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Old 15th June 2012, 11:59 AM   #46
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Old 15th June 2012, 2:14 PM   #47
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Old 15th June 2012, 2:50 PM   #48
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Jetstar sales just annoy me. I ended up going to Japan two months ago, but considered singapore too (ended up doing a stopover actually).

From Perth to Singapore, the cheapest Jetstar flight was $200 one way. However, good luck picking the dates you want. The fares vary all over the place so you sometimes have to have some very specific dates to actually get cheap flights. Bit pointless if you want to go away between say 5-8 days and your flight there is cheap, but then they want $500 for any flights around your day back. They at least show you the prices for a 4 week band which is quite useful! (instead of those damn sites which you just have to keep trying different dates).

Now, the kicker was that you could fly to Singapore with British Airways or Singapore airlines for $440 return. So the cheapest in the current fares I can get to Singapore with jetstar is $200 one way. So $400 return cheapest, but then I have to pay $66 for checked luggage each way. Lets say tickets were $160, then for $50 I could have flown British Airways and went pretty much whenever I damn wanted (I couldnt do any jetstar flight combination cheaper than that within the dates I wanted to fly).

Anyway, I found a JAL flight $750 return to Osaka. Jetstar, not only being useless on flights was more expensive in all options! Jetstar also have crappy choices from Perth. Under the current sale, I can go to Jakarta or Melbourne. Thats it. To Jakarta with very inflexible dates, it would be about $460 + $56 baggage for a total of $516. Or I could fly with Garuda pretty much whenever I wanted (next week say) for $460 incl baggage!

Sorry for the rant. Just seeing "jetstar sales" gets my hopes up, only to realise they're too restrictive to actually use, and not even cheaper than regular fares

Do you guys over east actually have good Jetstar deals?
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Old 15th June 2012, 3:22 PM   #49
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Any Restaurants recommendation is Tokyo?

Around AU$100 per person?

We usually stay at Nakano. And often brunch at Tsukiji.

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Old 15th June 2012, 5:33 PM   #50
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My dad and I are going tomorrow, we got a deal that Jetstar were advertising a few months back - 2 return tickets for $1000. We've planned our own accommodation and what we want to see and do, but I still wish this thread had been up sooner! We're doing Osaka - Hiroshima - Tokyo - Osaka.
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Old 15th June 2012, 11:39 PM   #51
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Keep in mind the latest Jetstar Japan sales are only on flights to Japan, you will have to pay the regular price coming back. I hope this won't be the norm for these sales from now on.
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Old 16th June 2012, 9:36 AM   #52
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Any Restaurants recommendation is Tokyo?

Around AU$100 per person?

We usually stay at Nakano. And often brunch at Tsukiji.

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Then you know Tokyo, restaurants at every corner. The city with the highest number of the world's highest rated restaurants by the Guide Michelin. After many years living here, I still cannot make a recommendation. I think the area around Tsukiji is best for sea food. Tsukiji will be moved by the way into the harbor area.
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Old 16th June 2012, 10:02 AM   #53
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Around AU$100 per person?
www.bento.com is a handy resource for finding restaurants, probably especially at that end of the scale.

If you are into your food and don't mind paying then you might find some useful recommendations on Chowhound
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Speed up your travel plans

Everything will become more expensive by 3% in 2014 and again 2% in 2015:

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Old 17th June 2012, 8:33 PM   #55
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What a fantastic find. I would like some help.

ideas were as follows

3 or 4 days on the slopes snowboarding -not sure if I want to stay on the slopes or in nearby town

3 or 4 days in cities - maybe one night in each, I want to see hiroshima and Tokyo

3 or 4 nights back on the slopes for some more snowboarding

fly home.

some key points, I am not big on fancy accommodation. I usually spend all day out and come home for sleeps.

I do like walks and nature sort of stuff.

One temple visit would be cool, I would like to do some shopping as well.

eagerly await your advice
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Old 18th June 2012, 1:11 PM   #56
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What a fantastic find. I would like some help.
ideas were as follows
3 or 4 days on the slopes snowboarding -not sure if I want to stay on the slopes or in nearby town
3 or 4 days in cities - maybe one night in each, I want to see hiroshima and Tokyo
3 or 4 nights back on the slopes for some more snowboarding
What time of year do you plan on going?

The above is probably not the most efficient (might be better/cheaper to put the snowboarding together) but you could still do it relatively easily anyway.

If you stay on Honshu (main island) then I'd just pick a resort like Hakuba, probably the easiest to start with, then do your touring, then pick a second resort possibly from this list.

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some key points, I am not big on fancy accommodation. I usually spend all day out and come home for sleeps.
If you are happy with Hostel style then www.hostelworld.com is a good option for searching.
If you want something a little nicer/not shared then when researching what accommodation to stay at I usually use a combination of
http://www.jalan.net
http://www.rakuten.co.jp
http://www.expedia.com
http://www.agoda.com
http://www.japanican.com
And then read some of the tripadvisor.com posts. I also usually check the actual website if one is available.

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One temple visit would be cool, I would like to do some shopping as well.
I'd suggest you visit Kyoto for some temples, it will be on the way to/from Hiroshima so is easy to access. For shopping probably Tokyo makes the most sense.

I'd probably do something like 2 days Tokyo when you land, then go to Hakuba for 3-4 days, then Hakuba to Hiroshima for 2 nights. Hiroshima to Kyoto. And then Kyoto to Ski Resort, then Ski Resort back to Tokyo.

If you decide you want to try a resort in Hokkaido then you should be able to find relatively cheap airfares from Kyoto (Osaka) to Hokkaido, and then you could fly back from Hokkaido to Tokyo at the end before returning home.
Domestic flights in Japan
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2365.html
New Budget Carriers (LCC)
http://www.japan-guide.com/news/0020.html

A 7-day JR Rail Pass is likely to pay off if you use it wisely, will depend exactly what your final itinerary is as to when it should be activated. You may be able to get away with overnight buses/a bus pass too depending on your budget/preference.
Highway Buses:-
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2366.html

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Old 18th June 2012, 2:39 PM   #57
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Hey peeps, I'll be heading to Japan on January 17th and returning on 2nd Feb with a group of 3 other friends. I've been hammering away at a draft itinerary and was just wondering if you guys wanted to have a look over it and provide any advice

There's a lot of annotations from my research, so it's probably not 100% accurate.

We'll be basing in Osaka and Tokyo.

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Day 1 Osaka:
  - Accommodation: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Yamatoya-Honten-Namba-Dotombori/Osaka/5506
  - Minami
      - Nipponbashi / Den Den Town (electronics)
      - Dotonbori (food/night life)
      - Hozenji Yokocho Alley (traditional atmosphere)
      - Amerikamura (modern culture)
  - Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan)
  - Sumiyoshi Taisha (one of Japan's oldest shrines, full japanese
architecture)
  - Umeda
      - Yodobashi Camera Umeda (Camera/electronic goods)
      - Umeda Sky Building (sky scraper + view + floating garden)
  - Mino Park (nature/waterfalls)

  - Possibly need 2 days?

Day 2 Kyoto (pick one area to go to):
  - Central:
      - Nijo Castle (castle of a former shogun)
  - Eastern:
      - Kiyomizudera (Temple famous for its large wooden terrace.)
      - Sanjusangendo (temple containing 1001 statues of kannon)
      - Higashiyama District (traditional old kyoto district)
  - Western:
      - Kokedera (temple with garden of moss)
      - Katsura Imperial Villa (pure japanese architecture and garden)
  - Southern:
      - Fushimi Inari Shrine (shrine with lots of torii gates)

Day 3 Hiroshima:
   - Shukkeien Garden (Valleys, mountains, and forests are represented in miniature in the garden's landscapes)
   - Peace Memorial Park/Museum (where the bomb dropped)

Day 5 - 6 Nagano/Shibu Onsen:
   - Base in Shibu and travel to ski places? Would mean staying 3 nights in ryokan
   - http://www.japanican.com/hotels/shisetsudetail.aspx?ar=20&sar=200502&st=5132001&dt=20120412&sn=1&pn=2&rn=1#shisetsumenu
   - http://www.japanican.com/hotels/List.aspx?ar=200502&dt=20120412&sn=1&pn=2&ref=japanguide
   - 9 baths of Shibu Onsen (only available during night time)

Day 7 Akihabara:
   - Tokyo Anime Centre
   - Aki Crossfeed
   - Super Potato
   - Gamers
   - Mandarake
   - Gachapon Kaikan
   - Akiba Culture Zone

Day 8 Odaiba:
   - 1/1 Gundam
   - Rainbow Bridge
   - Telecom Centre (Can see Mt. Fuji)
   - National Museum of Emerging Science (robotics)
   - Palette Town (Venus Fort shopping mall, Toyota Mega Web, a Ferris Wheel, the Zepp Tokyo music venue and Tokyo Leisureland.)

Day 9 Shibuya/Harajuku
   - Hachiko statue
   - Centre Gai
   - Harajuku (sunday = cosplayers)
   - Daiso Harajuku - 100 Yen Shop
   - Takeshita Dori

Day 10 Ghibli Museum
   - East of Shibuya/Shinjuku

Day 11 Shinjuku:
   - Kabukicho
   - Golden Gai
   - Omoide Yokocho
   - Japanese Sword Museum
   - Isetan
   - Yamada Denki

Day 12 Taito:
   - Ueno Park
   - Taito Station/Arcade
   - Asakusa

Day 14 Akibahara/Finish



Other Places of Interest:

- Central Tokyo:
    Koishikawa Korakuen
    Tsukiji Fish Market

- East Tokyo:
     Roppongi (night life)
   
- North/west Tokyo:
     Tashirojima - The Cat Island of Japan
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Hey peeps, I'll be heading to Japan on January 17th and returning on 2nd Feb with a group of 3 other friends. I've been hammering away at a draft itinerary and was just wondering if you guys wanted to have a look over it and provide any advice
Looks pretty good overall As always look up www.japan-guide.com for anything that I mention below.

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Day 1 Osaka:
- Accommodation: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldet...ori/Osaka/5506
- Minami
- Nipponbashi / Den Den Town (electronics)
- Dotonbori (food/night life)
- Hozenji Yokocho Alley (traditional atmosphere)
- Amerikamura (modern culture)
- Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan)
- Sumiyoshi Taisha (one of Japan's oldest shrines, full japanese
architecture)
- Umeda
- Yodobashi Camera Umeda (Camera/electronic goods)
- Umeda Sky Building (sky scraper + view + floating garden)
- Mino Park (nature/waterfalls)

- Possibly need 2 days?
You can't do that in one day. You will need two (at least)

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Day 2 Kyoto (pick one area to go to):
- Central:
- Nijo Castle (castle of a former shogun)
- Eastern:
- Kiyomizudera (Temple famous for its large wooden terrace.)
- Sanjusangendo (temple containing 1001 statues of kannon)
- Higashiyama District (traditional old kyoto district)
- Western:
- Kokedera (temple with garden of moss)
- Katsura Imperial Villa (pure japanese architecture and garden)
- Southern:
- Fushimi Inari Shrine (shrine with lots of torii gates)
You can probably do Central + East or Southern + East. I'd definitely include East no matter what you do. I'd add a few temples near there too like Kodaiji, Chion-in, Shoren-in, or maybe Nanzenji and Eikando. I'd visit Gion and Pontocho in the evening.

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Day 3 Hiroshima:
- Shukkeien Garden (Valleys, mountains, and forests are represented in miniature in the garden's landscapes)
- Peace Memorial Park/Museum (where the bomb dropped)
Seems fine. Depending on when you arrive/leave you may also be able to squeeze in Miyajima.

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Day 5 - 6 Nagano/Shibu Onsen:
- Base in Shibu and travel to ski places? Would mean staying 3 nights in ryokan
- http://www.japanican.com/hotels/shis...1#shisetsumenu
- http://www.japanican.com/hotels/List...ref=japanguide
- 9 baths of Shibu Onsen (only available during night time)
All good.

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Day 7 Akihabara:
- Tokyo Anime Centre
- Aki Crossfeed
- Super Potato
- Gamers
- Mandarake
- Gachapon Kaikan
- Akiba Culture Zone
Looks good.

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Day 8 Odaiba:
- 1/1 Gundam
- Rainbow Bridge
- Telecom Centre (Can see Mt. Fuji)
- National Museum of Emerging Science (robotics)
- Palette Town (Venus Fort shopping mall, Toyota Mega Web, a Ferris Wheel, the Zepp Tokyo music venue and Tokyo Leisureland.)
If you want to drive one of the Toyota cars on the course then you will need to take an international driver's licence (contact RACQ/NRMA etc).

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Day 9 Shibuya/Harajuku
- Hachiko statue
- Centre Gai
- Harajuku (sunday = cosplayers)
- Daiso Harajuku - 100 Yen Shop
- Takeshita Dori
I'd do Harajuku first and include Meiji Jingu Shrine and a walk through/around Yoyogi park too.

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Day 10 Ghibli Museum
- East of Shibuya/Shinjuku
Note you must pre-purchase tickets.

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Day 11 Shinjuku:
- Kabukicho
- Golden Gai
- Omoide Yokocho
- Japanese Sword Museum
- Isetan
- Yamada Denki
I'd also go up Tokyo Metropolitan Government Towers (free) at dusk too.

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Day 12 Taito:
- Ueno Park
- Taito Station/Arcade
- Asakusa

Day 14 Akibahara/Finish
Seems ok. If you like Anime stuff you might also include Nakano Broadway.

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Other Places of Interest:

- Central Tokyo:
Koishikawa Korakuen
Tsukiji Fish Market
Tsukiji is strongly recommended. I also recommend the Tuna Auction but make sure you get there early (4am) and queue up. You will have to take a taxi as the trains will not start early enough.

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- East Tokyo:
Roppongi (night life)
Also consider clubs in other areas like Womb, Ageha, etc. www.metropolis.jp has some handy listings.

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- North/west Tokyo:
Tashirojima - The Cat Island of Japan
A little awkward to get to especially if you don't know much Japanese.

Are you flying into Kansai and out of Narita/Haneda?

A 7-day JR pass is likely to pay off, specify activation date as Day 3. If you plan on going to Tashirojima do it while the JR pass is active.

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I do like walks and nature sort of stuff.

One temple visit would be cool, I would like to do some shopping as well.
If you want to combine shopping with nature and walking, have a look at the "Meji Shrine" located in a huge park in the center of Tokyo adjacent to a major shopping area for the younger crowed. It's a relatively recent, but
beautiful site.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meiji_Shrine

For the "real thing", but I guess that would take too much time, it's either the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, or the most important Shinto shrine in japan (under direct Imperial protection) in Japan the "Ise Grand Shrine". The later ones are day trips from Tokyo with overnight stay, both sites are in rural areas but absolutely magnificent.

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Day 7 Akihabara:
- Tokyo Anime Centre
- Aki Crossfeed
- Super Potato
- Gamers
- Mandarake
- Gachapon Kaikan
- Akiba Culture Zone
If you want to visit major electronic shops I would recommend to do this in Akihabara: Recommended: Yodobashi, it's huge, offers tourist sales (tax free) and is close to the JR Yamanote station.

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Day 8 Odaiba:
- 1/1 Gundam
- Rainbow Bridge
- Telecom Centre (Can see Mt. Fuji)
- National Museum of Emerging Science (robotics)
- Palette Town (Venus Fort shopping mall, Toyota Mega Web, a Ferris Wheel, the Zepp Tokyo music venue and Tokyo Leisureland.)
There isn't much to see in Odaiba. If you want to walk over Rainbow Bridge, keep in mind all of it is a good deal more than Sydney Harbor Bridge, Recommended - but only with really good weather.


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Day 9 Shibuya/Harajuku
- Hachiko statue
- Centre Gai
- Harajuku (sunday = cosplayers)
- Daiso Harajuku - 100 Yen Shop
- Takeshita Dori
Consider including the beautiful Meji Juni Shrine and park, which is adjacent to Harajuku. You can walk form Shibuya to Harajuku.

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Day 10 Ghibli Museum
- East of Shibuya/Shinjuku
No idea, haven't been there.

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Day 11 Shinjuku:
- Kabukicho
- Golden Gai
- Omoide Yokocho
- Japanese Sword Museum
- Isetan
- Yamada Denki
Skip Yamada denki, go to Yodobashi in Akiharaba, its bigger and offers slightly better deals. Kabukicho is the red light district and only interesting at night.


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Day 12 Taito:
- Ueno Park
- Taito Station/Arcade
- Asakusa
If you are in Ueno you MUST visit Tokyo Sky Tree, the world highest TV Tower - magnificent. It's in Sumida ward, can be easily reached from Asakusa.
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