Finally going to Japan!

Coronavirus turned what was meant to be picking up a quick smattering of Japanese, into something much deeper, almost an obsession. (Wanikani is part of that) .
Now the much delayed trip to Japan (which started my original planned single term of weekly classes), is finally happening. Any recommendations of resources to obtain while we are there to help my language journey on my return?
Hints on how to get the best from using my (low intermediate) skills while I am there.

We are travelling mainly in Kyushu and Shikoku by public transport- with no time in Tokyo.

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Use it. Get out there and talk to people. Read signs and menus. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Well dang. Otherwise I would recommend the Unko Museum. Per resources, stock up on novels you can’t normally get where you come from. And manga.

Mingle with the locals and get a taste of real Japanese :smiley: .

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Go shopping and read tons of signs and products. Ask a store employee where cough drops are. Accidentally run into somebody and apologize profusely. You know, the usual stuff.

Definitely go into a bookstore and see if there are any beginner’s books or magazines you want to buy.

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I think your best bet is (obviously) to use the language a bunch and talk to people. Visiting a place like Shikoku, you’ll definitely have to use it over English. If you’re into bars, they’re a fantastic place to practice speaking.

Is it your first time in Japan? That’s an odd choice :thinking:

not that I have anything against those places, there’s a ton I want to see over there

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Bookoff, that would be my two cents.

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For riding the trains you can get those puzzle books aimed at school children, to learn/solidify kanji and vocab.

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We have been to Japan once before- twenty years ago and spent time in Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo, and Hokkaido mostly. So this time we thought we’d go south and west.

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I think we will find more English spoken than last time! We struggled driving without even a map with city names in romaji- but we found people helpful and could often communicate without much language.

Saida thanks good idea. Is this something you buy at station- or find on trains?

Thanks Stulti I hadn’t heard of Bookoff and second hand sounds good. Presumably I could even post a parcel home

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Not sure actually :sweat_smile: . We received one as an お土産 once.

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Station. Try the magazine rack at a combini, you might find something there. Otherwise a bookshop will do.

I picked up a book of crosswords back in 2017 that I’ve been (very gradually) working on ever since, though I’m not too sure it’s aimed specifically at kids. (The main issue I’ve been having is not understanding the clues, but rather knowing what’s expected for the answer…)

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Kanazawa City in Ishikawa prefecture is connected by bullet train to kyoto, osaka, tokyo. It’s a wonderful city to visit and has Kenrokuen, the best garden in japan (one of the top 3 but imo the best out of them). It has a samurai district where you can enter and learn about them. Good place to visit!

further north, connected by local train is Wakura onsen town, which has on of the best ryoukan in all of japan, Kagaya. Another wonderful experience.

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I LOVE Shikoku. It’s my favorite part of Japan. I couldn’t live there because it’s a natural disaster hotspot but it’s wonderful.

Just enjoy the sights and take it easy.

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I recommend, when talking in Japanese, be confident and outgoing. You’re going to make mistakes, but others will be more receptive and you’ll just have a better time in general. Try not to be too excessive with your keigo either, you have a gaijin card after all.

Well I’m not saying to be rude, but you get the point, I hope.

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Well. It’s arguably connected by shinkansen to Kyoto and Osaka in that you could get there only via shinkansen, if you didn’t mind going via Tokyo. You’d be better off taking the Thunderbird express, though. They’re planning to extend the Hokuriku Shinkansen down to Shin-Osaka, but that’s not expected to open until 2045 at the earliest.

I don’t believe this thread was asking for recommendations of places to visit, though.

The best part about being a Japanese learner, is you carry this card no matter how good you get.

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Hi there, I have been living in Shikoku for the last four years and can say that it is a wonderful place to visit. As I live in Ehime I can say that getting around the prefecture is pretty easy and inter prefecture travel is also not much of a worry. You may find though that trains don’t run anywhere near the frequency of more populous areas. As for emergencies, no more frequent than my home country of New Zealand. I hope you have a really nice trip! If you do visit Ehime I would reccomend Matsuyama city. You can see Matsuyama castle and Dogo onsen. Oh, and just use what you know, based on my experience (my Japanese is pretty rough) people will generally be appreciative of the effort. So don’t worry about it, 頑張ってね!

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I WANT TO LIVE THERE SO BADLY Dx
It’s heaven! If heaven was just onsens and oranges!

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