Hey there, hi to everybody,
I've been a tynan.com distant follower for quite some time now, and knowing about his passion for Japan I thought I'd ask a couple of things here, even more so now that SETT is rolling steady and allows easy discussion between the site's followers, who I suppose are like-minded and share his same interests.
So, I'll be staying in Japan for a week and a half minimum starting on Saturday, in Yokohama, for work. I'll have weekends off and possibly an additional week after I complete my job there, so let's say at least 5 days for myself: what can I visit in such short time? This opportunity has come only yesterday so I never really had time to think about what to do and how to organize a decent trip in the country, I only know I'll be spending at least a couple of days in Tokyo and that's it.
But there's much more to visit I guess. Osaka? Sapporo? Fukush...erm, better skip that. Any special place (from any point of view: nature, history, fun)?
And my biggest concern: since I don't want to spend all my money, what precautions should I take when looking for a motel/hotel and public transportation?
Anything else is warmly welcome :D
Thanks in advance to whomever will help out, cheers!
Oops, meant to answer this sooner.
In Tokyo: go to the Meijijingu shrine in Shibuya and walk through it to Yoyogi park. This is especially awesome on weekends. Go find Cafe 8 in Meguro for awesome healthy vegan food, and walk around there, too. There's a cool red bridge going over a river nearby. Go to Tsukiji and eat sushi at one of the two conveyer belt places. It's a great way to eat a lot of excellent sushi cheaply.
For side trips, consider going to Osaka and staying at the Capsule Inn, which is the first Capsule hotel ever. Osaka is really cool and different from Tokyo. Also go to Kyoto and stop by Uji nearby for the best matcha tea in the world, and Inari for a really cool hike up a mountain through thousands of red arches.
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