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Old 27-10-2014, 10:25 PM   #1351
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If I'll be having with me spare USD for exchange to Yen (last resort in case my pocket money, CCs, ATMs all ran out or cannot be used), where should be a good money changer in Tokyo? We decided to stay in Shinjuku so on that place preferably or in Akihabara?
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Old 27-10-2014, 10:31 PM   #1352
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May I know if there is any fuji one day tour that picks us up at tokyo, go to fuji, then disembark there? Cos after that we would like to be on my own n spend a night there.

But then I do not know how to manage my luggages if I stay at ryokan. Check in in tokyo, then go off to fuji. Leave bags in hotel? Wasted right. Station lockers nt big for my 32'. Any other method?

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Old 28-10-2014, 08:37 AM   #1353
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Hi Dimitri, have a question for you. Had asked this previously on the forum but the Japanese agent I bought my Rail Pass from advised that the trains would be crowded.

Landing 27 Dec and leaving 5 Jan 2015 via Narita.

Will be traveling out to Chubu region from 27 - 31 Dec and then returning to Tokyo on the 31 Dec to spend new year's eve. Remaining days (1-5 Jan) will be spent in Tokyo.

Seek your kind advice:

1. Given that it will be new year's eve (31 Dec), will it be difficult getting a train ticket back from Kanzawa / Takayama to Tokyo?
2. Will most of the shops be closed on 1-4 Jan 2015? Have read japan-guide.com and understand that most shops / attractions / restaurants closed on 1 Jan, while opening up from 2 Jan onwards. I'll be fine with missing 1 day of shopping / eating but hope everything opens from 2nd Jan onwards
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Old 28-10-2014, 09:02 AM   #1354
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Hard question: advise u to book ur tickets once u r there to avoid disappointment.

Most of the shops will only open on the 3rd or 4th..
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Old 28-10-2014, 09:07 AM   #1355
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Crap. Didn't factor this in when I booked my tickets for year end.
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Old 28-10-2014, 09:25 AM   #1356
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May I know if there is any fuji one day tour that picks us up at tokyo, go to fuji, then disembark there? Cos after that we would like to be on my own n spend a night there.

But then I do not know how to manage my luggages if I stay at ryokan. Check in in tokyo, then go off to fuji. Leave bags in hotel? Wasted right. Station lockers nt big for my 32'. Any other method?
those i saw on japanican(jcb), will bring you back to tokyo.

usually if ppl going back to tokyo, will leave their luggage there and bring a small bag. i didn't go fuji before, only hakone and big luggage is quite problematic moving around.

haha why wasted? you don't need to check-in. usually it's ok to leave your luggage with them if you're going to stay there the next night. or after your depart, also can leave luggage there up to a certain no. of days.

the other method quite popular but not cheap, which is to forward your luggage to your next destination (if you're not going back tokyo but going to kyoto/osake for e.g). again, also need to pack your items into a small bag.

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Old 28-10-2014, 11:25 AM   #1357
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Hi Dimitri, have a question for you. Had asked this previously on the forum but the Japanese agent I bought my Rail Pass from advised that the trains would be crowded.

Landing 27 Dec and leaving 5 Jan 2015 via Narita.

Will be traveling out to Chubu region from 27 - 31 Dec and then returning to Tokyo on the 31 Dec to spend new year's eve. Remaining days (1-5 Jan) will be spent in Tokyo.

Seek your kind advice:

1. Given that it will be new year's eve (31 Dec), will it be difficult getting a train ticket back from Kanzawa / Takayama to Tokyo?
2. Will most of the shops be closed on 1-4 Jan 2015? Have read japan-guide.com and understand that most shops / attractions / restaurants closed on 1 Jan, while opening up from 2 Jan onwards. I'll be fine with missing 1 day of shopping / eating but hope everything opens from 2nd Jan onwards
Though shops are closed but most new year rituals are happening at temples and shrine, this is a golden opportunity to participate or witness.
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Old 28-10-2014, 12:25 PM   #1358
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Hi Dimitri, have a question for you. Had asked this previously on the forum but the Japanese agent I bought my Rail Pass from advised that the trains would be crowded.

Landing 27 Dec and leaving 5 Jan 2015 via Narita.

Will be traveling out to Chubu region from 27 - 31 Dec and then returning to Tokyo on the 31 Dec to spend new year's eve. Remaining days (1-5 Jan) will be spent in Tokyo.

Seek your kind advice:

1. Given that it will be new year's eve (31 Dec), will it be difficult getting a train ticket back from Kanzawa / Takayama to Tokyo?
2. Will most of the shops be closed on 1-4 Jan 2015? Have read japan-guide.com and understand that most shops / attractions / restaurants closed on 1 Jan, while opening up from 2 Jan onwards. I'll be fine with missing 1 day of shopping / eating but hope everything opens from 2nd Jan onwards
I will offer my understanding of the the New Year/(much similar to the Obon rush)...

When it is New Year, the Japanese will return back to their hometown to stay with their parents. Just like the Chinese, especially those in the major cities in China, people will be rushing home in time for New Year's day. The transportation out of major cities will be chaotic and fully booked. On the 3rd day of the New Year, people will be rushing back and this time round the transportation crush will be going into the city.

Of course I cannot guarantee anything but I think there should not be a problem getting back into Tokyo on New Year's Eve. If you should face any problems, it will probably be getting out of Kanazawa, as the locals will be going back to their hometown in the countryside.

Nevertheless, you should reserve all your seats once you touch down at Narita and Haneda airport to be on the safe side.
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Thanks for the replies guys. That jap agent gave me a shock when he mentioned the crush.

Will definitely enjoy the new year festival!
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dimitri_can, hows the status on my pm?
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Old 28-10-2014, 02:23 PM   #1361
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Cannot spilt the dates, got minimum 2 nights. So book one stretch, will luji one night.
Can only go fuji next day after arrive in tokyo or put fuji trip at the end of trip.

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Cannot buy. Pls check ur pm.
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Hi I got a Question on 7 days JR pass. If i exchange my pass at 3pm today, does it expire at 259 7 days later? Is the 7 days pass by the hour or will it just expire at 2359?
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Old 28-10-2014, 04:22 PM   #1364
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Hi I got a Question on 7 days JR pass. If i exchange my pass at 3pm today, does it expire at 259 7 days later? Is the 7 days pass by the hour or will it just expire at 2359?
JR Pass counts by days, not by 24 hrs interval.
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Hi I got a Question on 7 days JR pass. If i exchange my pass at 3pm today, does it expire at 259 7 days later? Is the 7 days pass by the hour or will it just expire at 2359?
The 1st day of the pass starts from the the first JR train that you are taking. Same goes to the last day of the pass, its the last JR train of the day. last day is based on entry. If on your last day, you take a 11pm train, and exit the train station at 12.10am, you are still considered within the 7th day.
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