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Old 05-02-2019, 03:07 PM   #601
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thanks so much!

https://secure.j-bus.co.jp/hon/Route...201902&dtdd=19

is this the only bus available to get to Zao Onsen?

because the original plan was this:
10Mar - arrive Tokyo and stay one night.
11Mar- take 6:38AM shinkansen to Sendai, drop luggage at hotel before taking bus to Zao Onsen for day trip to ski before returning to Sendai in the late afternoon

jialat any other more convenient alternative for skiing in that area?

i just realized theres buses from Yamagata station too. where can i see the bus schedule for that?
Yes, only one service at 0800hrs from Sendai to Zao Onsen Bus Terminal and the return bus service is at 1630hrs back to Sendai station.
http://www.zao-spa.or.jp/english/access/
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Old 05-02-2019, 03:22 PM   #602
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I was looking through hyerdia.. Im going to take shinkansen from mishima towards tokyo then change to Jr yamanote towards akihabara.

I saw the charge for the shinkansen ticket is at 2050 yen for reserved ticket but tokyo to akihabara is at 2270 yen ? I do another route tokyo to akihabara, its only less than 140 yen? Is the charges correct?
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Old 05-02-2019, 03:39 PM   #603
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I was looking through hyerdia.. Im going to take shinkansen from mishima towards tokyo then change to Jr yamanote towards akihabara.

I saw the charge for the shinkansen ticket is at 2050 yen for reserved ticket but tokyo to akihabara is at 2270 yen ? I do another route tokyo to akihabara, its only less than 140 yen? Is the charges correct?
•2,050 is for ordinary reserved car seat. Basic train fare is •2,270. Unless you want to take the unreserved car, youíll still need to pay •1,730 on top of the basic train fare. I would rather go for ordinary reserved car seat with just •300 more. The total charge of •4,320 includes the train ride all the way to Akihabara. But if youíre using a JR Pass, the basic train fare + ordinary reserved car seat fare are included.

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Old 05-02-2019, 04:19 PM   #604
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I thought Hyperdia is quite straight forward? You probably wonít need a JR Pass. Osaka > Kanazawa via Thunderbird > Nagano via Hakutaka > Yudanaka via private rail > Nagano > Tokyo via Kagayaki. Thatís around •22,000 for shinkansen.
Appreciate and thx @thwysg. May I check if necessary to have purchase reserved seatings if Iím leaving in the morning? So I just purchase the individual tickets from the respective stops right?
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Appreciate and thx @thwysg. May I check if necessary to have purchase reserved seatings if Iím leaving in the morning? So I just purchase the individual tickets from the respective stops right?
You can get all Shinkansen/ Limited Express seat tickets first when youíre at any major JR stations with Shinkansen ticket offices. Just make sure you donít miss your trains. Get your tickets for the private rails when youíre at Nagano station. Itís up to you if you wanted reserved seats. I would prefer to have my tickets ready, at least Iíve got a seat secured throughout the journey.
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:46 PM   #606
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because the original plan was this:
10Mar - arrive Tokyo and stay one night.
11Mar- take 6:38AM shinkansen to Sendai, drop luggage at hotel before taking bus to Zao Onsen for day trip to ski before returning to Sendai in the late afternoon
With this kind of crazy schedule, frankly I would say don't even bother going for that 1/2 day of skiing*. Just go zao onsen ride the gondola at the top to see the snow monsters, then maybe also detour to the fox village, then go back to sendai.

Anyway when I went zao onsen last year I did the yamagata route. Roughly one bus an hour, 30mins from yamagata Station to zao onsen.

http://www.zao-spa.or.jp/english/access/

* Seriously, you reach zao onsen by the time you get your rental gear, lift ticket etc done its probably already lunchtime. So means you lunch first hit slopes at 1pm+++, you basically have just ~3hrs of skiing, is it worth it lol.

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Old 06-02-2019, 12:35 AM   #607
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With this kind of crazy schedule, frankly I would say don't even bother going for that 1/2 day of skiing*. Just go zao onsen ride the gondola at the top to see the snow monsters, then maybe also detour to the fox village, then go back to sendai.

Anyway when I went zao onsen last year I did the yamagata route. Roughly one bus an hour, 30mins from yamagata Station to zao onsen.

http://www.zao-spa.or.jp/english/access/

* Seriously, you reach zao onsen by the time you get your rental gear, lift ticket etc done its probably already lunchtime. So means you lunch first hit slopes at 1pm+++, you basically have just ~3hrs of skiing, is it worth it lol.
yea we weren't planning to ski for long, going for the 2 hours slot just for the experience. thanks for your advice though!
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Old 06-02-2019, 10:00 AM   #608
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yea we weren't planning to ski for long, going for the 2 hours slot just for the experience. thanks for your advice though!
I assume you haven't skiied before.

Personally I would strongly recommend NOT to ski for just 2 hours, because as first timers in that sort of time frame you aren't experiencing skiing at all, I'd recommend at least ~6hrs: 2h+ for picking up the basics, then lunch, then another 2h+ to go out of the bunny slopes area and try to explore the rest of the mountain.

But of course your holiday your decision
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Can ask Tokyo Disney need 2 days to play?

Disneyland and Disney sea ah?

Is it like 2 theme park of similar like -USS
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Sea is separate from Land so u need 1 day for each. If kids(If any) is older then i suggest sea.
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Can ask Tokyo Disney need 2 days to play?

Disneyland and Disney sea ah?

Is it like 2 theme park of similar like -USS
I usually get 2D/3D for the two parks. USS is like so small, compared to the ones in Japan.
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Old 06-02-2019, 03:25 PM   #612
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Thank you for your reply.

If you have been or know to these areas, do you mind recommending me some cheaper hotel to stay in those areas. And any idea how much is the average price for 2 pax?

I checked Japan-Guide and their recommended itinerary also included Ise, Kunamo, Mount Koya. Worth visiting or do they fall under the top 5 places to visit?
2 pax maybe about $100-150 in Kobe. You can try deciding which area to stay first and then go to tripadvisor or similar to find good hotels around that area.

Ise is very far from Osaka. Koya san looks nice in autumn and winter season. I am not sure about summer though.
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Old 06-02-2019, 10:35 PM   #613
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Hi all, I will be going to Japan for the first time alone from 10 March to 1 April 2019. I am able to speak Mandarin and understand very basic Japanese. I wish to share my itinerary with you guys, and seek any advice that you guys could provide me. This will be a long post so please bear with me.


10 March, Sunday - Tokyo
  • Flight from Singapore to Haneda Airport
  • Expected touchdown about 1600hrs Japan local time
  • Pick up a Japanese 4G SIM Card and Suica Card
  • Travel to hotel in Ginza
  • Settle down and probably spend some time exploring the hotel's vicinity

11 March, Monday - Tokyo
  • Roam Ginza area - Hakuhinkan Toy Park, Hamarikyu Garden, Kabukiza Theatre, Godzilla Statue
  • Imperial Palace and East Garden
  • Roam Roppongi - Ichiran Ramen Roppongi for dinner

12 March, Tuesday - Tokyo
  • Meiji Jingu Shrine, Yoyogi Park
  • Roam Harajuku - Takeshita Dori, Afuri Ramen, Togo Shrine, Omotesando
  • Roam Shinjuku - Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Observation Decks)

13 March, Wednesday - Tokyo
  • Roam Asakusa - Nakamise Dori, Sensoji
  • Roam Ueno - Ueno Toshogu Shrine, Kan'ei-ji, Ueno Park, Yushima Tenmangu
  • Walk along Sumida River
  • Roam Ikebukuro - Sunshine City (Pokemon Center), Namja Town, Bic Camera
  • Nezu Shrine

14 March, Thursday - Tokyo
  • Roam Odaiba - Unicorn Gundam, Divercity, Ooedo Onsen, AquaCity, Ramen Theme Park, Odaiba Fuji Television, Palette Town

15 March, Friday - Day trip to Nikko
16 March, Saturday - Day trip to Kamakura
17 March, Sunday - undecided

18 March, Monday - Tokyo > Hakone > Osaka
  • Early check-out from hotel
  • Proceed to Hakone to do Hakone loop
  • Proceed to Osaka
  • Check-in into Osaka hotel in the Namba area
  • Roam Dotonbori area for food

19 March, Tuesday - Osaka
Shinsekai Market, Shinsaibashi Shopping Street, Nippombashi, Kuromon Market
Roam Dotonbori area for food


20 March, Wednesday - Osaka
  • Osaka Castle, Osakajokoen
  • Roam Dotonbori / Hozenji Yokocho area

21 March, Thursday - Nara day trip

22 March, Friday - Osaka
  • Sumiyoshi Taisha
  • Shitennoji Temple
  • Roam Namba area

23 March, Saturday - Osaka > Kyoto
  • Check out of hotel
  • Osaka Station, Umeda Sky Building
  • Proceed to Kyoto
  • Check-in into hotel, in Kawaramachi area
  • Roam Gion and Pontocho area
  • Yasaka Shrine

24 March, Sunday - Kyoto
  • Nishiki Market
  • Kiyomizudera and Kiyomizuzaka
  • Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka vicinity
  • Ishibei-koji
  • Kodaiji Temple
  • Chion-In
  • Roam Gion and Pontocho area at night

25 March, Monday - Kyoto
  • Wake up early and proceed to Fushimi Inari Taisha
  • Kyoto Station Building and vicinity
  • Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple
  • Kyoto Railway Museum

26 March, Tuesday - Kyoto
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
  • Tenryuji Temple
  • Monkey park
  • Daikakuji Temple
  • Saga Toriimoto Preserved Street
  • Adashino-Nenbutsuji Temple
  • Giouji Temple

27 March, Wednesday - Kyoto
  • Heian Shrine
  • Nanzenji Temple
  • Philosopher's Path
  • Honen-in Temple
  • Ginkakuji Temple
  • Daimonjiyama Hike
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Nijo Castle

28 March, Thursday - Kyoto > Tokyo
  • Check out of hotel and proceed to Tokyo
  • Check-in into hotel, in Ginza area

29 March, Friday - Tokyo
Roam Akihabara

30 and 31 March - Free days in Tokyo

1 April, Monday - Tokyo > Home
  • Check out of hotel
  • Roam Tokyo Station
  • Proceed to Haneda Airport for flight home in the evening

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Questions:

1. I am considering getting a 14-day JR Pass. Is it worth it? I've heard IC Cards can't be use for Shinkansen travel but I've also heard otherwise..

2. Apart from Suica Card, is it worth getting an ICOCA Card for travel in Kyoto as well?

3. Are there any memorable points of interest that I had missed out? (note that I will be going back to Japan in the future, however I want to know if there are any places that I should definitely visit during the Spring season?)

4. I am also interested in Tokusatsu stuff.. particularly Ultraman. Are there any places with Ultraman attractions? I've Googled but can't seem to find one.
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Sea is separate from Land so u need 1 day for each. If kids(If any) is older then i suggest sea.
How old is consider old?
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I usually get 2D/3D for the two parks. USS is like so small, compared to the ones in Japan.
So one day one park?
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