I'm going to Japan!



  • Odaiba is a great place to visit. You can get there by a waterbuss that is futuristic looking or by the Train that is quite nice.
    It has Joypolis(SEGA Arcade place and has Initial D playable in car!!!) and the mall next to it or in that place has a ramen area that has ramen style from different areas.Near there is DiverCity that has that big Gundam beside it.

    Nakano Shopping District might be familiar from Digimonstory: Cybersleuth and that place has a good selection of reasonable prised stuffs if Akibahara is too pricey for you.
    Akihabara also have arcades and I recommend trying to find a game where you bash the table and flip it in the end and other awesome arcade games. Also pachinko but those areas are quite smoke filled.

    You can go to the sightseeing floor in Government Building free of charge and Square Enix Cafe is quite a nice place but getting there might take too much time if you don't know where it is.
    Tokyo Sky Tree is a good place to see the city but to get on the upper point costs extra. Ueno Park is great and has multiple museums near each other.

    Foods I recommend are: Gyoza, ramen, okonomiyaki, omurice(omelette with a rice within), curry, crepé(there are lots of selections), katsudon sandwitch,
    yakitori and they sell bento(boxed lunch) that heats themselves by pulling a string and giving it few minutes to warm up in Tokyo Station.
    Beware that flavor is quite strong and accomodates the ingredients if you are not used to it and they give miso soup as an extra in the morning at some places.
    Also. Many places have food ticket machine outside of the restaurant that you buy before going in (no english usually though but some have pictures and you can always check the display if you want certain food in there).
    Displayed food looks so real and can be helpful.

    Always have cash with you and it's OK to have part of them as dollars in case you don't use all the money and currency exchange is easy in big stations.
    Learn the value of the money by hearing(1-9, jyu=10, hyaku=100, sen=1000 and man=10000) and you can rate them nearly as 1 yen=1 cent.
    Depending the duration of your trip, focus only on one or two areas for a day unless there was nothing there and some places are good only during certain times.
    Shops closes early and they play the song when they close it, so waking up early and going early to sleep is good unless you want to hit the bar or hostess club.
    Avoid rush hours when using public transportations. They can get really packed. Buss is cheap but only use them if you know the destination exactly.

    Don't bring useless things that hotel provides like a towel, tootbrush and other stuffs.
    I recommend having a japanese language app on your phone if you need to ask something specific.
    Explore and let your instinct take the lead sometimes.
    And lastly. Remember to promote your group by wearing an Easy Allies shirt.
    And if you meet an ally please take a photo in those special booths found in arcades or other places.Would love to see it.



  • I'm so happy for you, Ben.

    Have a safe trip and soak in what you can; however, don't stress if you can't do everything. This is not necessarily a once in a lifetime opportunity.



  • Crane Games in Akihabara has really cool stuff but if you're going to try them don't make the same mistake as me. You literally can't lift anything with the claws, they're designed so you have to push the items instead so they fall into the hole.



  • I just realized that I was in Japan 17 years ago and that none of my advice would be remotely useful

    Yoyogi Park is probably still hilarious though.

    Also, go eat where the locals eat



  • @TheHashtag0nist said in I'm going to Japan!:

    Also, go eat where the locals eat

    Chikara Meshi in Ningyochou was my favorite restaurant when I was in Japan last year and that was just a regular diner where regular folks came to eat. Walking distance from Akihabara so it's not difficult to find.



  • I hope to go to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, and visit the Nintendo theme park when it opens then as well. Other, already existing places that I also have my eye on:

    Ritsurin Garden
    Himeji Castle
    Nintendo's headquarters + new R&D building
    Various historic villages
    Shinjuku business district
    Tokyo Metro :astonished:

    And it very likely won't still be around in 2020, but if you get the chance, the Kirby Cafe! ^_^


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    @Lotias If you honestly wanted to go North to South, I'd say give yourself at least a month. I covered most of the south as far as (between Hiroshima to Tokyo) in 2 weeks and I could have totally done with more time in places like Kobe and Nara so definitely a month.



  • I don't know too much about Japan. But my wife is Japanese and I've been there twice with her. I was there recently this summer and here are a few things I enjoyed and my personal tips. I'm not even going to list the obvious (sushi, izakaya, ramen, etc.).

    • Ate at Shibuya Niku Yokocho (more info http://tokyoing.net/shibuya-niku-yokocho/)
      This was like a food court that took place on a couple of floors. It's pretty much all BBQ restaurants and they all coexist and just blend together. So you can hop from vendor to vendor. We met up with a friend there and enjoyed some apps and drinks at one spot then moved on to grilled meat and drinks at another.

    • My most used phrases and how I pronounced them. Not sure how authentic but people understood what I was saying. Pardon my poor or ignorant pronunciations =P
      Yes - Hai (HAI!)
      Please (yes, please) - onegaishimasu (oh-nay-GUY SHE-mahs)
      No - Iie (E-yet)
      Excuse me - Suimasen ( soo-E ma-SEN)
      Thank you - Arigato (ah-DEE GOT-toe) or Domo
      Thank you (more polite) - Arigatou gozaimasu (ah-DEE-GOT-toe o-ZY-E-mahs)
      This, please. - (I used this to purchase items or menu items when paired with pointing.) - Kore, onegaishimasu (cor-ET oh-nay-GUY SHE-mahs)
      Please (Please, after you; Please, I insist) - Dozo (DO-zo)
      I'm, fine/ok. (I used this as a polite no) - Daijoubou (DYE-jo-boo)

    • Check out all of the Japanese food. Check out the convenience stores and get yourself a nikuman (steam bun). Even 7-11 has them! Also, check out Japanese versions of other cuisines. That's interesting and different as well. The last time I was there I had taco meat, cheese and a fried egg on rice that was not Mexican, nor Tex-Mex. Japanese Italian is a thing as well.

    • If you manage to find a thrift store. Check out the electronics. I've found games may be region locked but most accessories are not. I found a really nice Book Off Super Bazaar and they had cheap electronics and games. I don't think the people there care about it as much as we do. I picked up an OG Gameboy for $1, dreamcast VMUs, light guns, Taiko drums, various controllers.
    • Just take it all in. The culture shock is great. Enjoy all of the little things. The wet naps, vending machine coffee, public toilets, convenience/grocery stores, etc.

    I'm excited for you Ben. Hope you have a blast!



  • Really pleased for you. Couldn't imagine a better representative to send to Japan. Can't wait to hear the many stories you come back with



  • Hi Ben!

    I haven't really posted on here but I'm a big fan of you guys and watch most of your videos.

    I'm studying in a city near Osaka for the next year.

    I'm not sure if you plan on travelling around much while you're here, but if you are going anywhere within a few hours of Osaka, or Osaka itself I would love the chance to meet you.

    Cheers!

    Cole


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    @tokeeffe9 Interesting! yeah Im just thinking of the terms and living cost. having a month would prolly be quite expensive, but I guess if I save enough? haha



  • Hey Ben,
    Here are some day to day tips for japan.

    if you dont already have these get google maps and google translate for you phone.
    Google translate app will allow you to take photos japanese text it will scan the txt and translate to broken english.
    Google maps is your best friend, it will show you what train you need to get onto and how many stops until you get off.

    If you want to buy something e.g food i would take a photo of it and show them and say 'Kore Kudasai' (this please).

    Get a JR card (suica card i think the name is) that you can just load heaps of money onto and you can catch any public transport all around japan.
    image of the card ( http://youinjapan.net/moving/foto/suica.jpg )

    Below is a dump of my phones note pad i used for day to day terms

    Suminasen
    すみません
    Excuse me/sorry

    Do you speak English
    えいごははなせますか
    Eigo ha hanasemasu ka

    Doko
    どこ
    Where

    Kore
    これ
    This

    Kudasai
    ください
    Please

    Wakarimasen
    わかりません
    I DONT understand

    I understand
    わかりました
    Wakarimashita

    Sorry I don't speak Japanese very well
    すみなせんにほんごわかりません
    Sumimasen nihongo wakarimasen

    Okane
    おかね
    Money

    Motto
    もっと
    More

    Kurin
    くりん
    Less

    Ohari kudasai
    おはりください
    Please come in

    Im sorry
    ごめんなさい
    Gomen nasai

    No
    iie
    いいえ

    Where is the station
    えきわどこですか
    Eki wa doko desu ka

    Please treat me well/ nice to meet you
    よろしくおねがいします
    Yoroshiku onegaishimasu

    How much is this
    これわいくらでsか
    Kore wa ikura des ka

    Ticket
    ちけっと
    Chiketto

    One please
    いちまいください
    Ichi Mai kudasai

    Goodnight
    おやすみなさい
    Oyasumi nasai

    How old are you
    なんさいですか
    Nan sai desu ka

    After you
    どぞ
    Dozo

    See you soon
    Ja mata

    Thanks. Hello. Goodbye
    Domo
    どうも

    How are you
    おげんきですか?
    Ogenki desu ka

    Hai genki desu anata wa
    I am fine and you

    What is this?
    これわなですか
    Kore wa na desu ka

    Good evening
    こんばわ
    Konbanwa

    Good after noon
    Konnichiwa
    きんいちわ

    What's your name
    おなまえわですか
    O namae wa desuka

    Water please
    むざおねがいします
    Muzu onegaishimasu

    Help
    たすけてください
    Tasukete kudasai

    Goodbye
    さよなら
    Sayonara

    Today
    きょう
    Kyou

    Tomorrow
    Asu
    あす

    Next week
    Raishuu
    らいしゅう

    Before you eat
    いたたきまっ
    Itatakimas

    After you eat
    ぎちそさまでっだ
    Gochisosamadeshda

    Power adapter
    でんげんあだぷた
    Dengen adaputa
    電源アダプタ

    Hope you have a great trip.



  • This is awesome Ben. I hope you have a ton of fun in Japan, I hope I get to go myself one day.



  • Messaged you on Twitter and a friend told me that there was a thread here on the forum. I live in Nerima, about 45 minutes from Akihabara, about 15 minutes from the Tokyo Metro Government building. Hope we get to meet up!


  • Easy Ally

    I'm sorry I haven't been replying to this thread! The trip has been very hectic (and also wonderful). I'll have some big updates in the next couple of days if time allows. Thank you so much for the advice! It's very informative and I'm taking as many notes as I can. L&R



  • @BenMoore Haha, no problem! Definitely savor every moment of the trip while you can. And yeah, definitely keep us updated on what your plans are if you've got the time!



  • @BenMoore Congrats on surviving your first 24 hours! This trip is all about you, man, so do what you need to do!



  • @Olf_Himself said in I'm going to Japan!:

    @TheHashtag0nist said in I'm going to Japan!:

    Also, go eat where the locals eat

    Chikara Meshi in Ningyochou was my favorite restaurant when I was in Japan last year and that was just a regular diner where regular folks came to eat. Walking distance from Akihabara so it's not difficult to find.

    That's so funny. I live in Ningyocho. I used to go there all the time but they closed that location right around Golden Week.



  • @bymanus said in I'm going to Japan!:

    @Olf_Himself said in I'm going to Japan!:

    @TheHashtag0nist said in I'm going to Japan!:

    Also, go eat where the locals eat

    Chikara Meshi in Ningyochou was my favorite restaurant when I was in Japan last year and that was just a regular diner where regular folks came to eat. Walking distance from Akihabara so it's not difficult to find.

    That's so funny. I live in Ningyocho. I used to go there all the time but they closed that location right around Golden Week.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO



  • Ben, while you're there try some Chu-Hi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chūhai. It's a refreshing alcoholic fruit juice available pretty much everywhere over there. Lawson should have some. Every time I find myself in Japan I make it a point to try the new flavors, a lot, , until I can't walk strait =D

    Also there's an awesome 7-floor toy store called Yamashiroya just across the street from Ueno train station in Tokyo. It's 2 stops from Akihabara on the Yamanote (sp?) line so convenient to visit.