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    What places in Japan would you recommend visiting?

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    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.

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    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 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 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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texxaport View Post
    Fukuchiyama Abandoned Railway 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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texxaport View Post
    can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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    Cape Shakotan in Hokkaido is really beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ananasboat View Post
    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.

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    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.



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    Quote Originally Posted by texxaport View Post
    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaterross View Post
    this country is great for riding bikes. Polite drivers , decently maintained roads, and lots of neat understated country stuff..
    ?????? Which mythical country is this?
    Great men of action never mind on occasion being ridiculous; in a sense it is part of their job.

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    Camelot snack bar in Matsuyama. Tastiest selection going.

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    Saitama. Then everything afterwards will seem a wonderland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ananasboat View Post
    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mothy View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcharisma View Post
    Camelot snack bar in Matsuyama. Tastiest selection going.
    Nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zolrak 22 View Post
    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaterross View Post
    this country is great for riding bikes. Polite drivers , decently maintained roads, and lots of neat understated country stuff..
    Bzzzzt.... What is "The Netherlands"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcharisma View Post
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by texxaport View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiggit View Post
    Bzzzzt.... What is "The Netherlands"?
    Oh my god I LOVE Norway!

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    Aizu in Fukushima.

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