Japan Trip

Re: Japan Trip

Postby mako89 » Sat May 18, 2019 5:02 am

Really have no idea. I think it's nice for people who come from other countries or even the prairies etc.
The mountains etc are close by and there are lots of places for people who like to do outdoor activities.
The food would definitely compare to places like Toronto and Montreal, the night life probably not as much but it's pretty vibrant and diverse.
I really can't say more without knowing what you might be into.
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby spongebob99 » Tue May 21, 2019 12:28 am

Saw this video and thought some of these places looked pretty cool https://youtu.be/ZbjhTuGATfA
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby mako89 » Tue May 21, 2019 5:16 am

Most of those places should be easily accessible from the greater Vancouver area. Actually most of it is near Downtown Vancouver. Downtown Vancouver is along the water obviously but almost feels like an island on its own. It naturally has beaches, and a famous park. Cross the bridge and you end up in North Vancouver which has the Capilano Suspension Bridge. BC place and Roger's Arena are downtown as well.
The hiking trails and mountains are about 1-2 hour bus ride away.
The cities in surrounding areas are pretty nice and probably each have something to offer.
But maybe as a Canadian, those might not be as interesting as it would be to a foreigner.
It might come down to your interests. I can point you in the right direction if you have specific ideas of what you might want to do.
If you like outdoors and hiking you might want to try the Grouse Grind. I think the Canucks do it and you can find plenty of videos about it.

**I'd still recommend a fall trip to Japan/Asia. Probably best to hit Japan before the 2020 Olympics.
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby spongebob99 » Tue May 21, 2019 4:45 pm

Japan is kinda out of the question for the near future. I just paid off the rest of my student loan which was 16k. :cry:
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby mako89 » Tue May 21, 2019 9:52 pm

I've seen people's cost of spending a nice week in Vancouver. It doesn't change much from Japan. I guess it comes down to how much the airfare was.
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby spongebob99 » Tue May 21, 2019 11:54 pm

I'd imagine it'd cost a lot less to go to/from Vancouver than it does to Japan.
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby mako89 » Wed May 22, 2019 1:06 am

spongebob99 wrote:I'd imagine it'd cost a lot less to go to/from Vancouver than it does to Japan.


For travelling overseas, you keep an eye on deals on that website I sent you. It was as low as mid $500s last month for Osaka. In the summer, Vancouver/Toronto will probably fluctuate from the low $400s to well over $500.
It really depends on when, which airline, connections, times and such.
But domestic flying in Canada is really expensive compared to other countries because we lack competition.
It's probably worth sitting down and doing some searches on airfare for a variety of destinations.
If you have never done it before, you'll find it an eye opening experience where changing one day can substantially alter the price.
It's also good to have a loose plan ahead of time even if you probably won't be travelling. While you might find a good flight, you might not be able to match hotels. One of the worst things is when you find a great flight but find out there is a major convention in town and there are no rooms left at all or vice versa.
If you have an itinerary ready, then you can try to wedge it into something cheap the becomes available last minute. It's really useful.
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby mako89 » Sat May 25, 2019 12:09 am

If you want to familiarize yourself with flights, I'll post a couple of websites below. They don't sell tickets but they will direct you to places that do. Prices change frequently and there are also unreliable sellers. It's like trading in an online game lol. It's good to play around with these just to get an idea of how the system and industry works. You don't want to be a newb at it when you are looking to make an actual purchase. Besides deals, there are weird and seasonal price fluctuations and availability so it's good to check often if you are serious about travelling anywhere. And also, sign up for rewards programs such as Aeroplan now so you have a number/card. Make one for every major airline group.

https://www.skyscanner.ca/
https://www.momondo.ca/

And there are deal sites that I may have mentioned previously.
https://www.yyzdeals.com/
https://www.secretflying.com/posts/cate ... a/toronto/
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby soulseeker4 » Thu May 30, 2019 9:58 pm

Right... Thanks mako, I was thinking of spending like 1 week in Japan. Few nights out in the bar where it's sort of mini bar where you can talk to other people and the bartender. Those sort of thing. I saw it on Anthony Bourdain travel video. Another 1 is to ski or snowboarding in Hokkaido or anywhere in Japan and also a hike up the hill or mountain for scenery or waterfall. Really like those views.
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby mako89 » Fri May 31, 2019 11:42 am

You could just spend the entire time in Hokkaido. Those small bars are everywhere. Actually, you don't have to go to Hokkaido to ski. North Eastern Japan is also an option.
But in terms of food and those small bars, they exist in all those places.
Might be nice to spend at least one night in an Inn or nicer hotel for the food/buffet and Japanese style rooms and bath.
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