Japan? Japan!

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

  1. Ratzz

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    Curiosity.. this is chainy's thread originally. He hasn't posted anything that I can find since October 24th?

    Where is Chainbolt???
     
  2. GoneFishin22

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    Having a break - long or short I can't ascertain - someone said he landed another job/role and time constraints had shifted.

    Here is a really good Karate movie from Japan:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1084019/

    Black Belt (2007)
    Kuro-obi (original title)
     
  3. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

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    learning japanese from your missus is helping i think :p
     
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    So i thought id update on how it went.

    landed on time at 7pm, was out of customs by 7.50pm, caught the bus from t3 to t2, got narita express and shinkansen tickets in t2 at the JR Rail booth to save time in tokyo station, got the narita express at around 8.30pm to tokyo station (about 50min), which gave us enough time to get a bite to eat in tokyo station before getting on the 10:04pm shinkansen. got to nagano just before midnight, and there were a few cabs at the rank at nagano station. 18,000yen cab ride later, got to hakuba about 1.30am.

    worked perfectly, thankfully.

    did similar in reverse. got the 10.20am bus from hakuba bus terminal to nagano, with about 30min to spare before the 12:26 shinkansen to tokyo station. 10min to transfer to narita express, then to the airport around 3.30pm for checkin for our 5pm flight. was a bit easier since we were flying out of t2 (where the narita express stops, as opposed to t3 where you have to get the short shuttle bus to transfer from t2-t3).

    gotta love japanese efficiency.
     
  5. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

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    remember when taking the shinkansen to buy an ekiben / boxed meal. they make the trip fun and it's pretty much customary to do so.
     
  6. blankpaper

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    the train i was on, no one else was eating... is it only certain times of day? :confused: i was starting to wonder if it was a no drinks/food carriage or something until i noticed the cup holders.
     
  7. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

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    i don't believe so.
     
  8. mtma

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    FYI, eating on the Shinkansen is normally permitted and optional, not compulsory :lol:

    Generally even in the busy times not that many people will actually be eating on the train.
     
  9. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

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    customary != compulsory. it just makes the trip fun and you get to try local delicacies.
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Not sure but if it were then that would make it all the more awesome.
     
  13. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

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    depending on the location it varies between march to may.

    after doing a bit of quick googling.
     
  14. mtma

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    If you're planning in advance for a week or so trip then you want to be there around the mid of April and travel through south to north, which for the most part guarantees that you'll probably pass through a location where they are out in full bloom (or chase them if that is your plan). The forecasts can move a bit.

    Also Golden Week starts the 29th of April, so be prepared for accoms being booked out in popular locations. May offset the cheapness of the flight altogether!
     
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    I saw it mentioned last year, but no definitive answers.... Internet, sim card or portable 4g router rental device? I'll be in the country for 2 weeks in May, mainly doing touristy stuff in Tokyo, Nikko, Mt Fuji and Kyoto.

    I usually refer to the prepaid data sim card wiki but there are far too many options for Japan, so would prefer to take someone's recommendation first. :thumbup:
     
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    where's a recommended place to buy travel passes (rail/bus passes) from ?
    Im located in Sydney.. leaving on 29th April.
     
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    6 years old on the Skyliner will need to pay a child's fare. On regular non-reserved seat trains (Yamanote, Chuo etc.) you will need to buy a child's ticket at the machine.

    You can also get a child's PASMO/SUICA card but you need to fill out some paperwork at a ticket office. No idea how easy it is but should be doable from either airport.

    The child's ticket makes a chirping sound when it goes through so dont use it on yourself ;)
     
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    On all the info.. they say child is 6 years or older... and no specific info for kids under 6. Does that mean kids under 6 is free?
     

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