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Tried that but i still being charged $22 for the FedEx. Maybe my passes not expensive enough. I m buying a pair of kansai wide area passes.

ya not ex enough. as chaotah suggested, can just buy in japan, from the JR west offices. 500 yen discount for booking online and collecting later.
 

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Have anyone tried doing a day trip to kinosaki onset from Osama before. I know it is advisable to stay 1 night there but then I prefer to keep my budget low. I will depart early and back at 5pm over there. I will be using ksnsai wide area pass. I never try onsen before so how the experience as in winter?
 

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Have anyone tried doing a day trip to kinosaki onset from Osama before. I know it is advisable to stay 1 night there but then I prefer to keep my budget low. I will depart early and back at 5pm over there. I will be using ksnsai wide area pass. I never try onsen before so how the experience as in winter?
First train from osaka is 07:49 and reaching Kinosaki onsen at 10:48,I guess you should be able to do min 2 to 3 onsens and lunch plus an early dinner. Last train out is 18:18
 

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Have anyone tried doing a day trip to kinosaki onset from Osama before. I know it is advisable to stay 1 night there but then I prefer to keep my budget low. I will depart early and back at 5pm over there. I will be using ksnsai wide area pass. I never try onsen before so how the experience as in winter?

if you STAY in kinosaki,
the onsens are free . all 7 of them during your stay
the ryokan will give you a pass
 

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if you STAY in kinosaki,
the onsens are free . all 7 of them during your stay
the ryokan will give you a pass

OK. Any cheap ryokan to recommend? Haha. possible less than $100 a night for couple???
 

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2 questions:

1) Would you recommend a first timer (with family) to spend say 9 days in Tokyo area or 12 days for both Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto?
I am open to both suggestions but not sure if Osaka/Kyoto is worth the effort. Most likely visiting around mid-end May. Not really into temples but prefer historical and scenic sites.

2) Are money changers in Tokyo/Osaka competitive? I am asking because I might not be able to change money in SG before I head to Japan.

Thank you!
 

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2 questions:

1) Would you recommend a first timer (with family) to spend say 9 days in Tokyo area or 12 days for both Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto?
I am open to both suggestions but not sure if Osaka/Kyoto is worth the effort. Most likely visiting around mid-end May. Not really into temples but prefer historical and scenic sites.

2) Are money changers in Tokyo/Osaka competitive? I am asking because I might not be able to change money in SG before I head to Japan.

Thank you!

For 2, not competitive. Money changers at arcade are open on Saturday morning. Last resort is mustafa.
 

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Hi all,

Anyone have experience buying laptop in Akihabara? Worth getting it with the tax refund?

Thanks
 

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Hi all,

Anyone have experience buying laptop in Akihabara? Worth getting it with the tax refund?

Thanks

Was considering also but decided against.

Local models have Japanese keyboard. Have to check if they have international warranty.
Have to see if change language to English.

Some stores have credit card promotion. Can get discount of 5%.
 
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Was considering also but decided against.

Local models have Japanese keyboard. Have to check if they have international warranty.
Have to see if change language to English.

Some stores have credit card promotion. Can get discount of 5%.

Thanks for your info, was looking at Asus laptop which have international warranty and was attracted by the tax refund

Hopefully our DFS got sell cheaper:s12:
 

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2 questions:

1) Would you recommend a first timer (with family) to spend say 9 days in Tokyo area or 12 days for both Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto?
I am open to both suggestions but not sure if Osaka/Kyoto is worth the effort. Most likely visiting around mid-end May. Not really into temples but prefer historical and scenic sites.

2) Are money changers in Tokyo/Osaka competitive? I am asking because I might not be able to change money in SG before I head to Japan.

Thank you!

Spending all 9 days in tokyo r generally fine. I went there twice. As the first time i went there for 5 nights was definitely not enough.
 

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Spending all 9 days in tokyo r generally fine. I went there twice. As the first time i went there for 5 nights was definitely not enough.

Add to that, can take day trips outside Tokyo for scenic spots.
 

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For 2, not competitive. Money changers at arcade are open on Saturday morning. Last resort is mustafa.

Thank you. The problem is I would likely be flying in from another country so wont be able to change money in SG. Will have to figure out how best to get my Yen from my end.

Spending all 9 days in tokyo r generally fine. I went there twice. As the first time i went there for 5 nights was definitely not enough.

Add to that, can take day trips outside Tokyo for scenic spots.

Ok it seems 9 days at Tokyo and her vicinity is doable. I was actually wondering whether it makes sense to extend the trip from say 9 days to 12 days to include Osaka-Kyoto. Thinking of perhaps spending 5 days in Osaka/Kyoto and the balance at Tokyo with day trip to Kawaguchiko Anyway I guess I will do my sums to see whether it is worth it. I am not exactly a fan of temples but I am into history and culture.
 
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flying tokyo tonight

check if can get data sim direct at airport?

i know got vending machine type for 7/14 days

but i travelling 1-17 jan any other options?
 

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can get at airport.
buy from Amazon, deliver to hotel?

So-net/IIJMio

hmm staying hostel

like that then i get airport, i saw some cards 30 day validity with 2/3gb data

first time going japan and didnt plan anything :s22::s22:
 
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