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Japan Travel Thread

Hi everyone,

This thread is intended for RFDers to share information / tips / pose questions regarding travelling to Japan.

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Booked 18 days in sept. Good deal. Thanks OP

As for travel discussion...
I think the basics of this thread will surround Pocket WIFI, JR Pass, Subway, Itinerary, etc.

Pocket Wifi Carriers (There are definitely more options than I list:
Usually they have 2 options - 1 super-fast but with limited bandwidth, 1 slower but unlimited bandwidth. Choose wisely! They ship the pocketwifi to the post office at the air port so you can pick up then. SOME have return envelopes some don't. For those that don't, return cost is your responsibility.
  • Global Advanced Communications
  • Japan Mobile
  • Telecom Square
  • PuPuRu
JR Pass:
I don't know an exceeding amount about the JR Pass, but I know once its activated, the days you can use it for are sequential (IE, bought 7 days, activate on a tuesday, it expires next tuesday). This pass works for all Major bullet train lines operated by JR, as well as some local subways. Make sure to research where you want to go and what subway lines to be sure this can be used. Typically it is said that if you are not travelling a long distance in Japan (IE Osaka to Tokyo) then a JR pass is not worth the money. It can be purchased in many places and you receive a voucher, which you must trade in at a JR office for the official pass. Some more info here: http://www.jrpass.com/how_to_use_the_japan_rail_pass

Other subways can be used by purchasing a SUICA or other subway pass. http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/suica.html#category10

As for Itinerary, a few things we are considering:
  • Many parks, shrines, etc.
  • Tokyo Skytree
  • Shinjuku (Night club district I think?)
  • Akihabara - Electric Town - Anime Nerd City
  • Harajuku - Fashion district
  • Tsukiji Fish Market - Fresh sushi!
  • Osaka Aquarium
This is what comes to mind right now... May add some more later
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Hi everybody!

Long time lurker, first time posting :p

Unfortunately, I won't be able to take part in this deal, but hopefully something similar comes up in 2017 when I plan on visiting Japan again.

Just wanted to leave some feedback/advice for those taking advantage of this great deal.

For pocket wifi, I'd recommend http://www.globaladvancedcomm.com/pocketwifi.html
Good prices and service. I rented the Standard Wifi unit in 2014 and it was great.
I would lose service only when going through tunnels while on the bullet train, otherwise very reliable (travelled from Tokyo as far west as Hiroshima).
Battery life was pretty good, just make sure to turn it off while charging overnight ;)
You can pick up/drop off at the airport or a hotel (return envelope included).

I'd definitely recommend bringing along a portable usb battery to keep your pocket wifi and other devices charged.

For the JR Rail Pass, I used the 1 week version and for my purposes it was worth it. Prices are the same pretty much anywhere you can order the vouchers as far as I know.
I got the standard fare pass, and never paid to upgrade to a reserved seat and it was fine for travel from mid-end of September.
You choose the start date of your pass when you redeem the pass voucher at the appropriate ticketing counter, so a little planning on when you'll actually be using the pass is suggested.

For anyone visiting Kyoto, a friend of mine runs two AirBnBs. His name is Akira and his English is pretty decent! Here are the links to the two properties:

https://www.airbnb.jp/rooms/9386573?bev ... 194819&s=3

https://www.airbnb.jp/rooms/11501659?be ... 194819&s=3

If anyone has any questions or whatnot feel free to get in touch with me. I love Japan and go out of my way to help anyone who has an interest in visiting.

Have a great trip!
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JR Pass doesn't include Nozomi (I got punted off of one that I took by accident) and Mizuho trains.

Kyoto is a must visit. Especially the temples and Gion (you will surely see Geiko girls).

While looking for lodging, AirBNB can be a solution however I recommend staying in a Japanese traditional hotel (ryokan). It is a cool experience.
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ckay1980 wrote:
May 5th, 2016 10:11 pm
If you are into console games and gadgets, the Tokyo game show is Sept 17-18
http://expo.nikkeibp.co.jp/tgs/2016/english/

Last time my husband went he got pokemon freebies and lots of other stuff, but that was like 10 years ago :P
Cant find any info about public tickets for this? Perhaps just not available yet?
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Must try would be a Michelin starred EDO sushi restaurant in Tokyo. You will never look at other regular sushi the same way again.
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Asakusa Temple is recommended in Tokyo. Tokyo Tower as well.

If you are planning on going from Tokyo to Osaka or Kyoto, I would get a JR pass. You can travel between Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe quite easily with it. As an example, last time in Japan, I stayed in Osaka, but we did a day trip to Kyoto, and then we went for dinner in Kobe. Back to Osaka for dinner. We also did Tokyo to Nagoya as a day trip on the Shinkansen.
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samuraizero wrote:
May 5th, 2016 11:48 pm
Cant find any info about public tickets for this? Perhaps just not available yet?
Probably too early. From what I read, last year it was available around mid-July. My husband purchased his ticket at the door but it's cheaper if you buy online and in advance.
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petah wrote:
May 6th, 2016 3:36 am
Must try would be a Michelin starred EDO sushi restaurant in Tokyo. You will never look at other regular sushi the same way again.
Same place as the one in the Jiro Dreams of Sushi film? Great film btw
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speedy726 wrote:
May 6th, 2016 8:57 am
Same place as the one in the Jiro Dreams of Sushi film? Great film btw
Jiro is impossible to get in. There are plenty other 1,2,3 Michelin star sushi restaurants and they are just as good if not better. I was at the 2 star Sushi Umi in Minato-Ku a few weeks ago and it was excellent.

You may have better luck booking lunch instead of dinner. I had to do dinner due to the fact I had just the over-night lay over and it was pretty risky to do it on the arrival night (flight delay then you are out $$$ since most of these restaurants require a credit card to make reservations!)
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last time we used the Kanto Area pass, it's a 3 day pass which covers three bullet train routes and all major JR lines around Tokyo
it's worth the money if you are planning a day trip or overnight trip to places a bit further from Tokyo, as bullet train prices are well over 5000yen/way

we went for a day trip to Karuizawa and used the pass the navigate around Tokyo on other days
(would've been a better deal if we had time to go to Nikko)
it also covers for the monorail from Haneda airport (but the desk at the airport closes really early)

just checked website, the price went up now to 10,000yen (was 8300yen) and is called Tokyo Wide pass now
http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/tokyowidepass/


and something else worth mentioning
recently the duty-free amount on none consumable stuff (ie electronics, clothing) went down to 5000yen, it used to be 10,000yen
http://tax-freeshop.jnto.go.jp/eng/shopping-guide.php
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petah wrote:
May 6th, 2016 10:04 am
Jiro is impossible to get in. There are plenty other 1,2,3 Michelin star sushi restaurants and they are just as good if not better. I was at the 2 star Sushi Umi in Minato-Ku a few weeks ago and it was excellent.

You may have better luck booking lunch instead of dinner. I had to do dinner due to the fact I had just the over-night lay over and it was pretty risky to do it on the arrival night (flight delay then you are out $$$ since most of these restaurants require a credit card to make reservations!)
Supposedly Jiro takes reservations on the 1st of every month and the entire month is booked on the same day. So you may want to try calling in on the 1st of the month to make your reservation.
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hi guys
im going to osaka with the deal of the week

i was in tokyo last dec
we booked airbnb near tsujiki market. woke up at 3
and left at 3:20 to arrive at sushi dai at 3:30, was in line fot first batch of 13, we went in at 5am. we ordered more sushi so we left a bit later than the others. 30 min is average time. they dont rush you out and its amazing value (4000yen) for omakase, by the time we left, there was a long lineup

in the airbnb,they provided pocketwifi and it was useful most of the time, the battery was bad, i had to keep it plugged to my portable battery in order to work. maybe it was in the settings(in japanese) ah well.

food is good almost everywhere you go.

7 eleven has good snacks and food, (rice ball, breakfast skewers, rice crackers, desserts (chestnuts especially), beer is really cheap (asahi, sapporo etc)

theres a tempura shops near tsujiki is open 24 hr and we had snacks a lot of times

starbucks has many green tea and hojicha (roasted green tea) options. must try!

have fun guys

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