I'm going to Japan!

  • @Lyn said in I'm going to Japan!:

    • Pepper Lunch - some of my favorite food to this day and I Cry because i'll probably never be able to have it again. Pretty cheap. You order from a machine and get a ticket and then hand it to the people and then they give you food, and It's the Best Food Ever.

    • Coco Ichibanya - a chain curry house that's pretty stellar/not too expensive from what I remember.

    • C.C. lemon is the best soft drink, A+!!! lemons lemon is also good, it's essentially Just Lemon Juice.

    +1 all of this

    Yeah, Pepper Lunch!
    I thought I was the only person who liked that place

  • Babymetal Tokyo Dome!

  • Sorry to keep making separate replies, but just a couple more thoughts on what to do after you land. I'm assuming you are going with alone or with someone who also has never been, and I'm assuming you both don't speak Japanese.

    1: Download Google Translate and save a couple of pre translated phrases or questions loaded. This will be useful if you don't have an international Data Plan or are too tired from jet lag to think of a way to phrase something while an airport employee tries to help you. One question I would have ready is "where is the SUICA machine?"

    2: Get a SUICA Card to compliment the YEN you have with you. SUICA cards are basically NFC prepaid debit cards. They are green and have a picture of a cartoon penguin on it. They are used all over the place, including restaurants, vending machines, and most importantly, the subway system. Considering how often you'll probably jump in and out of the subway system, these will save you a lot of headaches since you can just tap and go through the turnstyles.

    3: The subway system in Japan is unbelievably convenient, cheap, and on time. After your first day you'll probably be pretty comfortable with them, but for me, I didn't understand the whole turnstyle system they have. Basically, you tap a turnstyle with your SUICA card to get into a subway station, you jump on a car, and then when you leave you tap your SUICA card on the exit turnstyles, which charges your card. If there are any issues like you missing a turnstyle, or tapping too many times, they have an employee fix it on the spot. Super convenient.

    4: Don't get the Kansai pass or any other pass, really. Most rides on a car are around 1 dollar or so, and the passes are waaaay too expensive even if they includes busses, etc. They might be useful if you are traveling between like major Cities, but even then it might be cheaper to just buy a ticket as an international tourist on the bullet train website.

    5: 7/11's, Family Marts, and Lawsons are great places to shop for food, cheaply. Grab 2 onigiri for 2 bucks and you'll be good to go for a while. If you show up later at night, some of the food that you can microwave will be heavily discounted, perfect for stowing away in your room provided you have a refrigerator.

    have fun, and feel free to ask any questions! It was a really fun trip for a first timer who didn't speak a lick of Japanese!

  • Hey, Ben. I'm glad you finally get to do this. My suggestion isn't exactly about what you could do in Japan, but more about the stuff you could upload when you get back since, on the stream with you and Brandon, you guys were saying that you weren't entirely sure what form that would take.

    I was thinking, obviously depending on time for editing/uploading, that if there were parts of the trip that it didn't make sense for you to include in more formal Easy Allies content, it could be neat to include footage of that stuff in a more casual vlog series. You could even embed the videos here so this thread could form a complete travel diary of sorts.

    Anyway, have a great time. I'm deeply envious of you right now.

  • @BenMoore Really excited and happy to see you going to Japan! I posted some stuff in the other thread mentioned by @TokyoSlim that I hope you'll find useful.

    I also recommend heading out of the city at least for 1 day if you can swing it. There's some beautiful places just outside of Tokyo. Hakone is pretty close (less than 2 hours IIRC). If you're feeling adventurous, you can check out their open-air hot springs!

    Looking forward to your adventures! L&R :heart:

  • You are going to get a lot of advice, so I'm not sure how much mine will be helpful. But I lived in Tokyo, Japan for two years, so I can only give you my experience.

    • Personally, I found the JR Pass to be a great deal -- depending on how much you plan to travel. If you are staying purely in Tokyo, then it won't be worth it. If you are planning on taking the Bullet Train up to places like Kyoto, or Osaka, then it's totally worth it.

    • If you are in Tokyo, it cost like $120 EACH WAY to take the bullet train. So say you want to go to Kyoto, you will be paying $240 just for a single trip (the cost could be off, as I'm going off prices years ago. But it's still expensive). If you get a JR Pass for like $274 you can use the bullet train as much as you want for 7 days. So it pays itself off just by a single trip, and becomes a steal if you plan on going to various cities (I mean you save a lot of money).

    • JR Passes can only be bought when you are out of Country. So if you do consider this route, buy a pass now online (they will ship it to your house, and then you redeem it in Japan). Once you are in Japan, you can't do this. The program is aimed at tourism, and can not be bought while you are in Japan (at least, that's how it was when I lived there). This is the site I've used, and it's never failed me: https://www.japan-rail-pass.com/

    • That said, the JR Pass might not be worth it. As others have said, it totally depends on how much you plan on using the Bullet Train, and if you plan on traveling to cities. I def recommend using the bullet train at least once. There is nothing more amazing then sitting on window seat, and staring off at the beautiful country side. It's really quite amazing. As a side bonus, the JR pass also waives all fees for the JR Line in Tokyo (and the JR line pretty much hits all the major districts in Tokyo). So if you plan on going to Kyoto or take the bullet train anyways, then it's pretty much a no brainer.

    • If you do go to Kyoto, DO NOT try to do it all in one day. Kyoto is actually a lot bigger then you think. And by the time you take the Bullet Train to Kyoto and get settled, the day will go by too quickly. And all the Temples close at around 5-6 (forget the exact time). Point being, you are better off staying the night in Kyoto. So set aside 2 days for it. You will enjoy it much more.

    • Try not to get too distracted by anime/ game culture stuff. Obviously enjoy that stuff when you are there. But also try to get lost in the culture. Find hole in the wall places, and really try to experience their culture. When I first got to Japan, I was so hyped on Anime/gaming. But in the end, I found myself much more amazed by experiencing their culture and just blending in.

    • Learn basic words (like excuse me, thank you etc). Get used to using your head + hand gestures a lot. Most Japanese people will appreciate the effort. They obviously don't expect you to speak Japanese, and if you try to speak full sentences you will sound awful. But if you are courteous and use basic phrases, it will be a much nicer experience. BE MINDFUL of their culture, and try not to be annoying (not saying that you are Ben, speaking in general). I see tourists that lack all self-awareness and are loud and obnoxious. People like their own space. So if you respect that, and try to blend in, then your trip will be much better.

    • NEVER Tip at restaurants or for anything. They will actually refuse the tip, and it will put you in an embarrassing position. They don't expect tips.

    • At least from what I can remember, there was never any trash cans outside.

    That's pretty much all the advice I can give you. I hope you have a wonderful trip.

  • Hey Ben, Seraphim here.


    1. It is typhoon season, so it is slightly cooler then it has been for the last few months. However Typhoons happen very regularly. While I checked the weather and it looks fine, be aware that they can happen.

    2. GET AN UMBRELLA. Rain can be bad and when it happens it happens. Do not be without an umbrella. Good news is every convenience store sells them. But having one handy is a good idea.

    3. Convinience stores are you friends. Trust the food is fresh everyday and goo for a cheap snack. Convinience stores are worlds better then in NA. Also you can get cheap 2 L water bottles for the price of a regular water bottle that you would get from a vending machine. Convinience stores have tons of emergency stuff too.

    4. Google maps helps with finding your way on trains. Get a pocket wifi at the airport and use google maps. It will tell you the fastest and cheapest route to get where you need to go. Also a side note is that until you leave the gates at a train station it costs you nothing. So if you go the wrong way it only costs you time.

    5. Get an ioca card/transit card. They are reloadable and make it WAY easier then constantly buying tickets.

    6. Drink lots of fluid. Not just water but things with electrolytes. I saw someone say cc lemon, but piccori sweet too. Either way take some vitamins to stay healthy as Japan is hot and humid.

    7. Manners go a long way, learn important words to say thanks, sorry, and such. Japanese people are polite and expect you to be polite too.


    9. Cash is king, bring lots of cash as everywhere takes cash, and don't be afraid to carry a fair amount as Japan is very safe. Japanese ATMS don't always take north America cards and have big charges for taking money. Japan can be expensive so keep a level head around purchases.

    10. BE POLITE

    11. Tokyo is very English orientated so don't be afraid you cannot speak the language.

    12. Never object to people with "well in my country..."

    13. The train system is your best friend, but remember service ends at midnight. Also it starts at 6 am

    I will add more later

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    Hey Ben mind if I move this thread over to the Blogs section. Seems more appropriate.

  • Some old fashioned but definitely not overrated visiting spots!

    1. Visit the hot springs! Japan has really good natural hot springs. There's also some really cool manmade ones too that you should visit! Take a look at a video from the Business Insider of the Yunessum Spa and Resort. I know its weird but it's pretty COOL. I've been there before and loved it!

    2. More strange lovely things of Japan include the black eggs of the mountain town, Owakudani, Hakone. The black eggs are ordinary chicken eggs but boiled in the sulfur hot spring located there. The phenomenon of the black eggs are cause by the sulfur water that turn them that color-- but they are completely safe to eat and are delicious.

    3. The Osaka Castle is an historical site! I loved to visit there when I was a child. It's sort of a park now I believe. The history behind it is really cool; the Osaka Castle was the former site of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple before it had been destroyed by Oda Nobunaga thirteen years after it was built (if I'm correct). It was like the largest castle at the time and is currently very modernized and cool on the outside now. There's also a huge garden in the courtyard that you should definitely explore if you get the chance.

    ANYWAYS that was just a couple of my favorite spots in Japan. Hope you find this useful :airplane: :airplane: :airplane:

  • @Swordfish00830 Is it possible to merge my other thread into this official one?

  • If you plan on drinking alcohol, Strong Zero was my beverage of choice. You can find it at any Lawson/7-11/Family Mart. alt text

  • @BenMoore

    I'm just asuming you're going to spend some time in Akihibara :) while there don't miss SuperPotato, my favorit hole in the wall.

    Also in Akiba is Yodobashi, gigantic 7 floor tech store.

    Don't miss going into a Don Qujiote store (there's several around tokyo) they're a treasure trove of awsome cheap stuff.
    (My favorit is the one close to shinjuku station, but there might be other good ones)

    Harajuku is always fun to visit, but they might not like you filming inside the stores.
    If you're in Tokyo on a sunday, try going to Yoyogi Park to see awsome harajuku style.

    For food, go anywhere! I have not met a restaurant I did not like in japan. If you have a japanese guide ask them to take you to the small alleys close to shinjuku.. it's however kind of hard without speaking japanese..
    around this place https://www.google.se/maps/place/思出橫丁/@35.6930738,139.6996054,80m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m15!1m9!4m8!1m3!2m2!1d139.6995236!2d35.6929816!1m3!2m2!1d139.6995213!2d35.6929819!3m4!1s0x0:0xd7220cc1f6d6d75b!8m2!3d35.6930916!4d139.6995152?hl=en

    Try kaitenzushi! and do not hesitate to order what you want directly from the chef! don't just look at what's on the kaiten.

    Also get up early and go to tsukiji market.

    One last tip. Before going home, visit a 100 yen store (like one of the DAISO stores) super cheap souvenirs that are supricingly high quality to bring home to friends family and allies :)

  • There have been a ton of really awesome ideas listed so far, everyone. I think Ben is in for a pretty awesome trip. :)

    There are two Pokemon Centers located in Tokyo. One is located in Ikebukuro and its known as the Mega Pokemon center. The other is located under the Tokyo Skytree. It's newer but I THINK the one in Ikebukuro is larger. During the weekend it can get quite busy but if you go in a weekday, it won't be nearly as bad.

    Asakusa is also full of beautiful scenery and you have a killer view of the Skytree when you get out of the station. Just watch out for the monks. They target foreigners and demand a donation. The problem is they aren't really monks and they're scamming foreigners for cash.

  • @BenMoore . As other people have mentioned already.

    1. Try to utilize subway system for moving around.
      If possible, try to avoid using bus. Things really get complicate when you start ride on bus.
    2. Make sure you get the mobile wifi while you travel in japan, so you can use the map system anytime.
    3. On cellphone, there are apps that can translate Japanese after picture is taken (can translate the Japanese from picture file). This app become very convenient when you try to get the basic idea.
    4. If you get the chance to visit Shinjuku, you can visit Square Enix Artnia and Capcom bar (this one you can register spot earlier). They are about 15 minutes away from walking distance from each other.

    Have fun. in Japan.

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  • @BenMoore If you're free the evening of Sunday the 18th I'd love to meet up! I live in a suburb of Tokyo, but I'll be in town that weekend since I'm taking my GREs the morning of the 18th. Also, definitely check out the "Ben's Bizarre TGS Adventure" thread that @TokyoSlim started. A bunch of us already started brainstorming ideas for things you can do!

  • @benmoore You need to go to the Evangelion store for us and yourself!

  • @SellStep Strong Zero is ratchet, but has quickly become my beverage of choice, lol. Being poor means going for efficiency over quality.

  • @BenMoore Tweeted this to you previously but if you get a chance the Mario Kart tour is a great way to see the city and the most awesome thing I've done in any country!


    Also, if you get to go to Yokohama, the cup noodle museum is fun. Make your own and take it home!

    You'll have a blast, happy you got to go!

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  • Hi Ben!, will be heading to TGS too. Arriving tomorrow, would love to meet up.