πŸš„πŸŒΈπŸ—»JAPAN🍱🎎🎌 BY RAIL IN 14 DAYS. SUGGESTIONS?

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    **PLEASE RELIST** and share your favorite experiences, restaurants, and excursions in Japan. Bonus points for off-the-beaten-path stuff. I would love for others to be able to use this list! πŸ‘πŸ˜
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    I am traveling Japan by rail for 14 days. I have a hotel in Tokyo the first 3 days, a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) in Kyoto the next two, and then who knows?
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    🌟🌟Now, for the tips!🌟🌟
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    Buy a green (superior class) rail pass.
    Allows for more spacious seating, more room for luggage, and reserved seats in advance. Rail passes are available at a deep discount to foreign travelers, but must be purchased prior to arrival in Japan!
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    Robot Cafe
    Glitzy, crazy, robot cabaret; everything over the top about Japan in one dinner show.
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    Attend a tea ceremony
    Recommendations for a good one that doesn't just appropriate Japanese culture for tourism? Thanks @barefootmeds
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    Shiitake street on a Sunday in Harajuku
    Thanks @kate81
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    Sensoji temple (Asakusa)
    Oldest Buddhist temple; surrounded by shops. Good place to buy hand-painted artwork. Thanks @kate81
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    Shinjuku Station and crossing
    Busiest transport hub, food and shopping; thanks @kate81
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    Hatsumode
    Traditional New Year's shrine visit. Credit: @mobilehachi
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    Sushi breakfast at Tsukiji fish market
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    Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo
    Good place to grab a drink. Featured in Lost in Translation. Credit: @Veronique
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    Visit Nagano
    Site of the 1998 Olympics - beautiful mountain city. Visit Zenkoji Temple to search for the "key to paradise" (basically a meditative walk in darkness). Also, there is a ramen restaurant on the lower kevel of the train station - no English, but amazing ramen!
    Suggested by Β  @michele
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    Fresh sembi snacks
    I think it is in Azanujuban, where you can get fresh sembi snacks (rice crackers). They are amazing and different fresh.
    Suggested by Β  @michele
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    Central station
    It's mad but worth it. 1. The hot apple cider from Dean & Deluca 2. The anime shopping but. You can all forms of Japanese anime here. I wasn't a fan but even I succumbed to Hello Kitty and Studio Gibli. Gah I need to find my notes from the trip last year and let you know more.
    Suggested by Β  @aida
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    Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto. It's beautiful, rain or shine.
    Suggested by Β  @evolkmann2
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    Use hyperdia.com to plan JR train travel on the fly! Also, if you go to Hiroshima (you def should) look up Lopez okonomiyaki - I guarantee it's worth it
    Suggested by Β  @camilletapia
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    Snow sports
    It's going to be prime powder season when you visit! If you're going to places like Nagano, definitely save a day for skiing/snowboarding. Japan has world-class powder snow and is often referred to as the Swiss Alps of Asia πŸŽΏπŸ‚β›„οΈ
    Suggested by Β  @mobilehachi
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    Watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi and then find his restaurant in the Ginza
    Suggested by Β  @brianball
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    Go see Gundam
    Suggested by Β  @brianball
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    In Kyoto, so many temples. Nanni-Ji, Golden Temple, Zen Rock garden, check out the Ritz Carlton if you're walking around and have a good data plan to find everything. 14 days sounds amazing.
    Suggested by Β  @brianball
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    The Imperial Palace
    You get register to get on the free tour in English online. It's a good insight into their personal grounds. You can also register for the Kyoto Imperial Palace via the same site: http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/guide/koukyo.html
    Suggested by Β  @aida
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    Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park
    If you're a fan of thrill rides like me, you may want to get to this place. Asia has a dearth of great thrill rides (and even if they have one, they're very iffy on safety πŸ˜’) so this such a great find to me. It's at the base of of Mount Fuji (which you can't hike in winter as trails and roads are closed) and make such a beautiful background as you careen down the rides. You can book the entry and bus ride from the local Japan tourist agencies: https://www.fujiq.jp/en/attraction/
    Suggested by Β  @aida
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    View the famous Shibuya crossing via the Starbucks in the Tsutaya building on the crossing's north side
    Then walk to Shibuya station to catch Taro Okamoto's Myth of Tomorrow mural. It's one of my favourite art pieces; it's a memorial that honours soldiers and residents of Nagasaki and Hiroshima: http://www.tokyoartbeat.com/tablog/entries.en/2014/06/public-art-series-7-taro-okamotos-myth-of-tomorrow.html
    Suggested by Β  @aida
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    Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Decks
    Since you're at Shinjuku station, you can head up and view Tokyo for free at this building: http://www.metro.tokyo.jp/ENGLISH/OFFICES/observat.htm (I hope I don't screw up the link as I typed it)
    Suggested by Β  @aida
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    Download a few Metro or train apps
    If you're using the trains as your main mode of transport (in Tokyo especially), download a few metro apps. The train stations are usually close to each other and I recall running from one to another just so I caught the right train--no one will judge you for that πŸ˜‰ I used these previously: trains.jp by Hypotize KK https://appsto.re/sg/KA3Ju.i | MetrO by Kinevia https://appsto.re/sg/mUuit.i Oh, and the get the seasonal cat buns at the station bakeries if you're peckish. They're super cute.
    Suggested by Β  @aida