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Old 12-02-2011, 07:31 PM   #1
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japan trip in August for comiket!

hi all, i would like to ask some questions, hope you guys can help me with my planning.. thank you in advance! haha..

anyone been to comiket? this year's comiket will be on 12-14th august (fri - sun). Are there any major difference in different days of comiket?

i planned to fly on the 8th aug midnight arriving in tokyo morning on the 9th.

Itinerary:

9th August (tues) - touch down + check in + shopping at Shibuya

10th August (wed) - whole day @ Shinjuku

11th August (thurs) - whole day @ Akihabara

12th August (fri) - Tsukiji market + Comiket @ Tokyo Big Sight + sleep early

13th August (sat) - Morning Asakusa's temples and shrines + Ueno Park + Ikebukuro

14th August (sun) - whole day @ Harajuku.

15th aug (mon) if departure @ 6am, will then spend the night @ airport.

Questions:

1) is my itinerary too relaxed? i want to just take it slow and easy, but is it too laxed?

2) on 14th august, if i were to check out early, which i think i have to, are there any temporary places where i can put my luggage while i go shopping/sight-seeing @ harajuku? like capsule hotel?

3) seeing that i am just touring within tokyo, how can i lower my transportation fee? i am not sure whether i will be touching down at narita or haneda, how far are they from the places i want to go?

4) should i stay in 1 single hotel? or are there recommendations for must-stay hotels at different parts of tokyo?

sorry for all the questions! thank you in advance!!!
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:56 PM   #2
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1) usually i would plan for 2 places a day. but this is really up to individual. if u are afraid that the itinerary is too relax, u can have some backup plans, maybe for evening/night for each day

2) u can always check out and leave the luggage with the hotel lobby, and come back in the evening to collect luggage. if not, there are lockers at JR stations that are large enough for luggage

3) around tokyo, dun think there are ways to reduce transport fee. coz the day passes are not worth it in ur case as u are going very few places a day.
narita is quite far, about 1-1.5hrs from tokyo. haneda is nearer.

4) just stay at one hotel so dun have to check in and out, and bring luggage around. popular hotels are sunroute shinjuku and toyoko-inn
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:55 PM   #3
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Thank you evilerniex!

I am thinking of staying in hostels where I can interact with foreigners cuz I plan to travel alone.. Any recommendations?

hmm I know I sound ridiculous, but i plan to go alone and I am scared of ghosts, wondering are there any haunted hotels or hostels so I can avoid..? Haha
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:52 PM   #4
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Itinerary:

9th August (tues) - touch down + check in + shopping at Shibuya

10th August (wed) - whole day @ Shinjuku

11th August (thurs) - whole day @ Akihabara
advise u to queue at Big Sight this night to get the whole comiket experience

12th August (fri) - Tsukiji market + Comiket @ Tokyo Big Sight + sleep early
forget Tsukiji on this day and spend whole day til evening at big sight. remember to bring lots of water and food rations so u no nd to go out for lunch and go back in again. trust me when u see the crowd u wont feel like exiting and re-enter.

13th August (sat) - Morning Asakusa's temples and shrines + Ueno Park + Ikebukuro

14th August (sun) - whole day @ Harajuku.
maybe move Tsukiji to this day

15th aug (mon) if departure @ 6am, will then spend the night @ airport.

Questions:

1) is my itinerary too relaxed? i want to just take it slow and easy, but is it too laxed?
if u wan to take it slow and easy then why bother about it being too laxed??? just relax and do wat u want slowly man

2) on 14th august, if i were to check out early, which i think i have to, are there any temporary places where i can put my luggage while i go shopping/sight-seeing @ harajuku? like capsule hotel?
u will wan to leave yr luggage in train station lockers, most ex is 500 yen.

3) seeing that i am just touring within tokyo, how can i lower my transportation fee? i am not sure whether i will be touching down at narita or haneda, how far are they from the places i want to go?
choose Haneda, no fight. although i think air tix will be more ex? cos the budget airlines dont land there

4) should i stay in 1 single hotel? or are there recommendations for must-stay hotels at different parts of tokyo?
1 single hotel is gd enough
popular items will be sold out on the first day of comiket. so u better go on first day and fight with the other otakus there lol. i forgot if the community made staying overnight before the first day of event illegal, u can go the official site to have a look. remember hentai doujinshi is illegal in SG hor if u wan to save travelling time or wat when u go Big Sight, just sleep in the internet cafes there. be warned though during comiket u have to go in early otherwise confirm no space.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:05 PM   #5
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take a look so u wont get a shock on the day lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYcEjv-n_3o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXgCG...eature=related
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Old 13-02-2011, 12:32 AM   #6
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popular items will be sold out on the first day of comiket. so u better go on first day and fight with the other otakus there lol. i forgot if the community made staying overnight before the first day of event illegal, u can go the official site to have a look. remember hentai doujinshi is illegal in SG hor if u wan to save travelling time or wat when u go Big Sight, just sleep in the internet cafes there. be warned though during comiket u have to go in early otherwise confirm no space.
omgggg the queue sooooooo long!!! den mus queue overnight and bring lots of food and drink like what you said.

and HUHHHHH i wanna go there to buy yaoi doujinshi lehhhhhhh... cant bring to singapore?!?!?!??!?!?!

thanks for your help...
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Old 13-02-2011, 09:52 AM   #7
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japanese really love to queue. when i went tokyo anime festival in 2008, the queue was about 1km long when i reached at 9am. took us 2hrs to get in.

if u are not planning to get limited/exclusive items, then dun go on the first day. and go in the afternoon, it slightly less crowded.
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Old 13-02-2011, 10:15 AM   #8
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omgggg the queue sooooooo long!!! den mus queue overnight and bring lots of food and drink like what you said.

and HUHHHHH i wanna go there to buy yaoi doujinshi lehhhhhhh... cant bring to singapore?!?!?!??!?!?!

thanks for your help...
so first timer right? bring at least a 1L bottle of drink and get some food tht can be eaten on the go like onigiri, sandwich etc.

as evilerniex has said, if u not planning to get limited stuff go in noon or last day. but since u said u wan yaoi doujin......................dont know how u trying to bring back lol gd luck. maybe some lurkers here will have advise for that?
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so first timer right? bring at least a 1L bottle of drink and get some food tht can be eaten on the go like onigiri, sandwich etc.

as evilerniex has said, if u not planning to get limited stuff go in noon or last day. but since u said u wan yaoi doujin......................dont know how u trying to bring back lol gd luck. maybe some lurkers here will have advise for that?
sure! water n food... i dont think i want any specific limited stuff since its my first time, dunno whats limited there also. lol.

anyone helpppp? i want bring yaoi back... is it possible???? hmmm but how come i cn buy yaoi from sg huh..?
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what are the limited/exclusive items in comiket?
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Old 14-02-2011, 09:17 AM   #11
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i went for dec one last year
wah cow
so crowded
during august will be even hotter
if u wana to poto cospray
the roof also got
i din know
whole 3 days stay in the cramped car park on level 1
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i have not been to comiket but from what i hear from my friends who have went, you better have a battle plan before flying over.

doujin groups will already have released what they will be selling and their booth details (check their sites/blogs/twitter etc) and get the offical guide (released in both print and cd form) to reference the layout so you can plan your route.

judging by your comment on what you want at comiket, you might want to spend more time at ikebukuro. its not called otome rd for nothing lol. also of interest is nakano broadway might want to check that out too.

anne hostal at asakusa bashi is not bad. its close enough to akihabara that you can walk there. the tradeoff is that it has no washing machine. breakfast is provided but its always hardboiled eggs and toast.

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Old 14-02-2011, 10:24 PM   #13
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i have not been to comiket but from what i hear from my friends who have went, you better have a battle plan before flying over.

doujin groups will already have released what they will be selling and their booth details (check their sites/blogs/twitter etc) and get the offical guide (released in both print and cd form) to reference the layout so you can plan your route.

judging by your comment on what you want at comiket, you might want to spend more time at ikebukuro. its not called otome rd for nothing lol. also of interest is nakano broadway might want to check that out too.

anne hostal at asakusa bashi is not bad. its close enough to akihabara that you can walk there. the tradeoff is that it has no washing machine. breakfast is provided but its always hardboiled eggs and toast.
i see.. yeah, i searched ikebukuro and i think i should dedicate 1 day there at least. haha!

thanks for the recommendation! =)
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online catalogs will appear around July, so better take a look to decide wat u want (aka have a battle plan lol by deciding on yr items and wat route to take to maximise time).
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online catalogs will appear around July, so better take a look to decide wat u want (aka have a battle plan lol by deciding on yr items and wat route to take to maximise time).
The catalog will be released on the comiket website?
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