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Discussion in 'Holidays & Travel' started by chainbolt, May 29, 2012.

  1. Aziraphale

    Aziraphale Member

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    I told him about ten minutes ago how excited I am getting about Japan and he immediately replied, 'Yeah! Pokemon Cafe!', so I had to tell him. In the same sentence I told him about the Gundam Cafe. He was sad for about a second but is all, 'Yeah! Gundam Cafe!' now. :rolleyes:

    I've heard it's a bit average but we are both fans so it will be worthwhile just to tick it off the list. Definitely excited about the 1:1 Gundam though.

    Does anyone know if the Akihabara go-carts have two person carts I can drive my son in?
     
  2. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Just curious.

    Something weird must have been going on because previously it read Tokyo, then it disappeared temporarily for a day or so, then it read Tokyo again. Wow, very very strange indeed.
     
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    It's true, the so called rain season is more affecting the western parts of Japan, like Kyushu, Shikoku and the western part of Honshu. But again: I would not be concerned too much. That's not like monsoon season in SEA.
     
  4. bl4ck32

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    Kachidoki bridge. Other side is Tsukiji markets....right near where we stayed. Nice part of Tokyo from what we saw
     
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    heheh, a few hundreds meters from the place where I live. It looks like you stayed in Tsukishima.
     
  6. Tinian

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    :thumbup: The Snow Festival is excellent. Good food, great beer, awesome sculptures.
     
  7. bl4ck32

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    Just over from there in Kachidoki. Was a great spot. Will be going back to stay there when we travel back to Japan.
     
  8. RyoSaeba

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    The scallops and the squid... oh man how i wish i can have grilled squid right now... :upset:
     
  9. Boneman

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    Nice to have spring finally arrive. Last winter seemed more annoying than usual. :o
     
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    Yep, and usually cold. :thumbdn:
     
  11. GreasyBear

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    Has anyone rented an ETC card in Japan?
     
  12. fredhoon

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    It's a while since I've been in Japan, has anything changed (for the better) with regard to pre-paid sims for 30days? Is renting a pocket WiFi rental still the best value for a few Gig of mobile internet and occasional calls (via VoIP)?


    I haven't rented one individually, however it was an option when hiring a vehicle through toocoo.
     
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  13. SCwerTA

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    Most electronic stores sell prepaid data sim cards, which is usually good enough with skype/IM/voip/google maps. Here's one of them targeted for travellers. https://t.iijmio.jp/en/.

    However, you'll need a residence (zairyu) card if you want voice calling/SMS and a phone number.


    On a side note, I'll be moving to Tokyo for 12 months on secondment in May/June. Looking forward to it :D
     
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    A car rental service will provide you with an ETC card reader, but not with an ETC card. The ETC card is an add-on on to your credit card, because the fees
    are paid by credit card.

    http://www.go-etc.jp/english/cards/

    I don't think that without a Japanese credit card, you will get an ETC card.
     
  15. GreasyBear

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    yeah, the rental company didn't offer one, so i guess it'll be cash tolls.
     
  16. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Renting an apartment for the duration? Do you have a place back here?
     
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    Inconvenient, but not such a big problem. :p
     
  18. Qtr_Mile_Stud

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    Hi all

    Need some recommendations on where to go and stay in Kyoto and Osaka

    Have been to Tokyo before but not the above

    Any advice would be appreciated thanks !!
     
  19. SCwerTA

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    I'll be renting an apartment near my office. Luckily its pretty much on the edge of Tokyo(Hachioji - inaka!) so rental is much cheaper compared to Tokyo proper (23-ku).
     
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    A zillions of possibilities depending on your budget and interests.

    http://www.japan-guide.com/
     

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