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Itinerary for Japan - feedback please

bpeteb

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Does anyone know how to get Sumo tickets?

I set a reminder last week to book them once the ticket sales opened, and then I missed looking because I was so busy.

I've gone to look online 7 days later and it looks like every tournament online is sold out in January 2020.

I've read reviews and it seems people have bought tickets only a day or so out from tournaments.

Any ideas on how to do this without getting ripped off?
Ours were bought on the day of release. I really think you’re out of luck but maybe others have some other ideas.
 

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I've decided to stay 1 night in Hakone on the way back to Tokyo, so have booked this onsen with breakfast and Kaiseki dinner experience:
Will be keen to hear your review. We'll aim to hit that up on our next trip.
 

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Yes, well worth it. Maybe not quite enough if you visit:

Check tide times because at low tide you can walk out to the shrine.

If you have a JR Pass then consider staying in Kyoto and visiting Osaka. They're quite close if you catch the Shinkansen.

If you like trains then this is a must:
They have trains from steam to the Shinkansen. The turntable is huge.

I also loved the Go;den Temple in Kyoto:

Happy travelling.
Thank you! I would love to see Miyajima. Is it still worth going to see the town if the gate is covered in scaffolding? I gather that's the big attraction everyone wants to see.
 

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Thank you! I would love to see Miyajima. Is it still worth going to see the town if the gate is covered in scaffolding? I gather that's the big attraction everyone wants to see.
For me, the highlights were the deer, cable car and walking around. Plenty to do other than the gates iirc.
 

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Just had 3 weeks in Jpn for rugby world cup, so our itin was dictated by weekend games/venues, then finding our way elsewhere thru the weekdays.

I lived/worked in Tokyo in the 80's, and the difference then and now was staggering. So so much more complicated and busy for any form of public transport, Tokyo in particular. Places I remembered (used to catch Ginza line subway from Shibuya every day) were unrecognizable, so make sure you know your route/subway line/exit gate etc, and save yr directions to phone when moving around Tokyo.

Kyoto, however was a revelation - beautiful temples incl Inari, Philosopher's walk, Nishiki food market is a Must, streets around Kawaramachi, make yr restaurant booking in the morning for places like Itoh Dining, but probly stay near the station because that makes subway and shinkansen easier. Daiichi Royal Grande was quite new, smart, adjacent to station and well priced.

One week, in-between games, we went to the Art Islands - adjacent to Okayama - easy short ferry trips between 3-4 islands all with fantastically modern art galleries - look up Naoshima and Teshima Isls, or go here :
benesse-artsite.jp

Wish we stayed onite at Kanazawa after doing the Alpine Route (not encouraged in Jan I wud think..) and wish it wasnt a public holiday our last night in town when Tonki's Meguro had a queue out the door.. An old fave tonkatsu place

Last night in Tokyo at the Station Hotel - if you want to completely relax and waft out of town then this is the place to stay.. Bellhop will walk you down to the Narita Express platform.
Thanks for the recommendation of Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto. It looks really good with great reviews.

So I cancelled my booking at Hotel Universal Port in Osaka and will move hotels to stay 5 nights instead of 3 in Kyoto. It sounds like Kyoto is much more beautiful and there's more to do. Then we can still easily get the train to USJ on the day we want to visit.
 

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