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Old 22-01-2015, 12:10 PM   #1621
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one option is to do day tripping at an Ryokan in Hakone. You can almost do everything there except sleeping overnight.

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Old 22-01-2015, 02:39 PM   #1622
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Evilerniex, I have not booked the flight yet because we just decided on a 5d4n trip after catering for everyone's schedule. Not possible to extend further because we are flying out to US after that. But we will be booking the flight tix soon (waiting for Feb promo maybe. Prices seem to be quite high now without much promo). Looking at the flight timing currently, there's a flight by Ana that can reach tokyo at around 8am+ in the morning. Departure timing depends on which flight we choose. I am looking at 5pm+ or 7pm+ to maximise my stay in jp possibly.

I look up online for hakone free pass. Let's say I draft my itinerary this way:

Day 1 - go straight to hakone and take the romance train. Use the free hakone pass to do the loop trip around hakone (I wonder is there anyway to transport the luggage to the ryoken first) Stay overnight at hakone ryoken (would really like to experience the overnight stay with plus the onsen and yukata experience)

Day 2 - go fuji 5 lake to view Mt fuji (not sure how much time needed here. Leave for tokyo after that?

Day 3-5 - see see walk walk around tokyo and depart for US around late noon or evening time (probably got 2.5 days here?)

Does the plan above sounds ok? Sorry for asking so many noob qs..

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Old 22-01-2015, 03:25 PM   #1623
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looks good. if dun have time then dun go to Fuji five lakes. coz Hakone can see Mt Fuji already
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Old 22-01-2015, 05:46 PM   #1624
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Ok. Maybe I play by ear on the fuji five lake because I just realised I may not get to see mt fuji in June. Apparently that is the month with lowest visibility. Sigh... if not I can just explore around hakone on 2nd day and proceed straight to Tokyo after I check out of ryoken.

On a side note, do u know how do I deal with the luggage situation assuming I were to reach early in the morning and I can't check in to my ryoken Inn yet? I certainly wouldn't want to carry my luggage around during the hakone free pass tour. Haha...
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Ok. Maybe I play by ear on the fuji five lake because I just realised I may not get to see mt fuji in June. Apparently that is the month with lowest visibility. Sigh... if not I can just explore around hakone on 2nd day and proceed straight to Tokyo after I check out of ryoken.

On a side note, do u know how do I deal with the luggage situation assuming I were to reach early in the morning and I can't check in to my ryoken Inn yet? I certainly wouldn't want to carry my luggage around during the hakone free pass tour. Haha...
ur ryokan shld be able to store ur luggage for u
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On a side note, do u know how do I deal with the luggage situation assuming I were to reach early in the morning and I can't check in to my ryoken Inn yet? I certainly wouldn't want to carry my luggage around during the hakone free pass tour. Haha...
stay in a ryokan near the train station, preferably hakone-yumoto. otherwise if don't want to waste time going to your ryokan, leave in locker first also can.
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Old 23-01-2015, 10:09 AM   #1627
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Hi saffronsatire, thanks for the suggested ryoken. I will look into that. But if I opt for the locker, where is that located and how much is the fee? The locker is good for full size luggage?

Btw,anyone here knows how long it takes to complete the entire hakone free pass loop?

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Rgding the Hakone Free Pass, is it better to buy at Shinjuku Station to travel to Hakone?

Cos I am keep seeing abt the Romance train, but am unsure if this train can be taken with the Hakone Free pass.
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Old 23-01-2015, 10:37 AM   #1629
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Need some advise.

I'll be flying into KIX during CNY week and will staying in Osaka 1 night then heading to Hiroshima for 3 nights then to Kyoto 3 nights then back to Osaka 1 night.

Any special tickets I should buy for the shinkansen like JR Pass or some special pass for the trip between Osaka - Hiroshima - Kyoto - Osaka? Or I just go and buy regular shinkansen ticket. I checked hyperdia and SHIN-OSAKA to HIROSHIMA one way is about JPY10.4k

I do have an ICOCA IC Card as well. I'm familiar with Osaka but not Hiroshima/Kyoto or Shinkansen (never rode it before). Is it similar to the China High Speed Rail?
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Rgding the Hakone Free Pass, is it better to buy at Shinjuku Station to travel to Hakone?

Cos I am keep seeing abt the Romance train, but am unsure if this train can be taken with the Hakone Free pass.
If buy from Shinjuku, is more ex bcos it includes the Romance train ride from Shinjuku to Hakone Yumoto.

However, if you got JR pass, take Shinkansen to Odawara then buy the Hakone Free Pass there, cheaper.

Hi saffronsatire, thanks for the suggested ryoken. I will look into that. But if I opt for the locker, where is that located and how much is the fee? The locker is good for full size luggage?

Btw,anyone here knows how long it takes to complete the entire hakone free pass loop?
Hopefully, your luggage is not too big, the mid and large sized lockers not so many (click on 7, 21, 30, 31). Else, there is a Hakone Baggage Service (click on 8) and Baggage storage desk (click on 10).

If you're just doing the loop and don't deviate to other attractions in the same area, <5-6 hrs including lunch should be sufficient.
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Need some advise.

I'll be flying into KIX during CNY week and will staying in Osaka 1 night then heading to Hiroshima for 3 nights then to Kyoto 3 nights then back to Osaka 1 night.

Any special tickets I should buy for the shinkansen like JR Pass or some special pass for the trip between Osaka - Hiroshima - Kyoto - Osaka? Or I just go and buy regular shinkansen ticket. I checked hyperdia and SHIN-OSAKA to HIROSHIMA one way is about JPY10.4k

I do have an ICOCA IC Card as well. I'm familiar with Osaka but not Hiroshima/Kyoto or Shinkansen (never rode it before). Is it similar to the China High Speed Rail?

unfortunately u are too early for the new JR Kansai Hiroshima pass which starts in 1 March 2015:
JR West Rail Pass - Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass


the old JR West Sanyo area pass is still available till 28 Feb 2015. more expensive though
JR West Rail Pass - Sanyo Area
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If buy from Shinjuku, is more ex bcos it includes the Romance train ride from Shinjuku to Hakone Yumoto.

However, if you got JR pass, take Shinkansen to Odawara then buy the Hakone Free Pass there, cheaper.



Hopefully, your luggage is not too big, the mid and large sized lockers not so many (click on 7, 21, 30, 31). Else, there is a Hakone Baggage Service (click on 8) and Baggage storage desk (click on 10).

If you're just doing the loop and don't deviate to other attractions in the same area, <5-6 hrs including lunch should be sufficient.
Won't be traveling out of Tokyo, so wun buy JR Pass.
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Old 23-01-2015, 02:43 PM   #1633
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Dear all,

need some advise here. I booked a double room at Daiwa roynet Tokyo Akabane through agoda.com since it was on offer ($108/room/night, considered cheap right?).

when i saw the booking form, it shows max occupancy one pax. The website also shows max 1 person occupancy in the room, but when i see the specifications, it shows that it has quite a large bed and the room size is bigger than the normal 12/13 m2. So, can the double room accommodate 2 people??
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Dear all,

need some advise here. I booked a double room at Daiwa roynet Tokyo Akabane through agoda.com since it was on offer ($108/room/night, considered cheap right?).

when i saw the booking form, it shows max occupancy one pax. The website also shows max 1 person occupancy in the room, but when i see the specifications, it shows that it has quite a large bed and the room size is bigger than the normal 12/13 m2. So, can the double room accommodate 2 people??

did u book it as a 1 person room or a 2 person room?
it could be the same room, but the price will be different for 1 person and 2 person.
if u book it as 1 person room, unfortunately u can only have 1 person. dun try to smuggle in a 2nd person coz japan is quite strict about this.
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did u book it as a 1 person room or a 2 person room?
it could be the same room, but the price will be different for 1 person and 2 person.
if u book it as 1 person room, unfortunately u can only have 1 person. dun try to smuggle in a 2nd person coz japan is quite strict about this.
ohh, i booked it as a 1 person room. opps. cannot smuggle my friend into the room. :x
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