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Post #51 by AD » Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:01 am

I'm doing Nikko and Hakone next time. Totes worth it from everything I hear.

My translator lived in Miyajima and says good things. But he's from Quebec City so take that with a grain of salt.
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Post #52 by AD » Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:42 pm

No. Plus people tell me Fuji's a dump.

And Hakone is good for the hot springs. Views are secondary.
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Post #53 by AD » Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:12 am

To not in.
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Post #54 by PredsFan77 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:44 pm

Naners is right about being near Tokyo station. That's part of the reason I stayed in Ginza. Miyajima is ok. It's neat to see but I wouldn't go back and I can only imagine how annoying it would be in the tourist season. Also you might want to consider staying the first night in Narita rather than making the slog to Tokyo. I was pretty destroyed getting off the plane, then the 55 minute train ride to boot. I have some solid food places to suggest there as well.

Next time I'm in Japan planning on going to Hokkaido and go rip some of that cold pow.
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Post #55 by AD » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:20 am

Travel through Haneda any time you can. It's worth the extra 100$ in ticket prices because it's a cheaper (and much shorter ride) into the city.
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Post #56 by AD » Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:31 pm

Still ok. I wouldn't take a room there. Bite the bullet and go into town. What's another hour after 13 hours of air travel.

Take the Narita express into Tokyo station. Not the regular. The express is 20 minutes faster.
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Post #57 by MP » Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:54 pm

Dog wrote:Had read that. We arrive at 3pm, so was thinking of heading into the city anywho. My daughter loves planes. She'll get her money's worth. Mtl-Dallas / Dallas-Tokyo on the way there and Tokyo-Chicago/Chicago-Mtl on return. The Tokyo flights will be on Japan Airlines Dreamliners which have the best room in economy in the industry I've read (and why I took those flights).


Isn't that just because the Japanese people are short?
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Post #58 by AD » Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:34 am

I took the ANA Dreamliner flight. But I was in business. Quite comfortable.
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Post #59 by PredsFan77 » Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:46 am

Dallas to Tokyo is a looong flight. That's the one I did as well. If I had to do it over again I'd stay in narita, regroup and get your bearings. Especially with a kid in tow.
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Post #60 by AD » Thu Feb 18, 2016 1:35 am

Agreed with dog.

My translator looked like he was about to die when he disembarked. But I didn't really ask him how it was.
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Post #61 by Murphy » Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:11 pm

Dog wrote:You boys been to Himeji castle?


Yeah, it was underwhelming.
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Post #62 by habfan4 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:42 pm

Dog wrote:How is Shinjuku as a base in Tokyo?


I presume you'll be in the business end (Nishi-Shinjuku) and not in Kabuki-Cho. :danson:

I've stayed in Ginza, Shibuya and Shinjuku, prefer Shinjuku. The hotel I stay at has a shuttle to Shinjuku station or you can walk it in about 15 minutes.
Regardless, Tokyo's transportation system is the best in the world so even if you're a little out of the way it makes little to no difference.
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Post #63 by habfan4 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:07 pm

Dog wrote:I booked right by Shinbashi station on Yamanote line, per banana recommendation.


Handy and you're not far from Tokyo station which makes it easy to get anywhere.
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Post #64 by AD » Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:12 pm

I recommended that. I did good, right 4? Hunh? Hunh?

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Post #65 by habfan4 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:24 pm

AD wrote:I recommended that. I did good, right 4? Hunh? Hunh?

(How are you but the way?)


You did well AD, proximity to the Yamanote line is a good thing. If Dog's plans are still largely the same he could save himself some headache and take the Yamanote line to Shinagawa as opposed to Tokyo Stn when he catches the train to Kyoto.

I've been alright, busy as hell and no vacation the past 7 months, but otherwise fine. You?
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Post #66 by habfan4 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:49 pm

Dog wrote:Also, I am well.

Thanks for asking nanners and not me.


I didn't see your post, I was composing a reply Mr. Sensitive.

Dog wrote:Yeah same plans.

Tokyo 6 nights
Kyoto 5 nights (incl day trip to Nara and travel day from tokyo)
Takayama 2 nights (onsen ryokan in mountains)
Tokyo 1 night


6 days in Tokyo should give you time to get around and get a feel for the city. The place is so massive you can't possibly do everything on a first visit (no matter how long you stay).

Kyoto is all about UNESCO sites (shrines and temples) on the plus side most are in the hills/mountains around the city so you can escape the summer heat. It's also much more manageable than Tokyo so most people prefer it. Where are you staying in Kyoto?

Mind your kids around the deer in Nara, they're not aggressive but they can be a little pushy, particularly if you have food.

Is the ryokan traditional? Breakfast and kaiseki dinner included? Or modern/western where only the room is Japanese style and the rest is a hotel. You should be able to get a room with a private onsen.
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Post #67 by AD » Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:53 pm

You haven't travelled in 7 months? Are you ok?
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Post #68 by habfan4 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:59 pm

AD wrote:You haven't travelled in 7 months? Are you ok?


I was in Niagara on the Lake a couple of weekends ago and will be in Ottawa this weekend but none of the usual globetrotting. There was a shake up at the firm last summer, so I was obliged to cancel my summer vacation. Once the dust settled my boss was invited to look for employment elsewhere which fucked up my Christmas/New Year plans. On the plus side I've got a tonne of time banked.
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Post #69 by AD » Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:04 pm

Come to my firm. Loose hours. Good pay. Travel opportunities.
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Post #70 by AD » Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:04 pm

That was aimed at 4, obvos. Not the Dog.
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Post #71 by PredsFan77 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:54 pm

AD wrote:Come to my firm. Loose hours. Good pay. Travel opportunities.

How much vacation days
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Post #72 by AD » Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:56 pm

Unlimited if the files are taken care of.
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Post #73 by PredsFan77 » Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:20 am

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Post #74 by Boring Choice #2 » Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:26 am

Dog wrote:
habfan4 wrote:
Dog wrote:Also, I am well.

Thanks for asking nanners and not me.


I didn't see your post, I was composing a reply Mr. Sensitive.

Dog wrote:blah blah blah


Haven't booked Kyoto yet.

Ryokan is traditional with breakfast and Kaiseki dinner/private onsen. Exorbitant cost, but hey YOLO. Amirite?


i wonder if the dog noticed that '4 still didn't ask how he was.
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Post #75 by AD » Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:00 am

For the record, dog, I believe we live a large number of lives in these material realms until we can achieve a level of purity and transcendence needed to access higher spiritual realms, or Nirvana if you will.

So, YLALNOLITMRUWCAALOPATNTAHSRONIYW.
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Post #76 by AD » Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:09 am

Does a sparrow understand how cool playing Grand Theft Auto is?
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Post #77 by habfan4 » Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:42 pm

Dog wrote:
Haven't booked Kyoto yet.

Ryokan is traditional with breakfast and Kaiseki dinner/private onsen. Exorbitant cost, but hey YOLO. Amirite?


Haven't stayed at a ryokan yet, looked at a couple in Kyoto (Hiiragiya) but they were monstrously expensive. I'd get on booking Kyoto, it's usually pretty reasonable but if a big festival is on when you're scheduled to be in town prices can spike.

For Tokyo, check to see if the Giants are in town. Seeing baseball at Tokyo Dome is a fucking trip.
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Post #78 by AD » Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:14 pm

Honmura An (moved back to Tokyo from NYC) is highly highly recommendable. Like, it was amazing and fairly priced.
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Post #79 by AD » Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:22 pm

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Post #80 by AD » Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:27 pm

By the way, I still owe you for those 3 tickets. Wanna do lunch so I can pay you back.

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Post #81 by habfan4 » Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:38 pm

Dog wrote:Looked at Hiiragiya, but ultimately wanted something in the country. Was still plenty availability in Kyoto, but will book this weekend. Traditional ryokan prices are ridiculous, but I wanted to experience it and figured I'd go for the real deal. Only for a couple of nights. I've heard about trying to catch a ball game. Will look into it.

Oh and 4, you're probably the best person in the world to ask, restaurant recommendations?


Tokyo is tough given the scale of the city, you really have to plan your restaurants around the sites you'll be seeing on any given day.

I mentioned Ten-ichi earlier in the thread for tempura, it's a chain, but excellent. Gonpachi is another chain, Izakaya style restaurant - George Bush puked at one. Sarashina Horii of No Reservations fame makes superb soba (located in Roppongi). Had an outrageously good traditional lunch at Kozue (located inside the hotel I stay at in Shinjuku). Shelled out decent bucks for steak (either sukiyaki or teppanyaki) - look for Matsusaka beef but prepare for more YOLO pricing.

In terms of sushi/sashimi, pretty much an place, even kaiten or kuru kuru sushi restaurants will be miles above anything you can get in Montréal or Toronto. Ditto ramen joints.

Food in general, even western style food is really solid, which is hardly surprising given the Japanese attention to detail and eye for quality. This will sound odd, but don't overlook department stores for a quick and decent meal. They tend to have food halls with individual restaurants which are reasonably priced and that server varied and high quality food (you'll have a tonkatsu place next to a sushi place next to a ramen resto etc...).
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Post #82 by PredsFan77 » Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:06 pm

I had Ippudo in Sydney. I'm still hard.
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Post #83 by Craig » Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:13 pm

4, since this is the only thread you seem to pay attention to these days, I've been hosting blind beer tastings from my cellar recently, you interested? You missed the quads, but you could probably get in on the stouts. Shoot me a pm or whatnot.
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Post #84 by AD » Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:53 pm

Going back to Tokyo in a couple of weeks.
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Post #85 by PredsFan77 » Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:26 pm

Be careful AD!
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Post #86 by AD » Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:34 pm

Thank you Predo!
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Post #87 by PredsFan77 » Fri May 27, 2016 8:34 pm

Yes. They are amazing. The airbnb place I stayed at in Tokyo had one. Fantastic stuff.
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Post #88 by AD » Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:43 pm

Not in most credible hotels.
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Post #89 by PredsFan77 » Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:15 pm

As long as you got two prongs you are good.
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Post #90 by PredsFan77 » Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:22 pm

Also I was reading an article on Japan on the NYT Site today and I now have a massive craving for grilled Unagi. Need to get back soon.
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Post #91 by PredsFan77 » Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:01 pm

Your roku hotel probably won't have power
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Post #92 by PredsFan77 » Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:47 pm

CHANGE OF PLANS

Doing a week in Japan. Besides Hiroshima, where is a good place to go for a day? Maybe looking at day trip from Kyoto or Tokyo. Heard good things about Nara. Anywhere to the north worth going to? Haven't done any exploring up that way.
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Post #93 by vonbonds » Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:11 pm

Dog wrote:Nara was decent. Easy day trip from Kyoto. Nice temple, deer parks. There's this monkey thing that seems like a tourist trap but was really worth it. You go up a hill for like 20 min and start seeing monkeys running wild. You can feed them at the top. Pretty cool, mind you I was with a six year old.

How did you know the age of the monkey?
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Post #94 by vonbonds » Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:27 pm

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Post #96 by MP » Wed Nov 09, 2016 1:40 pm

PredsFan77 wrote:bumppp

No, it's a volcano island. :owl:
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Post #97 by PredsFan77 » Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:04 am

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Post #98 by Craig » Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:21 am

Stay safe, Predo.
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Post #99 by vonbonds » Sat Nov 12, 2016 11:21 am

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