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acpc2203
October 21st, 2015, 17:26
What places in Japan would you recommend visiting?

Saga
October 21st, 2015, 17:48
I'll go ahead and pimp out my two favorite areas in Ehime - Uchiko has a fantastic old-fashioned Japanese street downtown with a bunch of artisanal crafts, a bunch of really good restaurants (inluding German, French, and gluten-free for unlucky saps like me with food allergies). Hojo, north of Matsuyama, is another nice town with great views of the sea, a lot of fun festivals, and Kashima Island. Matsuyama itself is pretty fun too. I like Okaido (the pedestrian shopping mall), Dogo Onsen, and the Ehime art museum. I hear that Shikoku has a lot of other great places (Iya Valley in Tokushima, the beaches in Kochi, Shimanami Kaido across the Seto Inland Sea, etc.) but I haven't actually been to those places yet.

Outside of Ehime, I've only been to places that everyone already knows about (Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo), so I'm not much help. I am taking a trip to Miyazaki next month, though, which I'm really looking forward to.

texxaport
October 21st, 2015, 18:16
Still too new here to suggest anything really revolutionary, but I'd like to suggest a couple things I've seen so far.

Fukuchiyama Abandoned Railway (http://heart-of-japan.com/2011/06/22/hiking-in-hyogo-abandoned-railway-line-fukuchiyama/) was pretty cool. You hike along what used to be the JR Fukuchiyama line. The tunnels are pretty eerie as they're not lit at all. Some even curve so you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's in Hyogo near Takarazuka and you could probably day-trip it from Kobe or Osaka if you're super interested.

Raft down the Yoshino River in Kochi: This one is super fun and there are a ton of companies that offer it. The river itself is really great. There are some rapids that are also small enough to go down on your back without a raft. They're actually using it for the rafting world championships in 2017. Here (http://en.happyraft.com/) is a link to the company I used. I would recommend them greatly. I think it's best if you get a group of people together and stay overnight in their bunkhouse the night before you raft. It's a bit in the middle of nowhere.

Ananasboat
October 21st, 2015, 18:46
Fukuchiyama Abandoned Railway (http://heart-of-japan.com/2011/06/22/hiking-in-hyogo-abandoned-railway-line-fukuchiyama/) was pretty cool. You hike along what used to be the JR Fukuchiyama line. The tunnels are pretty eerie as they're not lit at all. Some even curve so you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's in Hyogo near Takarazuka and you could probably day-trip it from Kobe or Osaka if you're super interested.


Did that hike when I lived in Takarazuka. It was awesome. And the town that is at the end of the trail is really cute. There are like 6 buildings on the cliff and three of them are bars. My kinda place.

BifCarbet
October 21st, 2015, 19:04
can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.

We're here for you, man.

Frap
October 21st, 2015, 19:26
Cape Shakotan in Hokkaido is really beautiful!

texxaport
October 21st, 2015, 19:30
Did that hike when I lived in Takarazuka. It was awesome. And the town that is at the end of the trail is really cute. There are like 6 buildings on the cliff and three of them are bars. My kinda place.

I ended up there too! We were looking for a free footbath that is supposedly around there. Never found it but the town was cool.

vaterross
October 21st, 2015, 21:23
Not a specific place recommendation, but this country is great for riding bikes. Polite drivers , decently maintained roads, and lots of neat understated country stuff.. Bike all day, go to an onsen/sento to feel like a human again, and crash wherever (internet cafe or hostel or something). I did the Shimanami Kaido to Okayama as a 2 day and it was great. Just try to avoid the trucking routes and/or highways.

Ananasboat
October 21st, 2015, 21:34
I ended up there too! We were looking for a free footbath that is supposedly around there. Never found it but the town was cool.

Didn't know about the foot bath, but I would have appreciated it.

Did you catch the "please don't jump" sign about halfway through the trek?

Ini
October 21st, 2015, 21:47
this country is great for riding bikes. Polite drivers , decently maintained roads, and lots of neat understated country stuff..
?????? Which mythical country is this?

mrcharisma
October 22nd, 2015, 02:04
Camelot snack bar in Matsuyama. Tastiest selection going.

mothy
October 22nd, 2015, 06:38
Saitama. Then everything afterwards will seem a wonderland.

texxaport
October 22nd, 2015, 06:58
Didn't know about the foot bath, but I would have appreciated it.

Did you catch the "please don't jump" sign about halfway through the trek?

It was near the bridge, right?

Zolrak 22
October 22nd, 2015, 07:19
Saitama. Then everything afterwards will seem a wonderland.
Out of curiosity, have you lived in any other parts of Japan?

I'm not sure if you've ever mentioned it before.

acpc2203
October 22nd, 2015, 07:21
Camelot snack bar in Matsuyama. Tastiest selection going.
Nice

mothy
October 22nd, 2015, 08:26
Out of curiosity, have you lived in any other parts of Japan?

I'm not sure if you've ever mentioned it before.

No. Why would I ever leave this prefecture of milk and honey?

Jiggit
October 22nd, 2015, 09:54
this country is great for riding bikes. Polite drivers , decently maintained roads, and lots of neat understated country stuff..

Bzzzzt.... What is "The Netherlands"?

Ananasboat
October 22nd, 2015, 11:35
Camelot snack bar in Matsuyama. Tastiest selection going.

I was far too young to appreciate some of the nicer establishments when I was in Matsuyama. Time to make a return visit.


It was near the bridge, right?

I think it was between tunnels bout halfway through. You could jump over the gate and land on some massive boulders like 40 feet down.

Ananasboat
October 22nd, 2015, 11:35
Bzzzzt.... What is "The Netherlands"?

Oh my god I LOVE Norway!

moonbeam
October 23rd, 2015, 14:25
Aizu in Fukushima.

word
October 23rd, 2015, 15:12
Not a specific place recommendation, but this country is great for riding bikes. Polite drivers , decently maintained roads, and lots of neat understated country stuff..


?????? Which mythical country is this?

Ride a bicycle in Texas; Japan will seem like a cyclists' heaven by comparison. I've had sh*t thrown at me for no reason, people screaming obscenities, nearly been killed (possibly intentionally) on multiple occasions. Still, it was cheap, kept me in shape, and if I ever needed to move around some stuff and be guaranteed that the cops would completely ignore me...


Bzzzzt.... What is "The Netherlands"?


Oh my god I LOVE Norway!

http://www.alternet.org/culture/norwegians-are-literally-using-texas-slang-crazy-now

Ini
October 23rd, 2015, 18:46
I dont think you can praise a place just by comparing it to texas.....

word
October 24th, 2015, 11:22
I dont think you can praise a place just by comparing it to texas.....

Hey, mothy did it by comparing it to Saitama!


But, really, you're right...


Edit: It's really weird to be from a place that, when telling people where you're from, you always hafta follow it up with something like, "It's not as bad as you've heard, I promise."

Zolrak 22
October 24th, 2015, 12:25
I have to do the opposite, then again, I'm a pretty negative person.

ambrosse
October 24th, 2015, 15:50
Kinosaki in Hyogo.

webstaa
October 26th, 2015, 08:36
Hey, mothy did it by comparing it to Saitama!


Oddly, Saitama is pretty great for cyclists. The Chichibu railway is AFAIK the only passenger railroad in Japan with bike cars.

Zolrak 22
October 26th, 2015, 08:37
This is the first time I've heard something good about Saitama in ITIL.

Virgil
October 26th, 2015, 08:40
I often find my self saying things like 'Texas is a great place to live' and 'I really like Texas, actually'

I always feel soiled afterwards. Lying is not good for the soul.

mothy
October 26th, 2015, 08:49
This is the first time I've heard something good about Saitama in ITIL.

You must have not been here yet when the one guy came and insisted that Saitama was the best because there was a cafe he liked.

Cycling in Saitama is popular. I have to assume it's because the activity makes them feel like they're escaping Saitama.

This weekend they had some sort of tour de france thingamajiggit.

Zolrak 22
October 26th, 2015, 08:51
You must have not been here yet when the one guy came and insisted that Saitama was the best because there was a cafe he liked.

I remember the guy, but a hipster coffee shop is not a good thing in my book.


Cycling in Saitama is popular. I have to assume it's because the activity makes them feel like they're escaping Saitama.

This weekend they had some sort of tour de france thingamajiggit.

Let me guess, the prize was an opportunity to escape Saitama? [emoji14]

uthinkimlost?
October 26th, 2015, 08:56
You must have not been here yet when the one guy came and insisted that Saitama was the best because there was a cafe he liked.

jjarmuth! He flyjinned after a visit to a saitama hospital, iirc.

mothy
October 26th, 2015, 09:00
Seriously? That's priceless.

But then, having been to a Saitama hospital, I can sympathize.

Jiggit
October 26th, 2015, 09:33
jjarmuth! He flyjinned after a visit to a saitama hospital, iirc.

Wait, how did you know this?

uthinkimlost?
October 26th, 2015, 09:38
Wait, how did you know this?

He came here, bitched about the hospital, announced he was leaving, boom.

He sticks in my mind b/c he lied about being shortlisted in the 2011 intake. Came on ITIL talking about upgrading to business class, b/c jj don't fly coach, etc.

Frap
October 26th, 2015, 09:43
I wonder what it is about the JET Programme that attracts such awful, awful people.

moonbeam
October 26th, 2015, 10:37
I think it's the promise of a free flight and salary to their fantasy land.

vaterross
October 26th, 2015, 14:29
?????? Which mythical country is this?
Heh, I guess it's all relative. I'm used to the odd "fuck you, faggot!" followed by a thrown beer bottle. Japanese cycling is heavenly compared to that of the US.

Ini
October 26th, 2015, 14:34
Just wait until some 90year old farmer in a kei truck drives into you....

Jiggit
October 26th, 2015, 14:52
Just wait until some 90year old farmer in a kei truck drives into you....

Or the school nurse! On the crossing that all the children take in the morning...

Virgil
October 26th, 2015, 15:04
Or the school nurse! On the crossing that all the children take in the morning...

I know someone who was hit by a car - and their school didn't give two shits other than 'The ALT is late...'

acpc2203
October 26th, 2015, 15:12
I know someone who was hit by a car - and their school didn't give two shits other than 'The ALT is late...'
Surprised they even noticed the ALT was late

uthinkimlost?
October 26th, 2015, 15:21
It was too quiet.

vaterross
October 27th, 2015, 14:38
Just wait until some 90year old farmer in a kei truck drives into you....

As long as I get a sumimasen and at least a head nod.

uthinkimlost?
October 27th, 2015, 14:44
As long as I get a sumimasen and at least a head nod.

He won't even notice he did it until he's hosing your brains off his tires.