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2 Weeks in Japan?

I must say I've never seen so much to look at or read on the internet about any other place I've been to. Don't know how many 25 Things to do in Tokyo's I've seen and they all seem to have different stuff.

I'm not known for getting excited but I'm counting the days :cool:
 
I need to get a list together tbh, Ghibli museum will be on there. Ramen museum sounds fun too. Teen will want to shop for clothes, probably vintage markets, he's a big film fan too so a trip to the pictures. We saw an ace Japanese film the other week called Harmonium which he loved. Probably go up some tall building or other.

I've been looking at this site... Tokyo Cheapo aswell as watching a load of Youtube videos.

The thing I'm not sure of how to fit in at the moment is the bullet train.

Ghibli museum tickets will need to be booked months and months in advance, just a heads up.
 
Oh, bugger....sold out :(

This happened to me on my last trip. Absolutely gutted, as I wanted to take my family there. I have been there on a previous solo-trip, and it's an amazing place.

When you're in Japan you can always try and get a ticket from the ATM machine within 'Lawson' shops. I did try this last time, but couldn't find 4 free ones for my family. Maybe you will have some luck if you just need 1 or 2 tickets instead.

There's a PDF on how to use the ATM floating about, will have a look in my Evernote for it...

e2a: Found it. Not a PDF but a link - For english|ローソン
 
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Oh, bugger....sold out :(
Bad luck. I've been lucky enough to go four times now (first was just for me, then I took my brother when he came over for my wedding, then one for my kid and family . . . ah maybe only three).
Haven't been for about seven years according to this video.

My daughter is now 10 and the other girl is a crazy boozy 22 year old.
 
I really want to go back to Japan :( I'd go either north or west this time.

Tbh, coming from London, Tokyo was different but not that different to visit. I needed to go there but now I have I don't really want to go back. What I enjoyed was the places I went through when travelling: overcast ferry ports, high streets in the suburbs, pine trees around mountain bus stops, tiny shrines that no tourist would be arsed with, art galleries in the middle of nowhere, shit rainy platforms while waiting for the JR.
 
Coming back this time has so far been odd due to the fact that it doesn't seem in anyway odd at all. I guess I need to travel further than Tokyo.
My daughter is watching all the cartoons she already watches at home.
Nice to have affordable fags but I'm already missing English milk.
And it's fucking hot.
Got graves to visit today and tomorrow. Potentially depressing. Not sure how I am going to react.
 
Despite the title, there is only a short segment in this, but it has a useful tip about seaweed broth:

 
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Do you have any tips for vegetarians in Tokyo ideally Japanese food in places that also serve meat. Or names of dishes - I've got a feeling it will be limited to say the least??!
I'm not a vegetarian, so I have not paid a huge amount of attention to the issue, however I can imagine it's going to be tricky if you want to be 100% veggie. Even non meat dishes use a lot of stock or shavings that derive from fish etc. For instance, you can order vegetarian okonomiayaki but I wouldn't be surprised if someone didn't dump some katsuobushi on top.
 
I'm not a vegetarian, so I have not paid a huge amount of attention to the issue, however I can imagine it's going to be tricky if you want to be 100% veggie. Even non meat dishes use a lot of stock or shavings that derive from fish etc. For instance, you can order vegetarian okonomiayaki but I wouldn't be surprised if someone didn't dump some katsuobushi on top.
Thanks - that's what I thought. I'm not morally opposed to eating meat and fish it's more the taste and texture as I've been veggie for so long. I sometimes will have fresh fish but cant stomach anything too fishy which I imagine some of the dried stuff would be.
 
If you can bear to try meat (just for the holiday) try heading to Tateishi in Tokyo's east end. Some great little food joints/standing bars near the station. A great area, authentic, friendly locals and now sadly targetted to come under redevelopment soon.
 
Thanks - that's what I thought. I'm not morally opposed to eating meat and fish it's more the taste and texture as I've been veggie for so long. I sometimes will have fresh fish but cant stomach anything too fishy which I imagine some of the dried stuff would be.
Then I think you will be fine. Unless you actually are eating a fish dish, nothing actually tastes all that fishy, it's just that there may be non vegetarian traces in the preparation. I don't really like fish, but I do love sashimi! Well salmon.

I think you will have plenty of options almost everywhere.
 
Then I think you will be fine. Unless you actually are eating a fish dish, nothing actually tastes all that fishy, it's just that there may be non vegetarian traces in the preparation. I don't really like fish, but I do love sashimi! Well salmon.

I think you will have plenty of options almost everywhere.
Sounds good -thanks
 
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