Posted here asking for recommendations for cheap hotels a little more than a year ago and never updated everyone on how that turned out. That was because at the time I did not end up going to Japan. I started putting money into other things about that time. Next month though I will be going to Japan for a full month. I have a few ideas for activities and places to visit. Himeji Castle, Kiyo Mizu Dera, the Nara Japanese deer park etc. Just wanted to get the news I was going out and looking for some suggestions on other things to do. I'll be purchasing a JR pass too so any where near the JR rail system is a good suggestion. Also I plan to visit a friend in Nagasaki and one in Chiba at least once during my trip so places near those might not need to be suggested as they might have some ideas once I get there but feel free to mention places near there as well.