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Also... Lost In Translation is one of my favourite movies. Has anyone done the 'pilgrimage?'
It's a fine movie but it's depictions of the Japanese are sometimes jarring. It's significant that few Japanese have any regard for this movie despite the protestations of Sofia Coppola.
Let me have a think about your broader questions SA and I'll answer a bit later.
 
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It's a fine movie but it's depictions of the Japanese are sometimes jarring. It's significant that few Japanese have any regard for this movie despite the protestations of Sofia Coppola.
Let me have a think about your broader questions SA and I'll answer a bit later.
It uses Japan well in one way – as a backdrop – but most Japanese people are used as 'r for l' jokes in it, for sure.

Still a painfully special movie for me. I can remember watching it as a teenager on a stinging hot laptop and crying over how real it was. Ah well. For another day.
 

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Going over the first time in February I reckon. I haven't seen snow.

Pretty cliché sort of thing these days, every cashed up bogan is heading to Japan instead of Thailand and these days it seems there's an unfounded smugness for these sorts... aka the New York City, Paris, and Greece and 'doing Barcelona' but nowhere else tribe!
******* hell, just ask for advice on a popular tourist destination. There's no need to push your credentials as someone who's unlike the unwashed, uncouth masses.
 

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Last time I went and used Narita Express I was standing at number 5 instead of number 4 waiting for the last one for the night at 7pm? Was only about 5 metres away from the correct door and it went by like speedy Gonzales.

Had to take about 5 trains to get to the airport. Was fun


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Going over the first time in February I reckon. I haven't seen snow.

Pretty cliché sort of thing these days, every cashed up bogan is heading to Japan instead of Thailand and these days it seems there's an unfounded smugness for these sorts... aka the New York City, Paris, and Greece and 'doing Barcelona' but nowhere else tribe.

Anyway, three weeks. Give us a trip.

I want good food, a mix of the intensity and the calmness, not really fussed at all about snowboarding (ain't my scene), and beer and saké. Places to both relax and take in the tranquility and areas where I can sink a heap of piss, hang out all night, and eat sick food. Shopping, architecture a bonus.

Cheers!
where are you staying?
 

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No - in most instances it is considered offensive.

However if you go to more American style places (like Hard Rock Cafe) they'll expect you to tip and actually add it to your bill.
Ok that's good to know. We forgot to offer a tip to the bell boy and thought we offended him.
 

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Going over the first time in February I reckon. I haven't seen snow.

Pretty cliché sort of thing these days, every cashed up bogan is heading to Japan instead of Thailand and these days it seems there's an unfounded smugness for these sorts... aka the New York City, Paris, and Greece and 'doing Barcelona' but nowhere else tribe.

Anyway, three weeks. Give us a trip.

I want good food, a mix of the intensity and the calmness, not really fussed at all about snowboarding (ain't my scene), and beer and saké. Places to both relax and take in the tranquility and areas where I can sink a heap of piss, hang out all night, and eat sick food. Shopping, architecture a bonus.

Cheers!
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Tokyo still my favourite city I've ever visited. Hoping to get back in the next 5 years and see some places I didnt get to, mainly Yokohama and the North. Very hard though with so many other countries on the list and can only take about one trip a year at max.
 

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Tokyo still my favourite city I've ever visited. Hoping to get back in the next 5 years and see some places I didnt get to, mainly Yokohama and the North. Very hard though with so many other countries on the list and can only take about one trip a year at max.
If you ever get the chance, try renting a car in Kyushu, and drive to some of the famous but hidden temples and shrines. Stunning scenery and very few foreigners and you'll come back with so many more memories than the average tourist.
 

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No - in most instances it is considered offensive.

However if you go to more American style places (like Hard Rock Cafe) they'll expect you to tip and actually add it to your bill.
Yeah i would second this. Some people say it is not needed, but the reality is worse than that. It is actually offensive.
 

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That comment certainly applies for the ski areas but not for the country as a whole
Yep, the snow in Japan is great, the terrain is absolute shit for the most part. Is ski resorts is probably second only to Canada (Whistler & Big white especially) for encounting ugly Aussies

Spend the extra 20% and go to Austria/Switzerland or Canada/USA if you are an advanced skier/snowboarder.

Japan is good for powder on mediocre runs, that’s it.
 

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Going in a few monhs was trying to work out how much cash I need to top up my debit card ?
Im going to try and pay for as much as I can before I go
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2 people 30 days just food and entry fees, (Temples museums etc.)

Whats a ball park per day for breakfast, lunch and dinner,cheap ?

Breakfast 7/11 sandwich and coffee ?
Lunch Bento ?
Dinner Sushi or Ramen ?

Price of beer and coffee?
 

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Going in a few monhs was trying to work out how much cash I need to top up my debit card ?
Im going to try and pay for as much as I can before I go
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2 people 30 days just food and entry fees, (Temples museums etc.)

Whats a ball park per day for breakfast, lunch and dinner,cheap ?

Breakfast 7/11 sandwich and coffee ?
Lunch Bento ?
Dinner Sushi or Ramen ?

Price of beer and coffee?
If you're really budgeting just eat ramen all the time - most places are like 500Y. But seems like whatever information has informed your thinking is on the right track, particularly breakfast. Cafes don't exist so just grab something from Lawson, 7/11 etc.

Hard to give a proper ballpark when my most recent trip was motivated by food and was eating at Jiro etc. But feel like you could stick to 1,000Y per meal if you really wanted to
 
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Make lunch your splurge meal as even for up market restaurants the lunch specials are reasonable. Mid size draught beer will be 600 yen or so in Tokyo, 400-550 elsewhere. Family restaurants Gusto, Joyful and the like will do you a sit down toast and scrambled eggs and a coffee for 500 yen or so.
Must take issue with the above poster, there are cafes everywhere in Japan. I like Doutour, get a nice ham and salad sandwich and a cuppa for 600-700 yen. 650-1000 yen is more realistic for ramen ime.
Edited- A lot of supermarkets have a sit down area with tables and chairs, somewhere to charge devices and a microwave, hot water in an urn. Go after 7pm or so and the ready to eat meals will be half price. Also a lot of supermarkets offer self service fried chicken, yakitori, fish etc. Buy an apple and a ready to serve salad and you're set. A lot of convenience stores will have a similar but obviously smaller set-up
Learn these words for restaurants: tabe-hodai (all you can eat) and more importantly nomi-hodai (all you can drink). Seriously good value in Japan but most will be time limited to 90-120 minutes.
 
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I think that's more than enough, value for money as regards to food is as good in Japan as it is anywhere in my view and no real worries about getting the squirts. And the further you get out of Tokyo the better the value ( Tokyo is seriously awesome just hexy compared to elsewhere in Japan)
 
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. Cafes don't exist so just grab something from Lawson, 7/11 etc.
There are heaps of Tully's and Starbucks around in Tokyo. But you make a point in that there is plenty of easy/convenient food from the Lawson's/Family Marts etc. Plenty of Maccas/Burger King/Wendy's around as well for cheap meals.
 
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I think that's more than enough, value for money as regards to food is as good in Japan as it is anywhere in my view and no real worries about getting the squirts. And the further you get out of Tokyo the better the value ( Tokyo is seriously awesome just hexy compared to elsewhere in Japan)
Eat enough pork buns from convenience stores and things will start to smell different when you go to the toilet though haha.
 
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