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I am planning a trip tp Japan in 2007 but I am not sure when is the best time. I don't want to see the buildings & crowds of Tokyo. Would like to see the rustic & quaint Japan instead. Will use Tokyo as base though. Any suggestions of places to visit that are not far from Tokyo? What's the best & most economical way to get from NRT to Tokyo? Thank you. Reply to this
These are some general information abt Japan, not so complete but I hope you can gain some essential knowledge from it. Reply to this
I visited Japan for a month last winter, and there wasn't a single native I met who didn't - after graciously accepting my compliments on their lovely country - offer, "But you have to come when the cherry blossoms are in bloom!" So you might want to try for a late-March or early-April trip, when the country is in full bloom - even if tremendous crowds will greet you throughout your stay. (Hardly news, though, if you're in Japan any time of year.)
Kamakura and Nikko are both beautiful towns that are easy side-trips from Tokyo. They're hardly off the beaten track, since they're home to some of the more famous temples in Japan, but both are a welcome respite from the clamor of the capital. If you're willing to pony up for the price of a shinkansen ticket, Kyoto's only a few hours away. Along with Tokyo, it's the main must-see city for a first-time visit to Japan.
The best and most economical ways to get to Tokyo from the airport are two entirely different things. The cheapest is undoubtedly taking the Keisei train into the city; it will easily hook you up with the entire Tokyo subway line. The best way might be taking a limo bus - cheaper than a taxi, but a bit more private than a crowded subway car. Given the potential of a traffic jam, it might not be quicker than the train, but it will certainly be more comfortable.
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For me, my ideal holiday would be a relaxing trip to a tropical island. I would like to spend a lot of time swimming in the ocean and lying on the beach. The city I live is extremely busy and crowded, so this tropical island would have to be quiet and not very crowded. So I want to listen to your suggestions about which tropical island is the best tourist attraction. thank you!! Reply to this
Fly to Okinawa in the spring or fall and you will have quiet with decent weather, plenty of sand and water. No surf really but unless you are an avid surfer, it should be okay. The scuba diving is amazing if you are into that as well. The summers in Okinawa are very hot and humid and full of tourists from Mainland (but even then it is not really that crowded) so if you are looking for solitude, go during the off months before it gets colder. Reply to this
I would reccomend Koyosan, and the onsens near Mount Fuji, as well as Kamakura. All are gorgeous, relaxing places, especially around Thanksgiving time - stunning hikes with the fall foliage. Mount Fuji area is famous for it's Kokeshi dolls.
1. Koyosan is unreal - the journey there is stunning: http://www.japanwelcomesyou.com/cssweb/display.cfm?sid=1253
2. Kamakura - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamakura,_Kanagawa
3. Mount Fuji - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_fuji
4. Onsen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onsen
5. Kokeshi Dolls: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokeshi
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