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  1. W0MB13

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    I stayed in a Toyoko Inn during my last trip. The size of the room was pretty reasonable I thought, certainly larger than some more expensive places I had stayed.
     
  2. GoneFishin22

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    Normally at 18:00 or 18:30 you'd see all the truck drivers and traveling workers down there (eating area) and a big pot of curry and rice being served.
     
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  3. mtma

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    From my experiences (not toyoko inn though I might add) hotel service is about what you would expect, a little better than average compared with Australia. Certainly better dollar for dollar but that isn't a fair comparison.

    However, the English speaking staff fluency is limited, and are generally not quick when it comes to understanding problems when explained in English. But if you are patient they usually come to a resolution as you would expect from a hotel.
     
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    That would be unusual. I never got a dinner included. Only "Ryokans" do this. Breakfast and dinner is always included when you stay there..
     
  5. mental_empathy

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    I need help with a little Japan Itinerary over Xmas /NYE and any help would be appreciated. Travelling with SO and her sister. They are flying into NRT on 23/12 9AM and one of them leaves to leave NRT at 2PM on the 2/1
    No accommodation is currently booked

    We want to go skiing at Niseko (might be a bit late to find accommodation)

    I will arrive in NRT on 24/12 8PM, and am leaving from NRT on 7/1 at about 8PM

    24/12: Arrive NRT 8PM, train to Tokyo.
    25/12: Tokyo
    26/12: Tokyo
    27/12: Tokyo
    28/12: Haneda/NRT to CHI ($200 flight), CHI to Niseko (bus)
    29/12: Ski
    30/12: Ski
    31/12: Explore Sapporo (anything to do in NYE??)
    1/12: Explore Sapporo
    2/12: Flight from CHI to Hiroshima/ Osaka ($200 flight . this cant be changed, but the location can)
    3/12: Hiroshima. Overnight Miyajima
    4/12: Miyajima
    5/12: Osaka
    6/12: Osaka
    7/12: Skinkansen to NRT. Fly home.

    How does this sound for a plan? Should we spend more days in Sapporo and the region? Is is too many days in Tokyo? (iv been before). Where is the best place to find accommodation for skiiing and any tips?

    Iv also realised the flight from NRT to CTS and from CTS to KIX is super expensive ($200 one way each). Any options around that?

    Is it worth getting a JR pass.
     
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    As you have been in Tokyo before, and unless you have already a fixed itinerary for Tokyo, I would cut it short. Skiing is the unique point.

    Check out one of the links in the OP.
     
  7. mtma

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    And looking at those dates, no accommodation? Get onto it right now or be prepared to miss out or have to settle with second best.

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    You can look up shinkansen costs with the online route finders. If you don't use JR pass I would strongly suggest considering changing flying out from Tokyo to flying out from Osaka.

    Consider the Tokaido shinkansen trip alone is about $140-150, and also wont be convenient with luggage in tow.
     
  8. mental_empathy

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    Thanks, this is my other option. (Fly direct to Sapporo, as its cheaper for those dates) . Thoughts?
    This way I avoid the expensive flights and peak travel periods a little.

    24/12: Arrive NRT 8PM. Overnight at airport hotel.
    25/12: Tokyo to CTS ($70). Spend day in Sapporo
    26/12: Niseko Ski. Overnight niseko
    27/12: Niseko Ski. Overnight Niseko/ sapporo
    28/12: Sapporo/ Onsen. Night flight (CTS - KIX $100)
    29/12: OR MORNING FLIGHT to KIX.($180) Osaka
    30/12: Osaka day trip
    31/12: Osaka
    1/12: Osaka
    2/12: Leave for Hiroshima
    3/12: Hiroshima. Overnight Miyajima
    4/12: Miyajima
    5/12: Shinkansen to Tokyo
    6/12: Tokyo
    7/12: Tokyo to NRT. Fly home.
     
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    I think that looks more "efficient". Still a pity that you can't return from KIX. That would save you another day.
     
  10. mental_empathy

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    yeah it would be either the first or second option.

    Currently leaning towards the first as the SO's sister needs to fly out of NRT on the 2nd of Jan. (and Iv found $100 domestic ANA flights)
     
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    Is KVB Kunlun still the best place to exchange for Yen?
     
  12. mental_empathy

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    I'v had to sort out a new itinerary because of limited accommodation options in Niseko, and the fact that we have to go back to Tokyo after.

    Thoughts on this and places to stay?
    24/12: Arrive NRT 8PM. Overnight at airport hotel.
    25/12: Flight NRT to CTS in AM. Bus to Niseko. Arrive Noon (hopefully). Overnight Niseko.
    26/12: AM: Niseko Ski. Overnight niseko
    27/12: AM: Niseko Ski. Bus to Otaru @night. Overnight Otaru
    28/12: AM: Otaru. Overnight Otaru
    29/12: AM: Otaru to Sapporo. Sapporo Day. Night flight CTS- HND. Overnight Tokyo.
    30/12: Tokyo
    31/12: Tokyo
    1/12: Tokyo
    2/12:AM flight HND - Hiroshima. Day in Hiroshoma. Overnight Hiroshima (or should I overnight in Miyajima). Would we be better off getting the train?
    3/12: Hiroshima to Miyajima. Overnight Miyajima.
    4/12: Osaka
    5/12: Osaka
    6/12: Osaka
    7/12: Osaka - Tokyo via Shinkansen, then NRT and home. (or should I fly out KIX - NRT?).


    Is it worthwhile to get a JR pass for this situation or not?
     
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  13. gmphoto

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    NEVER had an issue with luggage on the shinkansen. There is a large gap between the last row of seats and the wall in each carriage. Just make sure you make the conductor dude aware of the luggage or it may spend a cold few hours alone in a remote train station along the route!
     
  14. breech

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    That train back to NRT is a big time waster, try and see Osaka & Kyoto then fly back to NRT.
     
  15. gmphoto

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    Look out for the combined street car/Miyajima ferry ticket/cable car combo when you first arrive in Hiroshima. Also if you get a JR pass they have a ferry to Miyajima.
     
  16. bl4ck32

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    From what I understand these places seem to be different to the regular places like Travelex? More like a stock exchange foreign cash trader :confused:

    How easy is it to exchange cash from somewhere like here, and can you do it online? They seem to be trading cash at or above parity compared to the ~ ¥95 to the dollar everyone else is....
     
  17. Wink

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    No you cannot do it online, it has to be done in person.

    Yes they are a level above the regular Travelex places, but they still serve Joe Public.
     
  18. bl4ck32

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    crep. Guess i'll have to stick to the usual methods to exchange some $
     
  19. mental_empathy

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    I'm looking for somewhere to stay overnight at Narita between my 9PM flight and 6AM domestic flight the next day.

    Any suggestions?

    Ideally Id like somewhere with decent airport transfers at that time.
     
  20. gmphoto

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    http://www.japanican.com/en/hotel/detail/4209003/?ar=B01

    Haven't stayed there yet (05/02/15) but comes highly recommended. Shuttle starts at 0430 but only to one terminal - don't know which one you are flying from.

    Good luck.
     

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