i tried the morning squeeze from ikkebukuro to Shinjuku. usually i will leave hotel after 10am to avoid the crowd but tat day need to catch the train to Hakone. So no choice. Waited for 3 trains to pass before we attempted to get in. It is a horrible experience!! It is summer and everyone is so sweaty and sticky. Luckily is jus one stop for us. And getting out is worse, ppl squeezing in from outside and ppl inside forcing their way out. This is one experience i nv wanna try again. SG mrt squeeze is really nothing compared to Japan.
So packed that like Kenn said, no need to hold anything. Everyone is breast to breast, arse to privates, privates to arse. Truly felt uncomfortable for my girlfriend especially knowing what Japanese trains are famous for. Was ready to smack anyone who tries with my tripod-o-steel LOL.
Anyway pics are a little slow, trying to upload up till day 10 on flickr before i share here, but anyhow here's the link to my flickr:
A few teasers -
#1 - 2nd Last Train from Narita!!!
#2 - The Lonely Path (Koishikawa-Kuen)
#3 - View From Tokyo Tower (Really hard to take with the foggy glass and reflections!)
Day 3 (DisneySea):
#4 - Stitch!
#5 - Lighthouse
Yups, Enjoyed Tokyo!
which is better, Disney sea or Disneyland
tell me more, i am still planning
However if u go Sea only u will miss out experiencing Land. If u go Land, u will keep wondering what Sea is like. Afterall, you'd probably want to know what either is like and you will probably not go there again, or for some people, 1 or 2 times more if they really loved it
Solution? Go both...it was a no brainer when i had the same questions too
what about hotels? pictures, reviews, price?
i only have time for one resort and i choose disneysea. my wife and i enjoyed ourselves there.. esp the Tower of Terror.. But too bad quite a few rides down on the day i visited.
Next 2 nights in Taisenkan in Hakone. This is about 1040 for 2 ppl for 2 nights...that works out to be about 260 per person per night.**
The last 2 nights I stayed at Ueno Fountaine Villa...this one is 274, so about 68.5 per person per night. (comes with free buffet breakfast)
** Taisenkan is a ryokan, price includes a Kaiseki (traditional dinner) and breakfast (super big spread too). Highly recommended you go to a good ryokan especially if you're going together with wife/gf. Get to book a private outdoor bath (at least for my ryokan).
I liked all my hotels. The last one is quite squeezy but for the price, it's considered good. The best of course is Taisenkan as it is the highlight of my trip. Don't skimp on this one if u want to experience a traditional ryokan with ALOT of food , wearing a yukata and sleeping on futon - True Japanese Experience
Paiseh, photos not ready yet
i am currently looking at the various train passes and Free and easy packages from japan
this tripit app is quite good
does anyone know what time does the mad sardine train ends?
I'm planning to travel japan this November as well but still have some concerns about accommodation. Do you think that I can travel from Tokyo to Kyoto, Nikko, Hakone at night, say after 8pm? Hotels and ryokan / minshuku allow check-in after 3pm if I make a reservation beforehand?
9am is still very packed. 10am should be safe.
sadly i am traveling with my family so cannot be cheapo
if i was alone i would do just that
I have no idea how to take the bus safe for the ones in Hakone and Nikko
If not travelling beyond tokyo I cannot imagine using any pass system. Some of these passes (eg, I got a metro ticket pass when buying GRUTT museum pass, cannot use on JR lines), will need you to be walking more than usual if you want to make these passes worth!
eg Ueno, got aga aga 5 stations, but only JR line nearest to where u wanna go, but u use this pass u need to do more walking. Vice Versa for JR east pass or something, doesn't apply for private trains.
IMO just get their SUICA/PASMO (EZ-LINK!) and get done with no need to think more
Passes i DO recommend are the GRUTT pass and Hakone/Nikko passes if u are going there.
A little late but as promised (NPNT right?):