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Old 27-05-2015, 09:50 AM   #2281
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got a few days in late nov for osaka, at the moment can't find any ideal and reasonably priced hotels with free cancellation. either non-refundable or prices >S$160. maybe i should just book first to play safe and continue monitoring in the meanwhile.

japanican used to have more hotels that weren't payment in advance unlike now.
Can try this, the studio ensuites are pretty nice for the pricing.
http://osaka.hanahostel.com/rate_e.html
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Old 27-05-2015, 12:20 PM   #2282
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Can try this, the studio ensuites are pretty nice for the pricing.
http://osaka.hanahostel.com/rate_e.html
looking now. thx!
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Old 27-05-2015, 02:06 PM   #2283
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when and which part of japan u going?
makes a big difference
I refer to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route... Next week.
A friend of mine just came back from there two weeks ago, she said just wear the normal track shoes with thick socks. I hope so.. cause bring my kids along. Hopefully they can cope with the temperature.
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Old 27-05-2015, 02:20 PM   #2284
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I refer to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route... Next week.
A friend of mine just came back from there two weeks ago, she said just wear the normal track shoes with thick socks. I hope so.. cause bring my kids along. Hopefully they can cope with the temperature.

http://www.alpen-route.com/en/introd...imate-clothing
looks like it is still quite cold in june. temperature can drop a lot in the mountains esp when it is cloudy or raining with strong wind.


thick socks and normal shoes shld be fine coz usually our legs and feet can tahan a bit of cold. more impt is the body and hands. good to have jacket and gloves.
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Old 28-05-2015, 11:12 PM   #2285
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use to get bmobile connection but recently got number of new 4G providers like so-net , yokoso prepaid card . changi mifi rental .

Staying for 8 days. Which SIM Card do you recommend nowadays ?

can collect at airport post office or order online now.
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Old 28-05-2015, 11:16 PM   #2286
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use to get bmobile connection but recently got number of new 4G providers like so-net , yokoso prepaid card . changi mifi rental .

Staying for 8 days. Which SIM Card do you recommend nowadays ?

can collect at airport post office or order online now.
How about cards that you can buy off the shelves at Yodobashi or BIC camera? Are they fast and reliable?
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Old 29-05-2015, 12:06 PM   #2287
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I got the BIC camera prepaid sims during my trip this month

they are pretty good. Connection was decent even in Nikko

anyone went to sumida fireworks festival before?

Need to go how early in the day to "chope" place
knowing the Japanese, you might really need to consider dedicating a whole day towards this event
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knowing the Japanese, you might really need to consider dedicating a whole day towards this event
I only intend to reach at 4pm for the Sumida Fireworks ... can I even walk to the parks at that time?
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Old 29-05-2015, 01:42 PM   #2289
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I only intend to reach at 4pm for the Sumida Fireworks ... can I even walk to the parks at that time?
To get good seating. chope place for best viewing angle

Need to be super early
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Do need advise from all the hokkaido experts (First Timer)
Will be travelling from 30Jul-08Aug2015 to hokkaido

Itinerary
Day 1-3
Reach Sapporo-Chitose 9plus
Take JR to Asahikawa or Biei
Pick up car at Asahikawa or Biei to B&B
Travel around Furano/biei

Day 3-6
Return rental car
Set off to Hakodate from Asahikawa/biei via JR
Accomodation in Hakodate
Roam around hakodate
Any recommendation of food & places to visit.

Day 6-9
Set off to Sapporo city
Check in Hotel and roam around sapporo city
Visit Otaru

Day 9
afternoon flight back sg

1. Any advise whether i should pick up rental car in Asahikawa or Biei? My B&B is in Biei (Pension Muginoho)
2. For rental cars, which rental company should i go for?
3. For the JR-Pass, how many days pass should i get to get the best value? I am only driving for 2-3 days (within Furano) and will prefer to take the fastest route to the Hakodate from day3
4. Local sim card is compatible with samsung 4g phones? Which telco to go for?
5. Anything else to take note?

i be boarding the return flight from sapporo-chitose therefore i chosen to visit Hakodate first.

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Hi, I have 4 full days in Osaka, 3 in Kyoto and 1 in Nara. I'm thinking if 3 days in Kyoto is too much?

Day 1: Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kamogawa River, Nishiki Market, Pontocho

Day 2: Higashiyama, Kiko miru data, Gion, Fushumi Inari

Day 3: Scenic Train, Arashiyama, Iwatayama Monkey Park, Kinkakuji.

seems a bit too relax right? can put day 2 and 3 together?

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Hi, I have 4 full days in Osaka, 3 in Kyoto and 1 in Nara. I'm thinking if 3 days in Kyoto is too much?

Day 1: Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kamogawa River, Nishiki Market, Pontocho

Day 2: Higashiyama, Kiko miru data, Gion, Fushumi Inari

Day 3: Scenic Train, Arashiyama, Iwatayama Monkey Park, Kinkakuji.

seems a bit too relax right? can put day 2 and 3 together?

3 days for Kyoto is just nice.
can put kinkakuji in day 2 instead as it doesn't go with Arashiyama


4 days in Osaka may be a bit long though. what have u planned for Osaka? u may want to consider going Himeji and kobe if u have extra days


if u are concern about having too many days in a certain place, maybe u can base ur entire trip in Osaka. that way u can change ur itinerary as and when u want.
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Don know what happen the hotel rate today for Sunroute Plaza all shoot up.
Last week I check for 2 twin economy room during october is 1894.86.
Today the price is 2066.79.
I take the yen price and deduct using the arcade rate as of today.
Some of the September week which previously can be book below 1.7k for economy now also shoot up above 1.7k.
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Thanks for the info! I was looking at Himeji and Kobe and it seems like there's nothing much (oh btw, im not getting JR pass, maybe kansai thru pass? not sure yet cos it seems like it's not very worth it).

Osaka Itinerary as follows:
Day 1: Osaka Tenmangu Shrine, Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street, Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, Mitsui Outlet Park, Namba area, Denden, Dotonbori (staying in this area)

Day 2: Ramen Museum, Umeda/Osaka Station area (Shopping, Hep 5), Kamigata Ukiyo-e Museum.

Day 3: USJ

Day 4: Osaka Castle, Osaka History Museum, Rinku Premium Outlet (flight at 11.30pm)

I'm thinking of squeezing my Kyoto into 2.5 days den with this one extra day I have no firm plans yet. Anything must visit that I did not list out? Considering suggestion of Kobe/Heimeji if there's nth else in Osaka.

My plan to shorten Kyoto is because my friend say she did Kyoto in 1 day and was shocked that I leave 3 full days for it.

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Thanks for the info! I was looking at Himeji and Kobe and it seems like there's nothing much (oh btw, im not getting JR pass, maybe kansai thru pass? not sure yet cos it seems like it's not very worth it).

Osaka Itinerary as follows:
Day 1: Osaka Tenmangu Shrine, Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street, Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, Mitsui Outlet Park, Namba area, Denden, Dotonbori (staying in this area)

Day 2: Ramen Museum, Umeda/Osaka Station area (Shopping, Hep 5), Kamigata Ukiyo-e Museum.

Day 3: USJ

Day 4: Osaka Castle, Osaka History Museum, Rinku Premium Outlet (flight at 11.30pm)

I'm thinking of squeezing my Kyoto into 2.5 days den with this one extra day I have no firm plans yet. Anything must visit that I did not list out? Considering suggestion of Kobe/Heimeji if there's nth else in Osaka.

My plan to shorten Kyoto is because my friend say she did Kyoto in 1 day and was shocked that I leave 3 full days for it.

u can get bus pass to get ard Kyoto. otherwise u dun need any passes if it is just nara, Kyoto and Osaka. if u are going Himeji, u can get 1-day JR west kansai area pass.


looks like u are squeezing a lot of places for Osaka. u may want to prioritises in case u cant cover everything. u can also consider going Osaka aquarium.


1 day for Kyoto is really too short, even if touch-and-go also difficult to cover all the main attractions.
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