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Inexperienced Gaijin
2009-12-09, 23:36
Well those who have seen my other thread will already know this but next July me, JRai, and his girlfriend will be going to Japan for a week's vacation. Now alot of stuff about Japan I already know but it never hurts to ask if anyone else has been there before and what they can tell me about their experience. Where to go, What to eat, What to buy,etc. All feedback is welcome.

appztetra
2009-12-10, 02:28
Just don't forget to visit Akiba ^_^

Vatina
2009-12-10, 03:21
Soon you will be able to change your nickname to "Experienced Gaijin".

I haven't been there myself so I can't give a lot of advice, but have a great trip :)

Inexperienced Gaijin
2009-12-10, 06:35
Just don't forget to visit Akiba ^_^

Well that was a given. I couldn't call myself a otaku if I didn't go there.

koji_leo
2009-12-10, 07:18
try geisha.......XD
kidding
buy some souvenirs, take some photographs and pictures....

kouryuu
2009-12-11, 00:18
Well that was a given. I couldn't call myself a otaku if I didn't go there.

Softmap. Go there. Head straight for the used PC games section. There you will find eroge, for cheap, cheap prices. Especially for games that have been out for a year or two.

You'll also want big suitcases. I'd recommend bring an extra empty suitcase with you, because if you're like me and the friends I knew, that suitcase won't be empty when you leave. My one friend was quite sad when he realized he had to cut back and give up on some things because he didn't have enough space in his luggage for it all.

And to quote one Gamerz employee I still feel sorry for, please remember that "Every floor becomes the store."

Inexperienced Gaijin
2009-12-11, 07:24
Well as far as getting things back home, as far as eroge is concerned, we were told to send it in the mail before we leave.

Asceai
2009-12-11, 17:22
Well as far as getting things back home, as far as eroge is concerned, we were told to send it in the mail before we leave.

Your eroge probably isn't illegal, but if you don't want Customs opening up and going through everything* that might be the safest approach =P

*they probably won't do this. But if 'probably' isn't enough for you, send it by mail.

EmptyShiki
2009-12-11, 20:17
I brought back a couple loli manga, and fate/stay night when I went.

I got through customs fine, but I got a great luck fortune from a shrine, so I figured i would be fine. Course I am crazy.

buy manga from book-offs, they have a 105 yen section. i bought like 10 volumes of manga for between 200 and 350 yen each when i could have gotten most of them for a buck a piece...

Sleep in manga cafes on small trips alot, save money on hotels, they are surprisingly comfortable, try and get a room with a mat rather than a chair. cost like 20 buck a night and you get get free drinks and internet, though you need to be careful with only staying only the amount of time you bought. some have a shower. If your skeptical try it once early on in your trip and see. there are better and worse ones so asking around or looking around first would be ideal.

Leo_Otaku
2009-12-18, 15:53
LOL @ customs they asked if I had Kangaroo meat as a joke and sent me in. I had over the spending limit and eroge art books and games. Over here unless you have food and such they really don't care. Just keep selected receipts of purchases. They asked once if my comics had adult context I knew I would be taxed so I said no.

I met a couple from Austraillia who would ship stuff regularly home. I'm thinking it is cheaper to ship there than me. So I bring two suitcases one empty and huge and smaller one with clothing. Though i had a base camp so I wouldn't lug my giant case too many places.

Any rate hostels are quite cheap and are often better to go to than hotels for the price. I know of one in sketchy Osaka for 22 bucks a night.

When not in Akiba scout out some of the other chain stores in various other areas. They have usually more stock than Akiba who has not a good selection on holidays. Places like Animate, Gamers, K-Books and of course Book Off and all their other chains have cheap manga, DVD's, games, artbooks in very good shape(over here used stuff is usually ravaged) and their other counter parts have various other merchandise.

I usually also stay with my friends in various areas and they let me stay with them. In July you said it is a rain season so bring rain proof bags or what have you to keep goods in good shape.

For food convenience stores and supermarkets have very nice food. Compared to here in Canada where the food lingers for days and is more expensive.

Inexperienced Gaijin
2009-12-18, 20:22
This info is being quite helpful, however I had already booked the trip through expedia and so have hotel reservations, but that info about the hostels will be useful when we do our next visit to Japan for a Winter COMIKET!!

Inexperienced Gaijin
2010-07-05, 19:05
Well it's finally here come wednesday we will begin our trip to Japan. I can't wait.

fujifruit
2010-07-05, 20:30
I would go crazy if I ever went into a anime/game store in japan >_>.


Be sure to pick up pocky >: 0

Inexperienced Gaijin
2010-07-06, 12:59
Allright I have something to show you all before I go this week. Here it is:118. And please be honest with me on what you think about it as I will try to give this to Jun Maeda when I go over there.

jyuichi
2010-07-06, 17:59
Its pretty :) I hope you get a chance to give it to him.

Inexperienced Gaijin
2010-07-06, 18:43
Arigato, Jyuichi.

fujifruit
2010-07-06, 19:24
Allright I have something to show you all before I go this week. Here it is:118. And please be honest with me on what you think about it as I will try to give this to Jun Maeda when I go over there.

Wow hand painted :o!

Also how are you going to meet Jun Maeda :o?

Inexperienced Gaijin
2010-07-10, 03:52
Well I have survived my first day in Japan and it is amazing over here. Today we were in Akihabara and there is just so many stores to go into. Made off with a lot of Angel Beats merchandise. Well it's time for bed here. Talk again tomorow.

Inexperienced Gaijin
2010-07-15, 22:15
Well made it back to the states today. I didn't get to meet Jun Maeda in person but we did go to Visual Arts and they did say they would give my painting to Maeda-sensei, so hopefully when i check my e-mails when I get to the house there might be a reply back. All and all it was an excellent trip picked up alot of good merchandise including Limited editions of Shuffle and it's sequel, Mizuiru, Kanon, Tsukihime, and Kogetsu Tohya, all bought at Softmap.

fujifruit
2010-07-15, 22:33
Well made it back to the states today. I didn't get to meet Jun Maeda in person but we did go to Visual Arts and they did say they would give my painting to Maeda-sensei, so hopefully when i check my e-mails when I get to the house there might be a reply back. All and all it was an excellent trip picked up alot of good merchandise including Limited editions of Shuffle and it's sequel, Mizuiru, Kanon, Tsukihime, and Kogetsu Tohya, all bought at Softmap.Jesus christ, how much did all those games cost?

Any pictures :3?

Inexperienced Gaijin
2010-07-15, 23:15
Jesus christ, how much did all those games cost?

Any pictures :3?

No pictures yet but the cost of all the games together was $110.

kouryuu
2010-07-16, 00:34
No pictures yet but the cost of all the games together was $110.

Ah, sounds like someone went to the "Used Games" Tower of Softmap. Yeah, those are some really good deals there. And totally worth it since Japanese 'used' still means 'exactly just as good as new, but not actually new'. Unlike what 'used' means in Gamestop...

fujifruit
2010-07-16, 14:04
What city is Visual arts in?

Unregistered
2010-07-16, 14:41
They're based in Osaka.

Sabino
2010-07-16, 15:08
Sofmap is nice but also be sure to go to Gamers and if you're interested, visit some doujin shops like Tora no ana (They have a big building in Akiba) and some minor doujin shops above and below ground.
Also, get an Akiba map, it's available around the Yamanotesen station and gamer building.
I'm quite certain that within walking distance from Akiba, there was a street filled with Japanese food and goodies (tho there are good food stores in Akiba too) it's always good to go to lots of those places :D
Around where is your hotel? (Around any train stations?)
Since there are tons of places in tokyo worth visiting if you don't plan to spend your entire week in Akiba! xD

Magedark
2010-07-16, 16:04
Well, I think he's returned back, so he may not be back in Japan for a while :P. But since someone suggested...-Writes down this info-

Sabino
2010-07-16, 16:37
ahaha so I was too late, sucks :P
If you want, I can scan my copy of the Akiba map if people are interested?
(Although mines is a few years old and has my notes on)
I hope he at least visited Ikebukuro, I remmeber watching 4 Karanokyoukai movies there non stop...

fujifruit
2010-07-16, 21:30
ahaha so I was too late, sucks :P
If you want, I can scan my copy of the Akiba map if people are interested?
(Although mines is a few years old and has my notes on)
I hope he at least visited Ikebukuro, I remmeber watching 4 Karanokyoukai movies there non stop...

I would love to see it!
Now lets hope in the future I have enough change to live in akiba XP.

Damn you,AkitaTom.

Belgaesh
2010-07-16, 21:41
ahaha so I was too late, sucks :P
If you want, I can scan my copy of the Akiba map if people are interested?
(Although mines is a few years old and has my notes on)
I hope he at least visited Ikebukuro, I remmeber watching 4 Karanokyoukai movies there non stop...

I envy you, what wouldn't I give to go there at least one.

About the map if you could I'd love to see it, maybe in the future it could prove to be usefull!

Magedark
2010-07-16, 21:47
Japan, if I think I have my facts right, is a very expensive place to live in.
And I think that map would be helpful...

Belgaesh
2010-07-16, 21:55
Japan, if I think I have my facts right, is a very expensive place to live in.
And I think that map would be helpful...

I'd agree with you, in both. I've heard by some acquaintance's of mine that lived there, that almost all is quite expensive.

Sabino
2010-07-16, 22:20
Okeys, here it is, it's from 2008 when I was last there so the smaller stores could have been juggled around by now, but the bigger stores almost never change, so use those bigger stores and buildings as your land mark (My land mark was Gamers and Toranoana, in the buildings labled 59 and 65)
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg3/arbitrator_ohma/th_akiba001.jpg (http://s244.photobucket.com/albums/gg3/arbitrator_ohma/?action=view&current=akiba001.jpg)http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg3/arbitrator_ohma/th_akiba002.jpg (http://s244.photobucket.com/albums/gg3/arbitrator_ohma/?action=view&current=akiba002.jpg)

Appologies for it being all folded :(
But I had to find some way to squish it in my luggage on my way back...

*Although it's from two years ago, it does say "not for reprint", I'm gonna take it off if anyone requests it to be off.

BTW, talking about the expenses you can go extremely cheep on your stay there if you're only intending a week or two since I was able to find an inn at ~$50 USD/night at a walking distance from Akiba. :D

fujifruit
2010-07-16, 22:52
Okeys, here it is, it's from 2008 when I was last there so the smaller stores could have been juggled around by now, but the bigger stores almost never change, so use those bigger stores and buildings as your land mark (My land mark was Gamers and Toranoana, in the buildings labled 59 and 65)
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg3/arbitrator_ohma/th_akiba001.jpg (http://s244.photobucket.com/albums/gg3/arbitrator_ohma/?action=view&current=akiba001.jpg)http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg3/arbitrator_ohma/th_akiba002.jpg (http://s244.photobucket.com/albums/gg3/arbitrator_ohma/?action=view&current=akiba002.jpg)

Appologies for it being all folded :(
But I had to find some way to squish it in my luggage on my way back...

*Although it's from two years ago, it does say "not for reprint", I'm gonna take it off if anyone requests it to be off.

BTW, talking about the expenses you can go extremely cheep on your stay there if you're only intending a week or two since I was able to find an inn at ~$50 USD/night at a walking distance from Akiba. :D

Crap, I forgot I can't read Japanese -crys-

I wanna go to a game store >.<

Magedark
2010-07-16, 23:10
I can read it somewhat, but I have to squint due to the resolution. And that's not a bad deal for an inn.

Inexperienced Gaijin
2010-07-17, 08:55
Sofmap is nice but also be sure to go to Gamers and if you're interested, visit some doujin shops like Tora no ana (They have a big building in Akiba) and some minor doujin shops above and below ground.
Also, get an Akiba map, it's available around the Yamanotesen station and gamer building.
I'm quite certain that within walking distance from Akiba, there was a street filled with Japanese food and goodies (tho there are good food stores in Akiba too) it's always good to go to lots of those places :D
Around where is your hotel? (Around any train stations?)
Since there are tons of places in tokyo worth visiting if you don't plan to spend your entire week in Akiba! xD

Yeah I was back before you posted that but thanks for the info anyway. I did go to gamers as that is were I found my Angel Beats! merchandise. Also I did get an English Akiba map while I was there. Oh here is the swag I got from both Gamers and Softmap:119

120

JRaiKetchum
2010-07-20, 20:20
*appears in a cloud of smoke eating taiyaki*
Konban wa minna-san! LTNS! ^^

It is I, Rai, coming back from the.. COUGH COUGH COUGH!!! Damn smoke!! >.<

Okay enough of the shenanigans, how's everyone doing? I've been away for a while due to school and work. I accompanied Gaijin on his trip to Japan along with my girlfriend of one year and we had a blast! ^^

The trip over was fun. First time flying overseas. I want to do it more often! Good meals and complimentary liquor XD Okay so I drank wine... but still... FREE! Not to mention watching movies and listening to music. Didn't like the guy next to me flying from Seoul to Tokyo who didn't cover his mouth while coughing =/ Hellooo rhinovirus >.<

First thing we did when we got to Tokyo, ran to the bathrooms. 4hrs of not really getting up to pee.. yeah. Then we headed towards our hotel, the Grand Arc Hanzomon. Gaijin booked us in a Japanese style room, 3 futons... a very interesting experience. First day: Akihabara. Nothing more needs to be said. Wallets were crying out in pain. I was surprised that Toranoana didn't have that big of a selection when it came to some of the doujins I was bee-lining for (anything by Itaru Hinoue). And Gamers was just AWESOME! With arms breaking, we headed back to the hotel for the night.

Second Day: Ghibli museum, Akiba cleanup, and Nakano Broadway. The Ghibli museum was a sight to see! Words can't express what was seen ;) Afterwards, back to Akiba b/c Gaijin wanted to find a certain set of games... he found them and more. I found a game I'd been looking for for awhile (and also wanted to translate). I died and went to heaven when we went to Nakano Broadway. The shelves of hard to find artbooks, manga, and the DOUJIN!! OMG the DOUJIN! XD

Third day: Tokyo Tower and the Shinkansen to Osaka. Got some great panoramic shots from the 1st platform of Tokyo Tower. And the Shinkansen, AWESOME! XD As with arriving in Tokyo, upon arrival in Osaka headed straight for the hotel, Hearton Hotel Minamisenba and rested up for the day ahead.

Fourth Day: Kyo-ani and the Arashiyama region. We headed back towards Kyoto. Wow! The difference between it and every place we had been so far. I loved it. We made it to the Kyo-ani shop. They were surprised to see us, three American otaku arriving in their shop/workshop. They asked us questions and they also went and got another staff member who had a J->E translator and helped us converse with them. Most awesome thing, they let us watch them color the cels since we asked if we could try and buy one of the collectors cels they draw and they said they couldn't and also showed us some from Kanon!! ^^ I GOT TO HOLD AYUAYU-CHAN!!! XD We also got to learn about the process of painting cels. It was neat! ANd yeah, we bought stuff ^^;

Fifth day: VisualArt's iku yo! After shipping back the majority of our goods, we finally made our trek to deliver Gaijin's painting to Maeda-sensei. Our group elected me as the spokesperson.. with a nasty head cold @_@ I just asked one important question into the speaker box... "eigo wo hansashimasu ka." and the sweet chipper female voice replied back with a "hai!" I then proceeded to give our request. A person came down and recieved the gift and said they would make sure it was delievered to Maeda-sensei. After that we returned to Kyoto and went to the Kiyomizudera temple for Gaijin-san.

Sixth day: Departure. We departed from Kansai International Airport back to the States, stopping in Seattle to die for a night before heading all the way back home.

Overall it was a great trip! We learned a few things to remember before we go back:

1) Don't book between June and July unless you like rain! (Monsoon season >.<)
2) Try to improve Japanese proficiency a little more.
3) Remember: There is the Tokaido line and the Tokaido Shinkansen, they are NOT the same X_x

Alright! That's all I've got to say for now, next I'll post all the stuff I bought tomorrow XD

Oyasumi nasai
-Rai