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    Quote Originally Posted by zoossh View Post
    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.
    Normal 3g network works fine there. i was using my iphone singtel sim card no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petetherock View Post
    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
    that's fine if you like these places. some people can spend a whole day on landscape, some get bored after 20mins lost of inspiration. all depends on your past experience.

    my limiting factor is i dun drive. public transport may be an issue for such places.

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    Friends
    FYI
    There is a cheap sale on fares now, SIA to Tokyo is $598, nett.
    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by petetherock View Post
    Friends
    FYI
    There is a cheap sale on fares now, SIA to Tokyo is $598, nett.
    Cheers
    good news to all budget flyers,

    check out the set dates and get your plannings done!
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    so,who'll be there in the around the 1st week of november?

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    I am going in september. got the sq ticket to osaka for $528 nett. I think the airport transfers for kansai airport is also cheaper and faster than narita which is very out of the way.

    So if you are going to both kansai and tokyo area, it is probably cheaper to land in Kansai airport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsun View Post
    so,who'll be there in the around the 1st week of november?
    I'm going end Oct, for 1 month. Wife and daughter join me 2nd week of Nov.

    Initially will be staying at http://naritaairporthostel.hoteru.of...m/default.aspx

    operated by someone I met during his backpacking days so I go there ask him help me plan

    Any suggestion on where to go? i have about 10 days of my own time to do shooting.

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    Some tips of my own. I've only been there once alone and it was in 2007.

    Some, or perhaps most, of the train stations there have more than 1 exits and may be far apart from each other. It helps to check the map inside the train stations. Once I went out from a different exit and found myself in a totally unfamiliar place.

    Before I left for Japan, I took a lot of screenshots from google maps of the places I was going to visit and saved them into my PSP. Or of course, you can print them.

    When eating in fast food restaurants, you are expected to clear your trays after your meals. There's a station with bins and you must seperate your rubbish between paper and plastic. There's also a sink to pour away leftover ice/water.

    Might want to avoid JR trains if possible during peak hours. I took the JR train and had my first experience of being squashed like sardines in a can. The next day I tried taking an alternate route. I took the Metro line back and it was less crowded.

    When waiting for the train at the station, queue up like the others. That's one thing I like about Japan.

    At Sunshine City, there's an observation deck which is at the 60th floor (can't remember clearly). A nice place to enjoy the sunset view. You can see the sun go down behind, next to Fuji Mountain.


    It would help to find out the sunrise/sunset times for the period when you are going so you can plan the places you want to go. I didn't do so and had to cut short my travel in Kyoto because it was too dark. I went at November and sunset begins around 3.30pm.

    That's all I can remember for now. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsun View Post
    so,who'll be there in the around the 1st week of november?
    hey ron, i'll be there the entire november.

    if you want someone to shoot with tell me!

    will be in tokyo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoossh View Post
    that's fine if you like these places. some people can spend a whole day on landscape, some get bored after 20mins lost of inspiration. all depends on your past experience.

    my limiting factor is i dun drive. public transport may be an issue for such places.
    the only place my dad drives to is to hakone when in tokyo and also when in hokkaido where we move around niseko, and ard the cities.

    most of the time i'm on the metro, it's way easier and convenient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lomographer View Post
    hey ron, i'll be there the entire november.

    if you want someone to shoot with tell me!

    will be in tokyo.
    wow really!maybe we can meetup in tokyo to shoot

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    If you are looking for budget accommodation, try www.toyoko-inn.com
    It's an economy hotel chain with hotels throughout Japan. Most of their hotels are located near train stations, which make travelling really easy and convenient. I have stayed in their hotels in Tokyo and Himeji, and felt they were really value for money. The rooms may be small, but they are super clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsun View Post
    wow really!maybe we can meetup in tokyo to shoot
    yup, mum will be back for her business matters so i'm to be there...

    i am going to continue my tokyo street series when i'm there!

    the last trip last year i only shot for a few days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lomographer View Post
    hey ron, i'll be there the entire november.

    if you want someone to shoot with tell me!

    will be in tokyo.
    Hi bro,
    i will be in tokyo from 20th to 27th nov.
    Maybe we can meet up there for some shooting.
    1st time gg there.
    Might need some1 familiar there also....

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    Quote Originally Posted by absoluthal View Post
    Hi bro,
    i will be in tokyo from 20th to 27th nov.
    Maybe we can meet up there for some shooting.
    1st time gg there.
    Might need some1 familiar there also....
    i am still confirming my details of trip,

    will update you via PM.

    sure, you can join me and ronald if we're shooting!

    the more the merrier!
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    Quote Originally Posted by absoluthal View Post
    Do u guys think SGD1500 is enough for my 6 nights stay there?
    ie: accomodation, train pass, food etc...
    I heard from my S'pore fren(went there before) that the train pass alone will cost me abt SGD500 for the whole trip.
    Correct me if I am wrong....
    I intend to travel mostly ard Tokyo most of the time and will be visting a fren in Kyoto also.
    as for accomodation, the cheapest I can find is SGD30.
    Anyone can help me find any cheaper?
    shopping budget will be put aside separately...
    Still planninng wat ti do there btw.

    Thanks for ur help here.
    if you are just traveling between Tokyo and Kyoto (and not where else), maybe can skip the JR pass. Check the price of the ticket to and fro Tokyo and Kyoto, it may be cheaper than buying JR.

    Budget varies for individual, I spent $3.5 k (all in + daily cigarettes:P) for 21 days for my first trip. My 2nd trip, less than 2.5k for 14 days (came back to sg, still got spare money to change back), it really varies...if you are not picky on food and accommodation, you can save much.

    Do drop by Yasukuni Shrine while in Tokyo..and I am sure you will go away richer in knowledge? Dun restrict to just seeing, take time to read and observe as you go along.

    Tokyo is much easier to go around than other places, dun be put off by the language barrier

    Tip: if you print maps of hotel or places, try to get those printed with Japanese as well. At least the local will know exactly where you are referring to..you print in English, you understand but some of them may not..so end up they can't help you too
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    The 7D JR Pass @Y28.300 is still good value. From Narita airport via Tokyo and Shinkansen to Kyoto return will cost you somthing like Y32,000. An you still got the use of the other 5 days; unless your visit is confined to Tokyo and vicinity.

    Always take japanese map if you can read kanji; allow you to refer to the names as used by the locals and easier to relate to the ground. Don't feel intimidated in Japan. You will get a good feel in a day.

    Good to learn 3 simple japanese phrases:
    1. Doko desuka? (Where's this place while pointing at some words on paper)
    2. Wakarimasen! ( I don't understand)
    3. Arigato (Thank you)

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    i am going during the 2nd week of December for 7 days

    Will reach Narita Airport at 730am and like to travel to Kyoto directly. Spend 1st and 2nd day at Kyoto before travelling back to Tokyo on the 2nd day evening time. The rest of the days will be at Tokyo itself.

    Is it recommended to buy the JR pass? The price stated in the website, are those return tickets?
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    wow...so many info on cheap lodgings...this makes my planning much easier.
    a question if i may, how about the youth hostelling international? are they good? anyone tried and like them? what i know is they're cheap.

    btw, what do u guys feel about ikebukuro in mid dec (winter???)?
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    If u have a windows mobile,palm,symbian smart phone, u can use this small application to
    plan your train routes from 1 station to another and it will tell u the shortest path to your destination station, very useful, got guides for many major cities around the world, save the trouble seeing route maps at station and asking people. I totally relied on this on my 4 trips to Japan.

    http://nanika.net/Metro/

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