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Old 06-06-2018, 11:55 PM   #8896
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Hello, any recommendations for lodging in tokyo? Or which area to stay? First time in tokyo so appreciate any help! Thanks!
I stayed in Red Planet Hotel in Asakusa and am very happy with it, so I will be staying there again soon.
If you book on Ctrip.com, you can get a good rate but it is best to check for the best rates on hotelscombined.com.

Asakusa is not on the Yamanote line, though.
But it is still very convenient to get around.
Also Asakusa is a relatively quiet town and I like it that way.
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Old 06-06-2018, 11:58 PM   #8897
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May I ask how to take the bus in Kyoto?
Do I board from the back then alight from the front?
Do I have to collect a ticket on boarding the bus, then show it to the driver when I alight, then tap the bus card ? Is the pasmo card accepted there?
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Old 07-06-2018, 01:26 AM   #8898
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buses in kyoto are operated by a single driver, so you board from the rear, and alight from the front exit next to the driver, which is when you pay for your ride.

when you board the bus, you either 1) collect a paper chit from a ticket dispenser machine as you climb up the steps. It is usually on the right hand side as you get on. The paper ticket has a red number printed on it that says which bus stop you got on or 2) tap your IC card (pasmo, icoca, suica, etc) on the card reader which is usually next to the ticket dispenser. In this case, you do not need to collect a ticket from the dispenser.

when you want to get down, you have to press the bell to alert the driver. But do not get up from your seat if you are seated, and do not move to the front either. Passengers are not supposed to walk about the bus when it is moving. The bus driver will wait for you to alight so do not rush.

If you are paying cash, there is a machine next to the driver near the door for this. You are supposed to drop your coins and the paper ticket into the machine which has a clear plastic hood on top. Check how much you have to pay by looking at the large LED screen in front of the bus, looking for the fare that correspond to the number on your ticket. However, most buses travelling in the city centre area in Kyoto has a fixed fare (230 yen) so it doesn't matter so much. And these buses usually do not issue tickets when you board the bus either. If you have tapped your IC card when you got on the bus, now is the time to tap the card again on a reader next to the plastic hood where you drop your coins.

If you have insufficient coins, there is a coin changer by the side of the machine which accepts 1000 yen notes only. If you have even bigger notes, you have to change it with the bus driver.
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May I ask how to take the bus in Kyoto?
Do I board from the back then alight from the front?
Do I have to collect a ticket on boarding the bus, then show it to the driver when I alight, then tap the bus card ? Is the pasmo card accepted there?
Just buy a suica card.
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Just curious to check if you all would go to theme parks alone though? Am gonna travel solo.

And if so, USJ or disneyland? Both are quite similar in prices. But i prefer the thrills of rides, so im guessing USJ?
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Old 07-06-2018, 10:15 AM   #8901
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buses in kyoto are operated by a single driver, so you board from the rear, and alight from the front exit next to the driver, which is when you pay for your ride.

when you board the bus, you either 1) collect a paper chit from a ticket dispenser machine as you climb up the steps. It is usually on the right hand side as you get on. The paper ticket has a red number printed on it that says which bus stop you got on or 2) tap your IC card (pasmo, icoca, suica, etc) on the card reader which is usually next to the ticket dispenser. In this case, you do not need to collect a ticket from the dispenser.

when you want to get down, you have to press the bell to alert the driver. But do not get up from your seat if you are seated, and do not move to the front either. Passengers are not supposed to walk about the bus when it is moving. The bus driver will wait for you to alight so do not rush.

If you are paying cash, there is a machine next to the driver near the door for this. You are supposed to drop your coins and the paper ticket into the machine which has a clear plastic hood on top. Check how much you have to pay by looking at the large LED screen in front of the bus, looking for the fare that correspond to the number on your ticket. However, most buses travelling in the city centre area in Kyoto has a fixed fare (230 yen) so it doesn't matter so much. And these buses usually do not issue tickets when you board the bus either. If you have tapped your IC card when you got on the bus, now is the time to tap the card again on a reader next to the plastic hood where you drop your coins.

If you have insufficient coins, there is a coin changer by the side of the machine which accepts 1000 yen notes only. If you have even bigger notes, you have to change it with the bus driver.
Thanks for your reply!
So it is the same as taking the bus in Nikko

But I read that recently some buses in Kyoto now require passengers to board from the front so i am confused.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802080006.html
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Thanks for your reply!
So it is the same as taking the bus in Nikko

But I read that recently some buses in Kyoto now require passengers to board from the front so i am confused.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802080006.html
Just observe others or look out for signs. Or if you’re doing it wrong the driver will say something. Don’t sweat it.
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yes, doable.. it all depends on wat u want to cover. but hokkaido is a huge place, so u wun be able to cover much in 5 days. probably just sapporo, otaru, and maybe a night or 2 in a ski resort?

personally, i would plan for at least 2 weeks just for hokkaido. coz need to spend on domestic flight, might as well make full use of the trip.
Agreed, Hokkaido is certainly a huge place. A recent trip of 11 days in May, only managed the South, Otaru, Cape Kamui, Hokodate, Lake Toya, Noboribetsu and Sapporo via self drive.
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Agreed, Hokkaido is certainly a huge place. A recent trip of 11 days in May, only managed the South, Otaru, Cape Kamui, Hokodate, Lake Toya, Noboribetsu and Sapporo via self drive.
Probably will just follow evilerniex suggestion on covering two area, Sapporo and Otaru. I guess Hokkaido requires few trips to be able to cover all. Next trip when we manage to apply for more leave then consider back to Hokkaido again.
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Thanks for your reply!
So it is the same as taking the bus in Nikko

But I read that recently some buses in Kyoto now require passengers to board from the front so i am confused.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802080006.html
I think that is only on trial for some routes yet. My regular bus service still the same.
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Just curious to check if you all would go to theme parks alone though? Am gonna travel solo.

And if so, USJ or disneyland? Both are quite similar in prices. But i prefer the thrills of rides, so im guessing USJ?
disneyland has more exciting rides, and there is the disneyland and disneysea.
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Thanks for your reply!
So it is the same as taking the bus in Nikko

But I read that recently some buses in Kyoto now require passengers to board from the front so i am confused.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802080006.html
when in doubt, just follow the crowd. same like in taipei, sometimes board in front, sometimes board behind.

just use the suica card. no need to fiddle with the coins required.
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disneyland has more exciting rides, and there is the disneyland and disneysea.
Just curious, would people do Disneysea during winter, as in will it be too cold for the children?
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disneyland has more exciting rides, and there is the disneyland and disneysea.
I tot USJ or disneysea will have more exciting rides compared to disneyland. But the last time i went USJ was 10 years back, so much have changed.

For even more exciting rides, go Fuji-Q highland near kawaguchiko. The roller coasters are terrifying.
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Thanks for your reply!
So it is the same as taking the bus in Nikko

But I read that recently some buses in Kyoto now require passengers to board from the front so i am confused.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802080006.html
Probably worth it to just get the 1-day bus pass for 500yen for kyoto
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