep topping off your glass
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The basics of the language are easy to learn so start practicing. Like said above donít waste time/money on a car. Their train system is super easy to navigate and around Tokyo you can walk/taxi/pedi cab

One big thing I learned is if food or drink is offered to you try it. Even if you donít like it just try it. Itís an insult to refuse it, but if you try it and donít like it itís fine. You also done usually pour your own drink so be careful if youíre out with locals as theyíll keep topping off your glass
They can drink too. One of the bars I went to had big pickle jars above the bar I asked them what was in it and it was Ginseng Roots they were for good luck.
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The basics of the language are easy to learn so start practicing. Like said above donít waste time/money on a car. Their train system is super easy to navigate and around Tokyo you can walk/taxi/pedi cab

One big thing I learned is if food or drink is offered to you try it. Even if you donít like it just try it. Itís an insult to refuse it, but if you try it and donít like it itís fine. You also done usually pour your own drink so be careful if youíre out with locals as theyíll keep topping off your glass
Yep iv already planned to use he trains to move around other then walking, been learning basic communication phrases in Japanese as well. Food wonít be an issue I love Japanese food, raw sushi, and all the weird stuff lol
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I've spent some time in Japan, on my employer's nickel. I'm not a fan of big cities, so would try to get out of Tokyo ASAP. Away from the big cities, it's a beautiful, mountainous country. Lots of good hiking and other things to see/do. I spent a lot of time in the Nagano area. Some of my favorite things around there were the Jigokudani Monkey Park (already mentioned), Matsumoto Castle, and Kurobe Dam. If you go to the monkey park, learn from my mistake and make sure you know how to get home. Like purchase your return bus ticket in advance, know where the bus stop is, etc.

It's good that you're learning some of the language before you go. In the big cities, there's a lot of English, but not so much out in the country. Knowing a few words and phrases helps. Also read a little about the culture. Things will make more sense if you have a basic understanding of Japanese culture. Enjoy!
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Iíll be taking a trip to Japan in October, been wanting to go there since I was 14-15. Iím 24 now and finally am in the position to go! Iíll be over there for 8 days, going solo and just going to explore. Iíll be staying in the Tokyo area and taking a day trip to one of the western mountains. I already have a list of things I want to do and see but just curious if anybody on the green screen ever been? Anything a must see or a must do?
I haven't been, my dad and brother have been 10 or 15 times each time for about 3 weeks (we do some business near Port Kobe). From what they say, great food and good people. Don't be surprised when you are not allowed into a lot of bars. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty for you to go to if you choose. But a lot of bars are Japanese only. Have a blast and chew the octopus thoroughly before swallowing it!
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I haven't been, my dad and brother have been 10 or 15 times each time for about 3 weeks (we do some business near Port Kobe). From what they say, great food and good people. Don't be surprised when you are not allowed into a lot of bars. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty for you to go to if you choose. But a lot of bars are Japanese only. Have a blast and chew the octopus thoroughly before swallowing it!
I've never experienced this. Granted every time I've been there my customer has provided a chaperone the entire time so maybe they knew where to take us and where not to take us. BUT my customers did tell me that I would probably be denied entry to any onsen (Japanese hot spring bath) because of my tattoos...they apparently frown upon tattoos there b/c the Yakuza were known for having lots of tattoos.
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Any of you guys get anything cool to bring back?
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If you get a chance to wet a line, there are black bass in the 5 lakes around Mt. Fugi. The best one is lake kawaguchiko(sp). Caught a few there when I was stationed at Yokota AB back in the 80’s.
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Watch the sun rise on the water.
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Old 08-18-2018, 09:34 AM   #42
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Any of you guys get anything cool to bring back?
I brought back a nice sake set for my liquor cabinets.
Bought my son a Tanto sword.
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Old 08-18-2018, 09:53 AM   #43
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I brought back a nice sake set for my liquor cabinets.
Bought my son a Tanto sword.
How did you get the sword back?? I was wanting to get one for man cave decoration but accordingly to Japanís laws with blades seems impossible for me to get one?
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How did you get the sword back?? I was wanting to get one for man cave decoration but accordingly to Japanís laws with blades seems impossible for me to get one?
I took an empty suitcase for souvenirs and checked it on my return.
Since I bought the smaller tanto I was able to get it in the suitcase.

Donít quote me...but since the sword isnít sharpened itís technically not a ďswordĒ???

When I checked it at airport they did inspect it. No problems. You will be fine.

Iím going back this spring and canít wait.
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For some reason I’m hearing Buck Owens...lol
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I took an empty suitcase for souvenirs and checked it on my return.
Since I bought the smaller tanto I was able to get it in the suitcase.

Donít quote me...but since the sword isnít sharpened itís technically not a ďswordĒ???

When I checked it at airport they did inspect it. No problems. You will be fine.

Iím going back this spring and canít wait.
Hmm I guess your right as long as it isnít sharpened. I might see what I can do, thanks!
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Old 08-18-2018, 05:12 PM   #47
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I spent as much time as possible in the mountains that were only 20-30 minutes away from Yokota AB when I was there...beautiful country when you get out of the concrete jungle.
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I was stationed in yokosuka Japan. I could see mount Fugi from the ship!
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