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New Japan thread. Share your experiences and upcoming plans, ask questions, or just enjoy the photos and stories. ganbatte torpedo-kun

Winter is almost here, is anyone planning on making it to Hokkaido?


>planning on making it to Hokkaido

Scheduling conflict ruined that for me but I'm not going to be a dick to good people over it though.


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How do hot springs even work? Do they bathe on dormant volcanoes?



Geothermally heated water, as in the magma is close enough to a table of water that it gets heated and pushes up. No volcano is needed near by for a hot spring given there are a few in my area and no volcanoes anywhere near me.


I hope the three other anons in the last thread who are travelling to Japan with three of their friends in January are making good plans right now. I know I'm pretty much just winging it


I'm going to Sea for work in January and was thinking of going to Japan afterwards in Feb solo for a week or two. Not sure what I'd do alone though.



You don't have to do anything, really. Just relax and enjoy it.



Other anon traveling with three friends here. We picked out some spots to hit while we're there and I brought up ideas they really liked from the suggestions last thread. Thanks for the Hakone day trip idea anon! One of my friends is really excited for that one.

Aside from the for sure plans its also kinda winging it. Hope all you others going in January stay safe and warm!


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The water isn't really "pushed up", though your explanation kind of works anyways.

What really happens is that the water is heated by the magma. The water, which is still sealed underground can't expand and thus follows an isochoric progress. This means that the pressure of the water increases.

The pressure pushes in all directions around the water, which will create cracks and little pathways in all directions. If the top layer is more porous that the bottom one, then the pressure will destroy the porous materials and allow the water to expand. This decreases it's volume ever so slightly and allows the pressure to drop, meaning that the water will stop making cracks in the hard surrounding materials and only push through the porous layers at that point. If that porous layer is close to the surface the water will eventually break to the surface and expand. This either causes a geyser, a mudpool, or a hotspring. It depends entirely on the temperature of the water and the materials it pushes through. This is why yellowstone is so dangerous. It has lots of magma superheating lots of water that contains lots of acidic materials.

Sometimes there is another layer between the surface and the porous layer. Since the water can't penetrate the hard surface layer, it will then continue to create cracks in the porous layer and expand sideways.

Either that porous layer just goes nowhere, and the water will keep digging away at it until it has expanded sufficiently and cooled off, or (this happens a lot near mountains) the porous layer comes close to the surface and the water will find a way out. At this point the water has cooled off a lot and contains lots of materials from the porous layer(s) it went through.


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Some shots around Golden Gai in Shinjuku.


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Kanda Shrine in Chiyoda. It's the shrine that Nozomi works at in Love Live.


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The Love Live influence is still very much alive today, and is also a general anime shrine, I guess since it's so close to Akihabara. Many of the wooden Ema plaque had some sort of anime art on it, and the shrine even sells generic Love Live-themed Emas for the less artistically inclined.


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Anime merchandise being sold at the shrine. I bought a Chino and Nozomi charm, as well as a Syaro strap.

They also had an ice cream stall!


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Shin-Urayasu, which is on the Chiba side of the Tokyo-Chiba border. So close that I hadn't even realized I had crossed into Chiba until I had returned to America. This is probably the most "sterile" spot I visited in Japan, which I later learned is due to being built on reclaimed land - so the entire area is artificial. It was built in an "American" style, and is very close to Disneyland, which I'm sure compounds the problem.

While I was taking photos of the harbor, I spotted a building that looked extremely familiar. I found the Big Sight! I took a walk around and the place is much more massive than I ever could have guessed. The Sea Japan expo was going on at the time, which I of course couldn't enter but was free to roam the lobby area.


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Harbor at night.


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>It was built in an "American" style


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>people think american architecture

>first thing that comes up is neoeclectic style tract housing

American craftsman revival can't come soon enough.


The only saving grace is that housing only lasts 30 some years so at least in the near future it'll be torn down and something worthwhile built in it's place.


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>housing only lasts 30 some years

Yeah, all right Ameri-kun. Go play in your plywood shacks. Proper architecture outlasts it's architect.


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>Go play in your plywood shacks

It's true modern Japanese housing is structurally superior than modern American housing. Which is even more perplexing when-

>average US house lifespan - 66 years

>average UK house lifespan - 80 years

>average Japan house lifespan - 27-30 years, 37-40 years for reinforced concrete housing

It ain't us. Go ask the nips why they keep demolishing their perfectly good housing.


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Found this idolm@ster fan, among others, while walking the backstreets of Asakusa. It's promoting the Aima Show CD which came out in 2006. The same year is on the other fans. Have these all been mounted on this wall for 12 years?


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Just inherited $3000 from my grandma and finally considering another trip to Japan. I backpacked from Tokyo to Osaka over 11 weeks in winter for about $2400 last time and I want to do something similar in either Shikoku or Kyushu during the winter next year before my passport expires. Questions:

>Are police tolerant everywhere as they are along National Route 1? I was just camping in parks and ditches and actually only had a problem with police a couple times when I lingered on the internet too long at konbinis. For that matter, are the people equally chill as they seem to be on Honshu? It would be great to have conversations now that I know a little Japanese.

>Which of those two aforementioned islands should I see? Or perhaps both? Any specific cool things?

>Kind of a longshot, but my rich friend wants to go part of the way with me and he's a professional guitarist. Any music hotspots or festivals we could go to in those islands around that time of year?



I know all over Japan they're cracking down on all sorts of stuff to get ready for the 2020 olympics. Laws that were more just on the books are actually starting to be applied from what I saw, so just keep that in mind. If you bring a textbook along, I know a lot of the bigger FamilyMarts have little sit-down areas meant for eating something or studying, and I doubt they'd give you trouble if you pretend to be studying from it inbetween phone usage.



Oh right, what I meant to comment on originally: Most countries will automatically send you back/refuse entry if your passport doesn't have at least three months to expiration. Otherwise in terms of music festivals and such, you'd probably have to research that yourself.


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We need more /a/rchitecture threads.


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Visit SAGA prefecture.


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I STILL have not been able to come across a decently priced copy of The Japanese House yet. And I refuse to spend a hundred greenbacks for a twenty year old former library copy.

Also pertaining to this thread, there's a reason why traditional Japanese architecture has been largely defined by their massive roofs.


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Will be traveling to Japan in a few days, staying for a month. Let me know what you wanna see in Aki, Shibuya or Kyoto. Photos will be up a few weeks from now if this thread is still alive.


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>Let me know what you wanna see

I wanna see you having fun.


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It is the holy land after all



Old Paris had a cool tram system

New Paris has 'les juifs et mudslimes'.


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A scenic snowy winter rural ryokan roadtrip with perpetually pruny fingers.


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The first place I visited after Tokyo was Numazu, and I don't even know where to begin. This destination started almost as a meme with me thinking to myself "I don't know where to go but this town where Love Live Sunshine takes place is close so I guess I'll go there", but ended with me wishing I had stayed longer than the two nights I had booked.

I went in expecting to recognize one or two landmarks from the anime, maybe merchandise being sold in a nearby shop but with the normal population otherwise unaware that people were coming to their town because of some idol anime. I couldn't have been more wrong. Numazu is a town where even those normal people have completely embraced its connection to Love Live. Banners with characters lined every street, you could rent Love Live cars and bicycles from the Information Center, regular shops were decorated with the owners' own Love Live merchandise - voice actress signatures from when they visited their stores proudly on display, some sort of pin collection game spread across the entire city, Love Live characters being used to promote completely unrelated businesses, the local Gamers playfully rebranded as 'Little Demon House', Love Live buses and boats, a small cafe in what used to be empty sidewalk space. Said buses and boats were littered with actress signatures, both inside and out - though the ones on the outside were understandably faded.

There's was a photo printing shop some way away from the station with walls lined with Yoshiko merchandise and art. I thought surely this must be some sort of official promotion, turned out the owner was just a massive Yoshikofag and had even started selling 'Sunshine' and 'Yohane' blend coffee on top of the normal photo services. Around town, I saw cute hand made posters of Yoshiko playing the sax - advertising for the jazz club at the local high school. A bakery with Hanayo posters on the wall. Clothing stores with characters in the windows. A sweets shop with Yoshiko in the window. A women's fashion store with Dia in the window. It was harder to find businesses that weren't using LL to promote themselves than it was to find something LL-related in this town. There were a lot that were officially collaborating with Sunrise, sure, but there were also a lot that were doing it independently.

Going south into the beachfront areas, I found a candy store run by a little old lady who could barely move. Turns out her store had briefly appeared in the anime, and she was so proud that she had printed screenshots from Youtube, laminated them, and put them on display in front of her shop. There are nine ryokans in this area, each "themed" after a different girl and sells exclusive merchandise featuring them. There's a very small island called Awashima just off the coast, which has an aquarium, hotel, and shrine. It's so small that it wouldn't be inappropriate to say that the island is the aquarium, and the aquarium is the island. There's a single walkway around the perimeter of the island, with different exhibits throughout. The aquarium has its own cute anime mascots, but they seem to have been forgotten in the wake of Love Live. The frog exhibit was turned into Kanan's house / diving gear shop in the anime, and Mari lived in the mentioned hotel. At the time I visited there was some kind of Love Live detective game going on, where you'd follow clues left by the girls to solve some mystery and win a prize at the end. My Jap wasn't good enough to participate but I got some super cute detective merchandise out of it. The shrine is at the very top of the island, and it's a grueling hike with steep and uneven stone steps - it's also the path that the girls ran up and down while training in the anime. You're rewarded with an amazing view of the harbor, and a small quaint shrine where all of the emas are Love Live themed - wishing for concert tickets and good gacha rolls and whatnot.

I wish I had stayed an extra day to explore more of the city, but I'm really happy with the experience. I never expected to find this kind of setting, where Love Live had seeped into every aspect of the community. It's an incredible situation where an otherwise old and kind of gloomy fishing town has been completely revitalized by an idol anime. This visit was some months after the second season had ended and the enthusiasm was still strong. The movie comes out next month, so I'd say there's still about a year before the hype starts winding down. If you're a LL fan, I'd highly recommend trying to visit before that happens. I might even make a repeat visit.

These photos are of Awashima (with Love Live boat) and the surrounding area. Also a dolphin.


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The path up to the shrine, and the view from the top.


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The third image here is of the frog exhibit, which even has Kanan's swimsuit hanging out front. The last image is the hotel.


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Chika's house - one of the participating ryokans mentioned above - and the beach in front of it. Much smaller than the anime made it seem.

Numazu is also apparently one of the best places to view Fuji from.


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Just some stuff around town. The River Side Hotel is Yoshiko's apartment in the anime.


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Finally some night shots from around the suburbs south of the station.

Most of the Love Live related shots were taken with my phone, which I put into a separate gallery here:


I hope they can illustrate even just a little bit of how LL has dominated this town.


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Oh, and here's those Awashima mascots that have since been overshadowed. They're cute, but not cute enough I guess.

I want to fuck a sea slug.



So basically High pressure in a confined volume makes a higher temperature, that higher temp water rises above the cooler water and comes out of cracks in the surface (side of a mountain)



Ewwwwww. Why, man?







Post pictures of public transportation and streetfood vendors. Maybe also supermarkets.


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Must be fucking uncanny to walk into some town and find the whole of it is love live themed. I expected local businesses to play up the association to exploit otaku tourism but if the schools and obasan-ran dagashiya are getting in on it it's starting to get weird. Are you sure there aren't any LL-themed cults operating in the area?


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>aqours themed bike wheels

>chika stenciled seaweed

I'm wondering whether or not they're even going to be able to turn a profit after investing so much on theming and merchandising. Is Love Live really that big in Japan?


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It's bigger than Star Wars.


YouTube embed. Click thumbnail to play.

Went last winter. Went to an Onsen where monkeys bathe with you in Nagano. Good shit. Coworkers and family starting to think I am weird for only vacationing in Japan.


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This part of my trip ended up accidentally focusing on beach towns. The next place I visited was nearby Enoshima, at the suggestion of /trv/. It's a really cozy little beach town that includes a small island in the bay. Enoshima is larger than Awashima, and actually has stores, restaurants, and residential areas, but it's still easy to see it all in the span of a day. I stayed at a makeshift capsule hotel here - not a true capsule hotel, but rather some guy's house which he had built small compartments in each room out of plywood for people to sleep in - about eight per room. I was the only one there at the time though - I assume it gets busier during hotter months. The owner let me use his bike, so I got to see more of the town than maybe I would've been able to otherwise. In one of the restaurants, I randomly spotted Shoko Nakagawa's autograph on a wall.

Unlike Awashima, you could get to the island portion of the town on foot. Walking, biking, or driving across a short bridge. On the "lower level" of the island you're immediately met with restaurants, a park, an apparently famous hot spring resort, and a series of shops. There's also a hotel here which I imagine would make the island a really nice vacation spot. As you go up the road, it's lined with shrines and temples. I'd suggest reading about the local history beforehand, as it's pretty interesting and there's at least three myths related to the island that the shrines all pay homage to. Lots of stairs, and the walk isn't nearly as bad as Awashima but there were still plenty of exhausted people coming and going. The island was at one point known for its large stray cat population, but numbers have been decreasing recently. I noticed that all around the island were huge (and loud) hawks flying overhead at all times. I suspect the two phenomena are related.

There's a lighthouse which I guess is the main attraction here, since it's on all of the travel advertisements - there's even a local lighthouse anime mascot. At the end of the road on the other side of the island, it empties out onto a rocky shore area. Kids looking at tide pools, old men fishing, teenagers dodging waves. Pretty wholesome. There's a path that leads into the island caves which I assume brings you back to the starting point, but it had been damaged in a storm some months ago - the entire concrete staircase blown away - so the only option from here was to simply turn back and do the walk again. I think there's a ferry service too but the winds were too bad for it to operate.

Where Awashima just had a single path around the island, Enoshima has a main "tourist" path that takes you through the island's shrines and shops, and lots of branching paths leading to residential areas. How interesting it must be to live in a place like this.

Photos are of the station, an apparently famous crossing (I guess it shows up in media a lot, I don't recall ever seeing it through), and some other things around the mainland town. I later learned that the birds on the rail are clothed by one of the locals, likely some little old lady, who gives them new clothing according to season and event so that they're warm and stylish all year round! Very cute and charming. You can see the birds wearing all kinds of colors on google, by searching 'enoshima station birds'.


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The island as seen from the mainland, some statues along the way, and a Hello Kitty display outside of the Hello Kitty Enoshima shop. The road leads up to the restaurants and eventually shrines.


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Statues around the island.


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Overlooking the residential area at the top of the island. There's also a park here.


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The mainland and the sea, from the top of the lighthouse. Also some cats and a red guy.


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Down on the rocky shore area. The third image is where the stairs used to be.


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I took an alternate path to get back to the beginning. It was much less crowded here so I'm pretty sure it leads to the residential areas.


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I stayed at the hot spring resort until it was closed then headed back to my "hotel".


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Bonus: Enoshima's anime mascot. Her dress is the island and lighthouse, very cute and silly. I guess one of the local girls does tourism ads dressed as her.

Fourth image is something sold by several vendors on the island. They take a whole shrimp (or crab, or octopus, or squid), and steam it in batter until it creates that giant seafood chip. It was actually a delicious snack. I don't know if it's an Enoshima specialty or not.

What is an Enoshima specialty is what's in the fifth image. The local fish is a kind of whitebait, used in all kinds of dishes in every restaurant on the island. You can see swarms of them in the water at night. I had it in tempura and croquettes - not bad. However, it's also served mixed into ice cream, which I didn't have the stomach for.


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>literal boob windows

>can't see the boob



Do not lewd the Towergirls!



I have a bunch of photos but my phone is retarded and won't upload anything to 8ch. It's mostly Akiba.




Yes, right here. A mate and myself are plotting three months in Japan starting in mid Jan next year. A major part of the plan is to be in Sapporo for the Snow Festival at the start of February. After that, we plan to travel south through the country until we either make it to Kagoshima or run out of time. We will be exploring Hokkaido, although we haven't really thought about where to go after the Snow Festival. I need to look into Hokkaido deeper and see what is practical to do in winter.

If anyone has any pointers, I'd love to hear them and I'll update further if we decide anything ourselves.





These pictures really make me wish I had bought a decent point and shoot before going to Japan. Just beautiful.


Eat and look at nature.


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AirBnB will be your best friend.

Google Maps works surprisingly well with the train system - down to the individual platforms and the exact minute the train arrives / leaves.

Get the Google Translate app, but don't try to translate long sentences and stuff. Keep it short and easy to understand. The longer the sentence, the worse the translation. It also has a voice-to-text function which makes for a nice icebreaker with Japs, a screenshot translate function (useful when combined with AirBnB), and a camera function that will try to translate text on whatever you point it at (signs, labels, etc).

The average Jap knows more English than the average American knows Japanese - with the caveat that the English they know must be pronounced as if reading katakana. Katakana is easy and quick to learn, and if you're having trouble communicating something you'll be able to use that to some effectiveness. Stick to nouns, though.

If one of you has a dietary issue (dairy, vegan, etc) don't order a dish and then ask if those parts can be excluded. It'll be difficult to communicate, and is rude. You'll be better off just ordering something else.

Don't feel like you *have* to do something or go somewhere - just take it easy and enjoy where your path takes you.

Don't be an Ugly American.


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> It also has a voice-to-text function which makes for a nice icebreaker with Japs

I actually used this during an earthquake to communicate properly with a hotel receptionist. We both had it on our phones with offline Jap and English dictionaries (that's important) then we just used our phones to talk to each other. It was a necessary evil, especially since the token English-speaker was off-duty.

>a screenshot translate function (useful when combined with AirBnB), and a camera function that will try to translate text on whatever you point it at (signs, labels, etc).

Useful when there's an internet connection around, but not that useful at all. I once fought with it trying to understand what that fucking washing machine was trying to tell me fuck you buddy I'll just put soap in a receptacle and my clothes in your fucking gullet now fucking wash my clothes you slut


>If one of you has a dietary issue (dairy, vegan, etc) don't order a dish and then ask if those parts can be excluded. It'll be difficult to communicate, and is rude. You'll be better off just ordering something else.

One of my closest friends went to Japan before I did, and gave me his SUICA card and some advice for the price of a beer. His advice, as someone allergic to shellfish, is "If you have an allergy, memorize the phrase for 'I have an allergy to [x] and if I eat it I will die' and the rest will sort itself out." Japs don't want some fucking foreigner to die in their restaurant and will either accommodate you or tell you to eat something else.

>Just take it easy and enjoy where your path takes you.

While in Japan, if you ever feel an urge or desire to abandon your current plans and go somewhere comfy or interesting instead on a spur of the moment, do it. Even in driving rain or landslide-prone conditions or after an earthquake or whatever. It will always lead you somewhere good, and never lead you wrong. IF you have good intentions.

>Don't be an Ugly American.

Yes. Most definitely don't be a disgusting Ugly American as we saw in a previous thread. You are in Japan. It is not your country and never will be. Respect their customs, do as the Japs do, be respectful, show earnestness and conscientiousness and the Japs will actually go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your time there. Japs aren't xenophobic, they simply don't want people to be in Japan unless they're either respectful tourists or slave-workers. They expect to be treated in kind when going to other countries. So do them the courtesy of giving even half of an ass, and it will be rewarded tenfold.

I can't stress this enough, but Japan is a magical country that follows a single rule:

Whatever effort you put into it will be rewarded tenfold.


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These beach town umi-da pictures made me tear up like a little girl (which of course I am) at the thought of how unbearably much I miss Japan.

I've been saving up for a long time for a three month mostly backpacking/cycling trip, mostly along the coastline around the southern half of the country. It's still a long way off because although I have almost reached my financial goals I have yet to become somewhat fluent in the language, which is a very important thing for me.

Anyway, stuff like what you posted keeps me from giving up and becoming an alcoholic. Thank you!

I hope you swam to your heart's content, anon.



Ah, I should have been clearer, I meant specifically stuff in Hokkaido. We've actually been once before but only for two weeks. Thanks for the advice though, I'm sure anyone else looking will find it useful.

>Don't be an Ugly American.


>is an ugly Brit instead


YouTube embed. Click thumbnail to play.

Have you ever been to a similar festival, OP?


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Next stop: Kamakura.

It's a short walk away from Enoshima, but I took a train to save time. I had initially come here because the "hotel" owner recommended a hot spring by the beach here, but in the station I saw a flyer for a giant Buddha statue and it was early enough in the day that I decided to check out both.

It's about an hour or so walk through the residential area surrounding the temple from the station to the Buddha, but I'm sure there's a bus or something. I think I may have gone the long way around, because the walk back to the station was much shorter. The Buddha itself is 800 years old, and the area has quite the history of being damaged by disasters with the Buddha being the lone survivor.

Ended my day by spending a couple of hours in my original hot spring destination and watched the sun set over Enoshima.

Photos attached are taken around the residential area.


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The Buddha. You can also go inside.


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Heading back to the station at the end of the day. You can see Enoshima in the fourth picture.



That looks like the beach from bunny-senpai.


YouTube embed. Click thumbnail to play.

I don't really post here, but has anyone seen this channel? I looked the thread and instantly remembered it.


Oh cool, looks like you guys are already familiar with it.




I love these kinds of videos. I hope to see a festival like that on my next trip.


The place we're staying at is pretty close to Akihabara. Any hidden places we should check out once we arrive?



It's not exactly hidden, but check out the Mandarake walk-in store. They have tons of second-hand stuff.


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I wouldn't be able to recommend anything unless I was actually there and could see what is still open, and besides most anime-related things tend to be easily visible and the "hidden" stuff would be more along the lines of Maid Cafes and certain seedy businesses.

But here's a really hidden little gem that nobody knows about.

There's a big black building with 'Tsukumo' on it on one of the corners of the main street. It's across from the AKB building. Go down the street between the Tsukumo building and the AKB building until you reach a storefront that says 'Sadatei Building'. Note that these images from Google are old, and there's now a complete building next to the Sadatei Building instead of the empty lot. In between Sadatei and the new building is a tiny alleyway you might barely be able to fit in. Go in it. Keep walking. Eventually you'll find a little Edo-period Inari shrine that's been perfectly preserved among the construction and electronics of modern Akiba. I think it was only recently added to Google maps, so traffic might be slightly higher these days, but chances are still pretty good you'll be the only visitor that shrine will see all day.


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Oh man this is perfect, definitely gonna visit this. Thanks.


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S-so beautiful!

This is truly paradise if ever there was such a thing on Earth.

I'm sure anons would find it educational if you gave a brief overview of the logistics behind your trip: How long did you stay? How much did you spend? How did you get around? How much of the country did you manage to see and for how long in each area? Did you sit and plan everything down to the last detail beforehand, or winged it? What tips could you offer anons who may one day walk in your shoes?


This is very neat and a good excuse for me to visit Akiba a second time.

Thanks, anon!


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Next stop was Odawara. This was actually a spur-of-the-moment stop, as my real destination was Hakone. In order to get to Hakone, you need to take a bus from Odawara, but I wanted to spend a bit of time here before leaving. My AirBnB host was kind enough to let me check in at any time day or night, so I decided to procrastinate and spend a few hours in Odawara.

There are consequences for this later.

Odawara's main tourist spot is the castle, which you can see from anywhere in the town. The castle itself is a replica of the original which was destroyed in the late 1800s, and contains a local history museum. You can try on samurai armor and throw shurikens and stuff.


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Some shots from the grounds and shrine around the castle.


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So, I stayed for one month and made sure I had enough banked so that I wouldn't need to ever worry about funds. By the end of the trip I had reached a total of $7500. Of that,

$980 was for the flight (including taxes and fees, I think it was like $700 before all that)

$554 was for a 21-day JR Pass

$219 for Pocket WiFi

and about $1300 for accommodations across four cities.

The rest went towards food, admission for various things, non-JR transportation, and basically whatever else I wanted at the time. A big focus of my trip was trying to make it as stress-free as possible, and I believe I accomplished that.

I made a "home base" out of a hostel in Asakusa, where I would keep my luggage / souvenirs / whatever, and rented a bicycle from the city to get around the immediate area. I used basic Suica services to ride the train around to farther areas, though once my JR Pass kicked in it was unnecessary (keep in mind that not all trains are JR, so you will continue to use a Suica for those). Also took a taxi a couple of times when I couldn't make the last train, which ended up at about $40 per ride. Outside of Tokyo was all buses, which use a payment system that I couldn't figure out the first time and ended up being one of two incidents where the language barrier was simply too much for me and I felt very bad about it. I figured it out on my next ride though. The second incident was in a Taxi and was more funny than anything - the driver simply didn't know the area I was trying to reach.

Despite how long I was there and constantly moving around to new areas, I actually barely scratched the surface. I'm actually kind of glad because that means there's so much more for me to see in the future. Areas I stayed overnight are circled on the map - a week and a half in Tokyo, and 3-4 nights each in the other four areas. Beyond Tokyo, nothing was planned out which is why my destinations might seem so scattered. I simply decided on a place I wanted to see and booked an AirBnB the night before leaving.

Tips aside from >>888395 would be to get used to walking long distances in exactly the footwear you plan on using. I thought I was ready, and had even bought medical soles for my boots. My mistake was that I hadn't tested the soles out, and the first week was absolutely torturous. My feet were in constant pain and I'd come back to the hostel at night with open sores, loose skin, and bright red toes. Luckily there was a pharmacy a block away that I was able to buy bandages and stuff at, but I was even considering cutting my trip short because I couldn't even walk to the bathroom without pain. Once I figured out that the problem was my soles and swapped them out for the regular soles my boots came with, it was a night-and-day difference. No issues for the rest of the trip.

Another tip would be to figure out how to use trains ahead of time, and get a JR Pass if it's in the area you plan to visit. If you're using a bullet train, keep in mind that there are two times displayed on the ticket machine - the next departure time and the cut off time for purchasing tickets for the next departure. Being aware of that will save you a lot of confusion. If using a bus, you pay at your destination and your charge increases the longer you stay on the bus. Your assigned number at the front of the bus will display your total for the next stop. Check out city tourist centers if one exists, you can sometimes get information on discounts and stuff.

Carry cash, but use cards when (and if) possible. Most places are cash-only, and using cards when you can will save you a lot of time going back and forth to 7-11. Keep in mind that businesses open late, close early, and rarely adhere to the listed "open hours". If you get up early, be prepared for nothing to be open until 8am. Also be prepared for everything to be closed by 8pm. If you're not Asian, you are an anomaly to many people. Practice answering questions like 'where are you from' and 'why are you in Japan'. Be presentable! Stand to the left on escalators, and a broader sense just watch what other people are doing. When in Rome, etc.


Today is the day, see you in Japan anons.


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Remember, the most important thing is to have fun!


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I'm going in 3 days. See ya there.


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Bring us back some comfy stories. Or some Torps-tier stories.



That's an incredible find, anon. Well done for keeping your eyes open as you moved through the country. The attention to detail that country has had for centuires is just mind-blowing.


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I went back in November 2018.

Tokyo, Nagoya, Isehara.

My only advice is to remember to set your phone ISO to something higher before taking photos friends.


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Just won the fucking lottery and now I'm spending three months in Okinawa this summer for research, all expenses paid. Anything you recommend I do in Naha? This is quite literally one of the happiest moments of my life. I went from blackpilled to bloomer in the span of about ten minutes.


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Congratulations anon!

I don't have any tips for Okinawa except to mind the heat and humidity.



Yep, I went to Tokyo during the Summer before and I could handle it, but supposedly Okinawa's even worse.



You got contact info you're willing to share here?


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Made it safely, sorry for the phone camera. The train lines are very suprisingly simple the navigate, I love it. The alleyways are super pretty at night and this specific one has our Airbnb location.



Where did you end up at, anyway?


About two blocks from the main street of Akiba. I figured since its my first time here to keep it simple with Tokyo and Osaka for two weeks.

Next year when I have a better grasp on the language I want to visit the rural areas and Hokkaido instead of the bigger cities.



You picked a good time to go. Everything was closed for the new year when I went.


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What's "American" about it, you utter ignoramus?


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If you've got time, try to spend a few days in Kyoto too. In my opinion it has a lot more culture than Tokyo, and I love visiting the shrines and temples.

Or at least make a day trip to Nara or Nikko, I'm sure you won't regret it.




just to chime in: Koya-san and the train ride up the mountain coming from the direction of Osaka seeing all of the small villages and cemetaries along the way was probably the single most beautiful transportation experience I've ever had.



Not really, it was just a program that you apply to, I didn't know anyone. Like I said, it felt like I won the lottery. It's one of those things with ridiculously low acceptance rates that you'd think only 4.0s with X years of research experience from Harvard would get into but somehow I got picked. Just look up undergraduate research programs in Japan if you're interested. You may or may not find the one I'm going to but you'll find plenty of things in the vein of what I'm talking about. Even if the acceptance rate is 2%, the idea is that you apply to like ten of them and at least get a 20% chance of acceptance. All of this shit requires recommendation letters though, so it's definitely a lot of work applying. I applied to about five of these things in here in the US and got rejected from all of them for what it's worth.


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I meant contact info for you.


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Oh. I'm fucking losing it, sorry. I've asked too many people for contacts trying to weasel my way into a position that I forgot that people could ask that question without ulterior motives. Are you in Okinawa by any chance?


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I'm so happy for you anon, you deserved it! I imagine it is reassuring for all of us, certainly for me, to see that life isn't the piece of shit to everyone, all the time.

What are you, ugh, researching?

Are your skills with moonrunes up to par?

Take lots of pictures and and keep us posted on your adventures, kudasai.


Those turned out nice regardless.

It's a shame how many anons are plagued by piss poor photo quality on their trips.

One would think that investing in a half-decent camera would rank higher on the to-pack list.



Yes. I'll likely be gone before you arrive though.


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Oh, I see. That would be really cool to meet up with an anon and go on some adventures together. I'd be lying if I said I'd never fantasized about that. I'll be there from mid June to mid September for what it's worth.



I hope you like sweating a lot. I won't be around then. At least we shall remember each other as cute girls.

Seriously though it's gonna be hot as fuck. I don't care if you've been to the sun you are probably not ready for this unless you're from Hawaii or something.


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Update on this, we just realized when going to the convenience store that our place is right next to a neat little shrine called Tsumakoi. Pictures aren't mine but i'm planning on taking my own.


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>mid June to mid September


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You guys don't understand. That kind of heat has a mystical charm to it. You just have to accept it into your heart and you will fall in love with that molten stillness of the afternoon hours. The perfect breezy nights. The energetic mornings. The shower-like rainfalls. THE GOD DAMN CHICADAS SINGING FOR YOU LIKE IN YOUR FAVORITE SOL

It's all so beautiful.



Cicadas swoop you like Australian magpies. They're assholes.



What's it like being stationed at Yokota AB?



I have cicadas in Burgerland and they're horrible. I can't imagine listening to them 24/7. Fuck that.



I have to agree, I love everything about the heat except the sleepless nights.


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>I'm so happy for you anon, you deserved it! I imagine it is reassuring for all of us, certainly for me, to see that life isn't the piece of shit to everyone, all the time.

pic related

>What are you, ugh, researching?


>Are your skills with moonrunes up to par?

Been studying passively for five years and they're quite shit, but at least I'm conversational. I just can't keep up with natives talking to natives too well. Hopefully I'll improve if I go there.

>Take lots of pictures and and keep us posted on your adventures, kudasai.

Absolutely! Never documented any of my trips on a Japan thread before, sounds like fun, honestly.

And sorry for the late response, had to appeal a ban I got for saying "tee bee ayche." I find it hard to believe that anyone actually likes hoihoi.



>Walk outside in the morning and you're already drenched in sweat

>More sweat than man by the afternoon

>Can't even tell it's raining

>During the evening you get swarmed by tiny little bugs and there are bats flying around all over the place

>Cicadas won't stop swooping you when you walk to the conbini

I hope you work inside.


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Hoihoi does a fine job filtering out crossboarder trash along with their low-effort posts as soon as they hit "New Reply." Tripfags and spam trash also fall under her blade.

It is an unfortunate, but necessary, evil that sometimes a well-intentioned but careless anon falls in her sights as well.

Anyway, I wish you all the best. If you have a solid grasp on your basic Nip fundamentals (which I think you do), you will improve greatly when you're there for three months. Necessity is a most wonderful teacher.


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How could anyone not like Hoihoi?


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8chan ate my first post so i'll just skip to the important part and post the others later.

We found the shrine and the path the instructions above is super narrow which will stop larger people. Looks like its been getting more visitors lately which is good! I made my offering too and went back to home base.

I got other stories about today but I'll save them for when I have better internet.


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>offering a pillow of second worst girl




You offer food to shrines.



I miss that melon soda and the vending machines in general. So many interesting drinks to try.


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Out of all the soda overthere the one I enjoyed the most was this.



>Liking Calpis best

>Not the lightly carbonated macha soda



There was nothing more to expect from an aussie.



Maybe that's part of the reason why the nips are healthy. They're always sweating out all their toxins.




Chillaxing in a manga cafe, will be back in a few days, pics then.


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I preferred the non carbonated stuff. Carbonated tea is just wrong from my perspective. This stuff here, I did not like one bit, I would have angrily poured it on the ground but I was in amiami at the time.


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Did you talk to amico?



Who wouldn't?


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Went to Comiket 95 and wander through about a million people but it was worth it. The same day I dropped by Yasukuni Shrine for New Years and partook of the food before heading to Shibuya Square for the NYE countdown. Comiket was still way, way, way easier to navigate than Shibuya.



I dont know, I just spent a long time in Shibuya today and it wasnt bad. Was able to get where we wanted to go pretty easily.



I mean to say it was pretty bad during New Year's Eve. Lots of jostling, pushing, shoving and unruly drunkards.

Same night where someone intentionally ran into a crowd of people with his car. Any other day it's fine, though.


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I appreciate your detailed post anon. To be honest I am quite fond of your not-planned out approach as I did something similar around the Tokyo area in the past, but in a much shorter time frame.

Would you say you've had a good experience with airbnb? Especially when it comes to booking things last minute? Did you rely on anything else for bookimg accomodations?

>wearing boots on a travelling trip in nice weather

Why would you do this to yourself?

Buy a nice pair of running shoes next time you dweeb. Fuck, even with a pair of Converse I had no problem walking 50km/day.


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>not knowing the secret of boots

Not him but if paired with wool socks that hang out the top by a couple of inches you boot self air conditions. Picture related, one of the things I get asked about in Japan.


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>A-Anon-kun why are you dressed like such a larping faggot?


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What to wear on your feet when visiting Japan from mid-Spring to mid-Autumn to not look like a faggot gaijin and be extremely comfortable and not awkwardly spend ten minutes taking your muddy boots off in the lobby while obaa-san shakes her head in disapproval.

You're welcome.



AirBnB worked out great for me as far as booking - it's a simple enough app - but it mostly depended on how "last minute" the hosts were willing to be. Your options are of course limited since most people book in advance and might fill up all the good spots, and even if a place has openings sometimes hosts will request you book a few days before arriving.


I'm an adult.



more of what size feet, 48 europoor x2 wide. Also got called andre a few times.


They don't make Arnold Palmer's in my size, the ones that they do last less than a week. Besides that I specifically got these due to my low boots oblierating my okaa-sans tile. implying I don't have a boot cleaning and care kit.



Actually, one thing I forgot about AirBnB, when I went (April 2018) it was still considered a legal gray area within Japan and was largely unregulated. I've read from multiple sources that the government was planning on a "crack down" because it was hurting commercial hotel businesses, but I have no idea what a "crack down" might entail. As far as I can tell AirBnB is still allowed to operate within Japan but it might be more difficult to use than what I experienced.

Does anyone have recent experience with it?



Regulations now are requiring Airbnb hosts to aquire passport info at or before check in.


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>Also got called andre a few times.

Standing 720 that wimpy nip, then.



No idea about Airbnb, but if you just want a cheap place to sleep there's nothing better than capsule hotels. Cheap and ironically the bed are usually more roomy than in a regular hotel.

Although I doubt there's many of them outside the bigger cities.



I know when I was looking for hotels, all the capsules wanted full hotel prices whereas the Ryokans were about the same price (maybe $10 more) and most of them included meals or had discount meals.




I heard those kinds of places are usually full of gaijin pigs with whom you have to share the very confined spaces with. And they'll probably want to talk to you since none of them know Nip.

I could be wrong, but if that were to be the case I'd avoid them like the plague because I want to be around Nips when I go there, not entitled college students with no manners.


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I heard the capsules were full of chinks, but yeah, the fucking Gaijin pigs were annoying as shit when I was in Japan being a filthy Gaijin on the few occasions I did stay at more "western" hotels. It was like I was somehow less of a filthy gaijin just by being in close proximity to those brash, ignorant (mostly boomer) faggots. They never properly followed the rules everyone else seemed to follow subconsciously, they were noisy in the baths (the rare few who did use the baths), and on a few occasions even after I spoke Russian to try and make them fuck off/pretend I didn't know any English they continued to try to speak to me anyways and one of them even cornered me in an elevator to bother me nonstop because I was the only other white person in the hotel.


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That reminds me of something. Is it true that nips will insist on speaking to you in English even if you try talking to them in Japanese? Any Anons here experience this?

I figured if I ever manage to go to Japan I could just pretend I don't speak English since I'm not a native speaker, and that way force the nips to converse with me in Japanese and also blow off any other gaijin tourists.



I can't speak for most of Japan, but I can speak of Hokkaido vs. Sendai/Tokyo. In Hokkaido all the signs are in English (or at least Roumaji), but it's so far away from English-tourist areas that no one speaks English and many people will simply pull up google speak-like apps on their phones to try to converse with you/use google translate. In Sendai, it was about 50/50 whereas half the people spoke zero English, but the other half (especially the younger folks) almost all would come up to you and speak in English (or at least try to). The elementary schoolers were especially cute because they'd either try to talk to you exclusively in English or they would throw random nip nong out there that was like nothing I'd heard in my tutoring/self study. In Tokyo I didn't even bother with Japanese since everyone spoke English if you told them (in Japanese) that you didn't understand or spoke very poor Japanese. Really though 90% of the time they preferred talking in Japanese if at all possible unless they had gray hairs. Old folks will yack your ear off in Engrish even if they don't understand half of what they're/you're saying.


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How is Nippon's medical infrastructure?

I assume it should be fairly good, but one can never be too sure.

t. 1 diabeetus


YouTube embed. Click thumbnail to play.

I should have uploaded these ages ago. Here's Hakodate, I'll see if I can get Sapporo done and uploaded after a nap and some business I gotta take care of tomorrow. Oh god this feels way too autistic, but I want anons to see the sights I saw even if in shit-tier camera quality.



Large elder population has forced it to become good.



Right, so I plan to do one (possibly two due to length) video(s) on Sapporo, one on Utoro, one on Toya & the return trip in Hakodate, and if I have enough footage I'll do one of Sendai/Tokyo (if not I'll put it in the Toya video). I'll also do one of just all the train rides I videotaped.



That sounds awful. The experiences I had in those hotels was everybody just minding their own shit and being considerate to others.

I was probably just lucky though.



I watched an NHK show about a tourist hit spring town where they use lots of pipes to put hot water in various places around town. Its sourced underground and pumped.



That sea slug appeared on NHK news about 2 years ago. It increased tourism to the aquarium, I remember that much.



There are lots of shrines hidden between buildings, tons of them in hidden spots. Ofcourse, they had an NHK show about that too...



This is why you stay in the better hostels and never hang around them.


It honestly depends on how good you pronounce shit and your response to them, as in はい/了解 versus saying yes. Had some lady me if I'd studied in school and if she should continue in Japanese instead of speaking to me in English. I guess not sounding like a nanban is a feat or something.


No, you inhale three bottles of wine in three minutes or so to show your respect to the gentle giant of a man. From my understanding the man was well liked there.



Andre is gap moe.


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Fuji-san was shy today.


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I have finished my second full day in Japan. It's difficult to thoroughly explain the impact of coming here the first time. There is a mixture of anxiety and joy as you discover everything you assumed would be familiar to you is utterly strange and foreign. You also discover those aspects of life here that you never even knew about - the mixture of new and ancient, the sounds of birds, the beautifully gloomy way the gray skies blend with the evergreens, the way people go about their lives, how they talk to one another, how they talk to you. It's only the beginning, and there's much more to see. I'll dump all my pictures sometime when I've returned and can properly reflect.


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It is always heart-warming to witness an anon going through the life-altering change that being there for the first time brings. Pretty rare, too, since a lot of people don't have time to waste on Chinese bird watching bulletin boards until they've come back.

Thank you for taking the time to share this moment with us, anon.



Nice pictures man. The one on the left looks like a painting with those brown colors.


Holy shit why do all the korean dudes here in Osaka unironically look the same? They all have the same haircut and rounded glasses and come in packs of 3 or more.


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Post more sad girls in snow......


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Yes! This is why I love winter! And this time next week, I'll be there. I need to see chilly girls!


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Do they actually wear their skirts that short now?



I don't know where that photo was taken but I've definitely seen the fabled hiked-up-skirt in Tokyo.


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You called?



I'm with you anon, I wear Redwings day in/day out. Boots can and will save your life, cheap tennis shoes are nothing more than glorified socks. Plus good boots will keep your feet dry in even the most wet conditions, whereas the glorified socks will soak up water and make your day terrible.


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I somehow found my way into Gensoukyo please send help.



Don't forget to make a donation!


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I've been running away from this violent Shrine Maiden and now i'm on the side of a large mountain oh god i'm gonna die.



We're talking about tropical summer conditions.

Extremely hot, extremely wet, constant rain showers.

Good boots, oiled up with the finest of greases, will last *some* good hours before the moisture starts creeping in. And creep in it will, because no matter how good your $400 leather boots are, unless you're wearing rubber boots, trekking through a rainstorm for hours on end will inevitably lead to water penetration. And then you're stuck with your heavy, soaked, hot leather boots when you should be enjoying a nice vacation.

Save your life? Yeah, when you're on a fucking battlefield. Real life =/= battlefield.

t. someone who's been wearing Readwings for outdoor work for 8+ years and would rather walk around in flip flops in any tropical climate because even when you're in the bush you can just take them off and prance around barefoot like a man.

I bet you fucking people have well-trimmed giant beards, rolled up raw denim jawns, and slicked-back undercuts. How close am I, you hipster faggots?


Everyone in Osaka generally seems more laid back and nice compared to Tokyo. They are a lot more willing to talk to you no matter if you know the language or not and will even approach you to talk.


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If you're there still find a place called bar refill.


I walked around during the middle of that heatwave in july wearing boots, Its called proper sock choice.



I'm considering taking a day trip there from Kyoto. Any recommendations for how to spend my time there? It would be my last day and I want to make it memorable.


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I'll try and make it tomorrow since I have plans tonight.


I dont know what you're looking for or am an expert on this since we're sorta winging it. Osaka castle is a given if you're interested at all in Japanese history and architecture. There's also sort of a mini Akihabara in Namba city south of Namba-Sennichimae Park that sells all sorts of Otaku and Videogame Merchandise. There's also Dotonbori which Is very pretty at night. If you're willing to go a little bit further to Nara you could also see the Great Buddhist temple at Nara park.



Thanks anon. That sounds like plenty of material to make a fun day. I only spent a day in Aki and definitely want to indulge in more otaku culture.

>we're sorta winging it.

That's been my trip as well, and it's worked out surprisingly great. The most mundane things are so much fun here.


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Feels kinda bad knowing that the closest I have and probably will ever get to Japan is passing by my country's Japanese embassy.



Nara is a great experience if you like temples.

You can walk around the park for at least half a day, visit the different temples and the foundations of old ones, feed the deer (voluntarily or not) and see that fuckhuge Buddha statue.

There's also a lot of volunteers around the park who can explain the symbolism and history of most temples. It can be a bit dry, but if you don't know a thing about Buddhism like I did it's still an interesting experience.


Holy shit Karaoke is so much fun.




>sort of a mini Akihabara in Namba city

That's specifically called "Denden Town".

Also take a wander through Amerika-mura if you have time. It's like a weird Japanese take of everything American concentrated into a tiny area. You will find 黒人 here though.



Are there even western songs or at least texts in romanji?



There are a lot of western songs and you can search for ones with Romanji. Go to a Joysound for an updated songs list.



Nice, I always wanted to try Karaoke but was afraid of not being able to find any songs.


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When you pick english, it'll have that button on the bottom right for japanese songs with romanji.


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Today was my last real day in Japan and this moment was a great way to top it off.

I'm coming home.



Where's that at?


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Part way up Inariyama looking over Kyoto.


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I thought I knew that view.

Fushimi Inari is such a great place.


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It was the biggest highlight of my trip and I want to come back again.

I'll dump lots of pictures when i'm home.



Are you at Narita now?

Are you on my plane now?


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That walk does not take two hours. Wikipedia lies. You went on a good day though. It was packed when I was there.


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One last day in Tokyo then its to Narita on the 21st.


All the instagram normalfags dont have the stamina to make it up a fifth of the way there so they just congregate around the beginning and take the first path that splits back to the main gate. Once you pass the crowd it gets so much better.

Also probably helped it was starting to get dark


When I saw that view yuru camp was the first thing that came to mind. It was so peaceful.


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>tfw anon pet the same shrine cats that I did


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I'd wash my hands thoroughly.


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I saw a total of 4 shrine cats there but I couldn't snap a shot of one of them. They were sweet. Be sure to wash your hands or use sanitizer after though after petting.


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I wasn't expecting this autism.



Why are Japanese cats so tiny, /a/? I saw a ton of them at Yamadera but the local places kept shooing the poor critters out with brooms.


Back in Japan for the second time within a year lads! Arrived exhausted into the night so no pictures yet, but still awake thanks to jet lag.

It feels super odd to be back again so soon. I kinda feel like I'm repeating myself. I did notice that it's sort of a common thing for people to come back to Japan again soon after a first visit, but do they feel the same sense of... repetition as me?



Thanks for tagging out with me as I just got back home. Definitely want to go back really soon. Will dump my pictures in the future after I've rested for a while.

Have fun!


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Turns out the Beijing air has totaled my throat, but I'll survive. I'll take good care of the place while you're away.

Quick question, I love these jelly drinks, but I can't figure out how to recycle the packets. Anyone know how to responsibly dispose of these?



Throw it in a bin filled with other plastics.


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So a little update, seems I came down with two different colds within the week I've been here so far. We've also found that we've already done quite a bit of stuff the last time we were in Tokyo. There is a lot of shopping I want to do here, but there's really no point for myself yet because I'm here for another two and a half months and will be travelling up and down the country while doing so.

Am I the only one travelling Japan at the moment? Are there any other anons who are here right now and maybe meet up? The guy I'm travelling with is good, but he has his limits, no karaoke, no onsens, no interest in hentai doujins or loli. I wanna hang out with a like minded individual.


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I didn't get around to posting many pictures from Japan besides trains last night, so I'm going to do it now. I took hundreds of pictures, so I narrowed it down to the nicest looking few. If you want to see trains, check out last night's radio thread in the bunker. Some of those turned out really nice.

Starting with some pictures from Asakusa in Tokyo.


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Sensouji was having festivities at the time I was there. I got some karaage and oden from the stands. I regret not going for the choco-banana.


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I was a little worried that Japan in the winter would be dull on the eyes. Luckily that wasn't the case at all. The dark green of the Japanese pines and the grey winter clouds are a striking sight.


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This first picture and the last three from the previous post were taken in the palace gardens. There were hardly any people there, which made it a wonderful experience. I wasn't so lucky with nearly all the other tourist destinations in Japan. The center two pictures are from Asakusa, and I think they perfectly capture its charm. It's a bit less modernized than other places in Tokyo. Makes you feel like you're in a simpler time. Kappa street was kind of adorable.


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The sense of verticality in the city is fantastic. Signs, walkways, train tracks, power lines; being completely surrounded by these features gives the term "concrete jungle" a deeper meaning.


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Next is Hakone. It started with a bus ride to lake Ashi. It was on that bus that I learned the true rewards of having done my reps. If you ever see a group of middle aged Japanese women drinking together, you might just get pulled into the conversation and get a free can of chuuhai. When we got there the weather was aesthetically abysmal. It started to snow when I got to the gate.


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And because Japan is a strange magical place, the weather cleared perfectly in an hour, and Fuji became visible.


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A little more Hakone, and some Evangelion stuff I saw there. My local Lawson's had some unique looking drinks for sale. They both look thirst quenching, but which do you think tastes best?


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Having a beer and riding the Shinkansen for 3 hours is another must-do. You never get bored looking outside the window. I went to Kyoto next.


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I had a difficult time understanding Kyoto at first. It was neither the concrete jungle, nor the quiet village from before. This was also the part of my trip where foreign tourists became unnervingly common because Kyoto has so many world famous sites. If you can get away from these people, you can get a sense of what Kyoto actually is. The outer suburbs are the place to go if you want to find its charm.


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Fushimi-Inari was one of the first places I went to. I expected it would be a quick stroll, but it turned out to be a hike to the top of the mountain. Luckily towards the top things are less crowded, and you can feel the tranquility deserving of such a place. Last picture is from the same vantage that these anons had >>899229 >>899501


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I went to see Kiyomizu-dera, but it didn't want to see me.


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The manga museum is a great place to chill out after doing fuck loads of walking. They have every manga you can imagine, and a big lounge where you can just sit and read. I was really confused at first because I didn't find the main library until later and thought the floor with all the shoujo manga was the entire collection. They had an exhibit featuring a Haruhi shrine and some ecchi doujins. Here's a cast model of Ume-sensei's drawing hand.


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I had an entertaining encounter in front of Tenryuuji. A group of 3 grade-school boys interviewed me for their English assignment. I asked them if they knew a place I could eat okonomiyaki. They didn't know so they google maps'd it, and lead me to a cute tea shop away from the tourist hordes. It turned out to be a negiyaki place and they wanted to keep up the search, but I thanked them and let them run off. The old lady there was lovely, and it was as delicious as it looks.


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I spent the last day in Osaka. Not a bad place to splurge on some delicious fried foods. The castle is a museum on the inside, and there's a tractor disguised as a train that blasts chip-tune music and transports people. It almost ran me over. I'll have to come back and see all the other things Osaka has to offer.


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Some other weird shit, and a few pictures from Den Den town.


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I'll move onto otaku related photography. The arcades are, needless to say, cool as fuck. The first game I played was this Kancolle one.


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Nanodess is such a good shipgirl. Each arcade I visited had an entire floor dedicated the rhythm games. If I only had time to go in there and master those games. Watching the regulars go at it made it worth the visit. This game I played which was full of Touhou doujin music (Eurobeat included) made me smile like a fool.


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Here's what a Japanese fine arts store looks like. Den Den town's super potato had a lot of hand drawn sides with Popuko and Pipimi. Nico and Parappa were there to point out the rhythm games.

>There aren't any Nico games, buuuuut there are a lot of other interesting games so please forgive nicconico! <3


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I'll finish by posting some noods. I took some great videos that I'd like to share, but I'll have to cut them and turn them into webm's.

I hope you liked the pictures. If you have any questions about my experiences, go ahead and ask. I welcome even mundane questions. The most wonderful things about Japan are the most mundane after all.



Tell me you bought a copy of that and plan to submit it to the library of congress.


Those are some great pictures, thank you for sharing them.


I'll go to Japan this summer and if I'm lucky it will be around Comiket.

Has anyone ever been there? What were your experiences?



>Ancap gun store

I see they finally made their move.


Damn, I want to go, now. But I think coming "home" to your pozzed/ZOGed country might feel quite bad.



That is the 1st Cavalry Division insignia.


You feel like Charles Heston when he found the statue of liberty in planet of the apes.



It's a shitty feeling for sure, but you only feel it because you get to feel the exact opposite: the sense of wonder that comes from observing and interacting with a culture which preserves over a millennium of its character. It's an eye wetting experience.


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I flew out of the beautiful green Narita countryside and landed in the disgusting brown gray Los Angeles concrete dystopia.


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Sounds like reverse-Paris-syndrome.



Yeah, the costs are astronomical.


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>arrive at LAX

>ride the escalators through the welcome to the usa sign

>first thought is holy shit, I never truly realized how fat burgers were

We've all been there.

Except >>902900 apparently.


>if you only knew how bad things really are



Is the 4th one milk soup? How do you eat the third one?


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That's a beautiful video, anon! Reminds me not to give up yet.

Say, would you be willing on uploading it to a fileshare for other anons to download?


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That is such an endearing little story. Probably my favorite out of everything you posted: Beautiful to imagine!

Thank you for posting these, anon. They are remarkable and it comes off clear how wonder-struck the whole experience has left you. I'm sure you've done your part in inspiring a new generation of anons to continue striving for the crown of the orient. Yuropoors included. Don't give up hope! Pinch those yurocents and one day you'll have enough. Tell yourself that one day you'll do it, no matter what, and it will one day be true.


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The fourth one is tonkotsu ramen. It has a rich creamy flavor. The third one is tsukemen, which is very much like ramen only you eat it by dipping the cold noodles in the hot broth. The broth served with tsukemen is much thicker (and delicious). You are supposed to pour hot konbu water into the broth when you're done using it as dip, but I thought it was perfect the way it is. All the noodles with thick rich broths were my favorite. The ramen in the first picture is shouyu ramen (I think), and while looking the most traditional and inviting, it was my least favorite due to its oily runny broth.


I'm glad you liked that story. Getting to have real interactions with the Japanese in their own language was one of the most moving and rewarding aspects of the trip. I definitely want to go back with better skills and venture outside of the tourist zones like some of the other anons have because I'm sure I can have more of those experiences there.


Last night I got black out drunk but kept walking. Apparently I groped the hostel employee who was out with us and told her I wanted to fuck her. I woke up standing upright in Shimbashi station with no recollection of getting there and had to make my way back to Asakusa. Fucking wild first night in Japan. Today we're going to Osaka. I'll post more updates as they come.


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Binging through rambalac's and other travel scenery videos helps a bit.



Dude...you're supposed to not make foreigners look like horrible people.


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Then again, it might be a good way to convince Japan to keep immigrants out.


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What kind of normalfaggotry is this?


>Meet a guy who does judo

>Have some drunken sparring break out

>Somehow beat the shit out of my friend with him instead

>Break friend's glasses

>Simultaneously drop to our knees and start begging forgiveness in Japanese and Engrish

Getting drunk was a very good idea.



I suppose you can't do anymore damage than that faggot filming dead bodies did, but also >>904123



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It just dawned on me that I'm probably the only representative here who has gone to Hokkaido. So here are some rough phone photos of the Icefall Festival in Sounkyo today.

Quite magical~


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And some photos from the Sapporo Snow Festival last week.



What's the best winter month to visit Hokkaido, and how cold was it?




Very nice. Great way to end the thread. That ice bar is very impressive.



I'm here during most of February, as you have snow festivals in Sapporo and Asahikawa during the first 10 days of the month. Temperatures have been down to -30c on occasion and I haven't felt positive temperatures outside since I got here. Generally has been floating around -5c though. Getting around is kinda tricky unless you have experience driving on snow, they do plow the cities, but once you're off any major road, you'll be driving on snow. That said, everyone has winter tires on and seem to cope just fine, albeit a bit slower.

In our case, we stuck with a flexible Hokkaido rail pass, four days travel over 10 days. Kinda limiting actually because I wanted to get over to Abashiri and see the frozen sea and the ice breaker ships. Maybe in a future year.


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I'm getting ready to go in August for 3+ weeks.

Thinking of setting up base in a single capsule hotel near Tokyo since I'm mostly interested in watching whatever chika/underground idols that I can find playing during the visit.

Capsule Inn Kinshichou looked decent and cheap but they want english folks to use a website called hostelworld and if I try to book more than a couple months out the price goes from $35 to $9000 a night. I guess they don't want to reserve rooms that far in advance.

I'd like to get lodging reserved before I book the flight soon. This is much cheaper than the other places I've found. Does anyone know an alternative? Am I being paranoid trying to book lodging this far in advance?



I'm not sure about other booking sites, but Expedia offers a flight + hotel bundle which (supposedly) gives you a decent discount on lodging. I don't remember if capsules were available through Expedia, but I got a hostel through them.


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There are tonnes of affordable capsules in Tokyo, you'll be fine to book closer to the time. Bear in mind though, some capsules do require people to be checked out and back in after x amount of days for cleaning, so be sure to read up on the rules. It may be worth paying a little more and getting a single private room in a hotel since you're planning a longish stay.

As for area, consider the Asakusa area, lots of options, decent eating around and close to akihabara.

Update from Hokkaido:

We had a brief stay in Noboribetsu Onsen, stank of sulphur and looked like hell, but the onsen was incredible. Now in Hakodate which, as one of the first ports to open to the world, is remarkably western in style. It's cool, but also a slushy mess right now with all the melting snow.


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I would have loved to have gone to the Sapporo Snow Festival in earlier in Feb 2019

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