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MikeHattsu

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I don't really know what touts is, but it doesn't sound good.
There's people on the streets trying to get you into bars and clubs (and even more seedier places, since its Kabukicho). They're just annoying since they sometimes follow you for a while and won't take no for an answer. And you should always say no unless you want to at best get ripped off or at worst get robbed and/or drugged. It's cheaper-ish to stay there than other places in Shinjuku though, and it's less seedy than it used to be.
 

TheAggroCraig

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So it looks like my 2020 trip is going to land in late November, so I'll be staying through US Thanksgiving (I forget if I've already posted this lol)

How does that seem like for travel time there? I know the holiday isn't celebrated there, but I'm curious if that cuts down/is a worse time to travel with a lot of people or something. Still trying to decide where to stay, but instead of one place like last time it'll be multiple since I'll be doing a Kyoto/Osaka trip as well. I'll also have 4-5 others traveling with me so we'll need a larger place or multiple rooms depending on what we decide.
 

Reanimatoin

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I don't really know what touts is, but it doesn't sound good. Any other places in the Shinjuku are that is more recommended?
I've never played a Yakuza game. Is it bad??
No lol, that's just where the games take place. It's like saying is New York bad because GTA takes place there.

Kabuki-cho is the entertainment district of Shinjuku, lots of bars, restaurants, clubs and other fun shenanigans. A tout is someone on the street who approaches you to try to get you into their club, just tell them no and theyll leave you alone most of the time.
 

Laevateinn

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Tourists mostly hang around the southern parts like around Godzilla head, Robot Restaurant and Golden Gai though. Move more north towards where all the love hotels and such are and there's fewer tourists.
Maybe it's because I live in Chicago but it always seems funny to me that people think any part is that sketchy. I'm probably missing something because I don't drink so my ability to be ripped off is lessened.
 
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MikeHattsu

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A group of people I know got ripped off. Think one of them still posts on this forum as well. Couldn't believe that they were that stupid, especially since one of them lives in Tokyo :p
 

Valkerion

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Maybe it's because I live in Chicago but it always seems funny to me that people think any part is that sketchy. I'm probably missing something because I don't drink so my ability to be ripped off is lessened.
Most of the shady people in Japan won't bother with tourists/foreigners and in turn most tourists/foreigners tend to not know lol. Japan really isn't dangerous for foreigners especially even the "bad spots" are filled with tourists. But yeah its not like the Yakuza video games or anything where there are roaming bands of dudes looking to fight, even in areas like Kabi-cho which are "famous" for their red lightness. Particularly if you don't drink lol.

I mean, if you wanna see it get real, real quick, wait around a drinking area between 3~5AM and throw a random object at one of the fancy cars with dark tint waiting outside the various bars/clubs... then it might get a bit more Chicago-y haha.
 

Rahvar

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Starting in June/July ANA will start flying directly between Stockholm and Haneda. Won't have to go to Copenhagen or Helsinki first and can skip Narita. #blessed :p
 

AllenShrz

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Just came back from Tomamu (Hokkaido).... Holy shhh!

It was deserted, no tourist, let be the airports, the hotels, the restaurants or the slopes.

Coronavirus plus the most hot winter in decades desimated the tourism over here. The melting snow, hot weather (in frebruary no less!) and the chance to get a virus sure can do some damage.
 

SpottieO

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My wife and I were planning on buying tickets this week for a trip to Japan in late May to June. We’re a little worried about how coronavirus might impact that. Should we go ahead and purchase our tickets? It’s 3.5 months away so maybe all this virus stuff will die down.
 

ninnanuam

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I've got a basic itinerary done.

Friday: Fly into Narita, but earlier. Go to Tokyo meet up with some friends.

Saturday: Long trip to Matsue, probably too long really. Leaving around 8am should get there around 3. Check out Hearn Museum and the castle.

Sunday: Early start, unsure if I am going to day trip to Izumo or Sakaiminato or just spend the day in Matsue.

Monday: Off to Kyoto. I wasn't going to stay Osaka or Kyoto but Its four hours from Matsue by train and thats about as much as i want to do per day (trip to Matsue aside). I'm planning on stopping in Kurashiki so I'll be getting into Kyoto late.

Tuesday: Off to Toyama early. Stopping for an hour or four along the way. Going up the coast. Toyama is just a place to sleep. The stops along the coast are the reason for this leg.

Wednesday: Early morning trip takayama I wanted to see Takayama last time but didn't get there.

Thursday: leaving late on Thursday to head back to Tokyo.

Thursday to Monday in Tokyo.
 

DeusOcha

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So everything set up; have a visa, got a plane ticket, and going to book a hotel. Issue is that checkin is at 1500 and I land at Haneda at 0500. Is it possible to visit the nearby hotel to checkin luggage and then take a shuttle back to airport to get some snooze in?
 

thepenguin55

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Is Kawasaki worth visiting? It came onto my radar because I'll be in Tokyo for Halloween and there's the Kawasaki Halloween festival at Kawasaki station on October 27th. It seems like good food won't be hard to find anywhere I go in Japan and I'm sure Kawasaki has a museum there which could be interesting but is there anything around there beyond that stuff that anyone would really suggest checking out or should I pass on Kawasaki?
 

TheAggroCraig

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Is Kawasaki worth visiting? It came onto my radar because I'll be in Tokyo for Halloween and there's the Kawasaki Halloween festival at Kawasaki station on October 27th. It seems like good food won't be hard to find anywhere I go in Japan and I'm sure Kawasaki has a museum there which could be interesting but is there anything around there beyond that stuff that anyone would really suggest checking out or should I pass on Kawasaki?
I only went to Kawasaki for the warehouse arcade which closed back in November, it seemed very lively on a Friday night but I didn't really venture too much. I almost got stuck there too because I had no idea the majority of trains stopped at midnight so we had to run to another station or get stuck there for the night lmao
 

DeusOcha

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Not if you stay in the landside area.

It might be cheaper to just store your luggage at Haneda though:
Thank you! That's actually a great idea (and service I now know about) of having folks just hold onto luggage for X amount of time at anytime.More comfortable in knowing I can take a snooze with just a backpack instead of being surrounded by my 3-4 suitcases that I have to keep an eye on at all times.
 

Razgriz417

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damnit, looks like my friends and I are cancelling our end of March trip to Japan. Friend's wife had a coworker just return from japan and her work imposed a 14 day quarantine on her, tell her to use sick/pto or take it unpaid, not allowing her to return to the office. Spooked my friends wife as she just started the role a few months ago and cannot work remote. With all our Asian parents telling us to cancel, looks like I won't be going this year :/

I think the scare is overblown but with 1/2 of our group worried they will be quarantined and unable to work from home after the trip, looks like we have no choice
 

kami_sama

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Oct 26, 2017
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So I'm planning on going this year again, but last time I went to a friend's apartment, so I didn't need to get a place in Tokyo.
What do you recommend for looking for accommodations?
 

Mendrox

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damnit, looks like my friends and I are cancelling our end of March trip to Japan. Friend's wife had a coworker just return from japan and her work imposed a 14 day quarantine on her, tell her to use sick/pto or take it unpaid, not allowing her to return to the office. Spooked my friends wife as she just started the role a few months ago and cannot work remote. With all our Asian parents telling us to cancel, looks like I won't be going this year :/

I think the scare is overblown but with 1/2 of our group worried they will be quarantined and unable to work from home after the trip, looks like we have no choice
Damn that sucks. :(
 
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Alarmed by the significant rise in noise expected to come with new low-altitude flight paths using Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, residents are calling for scrapping the plan.

In test flights conducted by the transport ministry between Jan. 30 and Wednesday, noise in Kawasaki ran as high as 87 to 94 decibels, louder than inside a pachinko parlor, according to data released by the ministry.

The reading was the highest among 19 test locations in Tokyo and Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures.

A ministry official said the reading was within their expectations, considering the location of the city.

The maximum noise level at an elementary school in Ota Ward, Tokyo, adjacent to Kawasaki, reached 76 to 85 decibels, equivalent to levels in gaming arcades, the data showed.

At an elementary school in Minato Ward and an office of the Tokyo’s waterworks bureau in Shinagawa Ward, over which aircraft will fly low during their landing approach, the reading hit as high as 78 to 81 decibels.

While saying that it will continue to analyze the impact, the ministry has no plans to change its schedule to start the new flight routes on March 29 in line with an increase in the number of international flights at Haneda.
 

TheAggroCraig

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damnit, looks like my friends and I are cancelling our end of March trip to Japan. Friend's wife had a coworker just return from japan and her work imposed a 14 day quarantine on her, tell her to use sick/pto or take it unpaid, not allowing her to return to the office. Spooked my friends wife as she just started the role a few months ago and cannot work remote. With all our Asian parents telling us to cancel, looks like I won't be going this year :/

I think the scare is overblown but with 1/2 of our group worried they will be quarantined and unable to work from home after the trip, looks like we have no choice
This is absolute bullshit, and I'm sorry for all parties involved
 

Lapsed

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Oct 31, 2017
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Me and my friends are going to book a place to live tomorrow, but the problem is that looking at a map of Tokyo is impossible when you are used to looking at your own much smaller city's map. We want to live in central Tokyo, preferably close to Golden Gai. Is Shinjuku the place to stay or is there another place that is more recommended?
My friends and I stayed near Shinjuku Gyoemmae station which is not that far a walk to Golden Gai and places like that.

To be honest though, Golden Gai etc are fun but I had just as much if not more fun in these areas. Just check out any small places you see around and see what happens. I went to a little izakaya near that station, enjoyed talking with the chefs and ended up partying til 5 am with them as we went from bar to bar.
 
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MikeHattsu

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Looks like you'll be able to buy the JR Pass directly from JR online from June 1st:

It will let you buy an JR Pass up to 1 month from the first usage date. The new website will also allow you to book reserved seats.

Unfortunately it's more expensive than buying an exchange order though, and you can't buy it from this new website if you've got a Japanese passport and have lived outside Japan for 10 years like the exchange order.

From the same date you'll also be able to use any JR Pass on automatic ticket gates and also reserve seats at seat reservation ticket machines, so that's good.
 

mantis

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Will the prices stay the same? Or will they also finally be increased? Always found it odd that they never did that since I started going to Japan. Not that I complain. :D
 

Mendrox

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From the same date you'll also be able to use any JR Pass on automatic ticket gates and also reserve seats at seat reservation ticket machines, so that's good.
What? No waiting for people anymore at gates?! Nice.

Will the prices stay the same? Or will they also finally be increased? Always found it odd that they never did that since I started going to Japan. Not that I complain. :D
As Mike said, prices already went up a few months ago.
 
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MikeHattsu

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Them prices over the decade for the exchange order:




And the price if you buy while in Japan/at the new JR website: