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Old 16-10-2017, 06:41 PM   #7411
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Thanks for the reply ! sorry for the late reply, completely forgot about my post lol. If that's the case do you think it's more worth it for me to get the 14days JR Pass starting from 2nd day(18Dec) since i'll be reaching at 9pm+ on the first day.
Where are you flying in and out? Which airports?

Long distance train rides -
Tokyo > Nagoya ¥10,880
Nagoya > Tokyo ¥10,880
Kanazawa > Tokyo ¥14,120
Kyoto > Kanazawa ¥6,900
Total - ¥42,780

14D JR Pass ¥46,390
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Old 16-10-2017, 08:23 PM   #7412
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I am heading to osaka and Tokyo on 18Nov. Wonder how cold is it and what kind of clothing is needed?
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Old 16-10-2017, 11:49 PM   #7413
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@ahs Im spending my last night in kobe.. will it be wise to take the ferry from kobe airport to kix or take the train? Thanks!
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Old 17-10-2017, 07:13 AM   #7414
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I am heading to osaka and Tokyo on 18Nov. Wonder how cold is it and what kind of clothing is needed?
Cold tolerance is very subjective. Some people find 17° just nice and cooling, while some already need sweater and need to stick hands into pockets for warmth.

For me, I'd just bring a fleece jacket and a good windbreaker along. During the day you might not need anything, but in the evening or when the wind comes, you'll be glad you have that windbreaker with you.
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Old 17-10-2017, 07:35 AM   #7415
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Transport options out of Narita airport is either NEX, Keisei skyliner or the Keisei main line. Travelling time and terminal stations differ.

I would suggest the following
1. Day 3 split into 2 halves.
2. Slot in Odaiba on Day 6. You will find the travelling much more smoother.
3. Asakusa can be on it's own

No go Akihabara?
Noted on ur suggestion, maybr will slot the Akihabara if time permitted
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Old 17-10-2017, 02:04 PM   #7416
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is snowfall frequent in niigata during march?
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Old 17-10-2017, 03:57 PM   #7417
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Cold tolerance is very subjective. Some people find 17° just nice and cooling, while some already need sweater and need to stick hands into pockets for warmth.

For me, I'd just bring a fleece jacket and a good windbreaker along. During the day you might not need anything, but in the evening or when the wind comes, you'll be glad you have that windbreaker with you.
Noted! Thanks so much!
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Old 17-10-2017, 04:21 PM   #7418
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Where are you flying in and out? Which airports?

Long distance train rides -
Tokyo > Nagoya ¥10,880
Nagoya > Tokyo ¥10,880
Kanazawa > Tokyo ¥14,120
Kyoto > Kanazawa ¥6,900
Total - ¥42,780

14D JR Pass ¥46,390
I'm flying in at Osaka Kansai Intl, flying out at tokyo haneda airport.
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Old 17-10-2017, 05:51 PM   #7419
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I'm flying in at Osaka Kansai Intl, flying out at tokyo haneda airport.
I don't know where you'll be staying in Osaka city. Use Hyperdia.com to calculate the rest of the train trips. Could use it from 17 Dec (D1 if you're going straight into the town) to 30 Dec (D14). Take Limited Express Haruka from Kansai Airport, that's already ¥2,230 to Tennoji station. Should be able to break even if you did day trips to Kobe or even Himeji or Nara.

Get a ICOCA if you do not have any IC card.
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Old 17-10-2017, 10:12 PM   #7420
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hi guys, would like to seek your opinions on below itinerary 19th Dec (arrival 530pm)to 3rd Jan (departure 3pm), fly in & out @ osaka

D1 tue) check in probably namba area> dinner @ dotonburi /shop @ shinsaibashi
D2 wed) ichiba kuromon Market > explore osaka (osaka castle perhaps?) > midosuji illumination sights (is the day too 'light')
D3 thur) himeiji castle > dinner @ osaka (dunno which area yet)
D4 fri) nara >dinner @ Higashimuki> return to osaka

D5 sat) osaka > kyoto (reach by noon) > check in > explore nishiki market and/or karawamanchi
D6 sun) rent kimono > kiyomizudera > ko-daiji > fushimi Inari (i see alot itinerary include arashiyama & baboo forest together with kiyomizudera in same day, is there seriously enough time?)
D7 mon) xmas day: arashiyama & bamboo forest

D8 tue) activate 7D JR pass.
kyoto > tokyo shinjuku (reach by noon)> explore shinjuku rest of day (is it gg to be v boring?)

D9 wed) shinjuku > hakone > overnight @ ryokan

D10 thur) hakone > tokyo (unsure shinjuku or tokyo station yet)
D11 fri) tokyo > yuzawa (reach by 11?) > late afternoon ard 5pm head to echigo yuzawa station to check out the souvenir/sake stores? > head back tokyo (not sure if the day is too rush)
D12 sat) tsujiki market> asakusa > harajuku
D13 sun) new year eve..not sure head where, probably countdown at temple? any suggestions?

D14 mon) new year day. after lunch head back osaka? is there anywhere i can explore in the morning? <7D JR pass ends
D15 tue) osaka..dunno go where
D16 wed) probably ard 1130 need check out & start to leave for airport? departure at 3pm


do you guys think i have put too much time in osaka/ kyoto? i was trying to rely on just 7D JR pass..do you guys think it will be better if i simply just buy a 14D so that i can have more time in tokyo? although i really not sure what other places i can explore w/i tokyo.

also, what additional pass do you think i should invest in for the osaka to kyoto days? or is it better if i just use the icoca card? apologies for the lengthy post & qns..first time gg japan & its a impromptu trip.
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Old 18-10-2017, 09:43 AM   #7421
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must cater time to wait for the bus, and for the actual bus ride.....

better run once you get off the plane at HND, run to immigration, run to luggage carousel, run to customs, run to domestic luggage check-in, run to domestic security check-in, run to bus terminal, take the bus (cos u cannot run to domestic terminal from international terminal)....

Then after u reach domestic terminal, do whatever you like if you still got spare time,.....
Need to run? The website states the whole transit will take about 70 min. Should be ok if the plane to plane time is more than that.
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Old 18-10-2017, 10:12 AM   #7422
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I've bought JAL Tix to Osaka, transit at HND. I am not able to choose seats (stating all seats all available) at choose seating page. I am only able to choose seats for both domestic flights (Osaka to toyko and back), not able to choose for international flights (SG to Tokyo and back).

Is this normal? Do I get a seat on actual day?
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Old 18-10-2017, 11:45 AM   #7423
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I've bought JAL Tix to Osaka, transit at HND. I am not able to choose seats (stating all seats all available) at choose seating page. I am only able to choose seats for both domestic flights (Osaka to toyko and back), not able to choose for international flights (SG to Tokyo and back).

Is this normal? Do I get a seat on actual day?
That’s weird.
I brought my JAL ticket to Japan for hanami next year a few months ago and I could choose my seat
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Old 18-10-2017, 11:59 AM   #7424
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Could it be that they oversold the seats?

That’s weird.
I brought my JAL ticket to Japan for hanami next year a few months ago and I could choose my seat
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Old 18-10-2017, 12:41 PM   #7425
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Need to run? The website states the whole transit will take about 70 min. Should be ok if the plane to plane time is more than that.
the greatest uncertainty is at immigration counter, I always spend like 30mins queueing up there, and dont forget some time need to be catered for the domestic luggage check-in
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