- Oct 27, 2017
Anyone have recommendations for which pocket WiFi service to rent? Need it for 7 or 8 days in Tokyo area. iVideo appears to be the cheapest?
Wifi rental has good prices for good speeds.
I just walked around the Nartia airport and picked one up there. Didn't order ahead of time. Ended up being like 6000 yen for a week (something like that).
Aww, I had just heard about this from a Kowloon documentary too.That arcade in Kawasaki is closing down:
Located in Kawasaki, the arcade Anata no Warehouse (“Your Warehouse”) was designed to look like Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City. The multistory arcade is one of the most unusual in Japan. Make that, was.kotaku.com
So far only karaage and tonkatsu curry. Will try okonomiyaki at the tiny place just outside the hotel tonight.
I got okonomiyaki. I don't eat omelettes so it was a bit different, but generally okay. I had it with pork and a garlic sauce.
I'm liking the sound of that karaage and tonkatsu curry.
I'm no expert with my lone trip, but I'd do one day less in Tokyo (possibly two), and add one day in Kyoto (or 1/2 Kyoto, 1/2 Nara). It's seriously overwhelming the among of stuff (mainly temples/gardens) in Kyoto. And Tōdai-ji in Nara is probably the most impressive temple I've seen (and the deers are fun).Booked my flight! 14 days at the end of February, starting to plan my itinerary. Initial idea was 5 days in Tokyo at the start at 2 at the end, then in between head to the usuals, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima. I know Kyoto and Osaka are relatively close together, but would like to stay in each so I'm not worried about last trains if I head out for drinks. How does this look:
13th - 18th - Flight, Tokyo
19th - Tokyo to Hiroshima, early train
20th - Hiroshima to Osaka, late train
21st - Osaka
22nd - Osaka to Kyoto, late train
23rd - Kyoto
24th - Kyoto to Tokyo
25th - 27th - Tokyo, flight
We arrive the same day! I haven't really done any planning besides what city I'll be in though.Any more obscure ideas for areas to check out in mid-late November? I'm headed for my 9th (!) trip next month and while I've got some parts of it planned out I'm always up for interesting day-trip like ideas for things that are beyond the norm. I haven't gone in Autumn before so I'm looking forward to the colors despite it being pushed back a bit this year.
Itinerary so far:
Nov 16-17: Tokyo
Nov 17-18: Train to Sendai, stop in Utsunomiya (gyoza!)
Nov 18-20: Train to Aomori, possibly stop at Tashirojima (cats) on the first day, possibly do some hiking around Aomori
Nov 20-22: Train to Sapporo, stop at Hakodate
Nov 22: Fly from Sapporo->Osaka
Nov 22-24: Kyoto (Despite the frequent trips there are some things I haven't seen and some things I'd like to see during fall colors)
Nov 24-Dec 3
Considering going as far as Kagoshima since I haven't been there before, also considering spending 3-5 days in Shikoku as I've never explored there. Likely end up back in Tokyo for the last few days before I fly out.
* Hikes, museums, arcades, food, historical sights, castles, gardens
Relying on transit to get around (no car rental planned/no international drivers permit)
We arrive the same day! I haven't really done any planning besides what city I'll be in though.
I'll definitely start figuring things out this week.
Edit: Oh shit. I just reviewed everything. Looks like I booked a flight back to Tokyo on the 26th. Now I need to figure out if it's better to adjust my hotel reservations or change the flight.
If you're thinking of going to the gardens then it's closed tomorrow. Some roads will be closed down as well:
I spent a day there before and felt like I didn't get to see much of it. I wanted to give it a better go this time. One thing I'm thinking of doing is making a detour to Kita-Kyushu and seeing Ganryu Island which is where Miyamoto Musashi killed a dude with an oar.
The price to fly to Japan is where the major hit to your budget will be + the JR pass if you want to go outside of Tokyo. Food wise, if you don't go for the high end stuff, you do well. Like a decent bowl of Udon is like 2 US dollars. 2nd hand shops are really good from what I heard and I'll see for myself once I get there in late Nov.
Sure. Start planning around new years or so. Most of the budget will be spent on flights and a place to stay so you'll need to check prices for that from wherever you're at.
Closer to like ~6-8 USD for that, but yeah.
Don't piss off the monks :P
lol when I was picking a place, I saw one bragging about being the only westerner priest at one of these temples and I very intentionally booked the other oneDon't piss off the monks :P
Who did you fly with and how was the hotel? Thanks :) I flew with AirAsia and it was as budget as you get, really cramped. I actually got my flights for 800 which includes select seats so it was a steal. But I think you can get stuff like Singapore Airlines for around 1000 and then are much...www.resetera.com
For Osaka, check out Super Potato Namba for old games. More impressive than the one in Akihabara. Hero Gang in Den Den Town is amazing for figures. Mandarake Grand Chaos was also pretty cool.My plan:
03.11 Osaka Food - arrival
04.11 Osaka Shin Sekai and more
05.11 Osaka Kumano Kodo
07.11 Hiroshima Day Tour Nagoya
10.11 Tokyo Mount Mitake
11.11 Tokyo Day Tour Yokohama
14.11 Tokyo - depart
We have some small plans for the other days, but if there are any other recommendations just let them keep coming in :)
It's my fourth time now so I've already done everything in Den Den for example, but thanks for the heads up :)For Osaka, check out Super Potato Namba for old games. More impressive than the one in Akihabara. Hero Gang in Den Den Town is amazing for figures. Mandarake Grand Chaos was also pretty cool.
Check out the aquarium if you haven't been to a big one. Also go to a Salon Mon Cher and try their fancy Dojima Roll.
The operator of the Hokuriku Shinkansen says it will operate nearly 90 percent of its bullet trains from Friday, when it resumes services on its entire route.
The Shinkansen line connects Tokyo and the city of Kanazawa in central Japan, via Nagano.
The line has been partially suspended since Typhoon Hagibis battered the region this month.
The firm says the number of trains will be reduced by 14 to 104, about 88 percent of its usual capacity, due to a shortage of cars.
The company says it will consider using trains it planned to use for another Shinkansen line on the Hokuriku line to resume usual service as soon as possible.
Tourists in Kyoto will no longer be able to take pictures in privately-owned alleys near one of the most photographed spots in the city. Locals say the ban has come after disrespect shown by some visitors.
An association of residents and shop owners in the Gion district imposed the ban on photography in private alleys near Hanamikoji street, effective on Friday.
The area's traditional stone pavements, restaurants and tea houses are a major tourist attraction.
Association members put up signs informing visitors of the ban.
They also handed out leaflets urging tourists to ask for permission before taking photos of geisha and maiko.
People will be fined 10,000 yen, or roughly 100 dollars, for taking photos in the private alleys without permission.