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    Saitama is a great place to visit if you are into that sort of thing....
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    Koya-San is great too, but I went when I was a tourist, before I lived here so I don't know if it would still be as cool.
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    Vogel Park in Matsue was a pretty neat place to spend a couple of hours. The gardens are pretty nice and you can get plants to take home. There's all kinds of birds, and you can hold owls and feed toucans. They have a soba restaurant right on a big lake so you can watch the ducks and eat soba. I went right as the park opened, so there weren't many people there. I think it might not be as cool if it were crowded. I think it probably isn't worth making a trip out there just to see that, but it's worth a look if you're already in the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mothy View Post
    Meh. Miyajima is where I realized Japan isn't all that. It's one of the consensus "best places" but is boring as hell and not really that beautiful.
    And hydroponic must have been high when she was there, the place just looks like it's in the water, not floating.

    Kanazawa was pretty nice, but not worth the trip.
    Exactly. But the trip is going to be much shorter pretty soon.

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    On the topic of Miyajima... Matsushima up in Miyagi is pretty nice - take a boat tour and throw those shitty shrimp snack things at seagulls. Although I don't think its 'allowed' anymore...
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    I have yet to hear a convincing reason why I'm supposed to like Osaka.
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    That's hardly a convincing reason. There is no good reason to like Osaka.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mothy View Post
    That's hardly a convincing reason. There is no good reason to like Osaka.
    It's not Saitama?

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    Neither is Somalia, but it's not a reason to like it.

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    Is it one less reason to dislike it?
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    Yes. But everywhere not Saitama has that going for it.

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    Osaka is a big city with big city stuff that's two hours closer to me than Tokyo. It's also near neat stuff I want to see like the Himeji castle and Nara.

    For the record, I really like Miyajima, but it's also pretty convenient for me to get to. I'm sure I would like it much less if I lived three or four hours away instead of one.
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    So Osaka is a big city and you would travel through it to see the neat stuff that is elsewhere. Sounds about right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny View Post
    Osaka is a big city with big city stuff that's two hours closer to me than Tokyo. It's also near neat stuff I want to see like the Himeji castle and Nara.

    For the record, I really like Miyajima, but it's also pretty convenient for me to get to. I'm sure I would like it much less if I lived three or four hours away instead of one.
    Miyajima was interesting but seriously, there are signs everywhere saying don't feed the deer. What do the flicking tourists do?
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    Sadly, crap like that is so common that I don't even get bothered by it anymore.

    On the Osaka thing, I actually enjoy Osaka too for all the stuff I can't find in my city. I'd probably go to Tokyo instead if it were practical, but it's not so I don't.
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    If you love flowers and want to recreate your Julie Andrew's moment a la The Sound of Music, I highly recommend checking out Nokonoshima Island Park, which is right outside Fukuoka. It's like experiencing Hanami year-round. Also, if you're in Kyoto, you should check out the Kyoto Kaleidoscope Museum. It's a small place but really cool and you have the option of making your own oil based kaleidoscope at the end (if you want to pay $$$; or you can be a cheapo like me and just make one out of paper/plastic). Nice little option on a rainy day.

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    really cool
    Is it? be honest....
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    Well, is it "would I make a day trip out of the museum-level cool?" No. But their collection of kaleidoscopes really is worth seeing.

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    Kyoto zoo

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