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One and a half week visit with my sick dad

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One and a half week visit with my sick dad

Hello dear Travellers,

Normally I like to go travel to countries and go in blind and don't plan much ahead.

Now, I want to book a trip in September to Japan together with my Dad.

Unfortunately, my dad is very ill and will this be his last holiday.

Because of his illness, his energy level changes from day to day and I am looking for different kind of holiday then I am used to.

Basically - 1 day of sightseeing, 1 day rest, 1 day sightseeing... you get the drill.

My dad is also a big fan of Bonsai and Koi fish. He owns a little Bonsai shop himself and teaches people the art of Bonsai.

I don't have a specific region/city in mind where to travel to, in other words, I am flexible.

So, I was wondering if you could help me out:

Could you recommend stuff to do in Japan based on Bonsai/Koi and also placed to rest in a rather close proximity?

Any help is more than welcome!

Thank you guys!

Sayoonara, Roy

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1. Re: One and a half week visit with my sick dad

Why don't you take your dad to Omiya Bonsai Art Museum at Omiya Bonsai Village in the vicinity of Tokyo, as follows.

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6528.html

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2. Re: One and a half week visit with my sick dad

Not sure when in September you're thinking about, but early is still quite hot and muggy. The summer-like weather usually breaks about the 10th, or so. Even after that, it can be quite hot during the day. If you could put it off to the middle of October or later, it might be easier for your father. Certainly, I hope that you guys can have a memorable trip.

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3. Re: One and a half week visit with my sick dad

Thank you, this looks very good already.

Any more places you'd recommend?

Thank you! Roy

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4. Re: One and a half week visit with my sick dad

An overnight in a ryokan with an onsen might be a very relaxing experience. Such ryokan are all over Japan, so it depends on what part you will be visiting. We can recommend once we know your basic plan.

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5. Re: One and a half week visit with my sick dad

I highly recommend the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum and the bonsai nurseries in the surrounding Omiya Bonsai Village. There were some absolutely beautiful bonsai there. It is very easy to get to. There are trains from Tokyo and Ueno stations that go to Toro station, from where it is an easy, flat 5 minute walk, which is well-marked. I think there may also be trains from Shinjuku station to Toro.

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6. Re: One and a half week visit with my sick dad

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7. Re: One and a half week visit with my sick dad

And do not hesitate to take taxis from stations to places since they are not that expensive in many cases for shorter distances. Also, however, keep in mind there are some pretty big stations with huge transfers to walk to even get out. Just be mindful of that.

I am sure it goes without saying to also make sure you research the locations of medical clinics/hospitals that are recommended by expat sites and check to make sure if he is on any meds they are allowed into Japan.

I dont think others posted but this could be of interest.

www.kunio-kobayashi.com/english/index.html

also, as part of the tour of the Japanese Annex of Akasaka palace https:/…

which you can book an english tour in advance (free but MUST be done in advance), you will get to see a great set of some very very very old bonsai as well as the annex itself and pond although not sure how many fish i saw.

Edited: 02 August 2018, 01:27
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8. Re: One and a half week visit with my sick dad

Niigata Prefecture and particularly Ojiya City seems to be the largest known producers of pet Koi. One farm (Kawakami Koi Farm) based in Ojiya seems to have a satellite koi pet shop in Saitama City near Yoshinohara Station on the new transport system (which is not too far away from the Omiya Bonsai Village and Museum [too far away to walk, though]).

〒331-0801 埼玉県さいたま市北区今羽町331

http://picbear.online/tag/川上養鯉場

https:/…

Edited: 02 August 2018, 01:53
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9. Re: One and a half week visit with my sick dad

And if one of you like railways, there is a good railway museum in Omiya, too:

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6527.html

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10. Re: One and a half week visit with my sick dad

You guys have all been amazing in helping my plan my itinerary.

To be honest, I did not expect it to be that kind of weather in September and it's not ideal.

But it seems we will have to live with that.

This weekend I will finalise the plan, if I have some questions, it would be great if you guys can help me out one more time.

I really, really appreciate everyone's help here!

Cheers, Roy

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