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As far as where to travel, I agree that Kyoto is a must. It is not a large overwhelming city like tokyo and probably has the most sites to see. In 2.5 days I saw:
those were all amazing places and really fun. If you have time go to nara just to see Todaiji, the largest Wooden Building in the world that happens to contain the largest Buddha statue in japan. I went to many places and my favorite atmosphere was in Osaka. It seemed a little more hip, for lack of a better word, than other places. Of course Tokyo will never dissapoint. Have fun.
EDIT: budget-wise I spent around $1500 for two weeks of travelling plus airfare. We also rented a car, which turned out a little extra so you might spend less.
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I also heard that cabs in Japan are very expensive. Where can I find more information about the trains system?
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So does $2000 airfare included sound about right for a 2 week stay in Japan or should I save up a little more? Also, would it be better to stay in 1 hotel/inns the whole time or is it best to stay at different ones if you're traveling to different parts of Japan? And thanks for the suggestions on where to go.
$1000 per week in Japan, including air fare, is a good formula for a less-than-a-month visit.
Sticking to one hotel is good for a first visit, but it may tie you down if you like to go exploring. When I go back to Tokyo, I won't tie myself to one place so much. But Kyoto was great with just one hotel. It's quite a walkable city.
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I think I'll stay at Kyoto first but I do like exploring so I think I might end up dong something like staying in Kyoto for the first week then maybe Tokyo the second week.
You may want to give serious thought to changing hotels, then.
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