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Old 19-04-2015, 07:58 PM   #31
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osaka to himeji, buy the 1day 2200yen jr west pass . otw back, can go sanomiya (kobe) eat kobe beef.

but the pass can only buy 1x so make sure u not buying anymore or need for another day.
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Old 19-04-2015, 09:12 PM   #32
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Thanks for all the help so far guys! I've booked flight tics and all accom.
Chuo hotel at osaka and khaosan ninja at tokyo. Staying w a fren at kyoto.

1. Is there anything else I need to buy or do in advance in singapore? Busy exam period until 7 may (: Only got 7 to 11 may to plan and pack after.
[as mentioned by eq2addict, u can get the JR Kansai area pass. if u buy here or via internet, it is 2200yen instead of 2300yen.
if u are getting data sim card, u may want to book it first and get it sent to ur hotel]


2. Any train tickets to get? (Had a bad experience travelling non-direct train from Amsterdam to Paris, took like a day and 5 train changes)
[for kyoto to tokyo, u can get the purrato kodama discount ticket for shinkansen]

3. Day trips to book?

4.Stuff that has to be reserved or it would be sold out by then? Like admission tickets etc Not going disney/USJ, but maybe osaka's aquarium. Is it worth it though?
[yes, osaka aquarium is worth a visit. much better than our sentosa one]

5. is it worth getting sumo tickets from this website? since i'll be in tokyo during the may period where there are sumo competitions. http://www.buysumotickets.com/Contact_Us.html

Would love to get data but as a solo travellor the wifi pocket thing is kinda expensive.

12 Singapore - Osaka
13 Osaka
14 Osaka
15 Osaka - Kyoto
16 Kyoto
17 Kyoto
18 Kyoto
19 Kyoto - Tokyo
20 Tokyo
21 Tokyo
22 Tokyo
23 Tokyo
24 Tokyo
25 Tokyo - Singapore

Will prolly do a day trip to from osaka to kobe, (should i still do himeji? im not buying a railpass since i technically only need 1 shinkasen from kyoto to tokyo)
kyoto to nara and
tokyo to mt fuji

Any suggestions / things I can change to improve?
wat u planning to do in kobe? u can visit kobe after himeji and stay still dark to see the night view from mt rokko
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Old 19-04-2015, 09:35 PM   #33
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osaka to himeji, buy the 1day 2200yen jr west pass . otw back, can go sanomiya (kobe) eat kobe beef.

but the pass can only buy 1x so make sure u not buying anymore or need for another day.
sounds good! thanks for the tip. can this jr pass be bought in jap or must i buy in sg like the other passes?

wat u planning to do in kobe? u can visit kobe after himeji and stay still dark to see the night view from mt rokko
thx for the info on osaka aquarium!

no plans at kobe atm other then makan beef, was gonna plan indepth after 7may. appreciated the info

purrato kodama discount ticket seems complicated to purchase, but if i sat a normal shinkansen from kyoto to tokyo would i need to make any reservations before hand? trains from hyperdia seem really frequent. could i just show up on 19 may (date of departure) and purchase on the spot at the train station?


qns to all: should i stay at another location for any of the days or? e.g. any 2d1n at hakone or any other place?

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Old 19-04-2015, 10:07 PM   #34
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Follow the instructions here.
https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/t...n/pass/kansai/

If u wanna buy Purato Kodama discount ticket, you have to buy 1 day in advance.
http://nihonshock.com/2010/02/puratt...ansen-tickets/
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Old 19-04-2015, 10:14 PM   #35
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I'll be in Tokyo from 19 to 25 also if our plans overlap and you don't mind, maybe can meet up haha
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Old 20-04-2015, 09:41 AM   #36
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sounds good! thanks for the tip. can this jr pass be bought in jap or must i buy in sg like the other passes?
[can buy in japan, at 2300yen instead of 2200yen]



thx for the info on osaka aquarium!

no plans at kobe atm other then makan beef, was gonna plan indepth after 7may. appreciated the info

purrato kodama discount ticket seems complicated to purchase, but if i sat a normal shinkansen from kyoto to tokyo would i need to make any reservations before hand? trains from hyperdia seem really frequent. could i just show up on 19 may (date of departure) and purchase on the spot at the train station?
[can buy on the day itself since usually shinkansen not fully occupied. however, to play safe I usually book the day before or earlier.]


qns to all: should i stay at another location for any of the days or? e.g. any 2d1n at hakone or wtv?

will be good to stay a night at hakone if u are going there.
what are places will u be visiting? wat is wtv?
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Old 20-04-2015, 10:30 PM   #37
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Follow the instructions here.
https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/t...n/pass/kansai/

If u wanna buy Purato Kodama discount ticket, you have to buy 1 day in advance.
http://nihonshock.com/2010/02/puratt...ansen-tickets/
ty! means i can buy the kansai pass in japan at any railway station ya? only save 1 dollar if i buy early.

in that case, i would go himeji in the morning, then return to kobe in the noon and then back to osaka? is there any entrance fee for himeji? walkable from himeji station? wat else is there to do in kobe other than beef?

I'll be in Tokyo from 19 to 25 also if our plans overlap and you don't mind, maybe can meet up haha
haha have u been to tokyo b4? where r u staying?

will be good to stay a night at hakone if u are going there.
what are places will u be visiting? wat is wtv?
ive yet to plan for tokyo. what is there to do at hakone btw? oh i meant im open to suggestions.
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Old 20-04-2015, 10:35 PM   #38
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ty! means i can buy the kansai pass in japan at any railway station ya? only save 1 dollar if i buy early.

in that case, i would go himeji in the morning, then return to kobe in the noon and then back to osaka? is there any entrance fee for himeji? walkable from himeji station? wat else is there to do in kobe other than beef?
Entrance fee for Himeji: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3501.html
It's about 15-20 mins walk from Himeji station.

There is also a Hello Kitty cafe in Himeji, if you are interested can go there take a look.

https://www.google.com.sg/webhp?sour...0cafe%20himeji

For Kobe, you can take a look over here.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2159.html
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remember to rent MIFI from me if u are going. hehe. =)
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haha have u been to tokyo b4? where r u staying?
Nope, my first time in Japan too actually haha. I'll be staying at Juyoh Hotel (3100 yen per night for private room, so why not) for most nights, and First Cabin Tsukiji for one night (wanna see tuna auction the next morning)
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Old 21-04-2015, 10:51 PM   #41
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osaka to himeji, buy the 1day 2200yen jr west pass . otw back, can go sanomiya (kobe) eat kobe beef.

but the pass can only buy 1x so make sure u not buying anymore or need for another day.
if i were to buy single trip tickets for himeji/kobe how much would they cost?
is it a significant saving?
i.e. osaka to himeji
himeji to kobe
kobe to osaka
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Old 21-04-2015, 10:52 PM   #42
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Nope, my first time in Japan too actually haha. I'll be staying at Juyoh Hotel (3100 yen per night for private room, so why not) for most nights, and First Cabin Tsukiji for one night (wanna see tuna auction the next morning)
i tot of staying at first cabin, but in the end i didnt, lazy to lug my belongings around and find the place. not sure if its the right move lol. wanted to go see the auctions too but my hostel isn't near.

not sure how to go about doing this now haha
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Old 22-04-2015, 03:43 AM   #43
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If u wanna buy Purato Kodama discount ticket, you have to buy 1 day in advance.
http://nihonshock.com/2010/02/puratt...ansen-tickets/
http://www.jrtours.co.jp/kodama/en/?scid=jtt_kepEng002

found this webbie. however im travelling from osaka to kyoto to tokyo. not sure if there are any locations to purchase.

is it possible to buy in sg beforehand?
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Old 22-04-2015, 08:02 AM   #44
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http://www.jrtours.co.jp/kodama/en/?scid=jtt_kepEng002

found this webbie. however im travelling from osaka to kyoto to tokyo. not sure if there are any locations to purchase.

is it possible to buy in sg beforehand?
Dont think you can reserve the tickets online but there's a tokai tours office at Shin-Osaka. Kyoto station has one as well.

Alternatively, you can get them from JTB agencies located in Osaka.

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Old 22-04-2015, 09:33 AM   #45
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if i were to buy single trip tickets for himeji/kobe how much would they cost?
is it a significant saving?
i.e. osaka to himeji
himeji to kobe
kobe to osaka

u can check all the train cost here:
http://www.hyperdia.com/en/


for example, Osaka to Himeji is 1490yen one way by JR special rapid service
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