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Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 6, 2013 - 11:47pm PT
Cynthia and I are taking 10- 11 days to honeymoon in Japan this April. Neither of us have a clue, so I am reaching out to the ST community for advice above and beyond what I’ll glean from the ‘net.

Specifically, the end of the trip has to include the Ginza district in Tokyo. We’ll also visit the temples of Narita-san the day we fly home. Sometime during our trip we’ll seek out a river to perform Tōrō Nagashi (floating a paper boat down river to help guide Cynthia’s departed elders back to the other side). Beyond that, the itenerary is wide open.

My thought is we visit 3 separate geographic areas to give us a day or two to leisurely explore. I’d expect we’d make visiting hot springs a top priority, as well as fishing villages, hiking trails plus at least one crag for rockclimbing.

I am looking forward to hearing ST people’s experiences and advice.

In advance, thanks!

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The Newlyweds Getting Hitched
Credit: Sewellymon


Hoping to Join in on the Fun
Credit: Sewellymon
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jan 7, 2013 - 12:14am PT
Lake Chuzenji in the Nikko NP. Hot springs, temples, trams, etc.

Look it up on wikitravel and have a great honeymoon whatever you decide.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Jan 7, 2013 - 01:29am PT
Disney Sea!

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 7, 2013 - 01:33am PT
Sewelly, that's the wrong hot spring! You gotta go soak with the monkeys!
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Jan 7, 2013 - 01:42am PT
i enjoy Tsukuba Science City in Ibaraki Prefecture north of Tokyo. It is known as the location of their space program and has several separated transportation systems: train, car, free bicycles, and walking paths.


it is also fun to take the high speed train south from Tokyo/Yokohama and catch a ferry to one of the little offshore islands

most of the people won't know English, but will be very charming about taking care in guiding you around
MisterE

Social climber
Jan 7, 2013 - 02:04am PT
Kyoto has some great temples.

http://templesofjapan.com/Kansai-Region-Temples.html
Brick

Social climber
SF, CA
Jan 7, 2013 - 05:29pm PT
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Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 7, 2013 - 05:30pm PT
Look's like Brick IS IN!!
Brick

Social climber
SF, CA
Jan 7, 2013 - 05:44pm PT
Credit: Brick
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Jan 7, 2013 - 05:58pm PT
Jeff, 38 years of marriage is what I have in the books....38 wonderful years. Just do as she says, if she wants something on yer honeymoon, supply it, if she wants to do something, do it. If she wants to go somewhere, go, if she tells you to do something...do it! Hope you two have a wonderful time, leave the climbing gear at home....unless she wants you to bring it. Romance and dance her!
Here's to your long and prosperous life together!
Peace
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 7, 2013 - 06:00pm PT
That makes me laugh every time!! :)
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 7, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
Awesome.....have fun!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jan 7, 2013 - 10:34pm PT
Have fun....ummm, a sushi fest every day!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Jan 7, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
Just being together will take it to the next level of life. Enjoy each unique day and spend it learning about every aspect of each of Yo. Much to discover, much to treasure. Cheers and Love to yo, lynne
Nohea

Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
Jan 7, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
Right on, Great to hear…More Anniversary’s are good things!

So I lived in Japan and have been back for holiday as well. Tokyo was the town I spent my weekends in and the locals say I have a Tokyo accent. You mentioned some temple’s and I really enjoyed Kamakura with several temple’s and a giant Buddha. From Shinjuku station (Eki) you can take the JR line south to there.


Dining….in Roppongi there is a Roy’s which I know is Hawaii food but its not, its local ingredients with Pacific flavors. Dang I stayed at many of the hotels …the New Otani was nice and they had this one steakhouse where the Wagyu was incredible….and pricey.

edit: wanted add this place http://www.pjgroup.jp/arossa/english/index.html
Jules and I had a great dining experience but have the taxi use its gps, while just off a main intersection it would be difficult to finf unless you were walking.

Oh yea and take the train into town from Narita, the roads are slow, you can set your watch to the trains.

Ganbate!
Will
MisterE

Social climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:08am PT
Try and contact Jan here on Supertopo - he lives there, I think.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:18am PT
I'll second the New Otani...very nice.
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:17am PT
You shouldn't go through Tokyo without visiting Jane Yonamini's exclusive and rather secret pearl shop catering to the rich and famous with amazingly low prices...all the astronauts and presidents go there and post signed pictures on the wall. It's a tiny little shop in Roppongi Crossing, up on the fifth floor with a shaky old elevator from a tiny door on the busy street. If Jane isn't there you'll probably be talking to Tomoe Suzuki. If you know enough to find this place they will automatically treat you as a VVIP.

address:
14-8 Roppongi 7 Chome Minato-Ku Tokyo 106-0032

phone:
+81 (3402) -4001


Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 8, 2013 - 09:19pm PT
Thanks, Tom. Cynthia loves pearls and has many awesome sets she inherited from her Mom, so we're not in the market for any more. What else comes to mind as a "must do?"

here are some of our potential soak buddies..

Credit: Sewellymon
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 11, 2013 - 07:29pm PT
Credit: Sewellymon

more soak buddies..
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Jan 11, 2013 - 07:48pm PT
Maybe you should consider a Shinto Wedding like this one I lensed at a huge Temple in Tokyo.

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I'd say Japan Alps, Nikko, Kyoto, and Nara. We took trains to the last three.
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 30, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
Getting excited about our upcoming belated honeymoon to Japan. We leave in 4 days.

Trip will be 10 days visiting various hot springs and other cool places..
no rocks, tho :(

Credit: Sewellymon

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 30, 2013 - 03:00pm PT
There's that many Japanese that wanna see your recently exhibited dance moves?
GET DOWN!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Mar 30, 2013 - 11:34pm PT
I'm really happy for you Sewellymon and Mrs. Sewellymon. All my positive thoughts and prayers for a joyful and fun, challenging time for you both. (Challenges are good, they help you learn about each other and grow close.)

I guess if I could wish you both anything it would be this....that you both live life together with love and one day at a time with peace, patience and perseverence, enjoying the heck out of each other.

Much love and best wishes and we be wanting one great TR....Smiles, lynnie
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Mar 31, 2013 - 05:16am PT
hey there, say, swelleymon... i have a very kind friend there, named atsuko... she has been here many times and her english has become well enough
for her to share pretty good with folks...

if you would like to contact her, (i will let her know about you both, by email, first) ... just let me know, perhaps she may be able to show up nearby and be of some help, or may be able to email you information?

she lives in kanagawa area...
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 26, 2013 - 02:13pm PT
THIS is what we traveled 1/2 way around the world for.

Credit: Sewellymon

The Kamagoten Ryujin Onsen ryokan (or inn) with above hot springs- is renowned. Built in 1657 for Yorinobu Tokugawa (the feudal lord of Kinokuni) as a site for bathing and relaxing, the Tokugawa rulers ordered the Ryujin family to maintain this isolated resort. The same family still runs it 450+ years (and 12 generations) later.

The Inn is situated in a deep mountain valley next to a roaring river with cherry blossoms dotting the steep hillside. During our visit, a cold soft rain (snow up higher) was the perfect counterpoint to the hot water!
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