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Old 07-08-2015, 11:44 AM   #2551
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Ask noob question, those ramen ticket machine. To buy more than one bowl have to buy one at a time or there's button to get 2 tickets?
Why not buy kae-dama (noodle refill), its lot cheaper. At Ichiran, one bowl of ramen costs Y790, kae-dama only Y190 (one portion) half amount Y140 (Not sure)
2 bowls costs Y1580. One bowl and kae-dama only Y980 as long as there is enough soup which I think should be enough cause the bowl is quite big
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Why not buy kae-dama (noodle refill), its lot cheaper. At Ichiran, one bowl of ramen costs Y790, kae-dama only Y190 (one portion) half amount Y140 (Not sure)
2 bowls costs Y1580. One bowl and kae-dama only Y980 as long as there is enough soup which I think should be enough cause the bowl is quite big
Buying for 2 persons. Your tip will come in handy still. Thanks
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Old 07-08-2015, 09:55 PM   #2553
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Planning for my first trip to Tokyo with a friend next week and also a 2 day trip to Mt. Fuji. The plan is to book a 1-day Mt. Fuji & Hakone Tour and leave the tour at Hakone and go to Mt. Fuji for an over night climb.

Question:
1) Is it easy to travel from Hakone to Mt. Fuji - by bus or train? need a rail pass if train (not sure w/c line)? According to maps, i need to be at Kawaguchiko station and take a bus to Mt. Fuji 5th station.
2) Is it easy to travel from Kawaguhicko to Shinjuku - by bus or train (JR Chuo Main Line)? need a rail pass if train? And according to a youtube video i searched, its from Kawaguhicko station to Shinjuku station (where i booked the hotel for the whole trip).

The whole package of 2 day-tour Mt. Fuji Climb is JPY43,000 from Shinjuku-Mt.Fuji-Shinjuku with overnight stay at Mt. Fuji Huts. So hopefully if we climb on our own (together with hundreds of locals/tourist on Mt Fuji) will be cheaper.

thanks in advance.
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:39 AM   #2554
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1st time to Japan

Hi,
This is my first time planning a free & easy trip to Japan and I'm overwhelmed by the numerous options. Need some advice from the pros. Appreciate your input!

We are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 kids (aged 12 and 14). Travel dates are 1-15 Dec 2015, managed to score cheap tickets fr SQ, flying into Narita and leaving via Haneda.

Here's what I have for now:
1-7 Dec (6 nights): Tokyo area
7-13 Dec (6 nights): outside of Tokyo
13-16 Dec (3 nights): near Disney (visiting Disney Sea for 1 day)

My questions:
1. For Tokyo area, between Shinjuku and Ueno/Asakusa area, which should I stay that is more convenient to reach from Narita airport and to move around Tokyo sights? (I am thinking of renting airbnb apartment cos hotel would be expensive and we'll need 2 rooms.)

2. For the 6 nights outside Tokyo, I am thinking of Hakone area (should we avoid Hakone totally cos of the volcanic activity or only the Owakudani area) and Fuji Five Lakes area. Where should we base ourselves for 6 nights? At one place or break up into 3+3 nights? Enough places to go for 6 days?

3. We are open to renting a car for the 6 nights outside Tokyo. Should be rent and drive out from Tokyo or should we take a train out to a town/city and then rent a car from there?

4. Any not to expensive but nice hotel/ryokans in the Hakone/Fuji area to recommend?

5. For our 3 nights in Disney area, is staying in Edogawa far from Disney Sea? The airbnb owner said we can take a Shuttle Seven bus to Disney in 12 minutes....

That's all I have for now! Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 08-08-2015, 10:29 AM   #2555
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Hi,

Planning for my first trip to Tokyo with a friend next week and also a 2 day trip to Mt. Fuji. The plan is to book a 1-day Mt. Fuji & Hakone Tour and leave the tour at Hakone and go to Mt. Fuji for an over night climb.

Question:
1) Is it easy to travel from Hakone to Mt. Fuji - by bus or train? need a rail pass if train (not sure w/c line)? According to maps, i need to be at Kawaguchiko station and take a bus to Mt. Fuji 5th station.
2) Is it easy to travel from Kawaguhicko to Shinjuku - by bus or train (JR Chuo Main Line)? need a rail pass if train? And according to a youtube video i searched, its from Kawaguhicko station to Shinjuku station (where i booked the hotel for the whole trip).

The whole package of 2 day-tour Mt. Fuji Climb is JPY43,000 from Shinjuku-Mt.Fuji-Shinjuku with overnight stay at Mt. Fuji Huts. So hopefully if we climb on our own (together with hundreds of locals/tourist on Mt Fuji) will be cheaper.

thanks in advance.
take bus from hakone to kawaguchiko:
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6905.html

for kawaguchiko to shinjuku, bus will be easier. can take train also, but need some transfers.

JR pass not need for both
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Old 08-08-2015, 10:41 AM   #2556
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Hi,
This is my first time planning a free & easy trip to Japan and I'm overwhelmed by the numerous options. Need some advice from the pros. Appreciate your input!

We are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 kids (aged 12 and 14). Travel dates are 1-15 Dec 2015, managed to score cheap tickets fr SQ, flying into Narita and leaving via Haneda.

Here's what I have for now:
1-7 Dec (6 nights): Tokyo area
7-13 Dec (6 nights): outside of Tokyo
13-16 Dec (3 nights): near Disney (visiting Disney Sea for 1 day)

My questions:
1. For Tokyo area, between Shinjuku and Ueno/Asakusa area, which should I stay that is more convenient to reach from Narita airport and to move around Tokyo sights? (I am thinking of renting airbnb apartment cos hotel would be expensive and we'll need 2 rooms.)
[both shinjuku and ueno are good. both have direct train to narita airport. keisei line for ueno, and narita express for shinjuku. both are on the yamanote line, so getting ard tokyo is easy too. accommodations in ueno are usually cheaper.]

2. For the 6 nights outside Tokyo, I am thinking of Hakone area (should we avoid Hakone totally cos of the volcanic activity or only the Owakudani area) and Fuji Five Lakes area. Where should we base ourselves for 6 nights? At one place or break up into 3+3 nights? Enough places to go for 6 days?
[better to monitor the situation in hakone.
most ppl just spend 1-2 days for hakone and lake kawaguchi. but i think there are enough places to visit to occupied all 6 days. since u are open to rental car, u can visit all 5 lakes and other less accessible places in the area.]


3. We are open to renting a car for the 6 nights outside Tokyo. Should be rent and drive out from Tokyo or should we take a train out to a town/city and then rent a car from there?
[if u have places to explore along the way, then maybe rent from tokyo. must also consider the coz of driving from tokyo vs. train]

4. Any not to expensive but nice hotel/ryokans in the Hakone/Fuji area to recommend?

5. For our 3 nights in Disney area, is staying in Edogawa far from Disney Sea? The airbnb owner said we can take a Shuttle Seven bus to Disney in 12 minutes....

That's all I have for now! Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 08-08-2015, 11:28 AM   #2557
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take bus from hakone to kawaguchiko:
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6905.html

for kawaguchiko to shinjuku, bus will be easier. can take train also, but need some transfers.

JR pass not need for both
Thanks for the link. I guess the bus is a much better option. Will have to try their long distance trains on a another trip.
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Old 10-08-2015, 10:12 AM   #2558
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Hi i booked a return tix to kix (15-22/9). But i have no idea what i can do there except a castle, usj and awuarium.. any other ideas?

Suppose i would be making day trips to kyoto, kobe or stuff, where would be a most convenient location to stay? (Should i stay at different places, or just stay at 1?)
Sorry i tried, but all them japanese names sound the same
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hi,

1) intend to drive from narita airport to mt fuji/lake kawaguchi/hakone. whats the estimated toll charges? is there a must to rent the etc card from the car rental company? any cheap car rental company to recommend please?

2) after that will return the car at Shinjuku. isit worthwhile to buy a keisei subway pass for 3 days? or should I get a jr pass to travel around Tokyo? http://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetud...et/subway.html
I have 3 days and intend to travel to shibuya, ikebukuro, ginza then last stop ueno and back to narita airport.
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Hi i booked a return tix to kix (15-22/9). But i have no idea what i can do there except a castle, usj and awuarium.. any other ideas?

Suppose i would be making day trips to kyoto, kobe or stuff, where would be a most convenient location to stay? (Should i stay at different places, or just stay at 1?)
Sorry i tried, but all them japanese names sound the same
will be good to stay need umeda/osaka station if u are travelling out for day trips.
it is ok to just base urself in one place to avoid the hassle of changing accommodations.
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hi,

1) intend to drive from narita airport to mt fuji/lake kawaguchi/hakone. whats the estimated toll charges? is there a must to rent the etc card from the car rental company? any cheap car rental company to recommend please?

2) after that will return the car at Shinjuku. isit worthwhile to buy a keisei subway pass for 3 days? or should I get a jr pass to travel around Tokyo? http://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetud...et/subway.html
I have 3 days and intend to travel to shibuya, ikebukuro, ginza then last stop ueno and back to narita airport.
1) how about renting from hakone/fuji area instead? unless u have place to visit along the way

2) just use a store-value card (eg. SUICA). the places u are going requires a mix of JR trains and subways. subway pass will not be able to cover all rides. JR pass not going to be worth it also coz it is relatively cheap to travel within the city.
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1) how about renting from hakone/fuji area instead? unless u have place to visit along the way

2) just use a store-value card (eg. SUICA). the places u are going requires a mix of JR trains and subways. subway pass will not be able to cover all rides. JR pass not going to be worth it also coz it is relatively cheap to travel within the city.

once I touched down in narita, I plan to drive straight to hakone/Fuji area. my car rental is around sgd$80/day for pick up in narita and drop off in Shinjuku. is it more cost efficient to do this factoring petrol,toll etc? only 2 pax travelling. or should I take bus/train from narita to hakone/Fuji then to Shinjuku?


if I use suica, how much will it cost for me to go from ueno to narita airport? my last day will be at ueno.

lastly, whr can I get a sim card? I will be there for 7 days. is u-mobile good? http://sg.simjapan.com/ or iijmio is good?
thanks a lot
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once I touched down in narita, I plan to drive straight to hakone/Fuji area. my car rental is around sgd$80/day for pick up in narita and drop off in Shinjuku. is it more cost efficient to do this factoring petrol,toll etc? only 2 pax travelling. or should I take bus/train from narita to hakone/Fuji then to Shinjuku?


if I use suica, how much will it cost for me to go from ueno to narita airport? my last day will be at ueno.

lastly, whr can I get a sim card? I will be there for 7 days. is u-mobile good? http://sg.simjapan.com/ or iijmio is good?
thanks a lot
u will have to calculate the distance travelled and fuel cost to see which is cheaper. i havent driven that route, so no idea wat is the toll.

from ueno to narita airport via keisei line is about 1000yen on the normal train, and about 2500yen on the faster skyliner.

there are a few threads on sim cards. u can do a search on those. i dun use data when i travel, so no idea
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How to buy from yodobashi? And get as much discount ? U just bring the item to the counter and show passport? And pay by visa can alr?


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