Discussion in 'Holidays & Travel' started by chainbolt, May 29, 2012.
Big thumbs up to All Seasons Coffee after a big night out, for the record.
just samnple everything from 7/11 , lawsons or family mart . great for travelling when you can just stock up on sandwichs and cheap asahi for trains etc . Really handy with fussy kids . they loved the crustless sandwiches :|
Has anyone done a small group food tour in Tokyo that they'd recommend?
I've now got a group of 8 for the first leg of next year's trip, and the one we did in Osaka last year was brilliant, if not just so it's one less dinner I have to arrange.
So I am back in one piece from Japan, what is the etiquette for pic & insight sharing?
Not sure there are any, if you've got a bunch of pics maybe chuck in an album somewhere.
Tokyo Return Flights from $640 - MEL, $657 - SYD (Nonstop Flights)
Always keen to see some pics - maybe do 4-5 per post with descriptions and do 1-2 posts a day but also as above an album if you have heaps with an external link.
I'll post some if you do...........
Melbourne to Tokyo (via Gold Coast) from $366 Return on Jetstar
Tokyo/Osaka from Melbourne $448/$466, Sydney $414/$464, Cairns $299, Adelaide $498 Return @ Jetstar new
Just booked late July, Osaka return.
Paid $560 once all said and done with their extras and meals and insurance
Only taking 7KG carry on, nothing more
Plan is to hire a motorbike, ride around for a week then come back home
Now what? I don't speak nintendo
Don't really need to. I get by with the ability to order beer, food, cigarettes and saying excuse me, thank you. If it's not in pictures, written in English, someone will assist anyway.
Welp, if all goes to plan I have an Iron 883 for the week
How about hotels and stuff? I don't really do this whole booking in advance thing, can I just rock up and grab a room?
My wife takes care of all that - you could practise 'Kon'nichiwa, kūshitsu wa arimasu ka?' Not perfect traditional Japanese, but the bluntness would be more than acceptable in Osaka.
Plan is to ride - whereever heh. I want to ride thtrough the Tokyo drift intersection if at all possible...
This works in most city areas, I've been getting around for years knowing only pleasantries.
If you're heading out of the cities to non tourist spots, get a SIM with good coverage and use Google Translate if you get stuck. Even if they can't speak English, most Japanese people behind a desk or counter will bend over backwards to help you.
Also if you're riding off the beaten track take cash, there's some great little mountain roads with little old men sitting in a toll booth in the middle of nowhere that exchange cash for a carbon duplicate receipt and passage through the twisty hills.
Good point - always carry cash. They love cash, just like they love faxes.
Is Japan a pretty safe country?
Japan is a very safe country D, long story short, my wife and I traveled there a couple of years back. She thought a "shifty looking bloke" outside a convenience store had nicked her iPad. I assured her, she was mistaken and that we were in Japan, they aren't thieves. Turned out, she'd left the iPad on the counter at our accommodation. On our return, the staff handed it back saying that she'd left it on the front counter. We've only been there once, but it is that safe. We loved it and I can't wait to go back!
From a crime perspective; you have seen the Dr.Who police boxes well Japan has a lot of micro police stations widely distributed (bigger than those boxes but that sort of concept) throughout high density areas - so they are readily available if issues arise. Personally I feel a lot safer there than in Australia but they do have some dodgy places - seem to be a lot fewer than in Australia and in general the populace is a lot nosier (in a good way) and pay a lot of attention in their local neighborhoods and will call the police far more readily than over here.
With the Olympics coming up they will be even more vigilant about safety.
Japan is on the ring of fire and there is a far higher risk of, than in Australia;
I experienced a typhoon once and was shitting bricks but the inlaws (all Japanese) were ridiculously relaxed and still had windows open etc.
I need a credit card to hire a motorcycle. says specifically no debit cards.
I was planning on just turning up with a fistful of yens
How can I get around this requirement?