Japan? Japan!

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  1. mtma

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    I actually meant moreso on a relative scale, there's things to do there but if it's not necessarily your interest it can leave you with a bit of 'seen it before' kind of feeling if you have visited some of the other more glitzed up famous places. (kind of stuffed just refers to how planning to do the tour in Aichi leads one typically to stay in Nagoya for practical reasons)

    For example I could probably do the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park in Nagoya and Omiya Rail Museum in Tokyo on the same trip and not find one or the other boring, but someone less interested could feel that it is a double up where one is less impressive than the other (In this case the factor would be on whether the person found steam trains or fast modern trains more interesting).
     
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    Missed the last train out of Ginza last night by 6min (one last drink / famous last words), had to catch a Shinkansen back to Kobe today so staying out for the night wasn't an option. I'm a tightarse and didn't want to pay for an uber/taxi as Google was saying it was a 3hr stroll back to the hotel.

    At a decent pace/jog I thought I could knock that down to 2hrs so decided to give it a go, ended up taking 4hrs at said pace! It was bloody tempting not to "borrow" one of the hundreds of unchained bikes along the way, but I didn't want to be that kind of tourist. It was mostly a nice route, would have made a good dawn bike ride.
     
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  3. Boneman

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    Do you know how to break a bicycle lock? ;)
     
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    Wouldn't have needed to, only about 50% appeared to be locked.
     
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    You can easily take off the ring lock anyways, just need a screwdriver. People also use the handle of umbrellas to bust it open.
     
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    I think the ring lock is more used to stop the 'oh I thought that one was mine' moments at the local supermarket.
     
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    It also stops drunk people stealing my bike. ;) But seriously, the last thing you want is getting caught with a bike not registered in your name/family member.
     
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    I just read that after 10 years they completed the restoration of a major part of the castle. The castle is located quite central in the city, easy to get there, and it's impressive.

    Nagoya Castle’s Honmaru Palace set to reopen June 1
     
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    For D1GP @ Tsukuba I am thinking of renting a bike and riding it from Sodo (hour walk). Last time I was at Tsukuba I walked there and took the taxi back. The hour walk doesn't bother me too much but having a bike wold be better.

    Taking a bike on the train I assume is a big nono, would it be possible to rent one in Moriya? The train from Soda > Moriya is extremely quiet and single carriage from memory but if it's really against the rules I'll walk it.

    Alternatively we could rent a car for a day and drive it up there, both will likely end up costing similar.
     
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    It was in the high 4's where we are near Kobe, the kids were a bit scared as I gave them a crash course on where to take shelter. It's my first experience of a proper earthquake, I was surprised at how loud the low frequency rumbling was.
     

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