Visiting Japan? Where should you go?

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  1. Derek

    Derek Derek Weldon

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    Hey everyone, let's make a list of the places and things you should do when you come to Japan.

    I will start off slowly and build from there.

    1 - Visit me :)
    2 - Find a car and drive in the mountains. The view and the roads are tremendous.
    3 - Eat ramen - It is WAY better than back home.
    4 - See Daikoku Futo in Yokohama any night (but Saturday is the best) for awesome car meets.

    What else have you done or would you like to do?
     
  2. Greg

    Greg Local Grumpy Moderator

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    Visit the auctions!
    For me, anything history related.
     
  3. Wolfd89

    Wolfd89 Last in, first out

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    Visit Kyoto and Osaka, ride a bullet train, eat okonomiyaki. Go to an anime convention. And yeah, go to auction, buy a car and drive it for the duration of the trip
     
  4. Dah_Hunter

    Dah_Hunter Looking over your shoulder, so you dont have to.

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    Tudor Straight Ballin'

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    This is an awesome thread since I will be going in August. Definitely going to visit you Derek.

    Also climb Mount Fuji and see the sunrise :).

    Visit some of the tracks like Tsukuba. Would be awesome to see Ebisu as well.
     
  6. Braden

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    I can't wait to visit. Will likely going to be going with a couple friends in a year or two.
     
  7. Megatol

    Megatol Mr. Toyota

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    Dah_Hunter, did you get international driver licence before your trip? Did you rent any car officially (except from Derek)?

    I will be 2 days in Nikko and 4 days in Tokyo, so I'm thinking to rent a car in Narita and drive to Nikko.
     
  8. Terrell

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    There so much stuff to do in Japan its hard to say. Here's a link to the two trips I've taken and stuff that i've done:

    http://domofactor.com/tag/japan-trip/

    Some highlights for me so far were:

    - Mt. Haruna in Gunma
    - Giant Gundam in Odaiba
    - Nismo Factory in Omori
    - Drift School w/ Team Orange @ Ebisu Circuit
    - Go-karting @ AGP kartland
    - Getting an International license and driving in the mountains
    - Toyota History Museum/MegaWeb
    - Visiting various circuits (tsukuba,nikko, fuji, ebisu)
    - Daikokufuto
    - Tokyo Tower and Skytree
    - Visiting small tuning shops
    - Random exploring and speedhunting around Tokyo
    - Eating ALL THE FOODZ!

    One thing that's really fun is meeting and becoming friends with people there who have the same interests as you! Even if your japanese isn't that great, having cars as a common interest makes the language barrier alot easier. As an example, last year Derek and I went out to Fuji speedway to watch some racing. I met my friend Hideki who runs a little AE86 tuning shop down in Shizuoka. Over the next year, I kept it touch with him, and when I came out this recent time, I got a chance to drive his car at Tsukuba circuit and visit his shop over in Shizuoka.
     
  9. Dah_Hunter

    Dah_Hunter Looking over your shoulder, so you dont have to.

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    I had my international driver License, already cause i was in Zambia (Africa) in Oct of 2012 and it was still valid so YaY.
     
  10. J-mo

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    get the 1,2, or 3 week unlimited transit pass and ride bullet trains like they're going out of style. http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en001.html

    get drunk off sake in juice boxes and chu-hi coolers from 7-11. wander around drinking in the streets, it's legal there.

    perv at extravagantly dressed underage girls in shibuya.. it's like going to a people zoo.. on the moon.
     
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    ^^ this guy knows how to have a good time heh.
     
  12. Derek

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    That was a really fun night. I still have the picture of the three of us. Good times.
     
  13. mekazilla

    mekazilla Theoretician

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    Planning for October trip! probably just a week or 10day. Is it even worth trying to drive? Tolls are super high right?
    I'm assuming there would be some kind of track day or drift school event we could attend. That and a rail pass would be more fun than navigating traffic.
     
  14. Derek

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    Don't try to drive to places in Japan. Too expensive, slow, and difficult to navigate. But if you are here, I highly recommend driving in the mountains for a whole day... Just exploring the race track like twists and curves. You can rent a car (or buy one) and just be free. Gasoline for a whole day might be about 8500 yen and back roads have no tolls... or traffic depending on where you are.
     
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    might have been mentioned before.. but:

    Odaiba !!
    Onsen !!
    CoCo's curry !!
     
  16. Murrdawg02

    Murrdawg02 Danger to the manifold

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    Up Garage!
    Toyota (and other manufacturer) museums, they look amazing!
     
  17. Greg

    Greg Local Grumpy Moderator

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    The concept of buying a car for super cheap and thrashing it on mountain roads sounds like FAR too much fun...
     
  18. Megatol

    Megatol Mr. Toyota

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    As far as I know tourist can't buy a vehicle and register it, you have to be a resident in order to do this.

    Derek, can you clarify?
     
  19. J-mo

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    Fixed.. although perhaps far too hopeful. haha.
     
  20. topgear

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    1. Buy a car
    2. Shop at UP Garage
    3. Race Initial D :)