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    whoa 9 people.... any pretty gals amongst em? rofls

    haha...no....auntie uncles...haha
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    I am planning a trip to Japan in Dec for me and my wife.

    Thinking of visiting Hokkaido for the snow but was advised to go to Osaka instead as was told got mroe things to see there.

    I'll keep myself updated with this thread.
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    is there early departure from kyoto and tokyo? other than 8pm? is it a lot of thing to do there? how come you want to leave so late from kyoto
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    Quote Originally Posted by totoro17 View Post
    haha...no....auntie uncles...haha
    family trips tend to have different focus, i feel. esp when there are people of different ages without common interest.

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    family trips tend to have different focus, i feel. esp when there are people of different ages without common interest.
    thats true....
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    Quote Originally Posted by totoro17 View Post
    is there early departure from kyoto and tokyo? other than 8pm? is it a lot of thing to do there? how come you want to leave so late from kyoto
    to maximise the time spent in Kyoto... as we'll have more than sufficient time in Tokyo...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueBull View Post
    I am planning a trip to Japan in Dec for me and my wife.

    Thinking of visiting Hokkaido for the snow but was advised to go to Osaka instead as was told got mroe things to see there.

    I'll keep myself updated with this thread.
    in fact, it should be the other way round ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoossh View Post
    family trips tend to have different focus, i feel. esp when there are people of different ages without common interest.
    absolutely correct.... and my itinery isnt suitable for those who arent physically fit... or willing to put up in shared accomodation hostels

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReiszRie View Post
    absolutely correct.... and my itinery isnt suitable for those who arent physically fit... or willing to put up in shared accomodation hostels
    Somehow it seems like we have some similarities in traveling. I think i walk approx 40-50km everyday while traveling. Walk and walk from say 6am till 8pm if not do some hiking up mountains. Don't need to be physically fit...but cannot be physically weak.....lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by foreverlovex View Post
    Somehow it seems like we have some similarities in traveling. I think i walk approx 40-50km everyday while traveling. Walk and walk from say 6am till 8pm if not do some hiking up mountains. Don't need to be physically fit...but cannot be physically weak.....lol
    40-50km a day????? good for y'alls. i can only imagine myself from 5 up to 20km in an intensive day. to me, travel photography is about mood and joy, hence i dun really push myself to get good photos in difficult situations. i can dun take any pictures in the greatest settings if my mood is bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoossh View Post
    40-50km a day????? good for y'alls. i can only imagine myself from 5 up to 20km in an intensive day. to me, travel photography is about mood and joy, hence i dun really push myself to get good photos in difficult situations. i can dun take any pictures in the greatest settings if my mood is bad.
    zoosh, good for us leh...can lose some weight...take it EXERCISE @ JAPAN..

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    don't worry, we won't be having excessive travelling on foot for the trip.... ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReiszRie View Post
    don't worry, we won't be having excessive travelling on foot for the trip.... ^^
    dun problem..i like walking..

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    But really, if u thinKing of losing weight....can try walking.

    I lose around 9kg while i was in korea (studying + travel)
    around 7kg while I was traveling in China
    3kg in japan.

    But in the end also the same put back the weight in Singapore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foreverlovex View Post
    But really, if u thinKing of losing weight....can try walking.

    I lose around 9kg while i was in korea (studying + travel)
    around 7kg while I was traveling in China
    3kg in japan.

    But in the end also the same put back the weight in Singapore.
    heh, i don't think i need to shed anymore weight xD

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoossh View Post
    40-50km a day????? good for y'alls. i can only imagine myself from 5 up to 20km in an intensive day. to me, travel photography is about mood and joy, hence i dun really push myself to get good photos in difficult situations. i can dun take any pictures in the greatest settings if my mood is bad.
    Becoz most of time i will be traveling solo so need to self entertain....therefore mood cannot be that bad.

    But when the sky is grey.....my photography mood

    Quote Originally Posted by ReiszRie
    heh, i don't think i need to shed anymore weight xD
    That's gd leh. I need to travel if not getting fatter by the day

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReiszRie View Post
    don't worry, we won't be having excessive travelling on foot for the trip.... ^^
    i dun mind walking. but i dun like rushing on walking. keeping to time limits are fine too, but non-photographers may have too different a concept of time as we do. i took a walk in wat pho in bangkok and 2hrs ain't enough for me. in fact, i walk a little too inside that i lost my way on return to the main gate (i would be on time if i didn't lose my way)
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoossh View Post
    i dun mind walking. but i dun like rushing on walking. keeping to time limits are fine too, but non-photographers may have too different a concept of time as we do. i took a walk in wat pho in bangkok and 2hrs ain't enough for me. in fact, i walk a little too inside that i lost my way on return to the main gate (i would be on time if i didn't lose my way)
    which is why extensive planning and research is required ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReiszRie View Post
    Hello, in regards to the year-end Japan trip, i've drafted a rough itinery as follows


    we shall be using a 14 days JR pass which allows unlimited train rides on all JR lines including Shinkansen

    Day 1-7 (Hokkaido) Day 8-14 (Kansai)

    Day 1 - morning, arrival in Tokyo, own time own target till 8pm

    Day 1 - 8pm, board Shinkansen Komachi 33 from Tokyo station bound for Morioka, 1 transfer at Morioka to Ltd Express Hokutosei 1 Sleeper Car bound for Hakodate

    Day 2 - 5am, arrival in Hakodate, 1 night stay in Hakodate [Hakodate is well known for its excellent seafood and romantic views which its renowned for throughout the whole of Japan, the view from Mt. Hakodate in the night is rated as one of the most beautiful views in the whole of Japan]

    Day 3 - 8.30am, departure for Sapporo on Ltd. Express Super Hokuto 3

    Day 3 - 11.30am, arrival in Sapporo, Sapporo will be our main base in Hokkaido

    Day 4 - Sapporo sight-seeing

    Day 5 - Otaru sight-seeing trip

    Day 6 - *undecided*

    Day 7 - *undecided*

    Day 7 - 6.30pm, board Ltd Ex9press Hokutosei 4 (Sleeper Car) bound for Sendai Miyagi

    Day 8 - 6.48am, arrival in Sendai Miyagi, 7.08am, board Shinkansen MaxYamabiko 102 bound for Tokyo

    Day 8 - 9.24am, arrival in Tokyo, free and easy, staying over in Tokyo

    Day 9 - 7.52am, depart for Karuizawa, via Shinkansen Asama 507

    Day 9 - 9.13am, arrival in Karuizawa, free and easy for the entire day

    Day 9 - 8pm, depart for Tokyo via Shinkansen Asama 548

    Day 9 - 9.12pm, arrival in Tokyo, staying over in Tokyo

    Day 10 - 7am, depart for Kyoto via Shinkansen Hikari

    Day 10 - 9.43am, arrival in Kyoto, free and easy, Kyoto shall be our main base in Kansai region

    Day 11 - Kyoto free and easy

    Day 12- 9am, Depart for Himeji via Shinkansen Nozomi, 1 stop transfer at Shinosaka to Shinkansen Hikari RailStar to Himeji

    Day 12 - 10.05am, arrival in Himeji, sight-seeing in Himeji which includes the revered Himeji Castle, returning to Kyoto in the evening

    Day 13 - Osaka free and easy, returning to Kyoto in the evening

    Day 14 - Kyoto free and easy, departs for Tokyo at 8pm

    Day 14 - arrival in Tokyo at 10.30pm



    the next 6 days for the 20 days trip would be to explore the immediate vicinities around Tokyo such as Nikko, Kamakura and Mt Fuji area


    please give me feedbacks on how to further improve the itinery, thanks =)

    estimated budget as of now is at $3600SGD per pax for 20 days including air ticket, accomodation, transport, food and misc. expenses

    Was there in oct last year how ever take note that for sleepler train there is addition charge of 9000 yen even you have the rail pass

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    Quote Originally Posted by asdfghjkl View Post
    Was there in oct last year how ever take note that for sleepler train there is addition charge of 9000 yen even you have the rail pass
    AFAIK, that applies if you use the beds... if you simply take the train without the beds it should be covered under JR pass.... though i have to do more research in this area to be absolutely sure...

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