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Old 11-03-2012, 10:20 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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I'd go for one of the many outdoor onsens, like Takaragawa Onsen.

Basically they are outdoor hot baths out in nature. You are surrounded by mountains, river streams, beauty all around you, and in winter, especially Takaragawa, it'll probably be snowing. NOthing is more beautiful than sitting in a warm-to-hot bathe in the middle of nature, with snow melting as it hits the onsen.
Might be something to do on-route or a detour coming back... that place is in Gunma ... but it looks great!
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:29 PM
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My friend is leaving in a couple of weeks. He mentioned about staying in a monastery and doing some cleaning or something. He also is going to visit a famous fish market and observe how they auction and prepare the tuna/fish? Anyone know the details of what he was really telling me? I don't think he even knows for sure...he is going with a group of people.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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My friend is leaving in a couple of weeks. He mentioned about staying in a monastery and doing some cleaning or something. He also is going to visit a famous fish market and observe how they auction and prepare the tuna/fish? Anyone know the details of what he was really telling me? I don't think he even knows for sure...he is going with a group of people.
I am unsure about the monastery, I suppose its possible. As for the fish market, I am guessing he is going to Tskuji in Tokyo, however the auction is generally off limits to tourists. There are some others that are more lenient. I went to one near Yokohama, but I am unsure of the name.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:51 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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It's crazy how much seafood passes through that fish market a day. Enough to feed a country. Some of those tuna fishes go for HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS! That's right, as much as a house! It'll be sliced and diced for expensive sashimi.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Shaw.
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My friend is leaving in a couple of weeks. He mentioned about staying in a monastery and doing some cleaning or something. He also is going to visit a famous fish market and observe how they auction and prepare the tuna/fish? Anyone know the details of what he was really telling me? I don't think he even knows for sure...he is going with a group of people.
It's the Tsukiji market.

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I am unsure about the monastery, I suppose its possible. As for the fish market, I am guessing he is going to Tskuji in Tokyo, however the auction is generally off limits to tourists. There are some others that are more lenient. I went to one near Yokohama, but I am unsure of the name.
It's not off limits to tourists any more, but there's a strict quota. I believe it's the first 50 or so people get to see it and you have to be there at 5 a.m. It's also closed to tourists in December and January (the busiest times).
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