Hey Everybody! I'm graduating in May from college and as a graduation present, my family is giving me a month long trip to japan. We are kicking around ideas of how exactly this trip will go, tour groups or anything like that. Of course if I do go with a tour group, I will stay on about 2 weeks afterward to do my own thing. I'm looking for any advice about what I should do while there, essentials, anything really. Also, I was thinking of staying in youth hostels while traveling on my own, what do you think? I found a website that has a listing of hostels and minshukus in every prefecture and/or city.