Hi everyone, I've been wanting to go to japan forever and I think this summer might finally be the summer I get to do just that. Tynan and others have talked about Japan, their trips and ideas there, and what to do. So I really want to go, but don't know what to do. So here are some of my broad plans/ideas.
1. I want to be in Japan for 30-60 days.
2. I want to have a good balance of rural, nature and city life. In other words, I want to see urban areas like Tokyo and Osaka, Nature areas like tottori dunes and mt fuji and rural towns/ smaller towns like tokoyama.
So my question is which train passes should i use to travel around japan, for tokyo etc, which airport i shoudl fly into, how fast i shoudl go around, there i should look to stay etc
When offering advice, I try really hard to actually give advice that's suited for the person I'm giving it to. I make an extra effort to do this, because I know that I have a tendency to think that my way is the best way for everyone, and to just advocate my way of doing things. But that effort to tailor advice goes out the window when I'm giving suggestions on where to travel to. My answer is almost always Japan.
I was thinking about this a couple days ago, as I found myself recommending Japan for the billionth time, and I realized that there are some interesting properties of Japan that make it a really ideal place to travel to, especially for people who want something more than a typical vacation, but don't know where to go.
1. It's Extraordinarily Interesting
Of all the places I've been, Japan is one of the most interesting. What makes Japan so interesting is that it's very different from anywhere else, mostly because it's so resistant to direct outside influence. If some external trend or business makes it to Japan, it doesn't arrive unscathed; it's first transformed into a thoroughly Japanese experience.
August 11th, 2011. Chiba, Japan.
A mix of confusion and awe as I step off the platform.
I must have made a mistake. But maybe a good mistake.
Birds caw and cicadas click gently, filling the warm afternoon air with sounds of nature. The train platform is open to the air and on the other side of the tracks is a high fence. Beyond it, a bicycle and walking path leading to a park.
Children are running around and playing in the park, but surprisingly quietly. Very Japanese.