Originally Posted by bumpy
I have been to Japan several times too and have kind of lost track of the places I have been! Tokyo, Nagasaki, Sendai, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and then to Miyajima, Fukuoka and then to Beppu Spa Town. I think there were a few other cities. Have you tried the traditional ryokan inn? Personally I prefer the more modern one where you have your own bath in your own bathroom rather than just the spa/hot springs (onsen). And I love the food. Have you tried fugu (puffer fish)? If not then my advice is to try it during the winter season, towards the end of the season it does not taste as nice. You should also try a Tempura only restaurant. Their master chef would cook it in such a way that when it is placed on your plate there is not a drop of oil.
HEY, I suddenly understood your nickname "eatrawfish!" haha. I hope I am right and that you are fellow Japanese cuisine lover.
I've been to Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagano, Kamakura, Nara, Mt Koya and even down to Kyushu - I can't remember where else. I wanted to go to Miyajima last time I was there, but that was when they had that Typhoon blowing through Southern Japan, some Earthquakes, and a Tsunami warning - so it really wasn't meant to be.
I really want to make it up to Hokkaido sometime, but it's rather off the beaten path.
I love Ryokans - I stayed in a great little on in Kyoto. I like the public baths - but only when you can reserve them, public nudity is not my thing.
Unfortunately I haven't the money to stay in too many of the nice old ones. I did stay in a Buddhist Temple on Mt Koya though - that was rad.
Yeah, that's what the username means.
I've taken Japanese for several years (I have a minor in it) but am so shy about it I have trouble with restaurants in Japan. So I didn't do much good dining - although I had some great sushi! Next time I'll be more adventurous.
I'm going two more times in the next two years - next year is a friends wedding!
After that though, I swear I'll go to some other countries!