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Old 20-12-2017, 01:52 PM   #7786
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take note that there are stores that offer tourist extra discount if using a particular card. Plus you get points which can be used later.

there will be a either rate difference as Bank will use the "live" rate, depending on the card some charge a per transaction fee

it is kinda worth it if you come across some above 30k item that you probably will not get anywhere else
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Old 21-12-2017, 12:13 AM   #7787
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Decide not to start a new thread on a general question.

I have decided to postpone my family japan holiday(2 adult, 2 young kids 6 and 8 years old) to next year end, bigger kids meaning more option in disneyland and
with a budget of 10k +-1k(everything inclusive).

I wish to start planning early, meaning time to look for the cheapest ticket(not budget airline), look for the most value for money yet comfortable family hotel, planning ect... (first time ever to japan)

1) when should i start confirming thing? (airline, hotel, train ticket ect to get the best deal)
2) with my budget, is 12-14 days too ambitious?
plan to cover toyko-osaka (and anything in between or nearby)
disneyland for kids, ski resort, hot spring (hope not to miss)
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Old 21-12-2017, 06:58 AM   #7788
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Decide not to start a new thread on a general question.

I have decided to postpone my family japan holiday(2 adult, 2 young kids 6 and 8 years old) to next year end, bigger kids meaning more option in disneyland and
with a budget of 10k +-1k(everything inclusive).

I wish to start planning early, meaning time to look for the cheapest ticket(not budget airline), look for the most value for money yet comfortable family hotel, planning ect... (first time ever to japan)

1) when should i start confirming thing? (airline, hotel, train ticket ect to get the best deal)
2) with my budget, is 12-14 days too ambitious?
plan to cover toyko-osaka (and anything in between or nearby)
disneyland for kids, ski resort, hot spring (hope not to miss)
Which month next year? Likely you need to go during school holidays?

1) air ticket if you can get good promo price. Train can keep.

2) first time to keep within your budget best to stay in Tokyo. It'll be expensive to go Osaka from Tokyo. Rail pass is around $300 for adult. Save money can take overnight bus. Lots to do in Tokyo already unless die die must go Osaka.

Look at airticket and accommodation first as they form bulk of the cost to get better off what you get for your budget. Look at number of days after adding in meals, transportation, Disney tickets.
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Old 21-12-2017, 10:11 AM   #7789
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Which month next year? Likely you need to go during school holidays?

1) air ticket if you can get good promo price. Train can keep.

2) first time to keep within your budget best to stay in Tokyo. It'll be expensive to go Osaka from Tokyo. Rail pass is around $300 for adult. Save money can take overnight bus. Lots to do in Tokyo already unless die die must go Osaka.

Look at airticket and accommodation first as they form bulk of the cost to get better off what you get for your budget. Look at number of days after adding in meals, transportation, Disney tickets.
Yes, school holiday in Dec.
Was planning to spend 2 weeks. But not sure if budget can fit in.
Which is the cheaper way?

1) fly to Tokyo, overnight bus to Osaka and back, fly home to Tokyo

2) fly to Tokyo, overnight bus to Osaka, and fly back from Osaka
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Old 21-12-2017, 10:24 AM   #7790
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Yes, school holiday in Dec.
Was planning to spend 2 weeks. But not sure if budget can fit in.
Which is the cheaper way?

1) fly to Tokyo, overnight bus to Osaka and back, fly home to Tokyo

2) fly to Tokyo, overnight bus to Osaka, and fly back from Osaka
It depends whether u can get cheap open-jaw tickets.
Open-jaw tickets are usually more expensive. and if u are looking at direct flight back from osaka, u are limited to only SQ. So whatever savings u have from traveling one-way from tokyo to osaka may not offset the more expensive air tickets.

Btw, for overnight bus, make sure ur wife and kids are ok with it. U dun want to be traveling with cranky kids the next morning if they cant sleep well on buses
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Old 21-12-2017, 11:45 AM   #7791
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Decide not to start a new thread on a general question.

I have decided to postpone my family japan holiday(2 adult, 2 young kids 6 and 8 years old) to next year end, bigger kids meaning more option in disneyland and
with a budget of 10k +-1k(everything inclusive).

I wish to start planning early, meaning time to look for the cheapest ticket(not budget airline), look for the most value for money yet comfortable family hotel, planning ect... (first time ever to japan)

1) when should i start confirming thing? (airline, hotel, train ticket ect to get the best deal)
2) with my budget, is 12-14 days too ambitious?
plan to cover toyko-osaka (and anything in between or nearby)
disneyland for kids, ski resort, hot spring (hope not to miss)
Actually, first timer should just stick to one place n explore nearby is sufficient.

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2164.html

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Most likely want to visit both Disneyland and USJ for the kids...
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Decide not to start a new thread on a general question.

I have decided to postpone my family japan holiday(2 adult, 2 young kids 6 and 8 years old) to next year end, bigger kids meaning more option in disneyland and
with a budget of 10k +-1k(everything inclusive).

I wish to start planning early, meaning time to look for the cheapest ticket(not budget airline), look for the most value for money yet comfortable family hotel, planning ect... (first time ever to japan)

1) when should i start confirming thing? (airline, hotel, train ticket ect to get the best deal)
2) with my budget, is 12-14 days too ambitious?
plan to cover toyko-osaka (and anything in between or nearby)
disneyland for kids, ski resort, hot spring (hope not to miss)
Like what others have suggested, stay just in one city. Your budget is quite tight. And unless your family are able to sleep anywhere, Iíll say no to the overnight bus. Took it before but I couldnít sleep at all, being a light sleeper.

Ski resorts usually open mid Dec, to be safe with natural snow. Renting of equipment would not be cheap if all of you are going for a ski lesson. Most convenient ones from Tokyo would be Gala Yuzawa or Karuizawa. Thereís some lodging around Gala having onsen facilities. Likewise for Karuizawa.

http://www.princehotels.com/en/ski/karuizawa/index.html

It wonít be easy to find big rooms to accommodate all 4 of you in a single hotel room within Tokyo, can look at hostels which have family rooms, for instance in Asakusa or Ikebukuro or Ueno. Food wise, you can look at family diners or fast food or simple eateries such as curry rice, conveyor belt sushi or ramen joints.

https://tokyocheapo.com/food-and-drink/
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Actually, first timer should just stick to one place n explore nearby is sufficient.

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2164.html

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yes, actually fine with just 1 place. however, is 10-14 days in toyko alone too long and boring?
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Like what others have suggested, stay just in one city. Your budget is quite tight. And unless your family are able to sleep anywhere, Iíll say no to the overnight bus. Took it before but I couldnít sleep at all, being a light sleeper.

Ski resorts usually open mid Dec, to be safe with natural snow. Renting of equipment would not be cheap if all of you are going for a ski lesson. Most convenient ones from Tokyo would be Gala Yuzawa or Karuizawa. Thereís some lodging around Gala having onsen facilities. Likewise for Karuizawa.

http://www.princehotels.com/en/ski/karuizawa/index.html

It wonít be easy to find big rooms to accommodate all 4 of you in a single hotel room within Tokyo, can look at hostels which have family rooms, for instance in Asakusa or Ikebukuro or Ueno. Food wise, you can look at family diners or fast food or simple eateries such as curry rice, conveyor belt sushi or ramen joints.

https://tokyocheapo.com/food-and-drink/
Thanks alot for the info. . yea, japan always give me the feel that it's expensive.

I manage to do all in below 10k for korea n aussie. 10 days for each too. and stay in nice place.
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yes, actually fine with just 1 place. however, is 10-14 days in toyko alone too long and boring?
yup can consider side trips like nikko, yokohama, Fuji Five Lakes, hakone, Kamakura
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Japan is not exactly that extensive if you dun do fine dining often. Family dining places are pretty affordable, like sukiya, matsuya etc.

Tokyo has Disney land and sea, can spend 2 days there. You can also take day trips to hakone, mt fuji etc.

You can buy some tickets online from klook first to enjoy discounts, thus you can bring less yen with you.
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yes, actually fine with just 1 place. however, is 10-14 days in toyko alone too long and boring?
Depending on your interests but if you're the foodie, exploring and some shopping type, 10-14 days in Tokyo is just nice with side trips to Yokohama, Hakone, Nikko, etc. Tokyo has lots of interesting neighbourhoods to explore.
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Japan is not exactly that extensive if you dun do fine dining often. Family dining places are pretty affordable, like sukiya, matsuya etc.

Tokyo has Disney land and sea, can spend 2 days there. You can also take day trips to hakone, mt fuji etc.

You can buy some tickets online from klook first to enjoy discounts, thus you can bring less yen with you.
I'm more of like concern about a decent hotel for a fam of 4. And transportation. Although food can be cheap. Ex a rail ticket to Osaka is like setting back 1k for a family.
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Depending on your interests but if you're the foodie, exploring and some shopping type, 10-14 days in Tokyo is just nice with side trips to Yokohama, Hakone, Nikko, etc. Tokyo has lots of interesting neighbourhoods to explore.
Not really shopping. But some will be good. Since it will be winter. Shopping is good to hide from the cold. Maybe more on the experience. The culture, scenery.
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