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Old 29-01-2015, 11:12 AM   #1696
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All the IC cards have now been integrated. If you land in Tokyo first, get the Suica, if you land Osaka first, get the ICOCA (which is what I have).

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Yes, i will be landing at narita airport. so i guess i'll get ICOCA. Is there any card more advantage to the other Ie.. discount. does the ICOCA card allow me to take bus at kyoto as well ?
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Old 29-01-2015, 11:17 AM   #1697
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Yes, i will be landing at narita airport. so i guess i'll get ICOCA. Is there any card more advantage to the other Ie.. discount. does the ICOCA card allow me to take bus at kyoto as well ?
there is a 1-day bus pass at 500yen for Kyoto buses which u can purchase from the bus terminal outside Kyoto station
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Old 29-01-2015, 11:24 AM   #1698
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there is a 1-day bus pass at 500yen for Kyoto buses which u can purchase from the bus terminal outside Kyoto station
Thanks,i'll take a look at the bus pass, btw does the ICOCA allow me to take bus/subway in kyoto/osaka/Tokyo ?
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Old 29-01-2015, 11:41 AM   #1699
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Thanks,i'll take a look at the bus pass, btw does the ICOCA allow me to take bus/subway in kyoto/osaka/Tokyo ?
Kyoto buses can't use the IC Cards. You can buy those special passes. But it works for subway/private rail in Kansai area.

Why not purchase the SUICA since you land in Tokyo first?
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Old 29-01-2015, 11:44 AM   #1700
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Kyoto buses can't use the IC Cards. You can buy those special passes. But it works for subway/private rail in Kansai area.

Why not purchase the SUICA since you land in Tokyo first?
oh ok, i see wrongly. i'll get the SUICA card first, since i landed in narita. thanks
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Thanks,i'll take a look at the bus pass, btw does the ICOCA allow me to take bus/subway in kyoto/osaka/Tokyo ?
Good news is Kyoto buses has stated accepting IC cards, so SUICA is going to be usable there. But if you need to make more than 2 bus rides a day in Kyoto, get the day passes. lesser than that use SUICA.
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Good news is Kyoto buses has stated accepting IC cards, so SUICA is going to be usable there. But if you need to make more than 2 bus rides a day in Kyoto, get the day passes. lesser than that use SUICA.
More than 2 buses in Kyoto use pass cheaper alr ah? Good to hear that suica is accepted on the buses. Less confusion.
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Old 29-01-2015, 01:24 PM   #1703
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Good news is Kyoto buses has stated accepting IC cards, so SUICA is going to be usable there. But if you need to make more than 2 bus rides a day in Kyoto, get the day passes. lesser than that use SUICA.
Agree, but for my itinerary i only visit kiyomizudera, fushima inari, Higashiyama streets and arashiyama. i try to visit places that my Jr pass allow me to.
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More than 2 buses in Kyoto use pass cheaper alr ah? Good to hear that suica is accepted on the buses. Less confusion.
as one ride is fixed price at 230. if 3 rides total is 690, so the 500 1 day pass is more worth, if 4 or 5 even better lo.
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Agree, but for my itinerary i only visit kiyomizudera, fushima inari, Higashiyama streets and arashiyama. i try to visit places that my Jr pass allow me to.
LOL, sure lah, but sometimes no choice but to take non JR. Don't skip the sites just because no JR there.
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LOL, sure lah, but sometimes no choice but to take non JR. Don't skip the sites just because no JR there.
we got only 2 days or less den 2 days to enjoy Kyoto. Btw i can get my SUICA card at the same place when i xchange for my JR pass at narita aiport. right ?
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hello everyone, i'm in the midst of planning my 2nd (!) trip to Tokyo this May again, hehe! bringing my virgin friend there this time, so its not a solo trip this time.

thought of bringing said friend to a super onsen, and from the JNTO website, I've shortlisted two options. any comments on these 2 would be greatly appreciated, domo arigato~

1. Tennen Onsen Heiwajima 天然温泉平和島
Address: Big-Fun-Heiwajima, 2/F, 1-1-1 Heiwajima, Ota-ku, Tokyo 
Admission fee: 1,800 Yen
Webbie: VR a

2. Toshimaen Niwano-yu  豊島園 庭の湯
Address: 3-25-1 Koyama,Nerima-ku, Tokyo
Admission fee: 1,296 Yen
Webbie: ???????? ??? ???

I've went to the websites, and while I like the outdoorsy feel of Toshimaen, the types of baths in there seems lesser as compared to Tennen, which seems to have more types of baths. Also, Toshimaen is slightly further away from Ebisu as compared to Heiwajima. But Tennen is further away from the station than Toshimaen. :x

so, any recommendations on which is a better one to bring my friend to?
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Try the unique black onsen bah

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South of Roppongi, near Azabujuban. Azabu area is a nice place to wander about too.
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More than 2 buses in Kyoto use pass cheaper alr ah? Good to hear that suica is accepted on the buses. Less confusion.
Yes. Every time when i am at Kyoto, i sure use that pass. Value for money since I will be at city area/night joints at night time.
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