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Old 27-02-2014, 02:08 PM   #1141
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that time i stayed a night up at murodo so that i have enuf time for hiking to summit and to waterfall. i dunno whether there is enuf time to do waterfall and alpine route all in a day.

also, if u plan to do hiking in kamikochi, it will be better to cater a whole day. coz travel time from matsumoto to kamikochi is about an hour by bus. and the bus terminal at kamikochi is quite crowded, so u may not be able to get the bus timing u want.
I do intend to stay at one of the hotels on the mountain but it's not solo friendly.. Need at least 2 in a room and also most are reserved already, for late may. Worst case scenario find one at matsumoto.

As for kamikochi I will go early on day 2
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Fastest way to get conned in Japan is to go look for fun in Kabuki cho while not speaking japanese I guess the only shop that will accept you are probably the Nigerian tout ones and you know how that normally ends up 99% of the time is probably PRC with conversational/fluent japanese ability...
simple japanese can get past kabuki cho.








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Old 12-03-2014, 11:41 AM   #1143
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1st time going to Japan with hubby in Dec'14. Wondering should we join tour group or go F&E. We prefer F&E trip but both of us can't speak a single word of Japanese language. Wondering will it be a problem if we can't speak Japanese?
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most hotel staff will be able to speak some english.

most Japanese on the street are also able to speak english. A few simple sentences of Japanese would be nice. Like "sorry, I can't speak japanese but I need your help" would calm their nerves a bit.

The train stations, airport do have english signage as well. You should be able to get by.

Shopping wise should be no problem. Especially if you can speak mandarin. There are quite a lot of chinese speaking staff in departos...
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Old 12-03-2014, 12:31 PM   #1145
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simple japanese can get past kabuki cho.

just dont try english

Get past as in walk past KabukiCho or have fun in Kabukicho?
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Old 12-03-2014, 02:39 PM   #1146
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Thanks cancer81 for your advise. Will go F&E.

most hotel staff will be able to speak some english.

most Japanese on the street are also able to speak english. A few simple sentences of Japanese would be nice. Like "sorry, I can't speak japanese but I need your help" would calm their nerves a bit.

The train stations, airport do have english signage as well. You should be able to get by.

Shopping wise should be no problem. Especially if you can speak mandarin. There are quite a lot of chinese speaking staff in departos...
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Old 12-03-2014, 03:26 PM   #1147
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I'm leaving for Japan next Sunday so I've got some questions to ask here.
Firstly, can I use suica card on any train stations in kansai?(I'm travelling around Osaka and Kyoto).
Secondly, can I just buy my shinkansen tix at any JR ticketing machine and how many days in advance can I book my tix?
Lastly.. Does anyone have any experience of travelling via budget airline to Japan? I'm taking jetstar to KIX, but I'm transmitting in Taoyuan, so what's the sop I have to follow when I alight at Taoyuan? Thank you in advance!
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Old 17-03-2014, 12:14 PM   #1148
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Sorry but I have previously asked this question but I can't find the reply.

I am taking a scoot flight to narita which arrives at 1045, and am intending to take a domestic flight which departs at 1310. Is there enough time? I have checked that both flights are in the same terminal.
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I'm leaving for Japan next Sunday so I've got some questions to ask here.
Firstly, can I use suica card on any train stations in kansai?(I'm travelling around Osaka and Kyoto).
Secondly, can I just buy my shinkansen tix at any JR ticketing machine and how many days in advance can I book my tix?
Lastly.. Does anyone have any experience of travelling via budget airline to Japan? I'm taking jetstar to KIX, but I'm transmitting in Taoyuan, so what's the sop I have to follow when I alight at Taoyuan? Thank you in advance!
suica can be used in kansai.

shinkasen tickets must get from JR tickets office. Not sure max is how many days in advance. One to 2 weeks should be Ok. My experience is that the tix are aplenty if you book one or 2 days in advance during off peak. Unless you are going in a contingent, small travelling group is not an issue. The worst is only you guys wont get to sit together. If really worried, just book it whenever you see an JR ticket office lo.
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Sorry but I have previously asked this question but I can't find the reply.

I am taking a scoot flight to narita which arrives at 1045, and am intending to take a domestic flight which departs at 1310. Is there enough time? I have checked that both flights are in the same terminal.
More than enough time. Don't worry! You even have time for lunch!
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I do intend to stay at one of the hotels on the mountain but it's not solo friendly.. Need at least 2 in a room and also most are reserved already, for late may. Worst case scenario find one at matsumoto.

As for kamikochi I will go early on day 2
I just went to check. Lots of hotels with rooms available. Or are you only looking at top end hotels?

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suica can be used in kansai.

shinkasen tickets must get from JR tickets office. Not sure max is how many days in advance. One to 2 weeks should be Ok. My experience is that the tix are aplenty if you book one or 2 days in advance during off peak. Unless you are going in a contingent, small travelling group is not an issue. The worst is only you guys wont get to sit together. If really worried, just book it whenever you see an JR ticket office lo.
suica can use in kansai?

i thought kansai need icoca?
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suica can use in kansai?

i thought kansai need icoca?
can use, but with some limitations
SUICA/PASMO/ICOCA prepaid cards - youinJapan.net
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can use, but with some limitations
SUICA/PASMO/ICOCA prepaid cards - youinJapan.net
sweet, thanks! so i suppose that i could use the suica card within osaka, but if i were to take the train from osaka to kyoto i have to use the icoca?
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Old 19-03-2014, 09:30 AM   #1155
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I just went to check. Lots of hotels with rooms available. Or are you only looking at top end hotels?

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think he meant accommodation up at Murodo which is quite limited.
if i remember correctly, there is only 1 hotel up there, tateyama hotel, which is quite expensive. got a few ryokans also, but must walk quite a bit.
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