So obviously I'm still looking up certain things to do with traveling there, but I'd like some advice. If I'm to travel there, where would you suggest I go? Any particular cities? Also, can someone help and explain where I might be able to stay, or link me to somewhere that could help me with that? I understand that it would be expensive to fly there, so I don't need help figuring that out, however (like I said), I'd have to figure out where I would be staying, and also get an idea of how long I should stay. I'm undecided about the length of this trip I'd be taking.
Hello Leah, The must see cities in Japan are Tokyo and Kyoto. Attractions in Tokyo include the Asakusa district famous for Sensoji temple and Nakamise shopping street; Meiji Shrine; The Imperial Palace; Ginza and Harajuku.
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Kyoto attractions include Kiyomizudera; Kinkakuji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion); Ginkakuji (Temple of the Silver Pavilion); Nijo Castle; and Heian Shrine.
Read more about Kyoto here
Other places I highly recommend include:
Nara - ancient capital and full of history and old temples
Takayama - beautiful city known for its traditional architecture and crafts
Hiroshima - beautiful city in Japan that reminds me of my home town of Melbourne in Australia with its green parks and trams
If you plan to do a lot of travelling in Japan then it is worth getting the Japan Rail Pass, which allows unlimited travel on almost all JR trains, including the shinkansen (excluding the Nozomi superexpress). This pass can only be purchased outside of Japan.
To figure out if a JR Pass would be worth it or not for you, use Hyperdia’s website http://www.hyperdia.com/ to figure out how much your planned trips might cost, and compare it to the cost of a JR Pass.