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MikeHattsu
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(05-19-2017, 12:26 PM)
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/201...n-record-pace/

Visitors to Japan pased the 10 million mark last Saturday, three weeks earlier than last year, Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Akihiko Tamura said Friday.

According the latest data, visitors to Japan have exceeded 10 million for five years straight, but this time was the fastest on record.

In April alone, the tally rose 23.9 percent compared with the previous year to a new record of 2,578,900, shattering the previous all-time high set for a single month in July 2016.

The agency said that the trend shows that many tourists took time off for vacations to Japan around Easter Sunday, which fell on April 16 this year, and during the popular cherry blossom season, which peaked later the same month in some places.

By country and region in April, visitors from South Korea topped the list at 554,600, followed by China with 528,800, Taiwan with 413,300 and Hong Kong with 209,400.

danowat
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(05-19-2017, 12:49 PM)
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It feels like 2.5 million people have been following me around!.

That said, it doesn't take much to avoid a lot of the crowds, most people seem quite reluctant to venture past the main focal points of each attraction.
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(05-19-2017, 01:05 PM)
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I have a big fat mess of 1s, 5s, and 10 yen coins that I almost never use. It's a pain to sift through this mess just to find the 100 yens that I always use, and I haven't found a machine that converts these bills into more useable denominations. What do?
MikeHattsu
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Originally Posted by Hexxen-Panda

I have a big fat mess of 1s, 5s, and 10 yen coins that I almost never use. It's a pain to sift through this mess just to find the 100 yens that I always use, and I haven't found a machine that converts these bills into more useable denominations. What do?

Go to a 100 yen store and buy something ;P
danowat
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(05-19-2017, 01:10 PM)
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10's are easy, as vending machines take them, as for 1's and 5's, I've been tossing most 1's into the boxes at shrines, and the rest we just use when buying things from a conbini, guy was most amused the other night when I paid for something that was 108 yen in 5's and 1's!
shadow2810
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(05-19-2017, 01:54 PM)
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Flying to Osaka tomorrow!
Laevateinn
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(05-19-2017, 02:47 PM)
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Originally Posted by MikeHattsu

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/201...n-record-pace/

9,999,998 too many

Originally Posted by Hexxen-Panda

I have a big fat mess of 1s, 5s, and 10 yen coins that I almost never use. It's a pain to sift through this mess just to find the 100 yens that I always use, and I haven't found a machine that converts these bills into more useable denominations. What do?

Just dump it all on the counter at Bic Camera and they will figure it out for you.
fna84
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(05-20-2017, 12:33 AM)
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Planning a trip to Japan with a bunch of cousins. staying 14 days.

Should we stay in a hotel or at a AirBNB?
kubus
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(05-20-2017, 03:21 AM)
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Originally Posted by Hexxen-Panda

I have a big fat mess of 1s, 5s, and 10 yen coins that I almost never use. It's a pain to sift through this mess just to find the 100 yens that I always use, and I haven't found a machine that converts these bills into more useable denominations. What do?

I always have a shortage of them, while a friend here has started making stacks of 10 of each coin keeping them in her room because she has too many of them. It's just a matter of paying smart.

When you have to pay 266 yen, don't just use a 1000 yen bill, throw in a 10 yen coin and six 1 yen coins too. You'll get 750 yen back in 500+2x100+1x50, all convenient coins and you'll have rid yourself of some small change at the same time, instead of paying with just the 1000 bill and getting back even more 10 yen and 1 yen coins.

It takes a while to get used to maybe, but you'll see your wallet slimming down really fast if you consistently apply this tactic.
daegan
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(05-20-2017, 06:35 AM)
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Originally Posted by fna84

Planning a trip to Japan with a bunch of cousins. staying 14 days.

Should we stay in a hotel or at a AirBNB?

On a trip w/ 2 others rn and we went all AirBNB for this trip. I like being in neighborhoods but I am also really conscious that my presence may weird someone out bc there isn't exactly a hotel there. But the space/money ratio is killer especially if you have more than 2 people traveling. I liked the hotels my wife and I stayed in last year too; if we were just us two again in the future I'd probably do hotels again. But in a larger group I'd just go straight to AirBNB.
KillGore
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(05-20-2017, 08:59 AM)
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So what's the deal with the DragonBall Heroes arcade card game? Do they not sell boosters or decks for this game? Only individual cards?
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Hexxen-Panda
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(05-20-2017, 11:32 AM)
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Thanks for the tips, you guys.

I'm not old enough to drink by Japanese standards, so I try to pass nights at the arcades. I think I lost my Nesica card so I also might have lost all my progress at the Love Live arcade game :( Didn't even get to print the character cards that I got.
The taiko drum game is hype as hell, but it feels embarassing playing next to an amazing player.
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(05-21-2017, 05:42 AM)
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There was something going on today in shibuya, lots of drums and groups in differently coloured traditional clothing standing around. Was on the street that declines into the shibuya scramble. Anybody know what it was? Pretty cool regardless.
MikeHattsu
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(05-21-2017, 06:45 AM)
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Originally Posted by Subpar Scrub

There was something going on today in shibuya, lots of drums and groups in differently coloured traditional clothing standing around. Was on the street that declines into the shibuya scramble. Anybody know what it was? Pretty cool regardless.

https://tokyocheapo.com/events/shibu...ohara-matsuri/
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(05-21-2017, 07:59 AM)
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Originally Posted by MikeHattsu

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/201...n-record-pace/

How many of those tourists were actually just you?

Originally Posted by Hexxen-Panda

I have a big fat mess of 1s, 5s, and 10 yen coins that I almost never use. It's a pain to sift through this mess just to find the 100 yens that I always use, and I haven't found a machine that converts these bills into more useable denominations. What do?

Originally Posted by kubus

I always have a shortage of them, while a friend here has started making stacks of 10 of each coin keeping them in her room because she has too many of them. It's just a matter of paying smart.

When you have to pay 266 yen, don't just use a 1000 yen bill, throw in a 10 yen coin and six 1 yen coins too. You'll get 750 yen back in 500+2x100+1x50, all convenient coins and you'll have rid yourself of some small change at the same time, instead of paying with just the 1000 bill and getting back even more 10 yen and 1 yen coins.

It takes a while to get used to maybe, but you'll see your wallet slimming down really fast if you consistently apply this tactic.

Reminds me of a friend of mine, when our internship was ending he had a few thousand yens in 1/5/10 yen coins.

I found out when he went to pay our restaurant bill with nothing but those coins, the staff ended up triple checking the amount with several different staff members.

I'd recommend going to a grocery store (such as Maruetsu), now a days they tend to have automatic paying machines, so you just throw all the coins in there and let the machine do the math for you. So just take the chance to buy some Japanese sweets and drinks!
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MikeHattsu
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(05-21-2017, 09:37 AM)
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Originally Posted by dani_dc

How many of those tourists were actually just you?

Hey! >_>

I've only been in Japan for 2 weeks this year so far!
danowat
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(05-21-2017, 09:59 AM)
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Stumbled across a great little Mall in Hiroshima today, lots of cool little shops and a girl at a stall doing hand drawn manga, really cool.
In fact, I would almost say that little area was cooler than somewhere like Akihabara, loads of little hobby stores and a whole floor dedicated to figures, and a really odd 'doll' store.
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(05-21-2017, 11:04 AM)
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Originally Posted by MikeHattsu

https://tokyocheapo.com/events/shibu...ohara-matsuri/

Yeah this was it, it was pretty cool!
Mendrox
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(05-21-2017, 11:28 AM)
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Originally Posted by danowat

Stumbled across a great little Mall in Hiroshima today, lots of cool little shops and a girl at a stall doing hand drawn manga, really cool.
In fact, I would almost say that little area was cooler than somewhere like Akihabara, loads of little hobby stores and a whole floor dedicated to figures, and a really odd 'doll' store.

Hiroshima is just beautiful to look at. I really really loved it there.
danowat
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(05-21-2017, 11:51 AM)
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Yeah, we were saying today it's probably our favourite place we've been during our trip.
Evon
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(05-21-2017, 03:53 PM)
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I need some advice on the general structure of my visit to Japan in August. I've made a rough plan for now:

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I'd like to make do with a 7 day JR Pass, so I have ~6.5 days for day trips (I need to travel from Osaka to Tokyo with my luggage on one of these days). All the trips and accomodations (besides Kobe in the first week) on the image above are not fixed yet, I can move them around to whatever would be best, same for the JR Pass. I'll arrive at KIX early on July 29th and go back from NRT around noon on August 19th.

So some questions:
- Two day trips to Kyoto should be enough to visit most of the interesting places?
- A day trip to Himeji is worth it for the castle, right?
- I still need one or two more day trips (12th, 13th) for the JR Pass, what would be interesting cities/places to visit? Nagoya, Nikko, Mt. Fuji, anything I haven't thought about yet? I'm very glad for recommendations. Nagoya or Fuji would maybe be convenient stop overs with the move from Osaka to Tokyo (keep the luggage at the train station)? I don't really want to climb Mt. Fuji when it's so hot, so is a trip there even worth it? I could also move to Tokyo earlier (though Friday 11th is a national holiday with one of the heaviest travel loads in the year, from what I know) and do day trips using the JR Pass based from Tokyo (e.g. Nikko). In short, what would be interesting day trips from either Osaka or Tokyo using the JR Pass?
- Is there anything I need to book/make reservations well in advance? Ghibli museum online sale is on July 10th for me. JR Pass voucher can be bought 3 months in advance, so I will do that soon. Pocket wifi/SIM can be bought 1-2 weeks in advance from what I've seen, with delivery to KIX airport. Anything else I didn't think about?
- 5GB/21 day SIM should be ok for Google Maps etc.? It's way cheaper than pocket wifis and their battery life sucks it seems.

Thanks in advance.
Mendrox
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(05-21-2017, 04:20 PM)
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Originally Posted by Evon

I need some advice on the general structure of my visit to Japan in August. I've made a rough plan for now:

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I'd like to make do with a 7 day JR Pass, so I have ~6.5 days for day trips (I need to travel from Osaka to Tokyo with my luggage on one of these days). All the trips and accomodations (besides Kobe in the first week) on the image above are not fixed yet, I can move them around to whatever would be best, same for the JR Pass. I'll arrive at KIX early on July 29th and go back from NRT around noon on August 19th.

So some questions:
- Two day trips to Kyoto should be enough to visit most of the interesting places?
- A day trip to Himeji is worth it for the castle, right?
- I still need one or two more day trips (12th, 13th) for the JR Pass, what would be interesting cities/places to visit? Nagoya, Nikko, Mt. Fuji, anything I haven't thought about yet? I'm very glad for recommendations. Nagoya or Fuji would maybe be convenient stop overs with the move from Osaka to Tokyo (keep the luggage at the train station)? I don't really want to climb Mt. Fuji when it's so hot, so is a trip there even worth it? I could also move to Tokyo earlier (though Friday 11th is a national holiday with one of the heaviest travel loads in the year, from what I know) and do day trips using the JR Pass based from Tokyo (e.g. Nikko). In short, what would be interesting day trips from either Osaka or Tokyo using the JR Pass?
- Is there anything I need to book/make reservations well in advance? Ghibli museum online sale is on July 10th for me. JR Pass voucher can be bought 3 months in advance, so I will do that soon. Pocket wifi/SIM can be bought 1-2 weeks in advance from what I've seen, with delivery to KIX airport. Anything else I didn't think about?
- 5GB/21 day SIM should be ok for Google Maps etc.? It's way cheaper than pocket wifis and their battery life sucks it seems.

Thanks in advance.

I would recommend not doing too much in a short time. Kyoto you wont see half of the things in two days lol Would recommend more Kyoto rather than Osaka (which was a little bit boring in comparison to Tokyo Kyoto)
Buy a SIM card at Bigcamera, PocketWifi is imo not worth it, Google Maps does not take much data. I had 2GB for 16 days, always surfed reddit and co, used WiFi everywhere with the Free Japan WiFi App and still had 400mb left at the end.

Reservations for Gibhli or Parks ala Disney I guess? JR Pass reservations for trains can only be made in Japan. You can plan your trains with Hyperdia which is the best app for that and 100% accurate with the times. I never did a reservation in advance and it took only 5 minutes at most when I made one with my pass.

Also do Hiroshima for a day which was one of the best things on my trip a few days ago. Nara Deer Park is also cool for a day.

Edit: Sorry just looked at your chart and see Nara and Hiroshima :) but why so much in Kobe?
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(05-21-2017, 04:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by Mendrox

Reservations for Gibhli or Parks ala Disney I guess? JR Pass reservations for trains can only be made in Japan. You can plan your trains with Hyperdia which is the best app for that and 100% accurate with the times. I never did a reservation in advance and it took only 5 minutes at most when I made one with my pass.

Also do Hiroshima for a day which was one of the best things on my trip a few days ago. Nara Deer Park is also cool for a day.

Edit: Sorry just looked at your chart and see Nara and Hiroshima :) but why so much in Kobe?

I meant just in general tickets etc. I need to buy/reserve before the trip even starts, like for the Ghibli museum. I know I have to do the seat reservations for the JR trains in Japan.

The first week in Kobe is due to a scientific conference I will attend from Monday to Friday. I'll already arrive on Saturday morning because the flights were cheaper, so I have the weekend to spend there. Since I won't have the JR pass at that time, I thought Kobe and surroundings should offer enough for the weekend. Also, my colleague will be with me in Kobe for the first week until we go our separate ways on Friday 4th after the conference.

You said two days for Kyoto won't be enough? I guess I could easily add a third day trip there. Osaka was recommended to me in this thread, so I thought spending a weekend sightseeing there would be fine. Thanks for the info.

The general plan is to be based for a week each in Kobe, Osaka and Tokyo to minimize travel with luggage. Then it's day trips mostly in the week where I stay in Osaka, as suggested by someone in this thread.
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Originally Posted by Evon

I meant just in general tickets etc. I need to buy/reserve before the trip even starts, like for the Ghibli museum. I know I have to do the seat reservations for the JR trains in Japan.

The first week in Kobe is due to a scientific conference I will attend from Monday to Friday. I'll already arrive on Saturday morning because the flights were cheaper, so I have the weekend to spend there. Since I won't have the JR pass at that time, I thought Kobe and surroundings should offer enough for the weekend. Also, my colleague will be with me in Kobe for the first week until we go our separate ways on Friday 4th after the conference.

You said two days for Kyoto won't be enough? I guess I could easily add a third day trip there. Thanks for the info.

Kyoto's public transportation is bus-heavy so it's a lot harder to get between places. Spending only two or three days there will only give you a sample of what the city has to offer. If that's all you plan on spending, make sure you have a really good idea of what you want to see in advance.

Personally, I liked Osaka a lot better though.
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Using your JR Pass for travel from Osaka->Kyoto is a bit of a waste since it only costs like 560 JPY one way and you'll most likely use the buses to get around in Kyoto. You can take JR trains up to Arashiyama or down to Fushimi Inari Shrine though.

If you're planning to go to Miyajima at the same time as Hiroshima, you could possibly skip Nara since there's deer on Miyajima as well.

Himeji is great, but it's more llike half a day unless you really spend a lot of time at the castle or just walking around town looking at stuff.

I'd usually recommend Hakone over Nikko since you could get a nice view of Mt. Fuji from there, and you could stay the night on the journey from Osaka to Tokyo at a nice hotel or ryokan with an onsen.

Another day trip you could do from Tokyo is to Nagano and Yamanouchi to see the hot spring monkeys. And you could go climb Mt. Takao as well in Tokyo, much much easier than doing Mt. Fuji. :P
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Hmm, it gets more complicated the more I ask. :D

Even if I don't really need a JR pass for Osaka-Kyoto, I guess a one week pass will still be cheaper than the sum of tickets Osaka-Hiroshima and back, Osaka-(Hakone)-Tokyo and possibly Osaka-Nara and back and maybe some other day trips? Then it's just a matter of the best order of these train trips within seven days.

Is Miyajima worth a visit in your opinion and if it is, can Hiroshima+Miyajima be done in a single day trip relatively stress-free? I've talked to an acquaintance a few weeks ago who was in Japan recently and he told me about an island he visited next to Hiroshima with a shrine at the beach, what I assume must have been Miyajima. From what he said it wasn't something you absolutely have to see, though.

Also, now I remember he also said most tourist places close at 5 pm, is that true? He said he was surprised everything closed so early.

I've thought about visiting Hakone, but I'm not sure about onsen in August? I've googled a bit and from what people say it's best in colder weather but still great in the summer? Has anyone been to an onsen at peak summer?

I'll look into Nagano, Yamanouchi and Mt. Takao, thanks for the hint. I guess the hot spring monkeys probably won't take a hot bath when it's 30+°C outside, though? :)
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MikeHattsu
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Originally Posted by Evon

Even if I don't really need a JR pass for Osaka-Kyoto, I guess a one week pass will still be cheaper than the sum of tickets Osaka-Hiroshima and back, Osaka-(Hakone)-Tokyo and possibly Osaka-Nara and back and maybe some other day trips? Then it's just a matter of the best order of these train trips within seven days.

Is Miyajima worth a visit in your opinion and if it is, can Hiroshima+Miyajima be done in a single day trip relatively stress-free? I've talked to an acquaintance a few weeks ago who was in Japan recently and he told me about an island he visited next to Hiroshima, what I assume must have been Miyajima. From what he said it wasn't something you absolutely have to see, though.

Also, now I remember he also said most tourist places close at 5 pm, is that true? He said he was surprised everything closed so early.

I've thought about visiting Hakone, but I'm not sure about onsen in August? I've googled a bit and from what people say it's best in colder weather but still great in the summer? Has anyone been to an onsen at peak summer?

Yeah, but you can be more flexible and use it for going to more places while in Tokyo as well instead of using it for Kyoto if you want to. Depends on how many day trips you want to take.

Hiroshima and Miyajima can be done in 1 day, yeah. I even did Miyajima, Hiroshima and Himeji in 1 day, but I don't recommend doing that unless you're fast ;P

Itsukushima Shrine with the torii gate in the water is more interesting than Todaiji Temple that people visit in Nara IMO, and there's deer wandering around on both the island and at Nara park. If you're mainly going for the deer, both places are equally good, and if you're going to explore Kyoto for several days you'll get sick of temples and shrines anyway after a while ;P

A lot of tourist attractions close at 17-18 yeah, so you'd better check opening hours for stuff you want to check out. Some places also close 1 day a week, so be vary of that as well.

Relaxing at an onsen is great any time you've done a lot of tourist stuff :P
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I don't really know the layout of Tokyo yet, but wouldn't traveling within the city be most convenient using the metro? What would I use the JR pass for there? A ticket to Mt. Takao seems to be cheaper than a ticket Osaka-Kyoto. Any suggestions besides Nagano that would make a good day trip from Tokyo using the JR pass?

I've shuffled my chart around a bit based on the suggestions I got:
- Since I arrive at KIX early morning on the 29th, I could use the day for sightseeing in Osaka (keep luggage at train station) before going to my hotel in Kobe in the evening.
- Now 3 day trips to Kyoto from Osaka. Visiting Kyoto on a weekend is ok, right? Second day of Osaka sightseeing in between to prevent temple overload. :)
- Himeji trip is now half-day, going there in the morning, then back to Osaka in early afternoon, get luggage and then on to Hakone. Should be ok time-wise? Stay in Hakone for a night and then onwards to Tokyo.

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I'm still not really sure about the best usage of the JR pass.
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We pretty much used the Yamanote line for all our inner city travel in Tokyo, it's covered by the JR pass.

Think we only used to metro once.

As for day trip, we enjoyed Kawaguchiko, although you can only use JR pass for the first JR line section of the trip.
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Originally Posted by Evon

I don't really know the layout of Tokyo yet, but wouldn't traveling within the city be most convenient using the metro? What would I use the JR pass for there? A ticket to Mt. Takao seems to be cheaper than a ticket Osaka-Kyoto. Any suggestions besides Nagano that would make a good day trip from Tokyo using the JR pass?

- Himeji trip is now half-day, going there in the morning, then back to Osaka in early afternoon, get luggage and then on to Hakone. Should be ok time-wise? Stay in Hakone for a night and then onwards to Tokyo.

Well, depends on what you want. Get the most out of the JR Pass by taking long day-trips or space the day trips out so you don't get sick of travelling around on trains every day.

You'll want to spend at least a day or maybe even 1.5 days in Hakone as well. Do the Hakone round course for some nice sightseeing.
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Originally Posted by Evon

I don't really know the layout of Tokyo yet, but wouldn't traveling within the city be most convenient using the metro? What would I use the JR pass for there? A ticket to Mt. Takao seems to be cheaper than a ticket Osaka-Kyoto. Any suggestions besides Nagano that would make a good day trip from Tokyo using the JR pass?

I've shuffled my chart around a bit based on the suggestions I got:
- Since I arrive at KIX early morning on the 29th, I could use the day for sightseeing in Osaka (keep luggage at train station) before going to my hotel in Kobe in the evening.
- Now 3 day trips to Kyoto from Osaka. Visiting Kyoto on a weekend is ok, right? Second day of Osaka sightseeing in between to prevent temple overload. :)
- Himeji trip is now half-day, going there in the morning, then back to Osaka in early afternoon, get luggage and then on to Hakone. Should be ok time-wise? Stay in Hakone for a night and then onwards to Tokyo.

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I'm still not really sure about the best usage of the JR pass.

It's always full everywhere and weekends are of course worse, but if you tackle some things late evening like Inari Shrine then you wont see as many people, but it's still full everywhere. JR Pass is valid for all JR lines so you could travel for free in kyoto (for Inari e.g.) and in Tokyo easily.

I would recommend typing your routes into Hyperdia, see what you would pay for everything and then buy a JR Pass or not.

Also even three days Kyoto is not enough. I did see much in a week and used a bicycle, Bus and the train, but there was even more that I wanted to visit, but there is always another time. :p

Also you dont have to Reserve Tickets for JR, you can do that but it's no requirement. There is always a seat free in the trains without reservations, but it's a nice perk to have. I only did it thrice and two times I was required to do that for that Narita Express.
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Ok, thanks for all the input so far, guys. I'll have to think about everything and do some more research. I'll be back. :)
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Dread to think what it must be like in the middle of summer, was roasting today.
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Originally Posted by danowat

Dread to think what it must be like in the middle of summer, was roasting today.

Well, looks like Summer started early this year :P

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/201...central-tokyo/

Temperatures surged across Japan on Sunday, hitting 35.3 degrees Celsius in Tatebayashi in Gunma Prefecture.

The reading in the city was marked shortly past 3 p.m., according to the Meteorological Agency. It is the first time this year that the temperature has reached 35 degrees or higher at any place in the country.

Also, it is the first time in three years that a reading of 35 degrees or higher has been recorded in May since the mercury hit 35.6 degrees in Hita, Oita Prefecture, on May 31, 2014.


Temperatures hit 34.2 degrees in the city of Fukushima, 34.0 degrees in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, 33.8 degrees in Sano, in Tochigi Prefecture, and 33.7 degrees in Ueda in Nagano Prefecture.

The mercury reached 30.9 degrees in central Tokyo’s Kitanomaru Park, topping 30 degrees for the first time this year.

Among major cities, Nagoya and Kyoto saw readings of 31.3 degrees and 32.2 degrees, respectively.

danowat
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We ended our sightseeing early today, a combination of the heat, and walking over 100 miles in the last two weeks means we are knackered!.

Last full day tomorrow, Miyajima, then a day back to Tokyo on Weds and flying home Thurs.

It's been fantastic.
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I just want to pop in as my trip will take me back to Tokyo soon and note that the airbnb I've stayed at in Osaka is amazing and amazingly located. If you are staying here a few days or more, consider it:
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17289781

Walking distance from Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori, a couple bars on the street, cool balcony to chill out and drink on, crazy brand streets on the big streets but awesome boutiques and vintage stuff just around the corner literally. Absolutely phenomenal and a steal. And the place is nice too.

Kinda wish we were just staying here til going home but oh well :)
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Going back home tomorrow and I'm highly satisfied with how my trip turned out. This thread has been a great help, and I really appreciate it.

I definitely overestimated the amount of spots in Kyoto that I could visit per day because the transport is not as efficient as Tokyo, the crowds are even more difficult, and the heat was enervating. Sanjusangendo is my personal highlight though; the pictures don't do it justice.

I bought snacks from Don Quixote and used my passport to cut the tax. The lady packed it in such a way that it wouldn't fit my luggage, so I opened the bag w the red tape (didn't get to read the notice bc it was dark) to cram the candies and snacks to fit in. How bad of a goof is it? Are they gonna check every item on the receipt?
MikeHattsu
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Originally Posted by Hexxen-Panda

I bought snacks from Don Quixote and used my passport to cut the tax. The lady packed it in such a way that it wouldn't fit my luggage, so I opened the bag w the red tape (didn't get to read the notice bc it was dark) to cram the candies and snacks to fit in. How bad of a goof is it? Are they gonna check every item on the receipt?

Usually they don't bother at all to do any checking. One time they didn't even bother ripping out the note stapled to the passport when I went through customs :P
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Donki is an insane place, completely overwhelming and completely brilliant.

My wife is addicted to 100 yen stores though.
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Spent first 2 days in Nambe and Osaka castle area. First impression: where the hell is garbage can and that's a lot of walking.
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Originally Posted by shadow2810

Spent first 2 days in Nambe and Osaka castle area. First impression: where the hell is garbage can and that's a lot of walking.

Gotta find a convenience store to throw your trash away.
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Originally Posted by shadow2810

Spent first 2 days in Nambe and Osaka castle area. First impression: where the hell is garbage can and that's a lot of walking.

One of the only things I didn't like about my first Japan experience last year was walking around for an eternity looking for something to throw my trash in.
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Originally Posted by Raw64life

One of the only things I didn't like about my first Japan experience last year was walking around for an eternity looking for something to throw my trash in.

The key is to carry a plastic bag in your backpack /djkhaled

We were outdoors in Kyoto yesterday and it was almost 90. I was tossing 3 or 4 empty water bottles every 2 hours.
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Originally Posted by Hexxen-Panda

I have a big fat mess of 1s, 5s, and 10 yen coins that I almost never use. It's a pain to sift through this mess just to find the 100 yens that I always use, and I haven't found a machine that converts these bills into more useable denominations. What do?

Ending up with a bunch of change sucks. The first time I was in Japan I was there for 6 weeks and learned real quick that I needed to use small coins as much as possible.

Sadly my roommate didn't, and as we were cleaning up the room, we gathered it up and there was about 8300 yen just in coins on his desk and floor.
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Originally Posted by shadow2810

Spent first 2 days in Nambe and Osaka castle area. First impression: where the hell is garbage can and that's a lot of walking.

There are very few public trash cans on the streets, practically none 99% of the time. Like others said you need to go to a convenience store to throw away trash. Many of them will have their trash outside or inside near the entrance. It's perfectly fine to just walk in toss your garbage and walk out. Just be sure to put it in the right bin!

Only times you will see trash cans in public here are for festivals or crowded events with many food stalls.

Also... take the train lol. Google maps has a pretty easy to understand use of the trains here.

Originally Posted by Hexxen-Panda

I have a big fat mess of 1s, 5s, and 10 yen coins that I almost never use. It's a pain to sift through this mess just to find the 100 yens that I always use, and I haven't found a machine that converts these bills into more useable denominations. What do?

1st tip for all travelers. Pay exact change every time. Or pay the smaller part in change if possible. If your bill is 448 yen, and all you got is big bills and smaller coins, pay that in a bill but also throw in coins to get that 48 yen out of the way. You will end up with a mountain of coins if you don't. The various staffs are used to this everyone in Japan pays as much correct change as possible.

Also protip: Go to a grocery store/any other shop with automated cash registers/self serve. You can dump a lot of your change at these places when buying simple things. When I go grocery shopping I take a handful of extra change with me and just dump it all into the machine/give it to the person at the register since it is no extra work for them to count it. Then toss in a bill. End up with way less change lol.

Though be careful the machines have a limit on how much change they can hold and freak out with a loud alarm... don't think about it too hard as to why I know that hahaha.
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Originally Posted by Hexxen-Panda

I have a big fat mess of 1s, 5s, and 10 yen coins that I almost never use. It's a pain to sift through this mess just to find the 100 yens that I always use, and I haven't found a machine that converts these bills into more useable denominations. What do?

I'm pretty sure you can throw 10's and up into the suica/passmo machines at train stations and get it loaded onto your card. At least I remember doing that last year.
Last edited by Triteon; Today at 07:52 AM. Reason: its 10s and up I believe.
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Originally Posted by fna84

Planning a trip to Japan with a bunch of cousins. staying 14 days.

Should we stay in a hotel or at a AirBNB?

I liked AirBNB In Tokyo, I stayed for 19 days at one place and by the end of it the place felt really homey.

I liked the ones I stayed at in Kyoto and Osaka a lot less. Don't get me wrong the places were both nice and the hosts were easy to contact but the buildings seemed to be completely AirBNB, like a cheap hotel vibe almost.

That being said I'm looking to go ATM the hotels seem so cheap around the time I'm looking that I think I'm just going to stay at decent hotels the whole time.

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