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Anyone know where to get these in Australia/Perth?

https://www.suntory.com/brands/horoyoi/

They may be a woman's drink but they're delicious..
At Tokyo Mart in Sydney they have some. Sister store of Tokyo mart in Subi and Fuji mart in Melbourne.

If you can't buy it you can make it.

The liquor is shouchu. Go to Dan Murphy or another specialist asian style liquor store and buy either Kaido or Shiranami or maybe Kuro Kirishima. In Perth I think the Korean run liquor store under the Criterion in Hay st was the last place I saw it there. At Dan Murphy the staff may tell you it is sake. Its not and its nothing like sake. It is more like a vodka that is made from sweet potato instead of potato.

Dan Murphys seems to have Kaido (they call it Hamada Syuzou) everywhere as per below:

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Don't use the flavoured Korean soju - thats a different thing. Also, the more interesting, expensive and flavourful shouchus out there will be no good for this

Your next step is to find a nice fruit flavoured soda that is not too sweet. I recommend the san pellegrino lemon or grapefruit drinks.

So chuck in ice, a good pour of Kaido shouchu and then top up with the San pell. That is very, very close to the "chuhai" that you will get at a good izakaya in Japan. That is what the canned drinks are trying to replicate.

Kanpai!
 

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Loved Japan. We had 6 nights in Tokyo, 1 night in Hakone, 2 nights in Kyoto and 3 nights in Osaka. Tokyo was amazing and barely touched the surface. Hakone was fun, and we enjoyed the onsen, but could have done Hakone/Fuji area as a day trip from Tokyo, and I feel like that may have been a better use of our time as we spent a lot of time on various trains/cable cars. The cable car over the volcano was awesome, and we were lucky enough to see Mt Fuji! My next pick would be Osaka - I wish we'd had more time there. Such an awesome city, very food/drink oriented.
 

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At Tokyo Mart in Sydney they have some. Sister store of Tokyo mart in Subi and Fuji mart in Melbourne.

If you can't buy it you can make it.

The liquor is shouchu. Go to Dan Murphy or another specialist asian style liquor store and buy either Kaido or Shiranami or maybe Kuro Kirishima. In Perth I think the Korean run liquor store under the Criterion in Hay st was the last place I saw it there. At Dan Murphy the staff may tell you it is sake. Its not and its nothing like sake. It is more like a vodka that is made from sweet potato instead of potato.

Dan Murphys seems to have Kaido (they call it Hamada Syuzou) everywhere as per below:

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Don't use the flavoured Korean soju - thats a different thing. Also, the more interesting, expensive and flavourful shouchus out there will be no good for this

Your next step is to find a nice fruit flavoured soda that is not too sweet. I recommend the san pellegrino lemon or grapefruit drinks.

So chuck in ice, a good pour of Kaido shouchu and then top up with the San pell. That is very, very close to the "chuhai" that you will get at a good izakaya in Japan. That is what the canned drinks are trying to replicate.

Kanpai!
Will definitely try this. Thanks!


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Yokohama worth checking out?
Been there one or twice but nothing other than to suburbia to visit relatives. I think it has the biggest Chinatown in Japan? Not sure why you'd go there for that though. Haha. Maybe a few more cultured posters will have some selling points. From memory, it is one of the biggest cities in the country so there must be somethings of interest.
 

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Yokohama worth checking out?
It's been a while since I was there, and I don't remember too much, other than it's the biggest Chinatown in Japan, as deathevocation said.

If you're thinking about a short trip out of Tokyo, as an alternative I'd recommend Kamakura.
 

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Yokohama worth checking out?
Yokohama has an old China town. Food is not great compared to chinese food in Australia.

Landmark Tower is a good visit. one of the tallest buildings in Japan and a beautiful view from obs deck.

Historically it held a very large Gaijin community from the time of the Meiji restoration until the 1930s militarism era. This was the time Japan was trying its best to modernise by learning all it could from the outside world. Many of those foreigners were leading lights in their fields globally.

Interesting gaijin cemetery .... including I believe an Aussie VC recipient.

Yokohama has a picturesque waterside area. I believe there is an historic hotel that was commandeered by the yanks for the purpose of housing MacArthur.

Sport wise, you can catch a Baystars game in summer - one of the baseball teams.

You will see remnants of foreign architecture as well as local buildings sympathetic to that style.
 

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Heading over for the 1st time in July, taking kids to do the Disney thing so staying down by the bay for a few days. Then staying in Ikebukuro. Will spend most of the time doing the usual Tokyo thing & most looking forward to wandering about in the Shinjuku & Harejuku areas. Want to get to Piss Alley for a night & couldn't help myself & booked MariCar.

Heading to Singapore on the way back for some down time. Love the thread guys.
 

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Heading over for the 1st time in July, taking kids to do the Disney thing so staying down by the bay for a few days. Then staying in Ikebukuro. Will spend most of the time doing the usual Tokyo thing & most looking forward to wandering about in the Shinjuku & Harejuku areas. Want to get to Piss Alley for a night & couldn't help myself & booked MariCar.

Heading to Singapore on the way back for some down time. Love the thread guys.
Recently wrote about Piss Alley for an article - was so good we ended up going twice during our trip! There's a place that specialises in pork (yakiton), try and find it
 
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Has anyone been to Okinawa thinking maybe next May..
I only just saw this post but I lived there for a year so will have a go at answering. Most Japanese go there for the resorts/beaches but if you're Australian there's nothing there you won't have seen before, nice as it is. If you've been to Japan before you might enjoy the subtle differences in Okinawa, there's a bit more of a South-East Asian feel, food and drink is a little different from the mainland. Get out of Naha, ideally to the islands. I don't want to say avoid the areas with lots of American service personnel bit if you want to see lots of pissed up Americans then go to America. If you have some more specific questions ask but bear in mind it was 20 years ago I lived there.
 

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Booked flights to Tokyo for May 2019. A few friends have been recently and I found their photos really interesting, despite knowing very little. Going with my wife and 3 year old daughter, so it'll be different to my last trip overseas in 2010.

Itinerary will look something like Tokyo 6 nights, Legoland 1 night, Kyoto 3 nights, Osaka 3 nights.

My intention is to go to the May Sumo tournament in Tokyo, and a baseball game, which I think will have started. Other than that it'll be built around what the family can manage and are interested in. I suspect Monkey Park, Aquarium, Disneysea, observatories etc.

Looking forward to it.
 

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I'm going to have a bit of time off while transitioning between jobs at the end of the year or beginning of next. I'm thinking of travelling to Japan, spending about a month or so, and would particularly like to take advantage of their amazing skii season and spend most of my time snowboarding.

Any recommendations for prefectures to look into?

I'm after somewhere not too populated with tourists but is accessible for a non-Japanese speaking tourist. But most of all, an amazing snowboard/skiing experience.
 

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With a month of boarding, I would do a combo of Nozawa Onsen, Shiga Kogen and Madarao.

Madarao is the best mountain for offpiste (one of the few places where tree skiing is allowed/encouraged in Japan) and powder. Nozawa Onsen has the best base as it's a cute traditional Japanese village with heaps of onsens. Shiga Kogen is a small town with access to 4 mountains, so lots of terrain.

Also, they are all relatively close together, only an hour or so bus between them.
 

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With a month of boarding, I would do a combo of Nozawa Onsen, Shiga Kogen and Madarao.

Madarao is the best mountain for offpiste (one of the few places where tree skiing is allowed/encouraged in Japan) and powder. Nozawa Onsen has the best base as it's a cute traditional Japanese village with heaps of onsens. Shiga Kogen is a small town with access to 4 mountains, so lots of terrain.

Also, they are all relatively close together, only an hour or so bus between them.
Much appreciated!

That's be great, I'd love to kind of be based in one region and hop around a bit to get a change of scenery over a month.
 

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I haven't been there, but the other option would be Niseko which has several areas but I think it's a lot more touristy. Also there's a whole heap more places for snow in Japan I have nfi about but the ones above I have done, and can recommend massively. In terms of tourists on the mountain, probably the Shiga Kogen mountains have the most tourists at 20/80 Japanese. Madarao and Nozawa are more like 10/90 tourist to local, but Nozawa especially is getting more popular recently.
 

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I really didn't want to have to ask but i can't work out which Rail pass i should get so i would appreciate if someone here could help me make a final decision. :oops:

I will be staying 5 nights near Shinjuku Gyoemae station, one day i will definitely be going to check out Kamakura and weather pending one day to The Chureito Pagodato (Shimo-Yoshida Station) to holpfully see Mt.Fuji. I also to plan to ride the Narita express from the airport to my hotel.

Thanks in advance.
 

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I really didn't want to have to ask but i can't work out which Rail pass i should get so i would appreciate if someone here could help me make a final decision. :oops:

I will be staying 5 nights near Shinjuku Gyoemae station, one day i will definitely be going to check out Kamakura and weather pending one day to The Chureito Pagodato (Shimo-Yoshida Station) to holpfully see Mt.Fuji. I also to plan to ride the Narita express from the airport to my hotel.

Thanks in advance.
https://jtbtravel.com.au/japan-rail-pass/national-rail-pass/

You can get a 7 day ticket, this will give you full rail travel to everywhere in Japan (excluding private lines) including transfers to/from Narita.

The above link is just one example, do a bit of research you might be able to get it for $20 cheaper elsewhere.
 

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I really didn't want to have to ask but i can't work out which Rail pass i should get so i would appreciate if someone here could help me make a final decision. :oops:

I will be staying 5 nights near Shinjuku Gyoemae station, one day i will definitely be going to check out Kamakura and weather pending one day to The Chureito Pagodato (Shimo-Yoshida Station) to holpfully see Mt.Fuji. I also to plan to ride the Narita express from the airport to my hotel.

Thanks in advance.
The JR website has a planner and it actually tells you if it's worth getting the rail pass or not. In some cases you are better off buying as you go
 

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The JR website has a planner and it actually tells you if it's worth getting the rail pass or not. In some cases you are better off buying as you go
JR website is good.
We went with a week long pass and it worked out good value. We spent time in Tokyo and Osaka as well as day trips to Kyoto and Hiroshima.
We plan to go back next year, so much to see and do.


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