Japan April to July 2019!

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Hey there!
I am in my mid 20's, male and New Zealand born Japanese. I'll be travelling back to the homeland for a few months to travel anywhere and everyewhere in Japan. Itinerary is not presently set. Fleunt in both english and japanese so I should be useful atleast in one way! I am travelling alone but would love someone to travel with to share the experience, even if it is just for a few days.
I am really keen to see the Cherry Blossoms in April/May if anyone is interested and also need someone to go see what the nightlife in Japan is all about.
I'll be in Japan from the 8th of April to July. Possibly longer. If anyone wants to travel, give me a message!

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Martin Daly
March 11, 2019
17:40 EDT

Hi, Not sure this would interest you, but "nothing ventured, nothing gained". I will be traveling in Japan for three weeks beginning on 11 April, and starting in Osaka. I plan to spend 3-4 days there, then push off to Fukui and its environ for 3-4 days; Kanazawa and its environs for 3-4 days, Nagano and area for 3-4 days, then, via Nagoya for a day, to Tokyo for 2-3 days. This will be my fourth visit to Japan. My object this time is mainly somewhat touristy things, but not the VERY touristy ones. I want to see castles, temples, shrines, museums, eat the best LOCAL specialities, and yes, see/do the nightlife (especially in Osaka and Tokyo, but wherever). As of now I am traveling solo but I am very open to a partner; I have learned that for ticking off the tourist stuff, solo is fine, but for dinners and nightlife it's always more relaxing and fun to be with people. I know some people in Osaka and Tokyo, and I am in touch with some volunteer guides in other places. Now, about me: I am a semi-retired university professor in my 50s, a historian and widely published writer, a world traveler, and have various interests (art, architecture, sports (including baseball in Japan), food, drink, local culture(s), etc. I do not speak Japanese, and I'd be willing to go easy on some of the expenses in exchange for translation services! In the places I have mentioned I have a number of things in mind to see and do and could go into detail if you are interested. I have bought a JR Pass and, whatever your plans, you might consider one or several for your stay - (and buy it/them in advance). If part or all of this interests you, do please let me know. I will post my personal e-mail here - not sure it will go through to you but if not I hope to hear from you via the website. Thanks, Jack (in San Diego, California, jr1234554@yahoo.com).

March 12, 2019
17:16 EDT

Hi Jack/Martin

Your offer is quite appealing. I will already be in Osaka when you arrive in Japan so that is handy. Just wondering what you are expecting expenses wise and what kind of JR pass you bought because I know they are quite expensive. Your travel plan seems to be perfect for me so I would like to keep in touch. Look forward to hearing from you.

Martin Daly
March 12, 2019
18:08 EDT

Thanks for the reply. I am very confused about the messaging service of this site. I have re-read the requirements and found that they don't want users to post e-mail addresses. In that case, however, how are we meant to arrange to meet? Through public posts? Perhaps, using your Japanese language, you could inquire? Did my e-mail address as given in my previous message reach you? In any case, it does look as though we have complementary travel plans, starting in Osaka. I'd like to go into more details, either through e-mail or skype or some other way, but I do not want to post detailed travel plans, expenses, etc. publicly. Can you enlighten me about how this "Kanpai" site operates - that is, if you get this message?

March 12, 2019
18:31 EDT

Yeah I received your email address. That’s fair enough. I will try to send you a message through the email address you sent me and try go from there.

March 14, 2019
13:41 EDT

Hey! I am currently planning my trip, and since I don’t have anyone to go with, I’m trying my best to find some company before I set anything. It will be my first time in Japan, and I am thinking about going to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. It will be quite a short trip, no more than a week and I’ll be flying from another Asian country since that’s where I’ll be at the time. I am from Scandinavia, and just currently traveling. 20 years old btw!

March 14, 2019
14:19 EDT

Hi. Thanks for the reply. It isn't clear to me whether you can see my earlier replies to another traveler or whether those are visible only to me. So right now I will tell you just the basics about my own plan rather than details, and await your response. I will fly into Osaka on Thursday, 11 April. I am planning to stay there four days, during which I might make day trips to Kyoto and Nara (both of which I have visited in the past) and Kobe (for the first time). Then I plan to go to Fukui, Kanazawa and Nagano before ending up in Tokyo. My total time in Japan will be 17-18 days (I lave from Tokyo, by ship, on the 28th). If any part of this sounds to you like something you'd care to join, let me know. And of course I'd be glad to meet up at any point for a meal, drinks, a night on the town, etc. By the way, which country are you from? (My mother was Swedish and I have been several times to Norway and Denmark). Cheers, Martin

March 14, 2019
15:01 EDT

Ah I see! I’d love to see all those places but unfortunately I can’t stay for that long. But I could maybe meet up at some point in either Osaka or Tokyo, depending on what my plans will look like and if I’ll be there at that time. And I am from Sweden! How nice! What are the chances haha.
Would you mind sharing your IG handle, if you have one?

March 14, 2019
15:08 EDT

Oh I thought this was from the original poster. Was reaching out to them
specifically. Sorry about that!

March 17, 2019
10:21 EDT

Hey, i will be traveling from may 1-15. This will be my first time in japan , i will be landing in tokyo and visiting hirosaki ( for the cherry blossom festival ) osaka and kyoto. I am i from NYC , mid 30s male. Would be great as you mentioned to meet up possibly for some nightlife activites , also planning to do many attractions such as temples , festivals , theater etc and wouldnt mind having company if we can coordinate something for the dates i will be there. Currently my itinerary

Tokyo - may 1-4
Hirosaki park - may 4-5
Osaka - may 5-7
Kyoto- may 7-11
Tokyo- may 11-15

I will be using the jr pass for all traveling except for commute between hirosaki and osaka which i will arrive on a flight

Let me know if you would like to make some plans

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