Finally going to Japan!

Definitely no shortage of oranges! Yes, I agree it is very lovely here. The lifestyle is pretty laid back, too. I reccommend Shikoku to anyone! Also, imotake parties!

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いいな~! :sob: :sob: :sob: :sob: :sob: :sob:

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Thanks Jonny- very encouraging. And we already have a 3 night reservation in Matsuyama!
It is during Golden week though, will we finds things impossibly crowded, do you think? Any tips?

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Personally I like to travel during golden week because you can often see things that wouldn’t happen in the regular work week. It’s a fairly busy place generally speaking but it shouldn’t be overwhelming. There is a tram service that runs through the city so that makes getting about pretty easy. The tram is 180 yen per trip and is paid into a recepticle when you get off. Here s a URL for more info - All aboard! ♪ Tram trips around Matsuyama City ① | Matsuyama, Shikoku, Japan | The Official Website of Tourism Matsuyama. And there are lots of malls and shopping centers right in the central part of the city. Oh, and you can take the tram pretty much to Dogo onsen with a little bit of a walk. I wish you guys all the best with he trip! Oh and one more thing, there is a ropeway to get up to Matsuyama castle if you are looking for slightly more chill adventure.

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Yes I def want to check Bookoff out!!

Also going to Japan for the first time this year, it’s what inspired me to finally hit WK running after putting it off for a while. Did 3 years in 大学 but it’s been almost 10 years since then. Planning on visiting Takayama, Kinosaki, Kyoto and Tokyo I think. Not sure what to do in some of those places yet.

I’ve visited Bookoff in New York City and also in Tokyo.

It’s a great place to find inexpensive reading material (although at my current ‘advanced beginner’ level of Japanese, most any Japanese bookstore will feel a bit daunting - Kinokuniya may be a bit of an exception because of the breadth of material that they stock, at least in the New York City store, haven’t visited one in Japan).

I haven’t let that discourage me, though - for example, I spent half a day wandering around new and used bookstores in Jinbocho, the Tokyo bookseller neighborhood near the universities (and also the home turf of Jashin-chan, but that’s a totally different story - yes, I’ve just outed myself as an anime enthusiast).

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How wonderful! I love bookstores in any country! I can’t wait to check it out. I am beginner also, but hope to find a grade 1/2 level book with furigana. One day, one day we too will be able to read at higher levels. I have hopes!