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    Yanaka

    by t_cinanni Written Dec 7, 2009

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    20ft high gold-leaf statute
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    Yanaka is a step back in time to the stone courtyards of garden temples, craft shops and crumbling tombs. One of the best preserved older quarters of Tokyo.
    Yanaka survived the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923 and the fire bomb of 1945 unscathed. This is a rare enclave of the old city. Observe famous Yanaka graveyards, mossy tombs, buddha stones, cherry trees, leafy walks, resting place of famous literati, actors and shoguns.
    Yanaka is the reclusive reteat of artists, writers and designers. Its narrow streets discourages heavy traffic. You'll find quaint shops, run-down businesses, ultra-modern medical school, exquisite paper art shops, many temples.
    Walk to the Sensho-en Temple to discover a 20ft high gold-leaf statute "Kannon" after the goddes of mercy.
    Follow the main road down to busy Shinobazu-dori and dog-leg to Nezu shrine to arrive at the impressive vermillion Zuishinmori gate, then a second portal, the Karamon Gate with licquered colourful partitions and carvings.

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    Mount Fuji

    by boltonian Written Apr 17, 2009

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    Mt Fuji from Shinkansen

    The plan to climb Fuji in April was a non starter. You need proper gear and it would take all day.

    In July and Aug, you can easily climb the summit, but it is a long trip from Tokyo to the starting point.

    Outside of summer, the best bet is to see it as you go from Tokyo to Kansai on the Shinkansen. On the way there, we saw it clearly, on the way back, it was too cloudy.

    The area around Hakone is meant to be nice, but without being able to climb the volcano, we didn't bother going all the way there.

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    Kayabuka Tavern Monkey Waiters

    by boltonian Written Apr 14, 2009

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    Fukoshin on my back
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    Before going to Japan, we had set our sights on finding the Monkey Bar as was featured on CNN a few months ago.

    It seemed a futile task, but we found it.

    For 3000 YEN, you get unlimited drinks, food and the monkey service/show. Some may see this as cruel, but the monkeys live in a large area and seemed more than happy to do their tricks. You will need to decide for yourself.

    Monkeys work from 7pm-9pm, bar closed TUE and SUN.

    We arrived on Sunday but the owner was very pleased to see foreigners so let us in to eat and drink with his close friends. Ended up eating raw squid and got drunk on beer and sake.

    To get there.....

    Take Shinkasen (Bullet) from Ueno or Tokyo station. Get off at Utsunomiya station (approx 55 mins).

    Exit the main enterance and walk straight ahead. After 50m you reach a main road (Route 10). Turn right. Keep going, branching left at the train track junction (approx 1km). This road merges with Route 4, keep going (to the left). You will come to KFC. Turn right immediately after KFC (small road). Then 3rd left, right at the end, then 1st left. The tavern is at the end of this street.

    3000 YEN in taxi from station, or 40 mins walk.

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  • Aokigahara, the dreaded suicide forest!

    by bluez_inc Written Feb 13, 2009

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    If ghosts, ghouls, and the macabre is your game, then you should make some time to visit the infamous "Suicide Forest" of Japan, Aokigahara.

    Aokigahara lies at the base of Mt. Fuji and is known as the 2nd most popular place in the world for suicides after San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Until most recently, local authorities conducted an annual "body hunt" where they would comb the woods for undiscovered bodies. They stopped doing the hunt because it drew too much attention to the woods and thereby more suicides so the local governments decided to halt the searches for a few years.

    Once a body is recovered, it is taken to the local forestry where a worker has to sleep next to it overnight, in separate cots, of course, because of an old superstition where the body might awake in the middle of the night and howl if left alone.

    For a long time, stories were told of compasses giving false readings in the forest. Skeptics who doubted the reports would find themselves lost in the forest, sometimes they got lost and perished in the elements. Aokigahara in Japanese is called "Sea of Trees" because of it's enormous expanse, it's easy to see how someone could get lost in it's thick woods. The false compass readings were later discovered to be caused by magnetized iron lava that covers the forest floor from an eruption at Mt. Fuji in 1707 (this eruption, combined with 2 others in Europe, put so much gas and particles in the air that many places experienced a mini-ice age. The River Thames in England completely froze over as well as the Venetian Lagoon in Italy.) If you are venturing into the forest it is advised that you bring GPS equipment with you. You can find ribbons all over the forest from searchers who use them to track their path so they can find their way out again.

    One in the forest, there are lots of macabre souvenirs; nooses dangling from trees, wallets, watches, belts, shoes. On Flickr, there's a picture of an Aokigahara explorer holding up a dirty mixtape that he found.

    Those that venture into the forest say that it feels like concentrated evil. The local townsfolk have a dismal existence, they hate that their town is known for suicide and that they must confront it everyday. The locals say that they can tell apart the soon-to-be suicide victims, body hunters, and nature tourists that pass through the town into Aokigahara.

    There are anywhere between 50 and 70 suicides on average in the forest per year.

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    A wondeful nature in the suburbs of Tokyo!

    by RoseAmano Updated Feb 2, 2008

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    Okutama, Japan
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    If you come to Tokyo, I can recommend to go to Okutama area in the suburbs of Tokyo.
    You can find a wonderful nature world. You will be surprised at here. Because even here, Tokyo JR Train!! From Tokyo station to Okutama , use JR. Chuo line, about 2 hours, 1,210YEN. Pictures are one of the hiking course from Hatonosu station to Shiromaru station next to Okutama station. If you are interested, try it! I hope you enjoy this course."Ohtama Walking Trail" and after enjoying the hike, you can enjoy spa near the Okutama Station!!

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    Jimbasan (Mt Jimba), Hachi-Oji Shi

    by Ariel2804 Updated Apr 16, 2007

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    Bus fare from Takao JR Stn to the foot of Mt Jimba
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    Mt.Jimba, 857 meters above the sea level, is the second highest mountain in the city next to the Daigomaru. At the top of the mountain, there stands a statue of a white horse, where the grand panoramic scenery in 360 degrees of high-rise buildings in the east and Mt. Fuji in the west could be appreciated under the FINE weather... yada yada...

    Yes yes... the official website makes it sound SO easy... Rubbish! Unless you are the type who are used to living in the country full of thick forest, it is, in my opinion, pretty dangerous! City dwellers may find it tough having to trot thru the forest tracks especially on days after rainfall. The forest path can be steep and slippery. Descending is more dangerous than climbing. A proper treking pole is advisable. What's more? The Sun sets at 4pm! We had to give up halfway else we would be stuck in the dark forest in less than 2 hours. Check out my photos and you'll decide if Jimbasan is your cuppa.

    Having said all that... Will I climb it again? Hell YES! I dun like giving up!

    To get there, take JR Chuo Line and alight at Takao Station. Take the bus bound for "Jimba Kogenshita" (It was Number 33 but they may change the number). Use the pic I posted with the 540yen bus fare as a guide). Oh and you only pay the fare when you ALIGHT.

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    C58 363 paleo express steam train excursion

    by sunnywong Written Feb 9, 2007
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    Steam operations started in 1988 as a weekend tourist attraction with C58-363 (2-4-2, 58.9 tons), ex-JNR general-purpose steam engine, which was formally used on local lines throughout the country. The train has been dubbed with an unusual name, the "Paleo Express," after a legendary creature in the Chichibu district. The steam train is currently operated between Kumagaya and Mitsumineguchi, a distance of 56.8km, on most Sundays except in winter.

    Link to my photo album of this train

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    Breathtaking Sceneric View

    by willy55 Written Aug 14, 2006

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    From Shinjuku Station, take the odakyu line to fuji-kawaguchiko station. By taking a retro bus, to the lake kawaguchi area, there is a ropeway station up Mount Tenjo. Once reaching the summit of Mount Tenjo, the whole of Mount Fuji is displayed right in front of you. The truly majestic view of the mountain. Descend Mount Tenjo to the surroundings areas and enjoy the peaceful and beautiful scenery. End the trip by taking the retro bus back to the station to Shinjuku.

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    Day Trip to Hakone

    by volarevolare Written Aug 11, 2006

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    Fr Bob who suggested our Hakone Trip
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    Go to the Shinjuku Station and purchase train tickets on the Odakyu line to Hakone.

    There's a special limited express train called the Odakyu Romance which allows you to book seats on that will take about 2.5 to 3 hrs to get you from Shinjuku to Hakone. The train departs very early in the morning about 7plus, so it's best to be at the station really early or pre-book your tickets and go there early to collect them.

    Also, there's a small kiosk selling food and drinks, so purchase a rice triangle or some other things to munch on before you board the train. Don't remember a food cart on this one but there's a trolley service where a stewardess rolls down the aisle and sells food and drinks.

    It's a very comfortable ride and when you reach Hakone station, alight, and walk down to the front of the building where you'd find the ticketing office on the ground level -- here's where you purchase your Hakone Day Trip pass.
    This pass allows you to hop on and hop off a number of buses that ply the area and which will take you to a variety of places in Hakone -- notably the Hakone Lake and up to the sulfur mountains and finally, it take you back to the station for a ride back into Shinjuku.

    Be prepared with about at least 15000 yen for the day trip, excluding meals.

    I enjoyed this day trip the best, next to the trip to the Onsen.

    It was also on this trip that i chanced upon The Little Prince museum in Hakone. Pity that most of the exhibits didn't have English captions but it was a charming place nonetheless... :)

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    Experience The Wonderful of Nature

    by willy55 Updated Aug 8, 2006

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    Just follow your way to the Hakone-Yumoto station and follow the recommended loop of travel. On the way, is a bus trip to the Lake Ashino. From Lake Ashino take the boat across the lake and enjoy specticular views of Mount Fuji. Next take the Tozan Ropeway and at Owakudani, have a nice 'black' egg at the mountain area. So conclude the day trip with a very relaxing cablecar ride to Gora station.

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  • Outdoor market at Katsuura, Chiba

    by chihiro75 Updated May 20, 2006

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    Katsuura, on the coast, in Chiba prefecture, is a little town which we like. Nothing special, but close enough to Tokyo that you can go there on a day trip, to the beach and to walk around the surrounding mountains.

    There's an open air market that is 400 years old where local farmers and fishermen come to sell their produce. Bent old women sitting on the ground sell a few carrots or radishes, fish people selling their own dried fish, people with bamboo wares, traditional straw slippers and a variety of other things. It's a small market -- but it's quaint, friendly and surprising in modern day Japan.

    It's from 6 to 11 am, closed on Wednesdays. There are two locations, depending on the day but close enough since the town itself is only a few blocks.

    According to the website of the city government (only in Japanese), it's one of 3 open air markets in Japan. The beaches don't compare to Thai or Vietnamese beaches of course. There are some good local restaurants but which are difficult to find.

    To get there: JR express train from Tokyo station to Katsuura station, about an hour. About 3500 yen for the ticket and the express train charge. A cheaper but longer way is to take a regular train that goes through Chiba. It only costs the train fare without the extra express charge, but takes about 3 hours (maybe less?).

    There is an old Ryokan in the town center near where the market is but I forgot the name, There are a bunch of newer hotels and ryokans, all with Onsen. There is also a horrible kitsch skyscraper type hotel right by the beach, but where they have onsen, swimming pool game center....it's called the Mikazuki hotel and it's pretty awful, but people go there with kids.

    The town before Katsuura on the JR line, Onjuku, is a well known surfing spot (I don't surf, so that's all I know).

    The photos I have included are those from the city government website, but I'm sure they won't mind.

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    Kamakura - Hase Temple

    by mkotarac Written Nov 1, 2005

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    Kamakura is approximately a 1 hr ride south of Tokyo, if you take the JR train from Shinjuku station. Watch the scenery as you pass by. As you get closer to Kamakura, there is a beautiful goddess statue on the left side of the train.

    There are many other Buddhist temples and shrines around Kamakura. We went to a Shinto shrine called the Hase Temple , only about a five minute walk from Daibutsu. This shrine has a cave called Bentenkutsu housing many statues of the Benten, the goddess of female beauty and wealth. There are also many other minor gods inside. One thing to advise, the cave is not large, so you will be crouching at one point, tall or not. But worth seeing, just for the ancient sculptures and wood carvings. On the top is the main shrine. Unfortunately, you cannot take pictures of the statues inside, but it houses the Kannon Goddess and is made out of pure gold. Beside that is the "Fate wheel" which you are supposed to puch around. On the side there is a rest area and a cliff over looking the city and the Pacific Ocean. On the way to the temple (going up the hill) there are stores selling statues and Japanese dolls. Very beautiful, and a worthwhile side stop on the way up or back from the temple.

    Behind the shrines is another pathway higher up. On the bottom are Jizo statues. These are statues representing dead infants. Their guardian Jizo, watches over their souls. The clothes are given by those who have lost infants (either through abortion or childbirth).
    There are many other shrines here, but we didn't have time to go to them all. Definetly worth a visit to see some beautiful shrines and temples!

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    Kamakura - Daibutsu Buddha

    by mkotarac Written Nov 1, 2005

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    There are many cities just outside of Tokyo that are good day trips, such as Nikko, Kamakura and Mt. Fuji. We had a hard time choosing between Nikko and Kamakura, but went to Kamakura to see the Big Buddha!

    Kamakura is approximately a 1 hr ride south of Tokyo, if you take the JR train from Shinjuku station. Watch the scenery as you pass by. As you get closer to Kamakura, there is a beautiful goddess statue on the left side of the train.

    Upon entering town there are some stores that sell goods such as socks, clothes and shoes. To get to the Buddha Daibutsu, you have to follow a series of road signs. We actually followed a group of elementary students, but there are signs posted in Japanese and English. We walked through a residential neighbourhood, and got to see a lot of beautiful homes on the way. The walk is about a half an hour to the temple. Once there you have to pay a small fee to enter.

    The statue is very impressive. On the side there is a pair of the Buddha's sandels to give you an idea just how large he is. For about 10 or 20 yen you can enter the Buddha. Inside there are some old Japanese sayings. Only worth it because it is so cheap. Just inside the temple there is a stand where you can buy souveniours and cakes. However, for a bit cheaper, just walk outside the temple and across the street and they will have the same souveniours, but cheaper.

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    Experience the beach

    by veg999 Written Sep 11, 2005

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    lovely clean air and golden sand
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    It is located about 2 and a bit hours out of tokyo . The beach is called Onjuku beach ( I am pretty sure ) mayb could b honjuku , but first go with on. Anyway it is in the Chiba prefecture.

    The little town you walk through to get to it , is quite cute , kind of reminds me of rodeo drive or a very LA feeling , especially when a Hummer drove through. Anyway warnign stock up on any beverages at the supermarkets in town and also use the toilets. The beach ones are disgusting .

    It is quite difficult to find a place to sit when you get there. The beach is packed. Also I think that is quite a beach for locals. I swear we were the only foreign bunch . But it is good to just sit there and watch everyone. So diffireent to beaches in AUS .

    Don't expect so much out of clean waters and golden sands though, it isn't that clean. But hey when it is 35 deg C , you need to do what you need to do.

    So if you are looking for a place to swim and hang out with friends. I recommend here

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    Roppongi

    by misakitaguchi Written Feb 9, 2005

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    Some people love here but other are not.
    Roppngi is also called by Foreigner town.
    Yes,you can see so many people who from outside Japan. There are so many clubs.restaurant and bar.
    It is interesting but I think dengerlous too.Pretty dirty too. But since Roppongi Hills built, many many couple go there.
    For me, I always go Hard Rock Cafe.

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