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

  1. hlokk

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    Sounds like you may be looking for something only available in Japan
     
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  2. Ronald Reagan

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    I did a write-up of my experience at music bars in Japan here if anyone is interested: https://www.stereonet.com/forums/topic/298991-my-experience-at-music-bars-in-japan/
    Also, on the last night of my travels I stumbled upon a bar in Narita called Jet Lag Club. Surreal night drinking with pilots before their early morning flights...crazy to think this happens regularly but was one of the wildest nights of my life. I know a few of you who peruse this thread are pilots (e.g. Zee, if I remember correctly) so wondering if you guys have ever checked out the place?
     
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    Indeed. Despite the recent relaxing (as of beginning this month) of some immigration restrictions for students and business travelers, there is no way that they let anybody in for tourism.
     
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    Weekend trip to Kyoto!
     

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  5. Urbansprawl

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    Booked tickets to Tokyo for October, I reckon there's about a 30 to 50% chance the trip will happen.
     
  6. Gunna

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    yeah their quarantine requirements are pretty strict considerng their case numbers. I'm hoping it opens soon though - need to get over for a work trip.
     
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  7. TheWedgie

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    I jumped on a ADL-MEL-NRT QF/JL Business Reward flight for Jan 2023.

    Fingers crossed, although seems they're refundable/changeable anyway.
     
  8. Urbansprawl

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    Oh yeah keeping everything refundable.
     
  9. Sciby

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    So I heard a rumour (Chainy, you can confirm/deny from what you've heard) that the Japanese government is allegedly make a statement on the 28th of Feb about opening the borders up further... but take it with a grain of salt.
     
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  10. fredhoon

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    Need to home quarantine for a week instead of 2 weeks in a hotel is what I heard yesterday (for fully vaxxed).

    To long for our family to be couped up with the in-laws, will need to wait until quarantine is reduced to a few days.
     
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    Not really. It seems the quarantine time has been / will be reduced. The max of entries per day has been raised form 3,500 to 5,000. But they still only let "residents" in/back. No tourists. For business, the visa processing seems to be still very, very slow.
     
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    Landed in HND today (sadly, not getting to leave the airport as I'm in Transit) but it is rather interesting to see all the fuss.

    People staying in Japan depart the plane first, then those that are in transit get escorted to a security check area.

    Looking forward to the time I can do my 1-2 day stop overs again on my way to final my destination. Seriously miss going nuts on food in Tokyo all night benders.

    Z...
     
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    It so annoying. The quarantine has been reduced, afaik. But still, it takes additional time. I think I will leave/return to Japan only when all this is gone.
     
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    It was a total ghost town at Henada - 8pm and everything was closed. Fortunately, I still have lounge access, and the ANA lounge was open (though I noticed JAL was not). One good thing is that immigration is probably quick to clear, as there were hardly any passengers.

    I landed at LAX about an hour ago, and I've never gotten through immigration and customs as quickly before. No documents, no forms... Basically you now do all the work at home on your laptop, submit at check in, and the rest is easy. This part is kinda nice.

    I'm flying for work though, I wouldn't have bothered for personal, though you can bet the second Japan opens up I'll be on the first flight I can buy a reasonably priced ticket for - along with my Japan-obsessed 11yo daughter.

    Z...
     
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    In this regard, I fear, another problem is coming our way. Many airlines have reduced the number of planes they operate. And once COVID is gone, there will be an avalanche of people who want to fly out, demand will vastly outstrip supply. I fear no cheap tickets for a some time.

    For me, it's even worse: In the first years of my stay in Japan, it was still Cold War, and the airspace over Siberia was off limits. From Japan to Europe, it was over the north pole with a refueling stop at Anchorage. In total 16 hours. Since 1992, flights are going over Siberia, with a flight time of around 11 hours. Now, due to Russia's war against Ukraine, all Russian planes are banned from western airspace, and consequently Russia has closed their airspace as well.
     
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    Could be back to the days of an extra stop in Dubai or Abu Dhabi like it used to be back in the 80's.


    In terms of aircraft, there are a lot of them sitting in the desert in Nevada, pretty much ready to fire up again. Just depends on how quickly demand ramps up, and what the appetite for risk is.

    Z...
     
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    Don't wait too long. Given the very favorable JPY/AUD rate, it's now a buyer's paradise for tourists.
     
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    Can tourists get a visa to enter Japan yet? Last I looked into this is was residents and business travellers only (however this may have been the quarantine requirements).

    My family are desperately awaiting quarantine free travel to Japan, 6 in a hotel for even a few days won't work.
     
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    Unfortunately this is true. Additionally, for business, residents, or family members, the entry procedure is still extremally annoying and time taking. Basically, the only thing that changed is that you can now "self isolate" at home and use public transportation from the airport.
     

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