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My Japanese to-do list

My Japanese to-do list

NB: If you're looking for ideas to plan you short trip to Japan, check out Dos semanas en Japón: ideas y consejos (in Spanish)

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Five areas, nine regions, 47 prefectures

  1. 北海道 (Hokkaidō): island, region and largest prefecture.
  2. 本州 (Honshū): largest island
  3. 四国 (Shikoku): island and region
  4. 九州 (Kyūshū): island and region
  5. 琉球諸島 (Ryūkyū-shotō), 南西諸島 (Nansei-shotō) or 琉球弧 (Ryūkyū-ko): archipelago

Regions:

  1. Tōhoku (東北地方)
  2. Kantō (関東地方)
  3. Chūbu (中部地方)
  4. Kansai (関西地方)
  5. Chūgoku (中国地方)
  6. Shikoku (四国)
  7. Kyushu (九州)
  8. Okinawa (沖縄県)

In Tokyo

  1. Hotel Okura (ホテルオークラ) (stay)
  2. Tokyo Tower
  3. Tokyo Skytree (go up)
  4. Train Bar. (have a drink)
  5. Park Hyatt Hotel (restaurant at the top, nice views)
  6. Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line
  7. Bar Kamiya (denki bran)
  8. Pokémon Center Tokyo (Shiodome)
  9. Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center
  10. Tsukiji fish market
  11. NKH's Museum of Broadcasting
  12. My Back Pages (Bob Dylan bar in Yoyogi; see inside).
  13. National Art Museum
  14. Architecture tour in Omotesando
  15. Times Café (co-working space, charges by time spent inside)
  16. Sentou
  17. Meetrip Tour
  18. Jinbōchō (“known as Tokyo's center of used-book stores and publishing houses, and as a popular antique and curious shopping area”)
  19. N3331 café (narrow café between train railtracks)
  20. Omotesando Koffee
  21. Bear Pond Espresso
  22. Niwa no yu onsen
  23. Haco Stadium: Ikebukuro, Chiba
  24. Arakicho (out at night; between Shinjuku Gyoen and Yotsuya Station)
  25. Blue Bottle café (Omotesando)
  26. Little Nap coffe stand (near Yoyogi-hachiman Station)
  27. Toshio Kashio Memorial Museum (Seijo, Setagaya, Tokyo)
  28. Showa Kinen Park
  29. La Jetée (go inside; have a drink)

Elsewhere

  1. Gunkanjima (軍艦島) (how to visit it)
  2. Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum
  3. Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
  4. Nanadaru Falls (onsen)
  5. Kumagaya, Saitama. Read also this.
  6. Kamikochi (Nagano) for hiking. "There's an overnight bus that goes there directly from Shinjuku station. It's beautiful up there in the summer. It's like a rain forest. and 10 degrees cooler than Tokyo." Summer or autumn. Also, Matsumoto.
  7. Namba Park (Osaka)
  8. Enoshima
  9. Hitachi Seaside Park
  10. The Museum of the Little Prince (Hakone, Kanagawa)
  11. Toho Shrine
  12. Kumano
  13. Kurashiki, Okayama
  14. Seikan tunnel
  15. Himeji Castle again after the renovation (March 2015)
  16. Phoenix Hall, Byodo-in Temple (Uji City, Kyoto)
  17. Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture (2.5h from Tokyo on the new Shinkansen opening March 2015)
  18. Isehara
  19. Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park
  20. Universal Studios (Osaka): Cool Japan
  21. Meetrip Tours: Kyoto, and Osaka
  22. Koburi Pass (hiking route 90' away from Tokyo)
  23. “Fox village”
  24. Aoshima, Ehime prefecture (cat's island)
  25. Rabbit's island
  26. Kawasaki Warehouse (Kowloon Walled City-themed arcade in Kawasaki)
  27. Takachiho Gorge (Miyazaki, Kyushu)
  28. TKP Gate Tower Building, "The Beehive" (Osaka)
  29. Ishinomori Manga Museum (Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture)
  30. Nipponbashi (Osaka)
  31. Yunomine Onsen, Tsuboyu
  32. “World's nicest Starbucks” (Kobe)
  33. Shirakawa & Gokayama villages
  34. Okunoin Cemetery and Kongobuji Temple (Koya, Wakayama Prefecture)
  35. Kawagoe
  36. Huis Ten Bosch theme park (Sasebo, Nagasaki)
  37. Henn-na Hotel (robot hotel; see also; Sasebo, Nagasaki)
  38. Trekking between Kibune and Kurama (near Kyoto).
  39. Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel (Kasukabe, Saitama).
  40. Picture Book Museum (Iwaki, Fukushima).
  41. Hōshi Ryokan (Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture)

Per season

  1. Spring.
  2. Summer:
    1. Izu-Shirahama (beach)
    2. Fuji Rock Festival (end of July)
  3. Autumn.
  4. Winter:
    1. Sapporo.
    2. Gala Yuzawa ski resort
    3. Kawaba ski resort.

Eat/drink

Eat

  1. Nattō (納豆)
  2. Chawanmushi
  3. Sushi
    1. Kaiten-sushi
  4. Okonomiyaki
  5. Udon
  6. Ramen (guide to regional varieties)
  7. Takoyaki
  8. Shiokara
  9. Umeboshi
  10. Fugu

Drink

In Tokyo

  1. Sukiyabashi Jiro
  2. Midori no sushi (Umegaoka, Shibuya, Akasaka, Mark City...)
  3. Ninja Akasaka (?)
  4. Uobei - 魚べい (Shibuya ku, dogenzaka, 2-29-11)
  5. Downstairs café
  6. 赤鬼 池袋店 (Akaoni): okonomiyaki place in Ikebukuro
  7. Tunahachi (tempura place near Shinjuku)

Do

In Tokyo

  1. Tokyo Game Show (20–21 Sep 2014)
  2. Tokyo Marathon
  3. JLPT N4 (but actually pass it!!)
  4. Game Cafe Junk
  5. Festivals:
    1. Fukagawa Festival
    2. Sanno Matsuri
    3. Kanda Matsuri
    4. Kanamara Matsuri
  6. Farmer's markets.

Elsewhere

  1. Climb Mount Fuji (Jun–Sep) (although I only reached the eighth station; not the summit…).
  2. Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum (Takarazuka). Web site.
  3. Open-air bath

Anywhere

  1. Capsule hotel
  2. Private onsen
  3. Love hotel
  4. Neko café
  5. Pachinko (play)
  6. Manga café
  7. Kairo (hand warmers)

References

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