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Thread Finally booked my dream trip to Japan... Give me travel tips, advice, places to see! etc
Now that I know you're only staying for 8 days, my earlier advice is mostly impractical. It'd take at least 2-3 weeks to visit all of the destinations I listed. Kobe and Koya-san can certainly be accessed if you're planning to stay in the Osaka neighborhood though, and there are some good onsen ryokans around Kyoto too, and you can usually visit their onsen facilities even without staying overnight (though a stay at a ryokan is a worthwhile experience for at least 1 night). I'd actually give the opposite to my earlier suggestions now: don't try to cram in too many destinations, and don't plan anything for the first day (jet lag and all). You'll be able to better appreciate the place if you don't rush around too much and try to cram in too many destinations, and you could certainly spend that long in Osaka alone. Hiroshima's doable as a 2-3 day destination though, if you want to extend the trip in that direction. Will give better value for a JR rail pass.
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Thread Finally booked my dream trip to Japan... Give me travel tips, advice, places to see! etc
I can second this as a good primary resource for info on almost any location, including how to access them. I've made good use of it over the years in planning several trips.
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Thread Finally booked my dream trip to Japan... Give me travel tips, advice, places to see! etc
- In Kyoto, do check out the Fushimi Inari Shrine, and if you can spare several hours it's a pretty neat climb to the very top (it DOES take several hours). - If you eat meat, go for Kobe beef in Kobe (half an hour's ride from Osaka). I can recommend which is easy to access and has wonderful "teppanyaki" steaks (cooked on a plate in front of you) - I strongly recommend getting the "Special Kobe beef steak dinner" set and not skimping and getting the non-special version, the difference is night and day. Best steak you're likely to ever eat for that price, and will change your view on steaks forever. - If you want something really exotic, you can do a 1-night trip to Koya-san from Osaka, and stay at a Buddhist monastery overnight, enjoy some night graveyard tours, super aesthetic and cold rooms and famous vegan dishes. - If you're on rail pass anyway, Hiroshima is definitely worth visiting in that direction. If you have a chance to time the visit to the Flower Festival, you can enjoy some awesome Yosakoi dance festivals. Either way, go check out the Miyajima island for cool temples and deer (accessible through a ferry ride from Hiroshima). - If you have time (not sure how long you're planning to stay) to go all the way to Kyushu, Fukuoka is an energetic modern city with nice folk. - If you have even more time, you can access some cool tropical islands south of Kyushu by taking a train to Kagoshima (such as Yakushima and Tanegashima) and see a very different environment (and lots of monkeys). And blue, blue seas. - Definitely go visit an onsen, depending on your schedule and budget you can stay in one near Kyoto, or go to a more rural town and visit a whole onsen village. Kurokawa Onsen in Kyushu is the favorite I've been to so far, but I can also recommend other places depending on your other travel plans. - Are you planning to rent a car? You can rent one with an international driver's license (which is cheap to get but you need to get it before going to Japan, and it's only valid for a year). It'll enable to travel to some more remote and cool locations, and if so I can give more tips on those. - Don't think about climbing Mt. Fuji unless you're an experienced hiker, it's nigh impossible to do in a single day and even if you do it in 2 you're likely to be physically destroyed for a week afterwards. Speaking from experience. A lot of destinations boast visibility of Fuji though, so it won't be hard to see.
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Thread 'Super Typhoon' possibly hitting Japan this weekend
In Tokyo/Ikebukuro, everything except Family Marts seems closed, even 7/11 which I don't remember ever seeing before. Apparently Famima plans to stay open 24/7 even today (we asked the staff in one of them).
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Thread Developers now can't change release date on Steam without Valve approval.
Not an unexpected change considering the repeated reports of upcoming release abuse. As usual, because of a few exploiters it makes things a bit harder for all developers, but it's not a major change either. Basically you just need to be more aware of the release date you set on Steam, and if you need to delay the release it's best to do that 1-2 weeks ahead of the date or you may be stuck in 'this game should've been released ages ago' state unable to change it, with people bombarding you with questions about why it's not out yet. My main issue is with the implementation in which rather than the change of date 'requiring approval' like most of the publishing process checks, you actually need to send a manual ticket about the new release date. Just seems amazingly cumbersome for both developers and Steam. I sure hope it's just temporary (but was it really such an acute issue that they needed to rush to disable the entire option instead implementing an approval step for it?)
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Thread Visual Novel Community Thread: No Auto Read Required
I see the word already got out ahead of an official announcement, so figured I might as well pop in to confirm it - we've signed on as co-publishers for "The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart", and will be mainly helping with PR and English user support. As part of that, we're currently running our own QA on the game as well. It's a really fun game and I hope we'll be able to make the release go more smoothly. We got involved very late in the process and as such our direct involvement with the contents is limited (the translation was already finished and game was basically ready to release when we became involved), but I can say that it was already supposed to release by now but we convinced Harukaze to delay it a little to allow more time for testing and fixes. We're still on a tight schedule, and moreover not directly able to make any changes. We can only report issues and suggest fixes to the developer, but we're doing everything we can to improve the quality ahead of the release (and afterwards too). There will be a demo out soon, and we'll pass on the feedback from that to the developer as well. I hope you'll enjoy it!