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Old 2006-09-27, 21:48   Link #161
sorvani
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my experiences and recommendations are a few posts up.

seriously airfare from the middle of the US for only $800 is cheap. it is $650 from the west coast. i can't help you figure out anything more than that .

as for where to stay, hit the website linked in my previous post. it lists hotels of many price ranges.
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Old 2006-09-28, 02:48   Link #162
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Two jobs and no rent can add up to a LOT of money.

One full-time job is:
40 hours a week times, say, 50 weeks a year (two weeks off) = 2,000 work hours a year.

$10/hour, one full-time job = $20,000 a year (not counting taxes, health insurance, other expenditures you might have).

So having a goal of saving enough for a very short stint in Japan, considering your economic situation, is very doable.
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Old 2006-10-04, 08:20   Link #163
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Originally Posted by Kakashi Sensei
Has anyone here ever been to Japan? Heck, I'm seriously thinking about doing a student-exchange thing or maybe like a trip there. How awesome would that be? Anyone know any good sites? Is it like a big necesity to speak Japanese? (Do they even have American tours?)

I've gone to virtualtourist.com, and that site is awesome.

Anywho, post your thoughts!
I've thought about going there one day... like a vacation thing or somethin!!
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Old 2006-10-04, 10:22   Link #164
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If you can't get into JET, just come to Japan and do some interviews with the major English teaching schools - berlitz, nova, geos, etc. They will sponsor you for a working visa, if they hire you.
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Old 2006-10-04, 11:54   Link #165
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I've now seriously decided that I would like to go to Japan at least once before I hit my mid Twenties. However theres the problem of the seemingly insane prices for tickets that seem to plague the ears of an average American citizen. I already had a plan to get me two jobs(yes I have that much energy) to buy me fun things,food,clothes, while at the same time saving up money to get me a plane ticket(preferably two.....but I dunno.)to visit Japan.

What I would like to know is how likely is it to get a plane ticket for Japan with two jobs but with no rent of my own(Gotta make the most of that now while I can!) to pay yet? I heard there was a travel agency somewhere on the net that could send you tickets for cheaper than the average price.

I would also like to know the best places to stay for a 3 day long period of time should I manage to get the tickets and arrive there. I wouldn't wanna finally get to japan only to encounter a HUGE problem known as "WHERE CAN I SLEEP!?".

Finally if my plan doesn't sound reliable, whats the best way to get to Japan and back while still having enough money to stay for 3 days to a week(maybe.)and to shop?
I don't know where you live but anyways, their offices are in the US (so you want to call their office if you live in the area). It's a nice package if you go with someone.
http://www.jalpak.com/tours/jp_dicovery_pkg/

I didn't want the trouble of reserving things myself so I got their package. I went 2 years ago and pricing for a triple room was 1600 some and 1900 some for twin. That included round trip on JAL (from NY), transportation from airport to hotel and from hotel to airport, 7 nights in Kyoto and 6 nights in Tokyo. In Kyoto, we stayed at New Miyako and Karasuma. New Miyako is the most spacious and is right across the Kyoto station so you can catch buses or trains easily. The nice thing about Karasuma room is they served breakfast both Western and Japanese styles. The food was really good. It was also close to the shopping area. In Tokyo we stayed at Shinagawa. The room was alright, not too big but it was close to station and shopping areas so that was convenient. The cost for one way on bullet train from Kyoto to Tokyo was around 130 some for reserved seat if I recall correctly. Most tickets to various temples, castles, museums were under 1000 yen. The ticket price for Ghibli museum was 1000 yen and that was the highest. The day pass for buses within most Kyoto was 500 yen.

When I was there I went to Harajuku and saw a lot of jpop stuff but I wasn't into it before now I really want to go back.
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Old 2006-10-04, 23:37   Link #166
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I'm visiting Kyoto some where next Winter (hopefully). Heard from a few friends that Kyoto is extremely beautiful in Winter.
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Old 2006-10-14, 12:50   Link #167
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Just found a way to get to Japan.

Warning: May not be worksafe.

http://www.keikos-homepage.jp/funtime.htm

Spoiler for Disclaimer:
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Old 2006-10-14, 13:35   Link #168
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Just found a way to get to Japan.

Warning: May not be worksafe.

http://www.keikos-homepage.jp/funtime.htm

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HAHA! That is hilarious! Got to be a scam, just got to be...

*emails* See ya there JOJO-San ~
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Old 2006-10-14, 14:51   Link #169
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HAHA! That is hilarious! Got to be a scam, just got to be...

*emails* See ya there JOJO-San ~
Some people are just too cruel.. or much too naive. Ha-ha-ha.

It does sounds like someone is making fun of the gaijins.

Spoiler for desperate f*cks:
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Old 2006-10-14, 18:24   Link #170
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Just found a way to get to Japan.

Warning: May not be worksafe.

http://www.keikos-homepage.jp/funtime.htm

oh, what a woman....
i am really ashamed of such kind of women as a same japanese woman.
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Old 2006-10-14, 22:41   Link #171
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Just found a way to get to Japan.

Warning: May not be worksafe.

http://www.keikos-homepage.jp/funtime.htm

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If true that will be a great experience for whoever is interested in. The "real" person who wrote it might be real "funny", for instance, a 50 year old, roundy around the belly area, having beard, mustache, lots of hairs, and everything. The best, you can share your experiences on TV.
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Old 2006-10-15, 10:54   Link #172
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The real one: http://jennicheung.com/index.html
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Old 2006-10-16, 13:17   Link #173
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Watching Kelly Clarkson drunk was not something I was anticipating..
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Old 2006-10-16, 17:41   Link #174
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Just found a way to get to Japan.

Warning: May not be worksafe.

http://www.keikos-homepage.jp/funtime.htm

Spoiler for Disclaimer:
It's a fake.

Yeah, and her Japanese sucks. Her Japanese sentence and grammar structure is that of a level of an internet-based translator.

I highly doubt she goes to Todai either.

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Old 2006-10-18, 14:35   Link #175
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Another dream forever destroyed by kj "Dreamcrusher" 1980. lol
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Old 2006-11-01, 20:51   Link #176
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Another dream forever destroyed by kj "Dreamcrusher" 1980. lol
Yeah, that's me. If you have any illusions about Japan, come and ask me and I will smash them down to pieces.
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Old 2006-11-23, 23:40   Link #177
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Yeah, that's me. If you have any illusions about Japan, come and ask me and I will smash them down to pieces.
Why would you do that?
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Old 2006-11-23, 23:43   Link #178
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I do have a lot of illusions about Japan like they sell Anime goods everywhere, but it is crushed by reality. They don't do that. Just stupid me. Well, Japan will be a fun place if you have a good friend companion. If not, it will be just quite and boring.
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Old 2006-11-23, 23:44   Link #179
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I do have a lot of illusions about Japan like they sell Anime goods everywhere, but it is crushed by reality. They don't do that. Just stupid me. Well, Japan will be a fun place if you have a good friend companion. If not, it will be just quite and boring.
That is just my opinion. Don't take it seriously.
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Old 2006-11-25, 18:35   Link #180
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ah . . . . I would like to go to Japan,

I live in USA and pretty much lived all over the place moving about every 2 years . . . it would be cool to go to Japan at least once.
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