Haven't seen a picture dump thread in a while so here we go. Pictures from my recent trip to glorious Nippon.
If anybody has some more pictures, feel free to join!
Starting with Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto. Fucking shitton of people there, but otherwise pretty nice.
Ueno Park, with some weird fire/earthquake drill, where Middle/higschool girls were demonstrating how to behave in case there's a fire or an earthquake
Imperial palace. Ended up there after wandering around for two hours, looking for Tsukiji. Also accidentally walked into the ministry of justice and got scolded by a policeman. Fucking jetlag
Shibuya crossing at night, with some weird Japanese festival going on
Sunrise, picture taken from the top of Mt. Fuji
Gonna take a little break now, will be back soon with more pictures
no I went up with a group of 4 people, I talked to before on Facebook (pic related). We climbed up at around 4:30 PM, got up to the station at around 9 PM and continues at 3 AM to reach the peak for sunrise.
Next day, I went to Kamakura, to see the festival there. Had some nice stalls, and saw some horseback archery
Did you even fuck some japanese pussy? You seem like a loser weeaboo.
wow you figured that out in 8 posts? not bad
anyways, here's the horseback arching. too many people there, but still interesting
Osaka is pretty neat too.
Top of the tallest building in Osaka. I think its called Abeno Harukas.
oh no haha but I still liked that one the best, here's a better one
Garden in Kyoto.
yes actually walked into the bamboo forest by accident, but I am so glad I found it.
I was in Gion, but I didn't think it was THAT great. Nice but kinda meh. At least I saw a Meiko or whatever you call those apprentice Geishas, at 11 PM, guiding a customer to a cab
seriously? I thought gion was amazing. Luckily the people I was with were Japanese so we ended up having a conversation with one of the Maiko.
Wakayama is pretty cool too, actually. Its really rural but it has some amazing temples and castles which not many tourists visit so they're not completely packed like kinkakuji
The tori in kyoto
second best, I'd say, after Ishigaki. Those beaches and that amazing weather+friendly as fuck people...just damn
Anyways, continuing chronologically: Big Buddha in Kamakura
yeah I actually got a bad sunburn on my shoulders because I went snorkeling for three days straight, without applying any suncreen lol
Still, there were so many interesting things to see there and other islands to explore, five days weren't enough for me
Pic: view on Ishigaki city
Not a lot, she was very quiet and polite. She spoke in traditional kyoto Japanese which the japanese people I was with found amazing but I couldn't tell the diffirence between osaka japanese and kyoto japanese.
sounds like an amazing experience. Did you live there or just travel
Statue of liberty @Odaiba (my favorite part of Tokyo)
Actually my boyfriend is Japanese so we've had a long distance relationship for 4 years and I visit about 2 to 3 times a year and we visits when he can get the money together.
I love Japan and I love visiting but there are a lot of social problems out there which Japanese people don't acknowledge and they make me hesitant to move there permanently.
I can kind of understand that. It was a really nice country to visit and I'd certainly go there again to visit some other parts and maybe stay longer, like two months or so, but actually living there? nope. Just look at their working hours, that's ridiculous. Almost all of the people I met there, told me that they have to work 3 hours+ overtime each day. I even saw some people leave the office at 11 PM on a weekday.
On a brighter note, they have cool ass shit like this
Skyline of Tokyo (sorry, picture's a bit dark, haven't had the time to photoshop them properly yet)
I was also there. I think I uploaded this some time ago too. Here's a smaller resolution of the panorama I stitched together.
that looks much nicer than the one I posted, thanks. Mori tower too right? Unfortunately, the museum was under contruction when I was there, so I didn't see much except for a weird doll collection
Anyways, next pictures from the open air museum in Hakone
anon, while this is an amazing picture, I am sure Lake Bled is in Slovenia..
haha no that was a guy from Texas who was working for a videogame company there. He was so fucking fast when climbing, it was so hard to keep up with him
>you'll always be too much of a poorfag to go to Japan
Imo, Japan is not as expensive as I thought it would be, especially since I am from Europe and the euro to yen was something like 1:140 when I was there. You can find a hostel for around 15-20€ in most places, food wise, you could go as low as maybe like 1300-1500 Yen/day if you want to be a cheapo and there's tons of stuff to explore for free. Sure, it's probably more expensive than most other countries in Asia, but still cheaper than the US and Western Europe I think.
Next day in Hakone, I did the classical one day, five forms of transportation, sightseeing tour: cable car, rope way, ship, bus and railway.
Yeah, the "being there" part I can manage just fine. The problem is I'm in eastern Canada, so I won't ever find a plane ticket for less that $1,200.
I took a three-week trip this summer, total airfare was about $700, I lived pretty frugally and now unless my company sends me work it's possible I won't even have enough to make rent without using my credit card.
Dude i am currently in Shinjuku, Kyoto was full of cunts but Tokyo is full of amazing people!
Heading to Bamboo Grove i got off on the wrong fucking stop but im glad i did
I was hoping to go to Hakone, the desk lady at my hotel really recommends it, but its too costy now seeing as my JR pass ran out, this twat didnt get one for his whole duration -_- Are you still in Nihon bro?
if you are from Tokyo, you can get the Hakone free pass (I even payed more without it, despite having a Rail Pass). It's a nice daytrip or maybe for two days even.
No, I came back this Saturday...you still there? I am starting to miss how polite everybody is here haha
It's not guaranteed that you will see the fuji from Hakone. Actually most of the time is hidden behind the clouds.
To be honest I found the Hakone excursion a little bit lame... I went because to me the Hakone Checkpoint was kind of a must but otherwise I would not recommend this excursion
I actually had a pretty good experience, but mostly because I was staying in this amazing hostel that only opened like three month ago and that had its own onsen and amazing staff. One guy was there from Half-Mexican and half-Japanese and gave me some homemade Tequila that he brought over, to drink
Also, I really enjoyed the open air museum, even though I am not into art normally
If anybody ever saw the anime series "Hyouka", this is one of the background settings
not him but yeah no thanks, not that interested in Japanese gardens tbh >>908036
Zen Garden in Kyoto, where you can only see 14/15 stones at any given time
not op, but the general consensus is
kyoto- the temples get old pretty fast, especially if you've been to other temple cities. 90% of japanese tourism involves temples. The big ones are still worth it, though. transport in kyoto is a bitch. there are good hikes.
osaka- fucking ugly. pretty good food, but not the best in japan by most accounts. friendly people. cheaper. better partying than tokyo
don't have much more to add to that. In Kyoto, I felt I met a lot more Gaijin than in Tokyo or Osaka (and oftentimes the same people I met the day before or so), because they all seem to be concentrated around the same area (Kawaramachi). Temples are nice, but after seeing like 4-5 or so, it get's repetitive quite fast (like that anon said).
I didn't stay long in Osaka, though I think I wouldn't have if I could. Yes friendly people and the nightlife seems pretty good, but for tourists, I think there aren't enough attractions to warrant staying there longer than maybe 4 days maximum. That said, I really loved the aquarium and had a great stay at an amazing hostel.
Those two cities are only 40 minutes away from each other by train, so even if you just stay in one, you could just go visit the other one for 2-3 days.
Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. The hike up on the "mountain" is not worth it imo, but it's only like 1 hour so if you have time to burn, it's okay
Was there briefly back in 2010 (most places I go, I go briefly.)
Next time I'm on my coputer where the pictures are, I'll se what I can scare up.
Kite Festival honoring first-born children, Hamamatsu.
Noice! Are you the guy who's hobby is it to see kite festivals around the world? I love your pictures!
>Deer waiting to cross the road in Nara
>Are you the guy who's hobby is it to see kite festivals around the world? I love your pictures!
Yes, and thank you.
Cool, I would have loved to have some hands-on time with them. Had some AMAZING times at some of the associated street parties at night, though.
Here, have a pic of the pagoda at Asakusa Kannon temple in Tokyo,
Kid riding an elaborate float pulled by dozens of volunteers from his neighborhood during one of the parades during the Hamamatsu festival.
Enjoying them, keep posting please.
>More deer (aggressive bastards)
The northernmost point of Japan, east of Wakkanai, Hokkaido.
Was there in early Septermber this year
nice, how did you get there? Were you staying in Hokkaido?
I'm probably moving to Sapporo to attend Hokkaido University next year and I'd like to get in touch with some Ex pats or good english speakers from Hokkaido... Theodoreesquires@hotmail.com
Picture is from my 2012 trip across honshu, I lived in Akita for a month in 2013. The guy shown here is doing a watercolor of the pagoda at Kyomizu Dera in Kyoto.
My Daibutsu is bigger... I think its 80 feet tall or some other absurdly tall buddah from the VERY rural town of Akata, Akita-ken... 2013
Sorry guys, my pc died this Thursday, so I won't be able to post pictures before the beginning of next week.
Can post pictures from my phone for now though (taken from restaurant near Shinjuku)
Yes it's chitanda's house! I think I was the first foreigner who visited it in a year or so. Will post more pictures soon.
Damn that's huge! Did you go there on purpose, or did you just stumble across it?
I think I did the same 1 day trip earlier this year.
Mt Fuji and Hakone tour.
Awesome in winter, had some great views of Fuji and surrounding areas
Neat. Where about's was that?
Was there any other locations from the show you visited?
Pic is of a shrine entrance (one of the many) in Kamakura, Tokyo
It's not at all expensive unless you're a retard.
You can check airfares and hostel/hotel prices online (try wikitravel) and for everyday cost of living have a look at:
The hardest thing is if you plan on living there, or staying for an extended period of time. Things there are more expensive since they have a higher price of living. The most expensive thing would be your transport to Japan. It's a country that relies on a lot tourism and international transaction, so housing and basic needs are pretty cheap. Things like video games and their likeness are the things to avoid seeing as a basic video games run over $70.
ITT: Don't throw your money around fucktardedly
man I just realized that you, me and every other tourist must have taken that exact same fucking picture with exactly that some fucking branch in the foreground
possibly the most famous branch in the world
im planing a 15 day trip to japan my itinere will be
2 days in Tokyo
1 day in Hiroshima
1 day in Kobe
3 days in Kyoto
3 days in Osaka
1 day in Iga
1 day in Nagoya
1 day in Niigata
and 3 more days in Tokyo
i know iam missing a lot but any recomendations?
same place. I lived 2 and half hours away. in a small town called mizuru. Me and this girl still skype every now and then. I'm losing my japanese.
OP here, time to revive this shit
damn that looks nice. I wish I could've seen snow covered Fuji from far away.
it's called Kamou Sou, in a small town near Kakegawa. It's usually famous in summer, when the flowers are blooming there. When I went there, I was the first visitor in three days or so.
Nah, I wanted to go to Hida Takayama, which is the town Hyouka is based on, but unfortunately it was really far away and I didn't have enough time. Anyways more pictures
imagine if somebody broke it off and sold it. You could get rich. Not even rich, Niggar Rich!
me too, and I am kind of losing my motivation to study more after I already went there..
Those fucking beaches man and not a single person anywhere
you'd get much better results with a correct white balance. almost all the photos in this thread are off, it's really a shame.
yeah I had these pictures already run through photoshop, when my HDD crashed. They looked better, but I didn't bother to work on them again
Maybe some day, I'll learn how to operate my camera properly
Ya.. i take pics with my phone only. Not a pro. . But i dont mind advices on improving the quality. However limited to what i can do with my phone only haha
Herea another from arashiyama.
Alrighty. Here is one on the way up fuji.. not sure which station anymore, i regret not marking it down on photo. - its pretty high up though
one more to make up for not posting one last night :)
here is a picture in an open temple I stumbled across while walking home at 2am (since metro in tokyo is not overnight)..
near Kanda station.
Is it retarded that i want to go to kyoto instead of tokyo because i have really bad anxiety around large crowds (my breathing becomes rapid, i start sweating, then sweat more because i think everyone is watching me sweat)
And walk around the country side of kyoto
I speak 0 japanese but i don't want to interact with to many people anyways... i[ve been told it's a waste of money going to japan for that but i can't tell if japan has a nice enough nature/back country where it's worth wandering around
hmm where are you going from? The Island I've been posting the whole time (Ishigaki), is pretty damn nice (kind people, awesome and lonely beaches, great food that's very different from the mainland and just the right amount of activities for 4-5 days). Japan has a lot to offer, but I guess it's going to depend on what kind of stuff you both are into
if you go to Kyoto and get anxious around large crowds..well you'll be better than in Tokyo I guess, but if you visit temples and stuff, there'll be a lot of people there anyways. Why not try Shizuoka or maybe Hokkaido? Much more nature and if you stay out of the big cities, I am sure it would be nice
Japan do have some nice nature and landscapes. As a volcanic island it have a nice vegetation you could go hiking or stuff. I dunno. I don't know how bad is your fear of crowds. There are times when trains are nearly empty so try to use them in those slots.
I came from a country with lots of beaches (indonesia) so id rather not focus on nature/beaches since i think it wont be as interesting to me.
I wanted to experience the culture more (things i can only get in japan) so probably some onsen, temples, and bustle rustle of a big city in japan?
Any idea what season it will be in june? Wouldve been nice if i can see some sakura
no Cherry blossoms anymore unfortunately. But you're probably going to miss the rainy season which starts in July, so that's good.
If you only have four or five days, I would stay in Tokyo and maybe add a day trip+stay in a Ryokan to Hakone or Nikko or something.
nice! You went there recently too right?
Cool on the Hyouka stuff, man. I really wanted to check it out, but my schedule was way beyond my control.
Here's a stray cat on the other side of kintai bridge for your efforts.
damn that cat looks stoned haha but thanks, I love cats!
Have one in return