Discussion in 'Holidays & Travel' started by chainbolt, May 29, 2012.
There will be no way around it, if they need a Credit Card you will have to produce one.
I meant more, how to obtain credit card with yens
You need to apply in Australia, no yens required.
Oh, I can just use an Australian credit card there? Cool. I think CBA do a pre-paid one.
I"m sure someone else can answer better, but I know of particular services that reject prepaid credit cards.
I would never rely on one. The whole point of a credit card is they can charge what they need to on there, that won't happen with a prepaid card.
A standard Visa/Mastercard with your name on it and a matching valid passport will be the golden ticket.
Damn, I hate holding credit cards and they affect my buying power for houses... but hell for 2 weeks who cares!
That sounds easy then.
Current plan is Osaka to Ehime.
What should I see around Ehime, Mr Bonerman? Anything interesting? Coastal routes etc? I think i'll head 6 hours south on that first day... stay somewhere... explore the day after that... stay there then head north to get to the Tokyo Drift rounabout a few days after that, then leave and head back down to Osaka...
Should I be overly concerned who I buy the JR Pass from? I've been using Japan Guide a lot and the mob they link to (I assume they're affiliated in some way) seem ok.
The price seems competitive compared to a few others I've checked and I'm happy for them to get a bit of kick back given the use I've gotten out of Japan Guide. I guess what I'm wondering is are most JR Pass sellers trustworthy?
I saw mention earlier in this thread recommending the Green pass, $200pp extra for a 14 day pass feels a bit too rich for my blood but we'll be doing a fair bit of travel. A round trip of Tokyo to Fukuoka and back, time in Osaka and Kyoto with a couple side trips to Miyajima and Takayama. Any thoughts, the standard carriages look pretty decent, the seats look not that dissimilar to budget plane seats, I am relatively tall at 186cm, would they be a bit cramped for me?
The legroom in standard seating is considerably more spacious if you compare it to airline seating. The spacing between seats is so large that it makes it possible to sit face to face and still have acceptable legroom. I'm not sure of the exact width, it's probably about as big as a normal full back computer chair- more along the lines of Qantas sized rather than Jetstar. If you're only tall standard seating will probably be more than acceptable.
In Green class, the seats are considerably wider and a little bit more legroom - a recliner type experience - away from the bustle in busy times and there are also some service differences but these aren't really that substantial.
Having said that I've mostly travelled without the JR pass on the Nozomi Shinkansen so there wasn't really much 'tourist mayhem' to be observed.
Also keep in mind for the Sanyo Shinkansen (the Osaka-Kyushu) part, that Green class isn't necessarily available on the permitted Shinkansen trains.
Thanks yeah I was just reading about the Sanyo line but I think we would be catching the Sakura and this seems to imply it's only the Hikari and Kodama on the Sanyo line that don't have Green.
There are no Green Cars on most “HIKARI” and “KODAMA” trains on the Sanyo Shinkansen line (Shin-Osaka~Hakata), or on some “SAKURA” and “TSUBAME” Series 800 trains on the Kyushu Shinkansen line.
Anyway it sounds like Ordinary class will be fine.
Any ideas regarding buying the pass?
The extra $200 for Green is actually very worthwhile, no hassles about getting seats/baggage storage, it's just easier all round to be honest. If you do lots of train trips, you will get your money's worth. With regards to sellers, difference between retailers in Australia is minimal, get it from where you feel comfortable - the retailer I bought it from in Sydney (travel agent at Kinokunya book shop) was excellent. No reason for them to not be trustworthy.
What XAJIM says about Green cars. Worth every cent when you have reserved seats, sick of being on your feet and want some peace and quiet.
We have always used HIS Travel (for 3 trips so far) to buy our passes from and have only ever had the Green Pass - if you consider it is slightly less than $30/day and there maybe times you will use that 'down time' (travel time) to rest and recharge before the next destination eating the station bought bento boxes, it is well worth it as the seats are far more comfortable, allow for more leg room and often the moist towel can make a difference. We did sleep during some of our journeys and would awaken afresh at our next destination;
For currency exchange we always did it here in Australia and you should use 'Crown Currency Exchange' as a baseline, ring the different outlets and you will get different rates - ask them 'What is the best rate for xxxxxxxx?";
The green option does seem interesting.
Is there room for full size luggage though?
My research online seems to show that you are unlikely to have room for more then carry on luggage in the luggage storage areas.
I'll be in a group of four and we'll probably all want full size luggage transportation if possible.
Both the economy and Green Class will have overhead luggage racks. But the Green Class will have more room due to larger seats;
Just to be clear Green Class is not the Gran Class and after days/weeks of travel you start to look at those with envy;
Yes but from the photos, they don't seem to be able to safely carry a full size luggage case. Does that sound right?
We never had the full size as we had a home base;
Ah ok, seems like I need to invest in smaller luggage as I'll be traveling around Japan and I'll need to bring everything with me.
That is in each Green Car the last row does have a gap for the Full Size suitcases at times people put them in front of them and or in the aisle (but they have to get moved when the trolley ladies come).
Yeah I saw the photos.
The thing is it seems risky, if the space is already taken you either can't take the train or you have to pay for your luggage to be shipped.
I'd rather be confident about having space.