July 16, 2004 4:22 PM Subscribe
Going to Japan with husband for a week in October. Don't speak Japanese, never been to Asia before, need ideas for itinerary. Help us avoid getting Lost in Translation? [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl to Travel & Transportation around Japan (14 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
We're planning on staying in Tokyo for a few days, but want to stay overnight in at least one or two other cities. I was thinking of Kyoto, but then heard that it's kind of industrialized and not as pretty and old-fashioned as some of the smaller cities. And I do want to soak in Japanese culture and art, or at least as much as my small gaijin mind can absorb. So far, the only things on our "must" list are buying a kimono (for me) and traveling on the bullet train (for the hubby). Oh, and visiting any particularly great gardens, since I love plants and gardening. (No cherry blossoms, though, since it will be fall.) I've bought some books on Japan to help prepare and we'll be working out some of our arrangements via a travel agent, but we'd love some first-hand reports and ideas. And hotel and restaurant suggestions for Tokyo. Thanks!