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Going to Japan for next Winter WF

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Hi Everybody!!

So I went to Japan with my twin sister March 2013, and even though it was only for 48h, I really had an amazing time, I felt that there was so much to discover and so little time... Now that I'm settled and more stable, I'm planning to go for the next winter wonder festival next february, however I was wondering, my job get really busy in february (luxury hospitality) because of the awards season in Los Angeles therefore I'm going to have a very tiny window to leave.

Now, I've looked up the last three years of the wonder festival dates, and it seems that it happens on the second sunday of february. Is that a coincidence or an actual pattern for the Winter WF dates? One of the main reason I'm thinking about going in February is because of WF, so it would suck if I miss it... and at the same time I would like to have the cheapest rate possible for the plane tickets, so I'd like to book that asap.

In addition, if you have any tips or advices as to going to japan, tokyo mainly, but also osako / kyoto, I'd appreciate any input. If you have also good deals for ryokan I'd appreciate (I can't go to public onsen because of my large tattoos...)

Thanks!
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ney (Il y a 2 ans) #2856387Sorry for the mistake, i wanted to say "Stock option" as a joke as the way you promote Osaka each time
Each time i see a topic about travel into Japan, each time i see one of your comment saying "Tokyo is overrated"
Okay, i can understand you prefer Osaka but come on, Tokyo is the center of gravity of Japan and in a same time, the best place for someone who like our hobby, it would be a wrong idea to avoid it just because some people dislike it.
There is plenty much to do in the capital (and remember, places to go aren't limited to each station of Yamanote Line)and even if Shinsaibashi is a cool place in Osaka, and much more if you're from North-America, i wouldn't recommend it for a short-stay or first landing.
But i think we will never come to an agreement for this topic :>


I only say it as a way to save money (so they can buy more merchandise)and for those who want to experience the country as a whole (using a cheaper place as a home base.) I'm not saying to avoid Tokyo, I'm just saying there is much more out there. Tokyo is a must visit, but I feel people limit their stay and confine themselves there. Also, all over Japan there are plenty of Otaku and hobby shops that offer much lower prices and a different selection than Tokyo. You don't have to agree with me :), it's just my view on long term stays, since I go for a month or more at a time to experience everything. For a short stay, I do think Tokyo is the best option to stay in.COLOR (Il y a 2 ans) #2856409Thank you everyone :) I'm still thinking about length of stay but 10 days is good for me to start with.
However my biggest question is the dates for the wonder festival in February, is it always the second Sunday of February??
I'm not familiar with the dates since I've always missed out on all Wonder Festivals. I know there this member: NAISOR who helped me with Treasure Festa information. He knows his stuff very well :)
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Thank you everyone :) I'm still thinking about length of stay but 10 days is good for me to start with.

However my biggest question is the dates for the wonder festival in February, is it always the second Sunday of February??
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Leo_Otaku (Il y a 2 ans) #2856344Market share? I didn't realize she was staying for 10 days. I honestly think Tokyo is very overrated. They have neat places to go and certain shops and events, but I've had more fun outside of crowded tiny Tokyo.
Sorry for the mistake, i wanted to say "Stock option" as a joke as the way you promote Osaka each time
Each time i see a topic about travel into Japan, each time i see one of your comment saying "Tokyo is overrated"
Okay, i can understand you prefer Osaka but come on, Tokyo is the center of gravity of Japan and in a same time, the best place for someone who like our hobby, it would be a wrong idea to avoid it just because some people dislike it.
There is plenty much to do in the capital (and remember, places to go aren't limited to each station of Yamanote Line)and even if Shinsaibashi is a cool place in Osaka, and much more if you're from North-America, i wouldn't recommend it for a short-stay or first landing.

But i think we will never come to an agreement for this topic :>
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Advice for visiting places in Tokyo (is this the kind of advice you wanted?), well it does depend on your interests. There is lots to see and do in the area and sometimes there are events closer to when you are going that will be happening like exhibits and so forth. I'm not much of a Ghibli fan but they do have a that museum which you need to buy tickets for in advance. As for Kyoto there is plenty to see there I recommend the Inari Shrine and the Kinkaku-ji. Since Kyoto full of rich culture.

Tips: Always bring lots of cash on hand. Many places still don't except credit cards, but more so than 14 years ago when I first went (large chains and tourist ares usually except them but you can always ask). Some 7-11 stores and Mini-Stop(owned by Aeon which is a company that owns malls that also have international ATMS) have international ATMs as well as some post offices.

SuiCa cards are good if you don't want to search for change for the subway and trains but offer no discount. JR railpasses are great if you are going to use JR transportation. I can link you to a site and you can calculate train costs and see if it's worth it to get one.
ney (Il y a 2 ans) #2855650>I would like to have the cheapest rate possible for the plane tickets, so I'd like to book that asap.
Better check and reserve between 4 or 6 months before.
>In addition, if you have any tips or advices as to going to japan, tokyo mainly
Mikata for the Ghibli museum, get a SuiCa card as soon you arrive, but i'm sure it'll better for you to look into a LonelyPlanet guidebook to check what can interest you.
Did you have any market share or anything related to Osaka ? Kansai is nice but come on, for this kind of travel duration better stay to Tokyo

Market share? Huh?
I didn't realize she was staying for 10 days. I honestly think Tokyo is very overrated. They have neat places to go and certain shops and events, but I've had more fun outside of crowded tiny Tokyo.

I personally wouldn't recommend a guidebook because places change on a dime and take up space. You are fine with a smart phone or laptop to use for research. I guess they are useful for people who are backpacking or want to go to tourist specific places. Depends on what kind of person/traveler you are you are.
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>I would like to have the cheapest rate possible for the plane tickets, so I'd like to book that asap.
Better check and reserve between 4 or 6 months before.

>In addition, if you have any tips or advices as to going to japan, tokyo mainly
Mikata for the Ghibli museum, get a SuiCa card as soon you arrive, but i'm sure it'll better for you to look into a LonelyPlanet guidebook to check what can interest you.

Leo_Otaku (Il y a 2 ans) #2854736 It is by far the cheapest to stay in Osaka they have many hostels.
Did you have any market share or anything related to Osaka ? Kansai is nice but come on, for this kind of travel duration better stay to Tokyo
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Leo_Otaku (Il y a 2 ans) #2854736I'd stay longer if I were you than just a couple of days. It seems like a waste to send all that money and not have fun. It is by far the cheapest to stay in Osaka they have many hostels. I'm not familiar with ryokans since I'm more for saving my money on merchandise. If you were to stay a month apartment renting in Tokyo is a good deal if you can split with someone. Rail passes are excellent if you are doing lots of traveling. I spent so much on transport without one.
Prices fluctuate so just check up once in a while or even travel agents can help you too. some places have seat sales on holidays an that sort of thing.

Oh no 48h was last time I went as I was travelling with a pilot friend of our family, so it was just a short trip, this time I'm planning on going longer. Unfortunately because of my dog and my job in general I can't go longer that 10days...
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I'd stay longer if I were you than just a couple of days. It seems like a waste to send all that money and not have fun. It is by far the cheapest to stay in Osaka they have many hostels. I'm not familiar with ryokans since I'm more for saving my money on merchandise. If you were to stay a month apartment renting in Tokyo is a good deal if you can split with someone. Rail passes are excellent if you are doing lots of traveling. I spent so much on transport without one.

Prices fluctuate so just check up once in a while or even travel agents can help you too. some places have seat sales on holidays an that sort of thing.
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