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LemmyLives
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re: Japan for a first timer
Whereabouts are you staying in Seoul? I always booked the Plaza, which is directly across from city hall, and across the street from the Imperial Palace grounds. They hold regular heritage demonstrations there, and there are often concerts or art installations between the hotel and city hall.

Bulgogi for breakfast every other day in the lounge, too. Yum. Prepare for the cold. The coldest I've ever been is in Korea during the winter.


LC412000
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re: Japan for a first timer
Moxy Seoul Insadong

Not my choice as Marriott Moxy Hotels are for the travelers 50 years younger than I am


auyushu
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re: Japan for a first timer
Kyoto is number 1 as mentioned, after that Nara and Nikko national Park are great. Osaka is very fun too.


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keakdasneak
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re: Japan for a first timer
If you are going to be in Korea for a week, I encourage you to get out of Seoul for a bit. Either Jeonju or Gyeongju would be my recommendation.


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concrete_tiger
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re: Japan for a first timer
Here's my most valuable tip. I used to travel there for work.

Download google translate so you can read signs.
People don't speak English as much as you might hope, but if you need an English speaker there always seemed to be someone at Starbucks that went to college in the USA. ;-)

Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka are fine. Don't go to Fukishima.

I am a consumer products and retail guy, so I literally visit every different store that I can and enjoy it immensely. Japan has AMAZING stores. Make a list of the ones you want to see and go from there.

Will you pop over to Korea, too? Often the flight hops thru Seoul and that might be an interesting trip for you to add on.

I am gonna blow your mind here, but if you are on that side of the planet, would you add on a trip to Australia? We would make our APAC rounds that way. Was once in a blizzard in Tokyo, and 100+ temps in Australia... made packing interesting!




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