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Old 07-02-2013, 02:55 AM   #1
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[Trip Report] Osaka & Tokyo

Hi All,

Have read through several of the threads for weeks and have finally come up with my itinerary (not in full details) for Osaka to Tokyo trip during March to April (+-15 days).

Would appreciate some feedback as I'm a first time traveler there and actually I have yet to book any of my accommodation Main purpose for the trip is sakura viewing, shopping, exploring the main areas at a more leisure pace, theme parks and a little sightseeing.

Before that I have some questions here:

1) Any recommended hotels to stay in Osaka? Which is a better choice location. Umeda/Namba?
2) Can I purchase the Shinkansen pass when I arrive at Tokyo Station? Is it cheaper if I purchase round trip?
3) Which day of the week is it best to visit places like Harajuku/Shinjuku/Shibuya?

Thank you all in advance!

Day 1:
Arrive in the morning
NRT ---> Shinkansen (Nozomi Train) ---> Osaka
Hotel: ???????
Explore Area, nights out

Day 2:
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium

Day 3:
Universal Studio

Day 4:
Namba/Umeda

Day 5:
Check out from hotel (Osaka)
Back to Tokyo
Explore area, nights out.

Day 6:
Roppongi
Tokyo Towers

Day 7:
Either 1 of the 3:
Harajuku/Shibuya/Shinjuku

Day 8:
Either 1 of the 3:
Harajuku/Shibuya/Shinjuku

Day 9:
Either 1 of the 3:
Harajuku/Shibuya/Shinjuku

Day 10:
Disneyland/Sea

Day 11:
Disneyland/Sea

Day 12:
Ueno
Akihabara
Ginza

Day 13:
Asakusa
Tokyo Sky Tree
Odaiba

Day 14:
Ikebukuro/Shinjuku/Harajuku

Day 15:
Last min shopping around the areas depending on where I stay.
Evening flight back to SG.

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Old 07-02-2013, 09:43 AM   #2
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Hi All,

Have read through several of the threads for weeks and have finally come up with my itinerary (not in full details) for Osaka to Tokyo trip during March to April (+-15 days).

Would appreciate some feedback as I'm a first time traveler there and actually I have yet to book any of my accommodation Main purpose for the trip is sakura viewing, shopping, exploring the main areas at a more leisure pace, theme parks and a little sightseeing.

Before that I have some questions here:

1) Any recommended hotels to stay in Osaka? Which is a better choice location. Umeda/Namba?
[Umeda is better connected to other parts of Kansai such as Kobe, Nara and Kyoto. but since u are not planning to go to any of there places, i think there is not much difference between Umeda or Namba]
2) Can I purchase the Shinkansen pass when I arrive at Tokyo Station? Is it cheaper if I purchase round trip?
[not sure if there is round trip tickets. actually u can get the 7-days JR pass to cover the trip from NRT to tokyo to osaka, and osaka back to toyko]
3) Which day of the week is it best to visit places like Harajuku/Shinjuku/Shibuya?
[harajuku on sundays to see cosplayers. no diff for shinjuku and shibuya]

Thank you all in advance!

Day 1:
Arrive in the morning
NRT ---> Shinkansen (Nozomi Train) ---> Osaka
Hotel: ???????
Explore Area, nights out
[if u are getting JR pass, then cannot take Nozomi train, just take normal shinkansen]

Day 2:
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium

Day 3:
Universal Studio

Day 4:
Namba/Umeda

Day 5:
Check out from hotel (Osaka)
Back to Tokyo
Explore area, nights out.

Day 6:
Roppongi
Tokyo Towers
[roppongi is for night life, and u probably cant spend the whole day at tokyo towers. may wanna add more places to this day]

Day 7:
Either 1 of the 3:
Harajuku/Shibuya/Shinjuku

Day 8:
Either 1 of the 3:
Harajuku/Shibuya/Shinjuku

Day 9:
Either 1 of the 3:
Harajuku/Shibuya/Shinjuku
[1 day each for harajuku, shinjuku and shibuya? i think 1 whole day for harajuku is ok, coz there is meiji shrine and yoyogi park there, but for the rest, maybe a bit too much unless u are really into shopping. do have some back up plan for alternative places to go in case u get bored of shopping]

Day 10:
Disneyland/Sea

Day 11:
Disneyland/Sea

Day 12:
Ueno
Akihabara
Ginza

Day 13:
Asakusa
Tokyo Sky Tree
Odaiba
[odaida is one place i can spend that whole day at personally. for consideration if u are reorganising ur itinerary]

Day 14:
Ikebukuro/Shinjuku/Harajuku
[wah... more shopping at shinjuku and harajuku?! ]

Day 15:
Last min shopping around the areas depending on where I stay.
Evening flight back to SG.
my comments above.

generally i think ur itinerary is quite relax and nicely paced. great if u wanna take things slow, sip coffee at some cafe and people watch etc.
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Hi evilerniex! Thank you for your comments! Will definitely look to revise my itinerary again. Say if I really dont intend to buy the jrpass and just take the nozomi train, will I be able to purchase the tickets on the spot itself or do i have to make any reservations etc.
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Hi evilerniex! Thank you for your comments! Will definitely look to revise my itinerary again. Say if I really dont intend to buy the jrpass and just take the nozomi train, will I be able to purchase the tickets on the spot itself or do i have to make any reservations etc.
yes, u can buy on the spot.
but any reason y u dun wan to get JR pass? it is cheaper to get a JR pass coz NRT to osaka is already 16250yen and osaka to tokyo is 13750yen. so total is 30000yen, which is more than a 7-day pass which coz 28300yen
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Another way that you might want to consider is the overnight bus to Osaka from Tokyo aka Willer Express.... It will cover your expenses for the night as well so it is a cheaper option..
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Your timing may coincide with the Sakura crowds, so book your hotels soon .....
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yes, u can buy on the spot.
but any reason y u dun wan to get JR pass? it is cheaper to get a JR pass coz NRT to osaka is already 16250yen and osaka to tokyo is 13750yen. so total is 30000yen, which is more than a 7-day pass which coz 28300yen

I think I miscalculated somethings in between. I keep thinking it was cheaper if I don't purchase the JR passes. Erm..sorry so if I purchase the JR pass, I can use if from NRT to Tokyo without paying any additional right?

Another way that you might want to consider is the overnight bus to Osaka from Tokyo aka Willer Express.... It will cover your expenses for the night as well so it is a cheaper option..
Thank you for the idea but most likely we will take the train (my friend can't take it.)

Your timing may coincide with the Sakura crowds, so book your hotels soon .....
Yes will do!

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JR pass can only buy outside Japan. Make sure you buy before flying out of Singapore.

Reach Japan liao, can just to JR office to exchange for the actual pass. Let them know when u want to start using it.

Remember to bring ur original passport for verification at the JR office
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Sorry I'm a little confuse here but here's my initial plan for my train ride:

Purchase the suica & nex package (round trip) = 5500jpy I'm arriving on a sat and leaving on the saturday after. Does it consider "within 14 days"?

Take the Nozomi train: Osaka to Tokyo then Tokyo to Osaka = 14250jpy for 1 way each.

Say if I purchase the JR pass(7days) and activate it on the first day. How much will I be paying from Tokyo back to Narita airport?
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Sorry I'm a little confuse here but here's my initial plan for my train ride:

Purchase the suica & nex package (round trip) = 5500jpy I'm arriving on a sat and leaving on the saturday after. Does it consider "within 14 days"?

Take the Nozomi train: Osaka to Tokyo then Tokyo to Osaka = 14250jpy for 1 way each.

Say if I purchase the JR pass(7days) and activate it on the first day. How much will I be paying from Tokyo back to Narita airport?
if u are taking narita express (NEX), it cost 2740yen from tokyo to narita.
u can also take keisei skyliner which is a little cheaper; or keisei main line, which cost 1000yen, but takes longer to get there

if u have not book ur hotels, u can consider shifting osaka to last few days, then use 7-days JR pass to cover tokyo->osaka and osaka->tokyo->narita; and get suica+NEX package for first day
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If you intend to buy JR Pass, remember to buy it in Singapore because you cannot purchase it in Japan.

In Singapore, you will get the voucher for you to bring to Japan and exchange for your actual JR Pass when you are over at Japan.

If you want Sakura viewing, why not spend some time at Kyoto or Nara??
Rather than spending so many days at Tokyo in shopping districts like Shibuya/Harajuku/Shinjuku...
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Sorry I'm a little confuse here but here's my initial plan for my train ride:

Purchase the suica & nex package (round trip) = 5500jpy I'm arriving on a sat and leaving on the saturday after. Does it consider "within 14 days"?

Take the Nozomi train: Osaka to Tokyo then Tokyo to Osaka = 14250jpy for 1 way each.

Say if I purchase the JR pass(7days) and activate it on the first day. How much will I be paying from Tokyo back to Narita airport?
use hyperdia.com to check train schedules/duration/fares...
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@samtcy: I'll probably save the rest of the sightseeing during my next trip as my friend and I both kinda oppose the idea of moving too often with our luggage.

And a big thank you for all the advises. Appreciate the great help. I've actually book my accommodation over the long weekend and I'll probably get the JR passes (7 days) and see how it goes! Hehehe Hope I don't get lost! *fingers cross*.

Have a great lunar new year!
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@samtcy: I'll probably save the rest of the sightseeing during my next trip as my friend and I both kinda oppose the idea of moving too often with our luggage.

And a big thank you for all the advises. Appreciate the great help. I've actually book my accommodation over the long weekend and I'll probably get the JR passes (7 days) and see how it goes! Hehehe Hope I don't get lost! *fingers cross*.

Have a great lunar new year!
Even though you will be staying at Osaka, you can still visit Kyoto if you want without shifting hotels.
It's only a 30mins normal train ride and costs 540yen from Osaka station to Kyoto station.
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just imo... if u want to go both disneyland and sea, reserve 4 days for it.

i just came back from tokyo last mth and 1 day wasnt enough for tokyo disneysea.

same for odaiba. if u want to fully explore it AND go joypolis, need 2 days.

joypolis enough to take up 1 day alr.

if u just plan to sight see, 1 day enough
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