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Old 20-02-2017, 12:19 AM   #5956
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will be going kyoto + Osaka early Mar. Accomodation 3 days kyoto, 4 day Osaka. Plan to do day trips to Nara and kobe.

there are so many different travel passes. Train are run by many different rail companies. I am confused. what should i get?

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One way to tackle is to choose attraction you want to go and find out what is the nearest train station and how many mins walking can be done to reach there from train station.

For most attractions in Kyoto, if you are not committed to walk for 30mins -1 hrs, you can buy 1 day bus pass.

JR pass limited to Kansai region is ideal if JR stations are within reasonable walking distance such as Nijo Castle, Bamboo Grove, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Nara Park (about 30 mins walk), Namba, Umeda. Kobe

Kinetetsu-Nara is nearer to Nara Park than JR Nara.

You should be able to form your own travel schedule like that.
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Old 20-02-2017, 07:58 AM   #5957
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Can anyone recommend me hotels within tokyo that is:
- Either have free shuttles to Shingawa/ Keikyu Line or easy access to Haneda Airport, my friend is having an early flight at 9am
- Looking for budget lis probably 100-120 per night (2, pax, so 50-60 dollars each)

So far, I have found 2 - Toyoko Inn Shinagawa-eki Konan-guchi Tennozu and Tokyu Stay Kamata.. Unfortunately the latter only have smoking and do not have any availibility on the first of the 4 days I am staying. If anyone have any recommendations, do tell!

Also, we are planning to go to Kyoto SpaWorld, not confirmed yet, can anyone kindly tell how is the place? And what etiquette to take note of as this is the first time that we are going to such place
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Old 20-02-2017, 08:19 AM   #5958
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Can anyone recommend me hotels within tokyo that is:
- Either have free shuttles to Shingawa/ Keikyu Line or easy access to Haneda Airport, my friend is having an early flight at 9am
- Looking for budget lis probably 100-120 per night (2, pax, so 50-60 dollars each)

So far, I have found 2 - Toyoko Inn Shinagawa-eki Konan-guchi Tennozu and Tokyu Stay Kamata.. Unfortunately the latter only have smoking and do not have any availibility on the first of the 4 days I am staying. If anyone have any recommendations, do tell!

Also, we are planning to go to Kyoto SpaWorld, not confirmed yet, can anyone kindly tell how is the place? And what etiquette to take note of as this is the first time that we are going to such place
You mean Spaworld at Osaka?
http://www.spaworld.co.jp/english/

If you are at the onsen area, you will need to follow the Japanese onsen rule, which is basically naked and washing of body before entering, no soaking of towel into the pool, no tattoo(few allowed, most dont), no swimming etc. You can goolgle easily the onsen etiquette.

For a more authentic experience, since you are in Kansai, you could try Arima Onsen or further north to Kinusaki Onsen. Those are the real things.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3558.html
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3525.html

If you dont intend to pay 2400yen for Spaworld, you can try out on the cheaper

http://www.spasuminoe.jp/hotspring/index.html at 650yen only

Or slightly more expensive 800yen
http://www.naniwanoyu.com/onsen/index.html

Incidentally, they are both under the free access bundle for Osaka Amazing Pass. The 2 listed above are "onsen" only facilities. Spaworld is more like a water theme park that has an "onsen" section.

http://www.osaka-info.jp/osp/en/facility/free.php

If you have amazing pass, Spaworld gives you 200yen discount though.

If you are in the Tokyo Asakusa neighborhood, you can try their Jakotsuyu, 450yen
http://hotspringaddict.blogspot.com/...usa-tokyo.html
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Old 20-02-2017, 08:44 AM   #5959
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Salik89, 100-120 restricts you to mainly compact Japanese biz hotels. Must stay away from Smoking rooms, the smell is overwhelming as they stick to the wallpapers, carpets that no air freshener can get rid of. Suggest you stay in the Shinagawa hotels as its major transport hub (ie. lots of eateries and decent shopping). Most hotels don't provide free shuttle as Tokyo has so many train lines/stations. With the Japan pass, Shinagawa will bring you to all the major tourist spots on the popular circular Yamanota line.
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Old 20-02-2017, 09:00 PM   #5961
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Hi guys,

I will be in osaka for 7 days and followed by 6 days in tokyo. On my 2nd day in Osaka, I am going to visit Himeji castle for a day trip. After that, I am thinking if I should visit the Mitsui Outlet Park Marine Pia Kobe which is on my way back from Himeji. Do you guys find nice offer on ASICS and etc from Mitsui Outlet Park Marine Pia Kobe?

Thanks

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Hi guys,

I will be in osaka for 7 days and followed by 6 days in tokyo. On my 2nd day in Osaka, I am going to visit Himeji castle for a day trip. After that, I am thinking if I should visit the Mitsui Outlet Park Marine Pia Kobe which is on my way back from Himeji. Do you guys find nice offer on ASICS and etc from Mitsui Outlet Park Marine Pia Kobe?

Thanks

Best regards,
WL
Didn't pay attention to ASICS but i prefer the kurashiki outlet, better range and discounts overall. I went via Okayama after himeji. Walking distance from train station.

The kobe one had good discounts on tempur though. A distance from train station. Osaka one kinda out of reach and limited range across brands.

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You mean Spaworld at Osaka?
http://www.spaworld.co.jp/english/

If you are at the onsen area, you will need to follow the Japanese onsen rule, which is basically naked and washing of body before entering, no soaking of towel into the pool, no tattoo(few allowed, most dont), no swimming etc. You can goolgle easily the onsen etiquette.

For a more authentic experience, since you are in Kansai, you could try Arima Onsen or further north to Kinusaki Onsen. Those are the real things.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3558.html
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3525.html

If you dont intend to pay 2400yen for Spaworld, you can try out on the cheaper

http://www.spasuminoe.jp/hotspring/index.html at 650yen only

Or slightly more expensive 800yen
http://www.naniwanoyu.com/onsen/index.html

Incidentally, they are both under the free access bundle for Osaka Amazing Pass. The 2 listed above are "onsen" only facilities. Spaworld is more like a water theme park that has an "onsen" section.

http://www.osaka-info.jp/osp/en/facility/free.php

If you have amazing pass, Spaworld gives you 200yen discount though.

If you are in the Tokyo Asakusa neighborhood, you can try their Jakotsuyu, 450yen
http://hotspringaddict.blogspot.com/...usa-tokyo.html
Hey there, thanks for the links!
Thought that was an 'authentic' onsen.. I am still trying to look for 1 to experience it, either at Osaka/ Kyoto but perhaps to spend time enjoying it in the day but at the same time, trying to find some place that can be easily travel to since it will be our first time as last thing we do not want - getting lost and broken communication.


Salik89, 100-120 restricts you to mainly compact Japanese biz hotels. Must stay away from Smoking rooms, the smell is overwhelming as they stick to the wallpapers, carpets that no air freshener can get rid of. Suggest you stay in the Shinagawa hotels as its major transport hub (ie. lots of eateries and decent shopping). Most hotels don't provide free shuttle as Tokyo has so many train lines/stations. With the Japan pass, Shinagawa will bring you to all the major tourist spots on the popular circular Yamanota line.
Thanks, in that case, may be thinking of getting the Toyoko Inn at Shingawa then. 1 night in Smoking room may be bearable but I also do not think we can last for 3-4 nights.. For the shuttle, I will be glad if there are any to Shingawa Stations, not necesarily to the airports, just saying.


Another question - Usually what is the best time to start travelling from Town area (shinjukyuu/ Akihabara etc) towards to Haneda Airport if I wanted to avoid the 'crazy' crowds in train? Or rather, what are the high peak hours?
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Hey there, thanks for the links!
Thought that was an 'authentic' onsen.. I am still trying to look for 1 to experience it, either at Osaka/ Kyoto but perhaps to spend time enjoying it in the day but at the same time, trying to find some place that can be easily travel to since it will be our first time as last thing we do not want - getting lost and broken communication.




Thanks, in that case, may be thinking of getting the Toyoko Inn at Shingawa then. 1 night in Smoking room may be bearable but I also do not think we can last for 3-4 nights.. For the shuttle, I will be glad if there are any to Shingawa Stations, not necesarily to the airports, just saying.


Another question - Usually what is the best time to start travelling from Town area (shinjukyuu/ Akihabara etc) towards to Haneda Airport if I wanted to avoid the 'crazy' crowds in train? Or rather, what are the high peak hours?
At osaka, this one is easy to get to:
http://www.spa-shimizuyu.com/price/index_price.html

open from 6am to 12midnight 440yen. Good place to unwind after a long day of shopping
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At osaka, this one is easy to get to:
http://www.spa-shimizuyu.com/price/index_price.html

open from 6am to 12midnight 440yen. Good place to unwind after a long day of shopping
Need to prebook in advance?
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Hey there, thanks for the links!
Thought that was an 'authentic' onsen.. I am still trying to look for 1 to experience it, either at Osaka/ Kyoto but perhaps to spend time enjoying it in the day but at the same time, trying to find some place that can be easily travel to since it will be our first time as last thing we do not want - getting lost and broken communication.




Thanks, in that case, may be thinking of getting the Toyoko Inn at Shingawa then. 1 night in Smoking room may be bearable but I also do not think we can last for 3-4 nights.. For the shuttle, I will be glad if there are any to Shingawa Stations, not necesarily to the airports, just saying.


Another question - Usually what is the best time to start travelling from Town area (shinjukyuu/ Akihabara etc) towards to Haneda Airport if I wanted to avoid the 'crazy' crowds in train? Or rather, what are the high peak hours?
What time do you need to get to the haneda?
I took the yamanote on Saturday 7am and it was packed. Managed to board at the end of the three train.
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What time do you need to get to the haneda?
I took the yamanote on Saturday 7am and it was packed. Managed to board at the end of the three train.
My flight is at 10pm, since I will need to check in 2 hours prior to my flight, need to be there by 8pm then?

I do not mind arriving early there but of course, not 4pm for example unless if the rush hour is very bad
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My flight is at 10pm, since I will need to check in 2 hours prior to my flight, need to be there by 8pm then?

I do not mind arriving early there but of course, not 4pm for example unless if the rush hour is very bad
Around 6-8pm yamanote can be quite packed regardless weekday or weekend. I was thinking for next trip I'll take the limousine bus. Pro is don't have to struggle with luggage and transfer isn't needed. Cost is higher but it's only a few hundred yen a person so not that bad.
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Another question - Usually what is the best time to start travelling from Town area (shinjukyuu/ Akihabara etc) towards to Haneda Airport if I wanted to avoid the 'crazy' crowds in train? Or rather, what are the high peak hours?
7pm. Just take train starting from 8pm onwards. Toei's Asakusa Line-Keikyu's Line is not so crowded because of high frequency train.

When I took this line at Higashi-Ginza station, it alternate Asakusa Line train and Asakusa Line-Keikyu's line.

When you are at Shingakuji, you have one clear straight line on Keikyu's line.

I never took moonrail before.

These are for your idea on how you can expect.
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