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    Just pay attention to the signs available and you should do fine. You'll get used to the system in a day or so. It may seem confusing when you are not yet there, but when you get there, it's really different.

    I was very intimidated before I got to Tokyo as well and we were ready to be lost on the trains but we managed to get used to it.

    Just need to pay attention to maps and signs and you're fine.

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    I agree, trains are pretty ok in Tokyo if you know a little Mandarin.
    They will annouce the next station and often have signs within the trains telling you which station is next.
    Lines like the Hibuya, Shibuya or Ginza line often have English announcements too.
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    yea, your fan ti zi for chinese good,

    you can rmb already

    anyway get used to the names, so you won't miss the station when they announce it.

    honestly, i find it as easy as singapore, especially with all the lines interconnecting,

    you can litterally reach anywhere from your starting destination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petetherock View Post
    I agree, trains are pretty ok in Tokyo if you know a little Mandarin.
    They will annouce the next station and often have signs within the trains telling you which station is next.
    Lines like the Hibuya, Shibuya or Ginza line often have English announcements too.
    btw there isnt shibuya or hibuya line,

    you mean station

    and it's hibiya not hibuya.
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    and if anyone here going to tokyo reckons he's gonna use the metro alot,

    remember to buy day passes they are very worth,

    if you reckon you're going back every holiday like me

    get the pasmo card.

    it's very very convenient and cheaper then normal 1 way trips that range 100-210 yen.
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    For those on a really slim budget, the department store bakeries tend to dispore of their cakes / buns and sushi at a discount at the end of the business day, if you have time, you can hang around the stores and wait...
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    Gonna ask a question of my own:

    I have 10D or so in Japan planned, this time I wish to see Hokkaido and the region there for a week, plus 3 days transit in Tokyo.

    Can anyone give me some ideas for places to stay, chill and get good scenery?

    I have not decided which season to go, so thats another area I will look for suggestions.

    Cheers!
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    hokkaido...

    wanna try hot springs?

    or see lavender fields?

    tell me and i'll fill you in.
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    Hot springs - check
    Lavender fields - nice but that limits me to summer ? kiv...

    The Spring (best choice) or Autumn seasons are my preferred choices...
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    actually autumn also got lavender fields to see,

    but must be dead on time in order to catch them before season ends...

    check out the dates again.
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    Traveling in Japan DIY is very easy. Links for JNTO and japan-guide were posted before. There's a link which you will find useful when taking trains in japan. A route planner in fact.

    http://www.jorudan.co.jp/english/

    You need not be too tight in the bugdet. Give you an example of 2 couples for a 10day F&E spring trip to Kyushu:

    JR pass 7D @ Y23,800. Total expenses covered by my pass using JR lines if paid by cash would come to Y76,000 (the amount covers only the limited express and shinkansen rides with reserved seats; local line rides not included)
    Accomodation for 2pax:
    6N Hakata @ Y12,500 with Bft; 8min walk from rail stn
    1N Kumamoto @ Y21400 with Bft; 3min walk form stn (weekend rate, higher)
    2N Beppu in a ryokan hotel @ Y32,400 with Bft and Jap style dinner; 10 walk from stn

    Expenditure, including 7D JR pass, 9N accomodation, local transport, admission fees, meals came to about S$2100 (under Y34,000 pax). Airfare by SQ not included cos that depends on what's offered. SQ fly direct to Fukuoka in Kyushu.
    Places visited: Hakata, Daizaifu, Nagasaki, Oita, Beppu, Kitsuki, Yufuin, Mojiko, Kumamoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima, HImeji.

    Tips:
    1. Must do your research and plan your travel carefully
    2. >95% of names of places in japan are in Kanji. So it's best to have japanese language maps. Many of the local signboards are written as such. If you can read Kanji, moving around will be much easier. However romanised japanese are found on many signboards.
    3. Information counters are found in almost all the rail stations and you can buy local pass there too or they will advise you
    4. Buy a local city transport pass for a day unlimited travel
    5. Food prices are posted outside the restraurants... so no embarrasment to check out.
    6. Meals around train stations and local eateries are reasonable
    7. For budget planning purpose:
    a. Meals (L/D) Y1000 per meal
    b. Local transport Y500 per day
    c. Sight-seeing Y500-1000 per day
    d. Odds and end Y500-1000 per day

    Japan is not a cheap place, but you can manage the cost of a pleasant holiday. Hope the info helps.

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    Thanks, the info you gave is very useful, I will see which timing suits more.

    I prefer a bit of skiiing, but that will depend on whom I go with.

    Cheers
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    Thanks for the infos bro...
    Really need some infos for meal and transportation budgets....

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    Quote Originally Posted by absoluthal View Post
    Thanks for the infos bro...
    Really need some infos for meal and transportation budgets....
    you can post whatever you need and i will try to help you plan and answer your questions
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lomographer View Post
    you can post whatever you need and i will try to help you plan and answer your questions
    thanks bro...
    right now im still planning with 2 of my frens abt where to go n wat to do...
    will surely ask questions here once we more or less finalized the details...

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    Below is my itinerary for Feb2010.
    Total cost include meals, airfare, transport include JR pass, entrance fees, misc expenditure & shopping is between SGD 9K to 10K for 2 pax.
    Not really budget but it wll be still alot cheaper then you go with tour package. Visit a few road show and the price to hakkaido in Feb2010 is around $3k for 8 days package.

    I have booked all the hotels and the airfare.
    Taking into consideration of the snow festival, the hotel i got at sapporo is very cheap. Please note that hotels rate will be doubled during the week of snow festival so book your hotel as early as possible.

    Pm me if you want the detailed itinerary which will include all the timing of train i am taking and how to get to those places stated below.

    JR 14 days pass - 45100yen per pax

    5-Feb: S'pore-Tokyo SQ 638 Depart to Narita @ 11.40pm $632 nett/pax

    6-Feb: Tokyo-Hakodate, Comfort Inn @ 8000yen per room per night
    Hakodate Night Illuminations

    7-8Feb: Sapporo-Richmond Hotel Ekimae @ 9000yen per room per night/3mins walk from Sapporo station.
    Snow Festival
    Clock Tower
    TV Tower
    Susukino (Night Entertainment)

    8Feb: Sapporo - Richmond Hotel Ekimae @ 9000yen per room per night/3mins walk from Sapporo station.
    OTARU Glass Making Factory
    OTARU Canel

    9-Feb: Niseko Hilton Village hotel @ 22450yen per room per night, include BF
    Hirafu Town
    Hilton Niseko Village
    Skiing

    10-Feb: Niseko Hilton Village hotel @ 22450yen per room per night, include BF
    Skiing
    Mt Youtei
    Day Snow activities

    11-Feb: Sapporo-Richmond Hotel Ekimae @ 9000yen per room per night/3mins walk from Sapporo station.
    Tanuki Koji Shopping Arcade (longest shopping street)
    Susukino Ramen Alley

    12-Feb: Sapporo-Richmond Hotel Ekimae @ 9000yen per room per night/3mins walk from Sapporo station.
    Nijo Market
    Chocolate Factory
    Chitose Factory Outlet Mall Rera

    13-Feb: Sapporo-Richmond Hotel Ekimae @ 9000yen per room per night/3mins walk from Sapporo station.
    Lake Toya
    NOBORIBETSU - Bear Ranch (IF TIME PERMIT)
    NOBORIBETSU - Jigokudani or “Hell Valley”

    14-Feb:Kushiro Royal Inn @ 10000yen per room per night/1min walk from JR station, include BF
    KUSHIRO: Kushiro Masurland - Crane (a must go place in winter)

    15-Feb: Abashiri-Hotel Abashiko @ 12750yen per pax with BF and Dinner
    ABASHIRI Hokkaido Museum of Northen People
    ABASHIRI: Drift Ice
    ABASHIRI: Prision Museum

    16-Feb: Sapporo-Richmond Hotel Ekimae @ 9000yen per room per night/3mins walk from Sapporo station.
    Free and Easy.

    17-Feb: Hakodate Comfort Inn @ 8000yen per room per night
    HAKODATE Fort Goryokaku
    HAKODATE Mt Hakodate (day, sunset and night)

    18-19 Feb: Tokyo Kadoya Hotel @ 13650 per room per night/3 mins walk from Shinjuku station
    Shinjuku, Shibuya, Meji Shrine, Ginza, etc..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peegee View Post
    what's the point of starting this thread if we have to do in-depth research on our own.

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    i think it is probably a kind of user add-on kind of thing but someone need to keep things organised... that req lots of efforts and info can get outdated. it may be unfair to expect someone to provide a thorough info thread, if there is, it is a bonus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lomographer View Post
    don't get caught woofing can already
    what is woofing? and by the way, what's mobile network works in japan? does auto roam covers there?
    i'm went there almost 4-5 years ago, so i guess things might have change a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petetherock View Post
    Gonna ask a question of my own:

    I have 10D or so in Japan planned, this time I wish to see Hokkaido and the region there for a week, plus 3 days transit in Tokyo.

    Can anyone give me some ideas for places to stay, chill and get good scenery?

    I have not decided which season to go, so thats another area I will look for suggestions.

    Cheers!
    google kelly cheng, flickr, hokkaido. she post annotated pictures in chronological fashion. pictures can also see giantcanopy.

    i have yet to go to hakkoido, but based on my research done eons ago, you can basically cover southwest/west (cities like hakodate, sapporo, otaru) and central south hakkaido (furano, biei) in that 1 week, but slightly tight unless your breeze through hakodate/otaru. since you wanna chill, you might want to look at furano/biei/otaru as priority. the national parks might take up lot more time, which i guess you need to have maybe a week more.
    Last edited by zoossh; 24th August 2009 at 08:55 PM.

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    Thanks
    She has great pictures with good color.
    I am keen on nature and the cities, well, after a the first few, they will look the same...
    So I will take furano/biei/otaru as the needed stops, then venture to the National Parks.
    Any suggestions or thoughts on them?
    Cheers
    Quote Originally Posted by zoossh View Post
    google kelly cheng, flickr, hokkaido. she post annotated pictures in chronological fashion. pictures can also see giantcanopy.

    i have yet to go to hakkoido, but based on my research done eons ago, you can basically cover southwest/west (cities like hakodate, sapporo, otaru) and central south hakkaido (furano, biei) in that 1 week, but slightly tight unless your breeze through hakodate/otaru. since you wanna chill, you might want to look at furano/biei/otaru as priority. the national parks might take up lot more time, which i guess you need to have maybe a week more.
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