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PassiveAgressiveQueen Tue 15-Mar-16 12:31:03

We love the studio ghibli films, so on this alone have a fancy to see the Japanese countryside.

Does anyone have advice as we don't fancy the cities, is their much to do? will our complete lack of languages be a stopper?

I don't like group tours as i don't like giving up that level of control Over my holiday, are individual tours available?

PassiveAgressiveQueen Tue 15-Mar-16 12:31:30

We have a 5 year old and 10 year old.

exexpat Tue 15-Mar-16 12:49:56

It's certainly much easier to travel in the cities as a foreigner with no Japanese, but people are very welcoming everywhere. I lived in Japan for over a decade and had both DCs there. We used to have a weekend cottage up in the mountains, and the DCs loved pottering around catching frogs in the streams and rice paddies, collecting acorns etc - all very Ghibli (their favourite film was Totoro). But that was not something that would have been easy to arrange on a short trip as a first-timer with no Japanese.

Depending on your budget, you could try a travel company like Inside Japan which does small group tours or will arrange 'self-guided' tours - they make the arrangements and give you all the details, but you go by yourself with no guide. I have a couple of friends who did that through that company and it worked very well, though they were visiting cities not countryside.

PassiveAgressiveQueen Tue 15-Mar-16 13:23:00

thanks loads, I will check out that company

PassiveAgressiveQueen Tue 15-Mar-16 13:28:58

this one looks good

exexpat Tue 15-Mar-16 14:02:32

Yes, that looks pretty good - even seems to include the Ghibli museum. You might want to see if you could tweak it to include a visit to the Totoro House.

AttilaTheMeerkat Tue 15-Mar-16 14:31:26

It is truly a lovely museum to visit. is the website.

This museum however, will be closed between May 9th and July 15th 2016.

AttilaTheMeerkat Tue 15-Mar-16 14:33:14

Your children would perhaps like to visit the two Disney parks as well.

We never found the lack of Japanese to be a problem overall; people were very welcoming.

BTW there is no tipping in restaurants.

PassiveAgressiveQueen Tue 15-Mar-16 17:02:22

I like no tipping, i wish resturant would just put the wages up and charge more

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