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RapidCancel 08-29-2014 05:02 AM

Japan GAF |OT| I'm not planning a trip; I live here!
 
Travel thread [URL="http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=539079"]here[/URL].
[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/VEFEPXK.png[/IMG]

Kudos to [URL="http://www.neogaf.com/forum/member.php?u=85060"]midramble[/URL] for the title and [URL="http://www.neogaf.com/forum/member.php?u=21091"]hwalker84[/URL] for the first thread.

RapidCancel 08-29-2014 05:03 AM

Reserved

I'm an expert 08-29-2014 05:05 AM

Is it legal to use a cell phone on the train? Or illegal?

DTU 08-29-2014 05:06 AM

To anyone thinking of visiting Japan: do it. It's so great. By far my favorite country that I've traveled to.

RapidCancel 08-29-2014 05:11 AM

[QUOTE=I'm an expert;127548899]Is it legal to use a cell phone on the train? Or illegal?[/QUOTE]

It's not illegal, people are on their phones texting and playing games all the time. It's just considered rude to actually talk on your phone while on the train.

hitsugi 08-29-2014 05:12 AM

So happy to see this thread get made, although I'll miss the old one.

red13th 08-29-2014 05:14 AM

So, we're moving to this one? Will sub then.

fna84 08-29-2014 05:14 AM

Is one day enough time to visit Hiroshima if i'm staying at a hotel in Tokyo?

I checked out the train schedules and they run from 5am until 6pm and it takes about five hours to reach Hiroshima.

So if I get there around 10am, do things until 4 or 5 pm, would that be enough time?

I'm an expert 08-29-2014 05:14 AM

How jyozu must my hashi be before I am no longer a gaijin?

red13th 08-29-2014 05:15 AM

[QUOTE=fna84;127549802]Is one day enough time to visit Hiroshima if i'm staying at a hotel in Tokyo?

I checked out the train schedules and they run from 5am until 6pm and it takes about five hours to reach Hiroshima.

So if I get there around 10am, do things until 4 or 5 pm, would that be enough time?[/QUOTE]

Not doable IMO since you definitely want to go to Miyajima! That plus Genbakudome take quite a bit of time.

aparisi2274 08-29-2014 05:32 AM

I'll be in Tokyo from 9/15 - 9/22 for TGS and other things..

I plan on going to Tokyo DisneySea, because I was there about 10yrs ago, and it was the nicest Disney park I have ever seen.

I'd also like to try and hit up Mt. Fuji.... What's the best way to get there from Shibuya?

I may also try to hit up Kyoto, but I am not sure if I have time...

Gromph 08-29-2014 05:56 AM

Great OT!

Resilient 08-29-2014 06:03 AM

Look forward to posting with you guys in here :) goodbye old thread :(

[QUOTE=fna84;127549802]Is one day enough time to visit Hiroshima if i'm staying at a hotel in Tokyo?

I checked out the train schedules and they run from 5am until 6pm and it takes about five hours to reach Hiroshima.

So if I get there around 10am, do things until 4 or 5 pm, would that be enough time?[/QUOTE]

No. You lose 10 hours to commute alone. Do it from Osaka if you can stay in Osaka.

Kanyon 08-29-2014 06:04 AM

Was in Tokyo for a week at the end of July, best experience I had... Fantastic food, people are so polite, the subway system is freaking amazing (cheap too) and Akihabara felt like I died and went to heaven.

I highly recommend going to Tokyo Skytree and the nearby Shrine, best of old and new Japan.

hwalker84 08-29-2014 06:12 AM

I think I'm going back in March. Can't wait. Gotta start studying Japanese again.

Nice OT a slight bit salty until I saw the shout out :)

Zornica 08-29-2014 06:13 AM

pretty sure I mentioned it in the other thread too, but just in case:

[QUOTE=RapidCancel;127548701][...][*][URL="https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/suica-nex/index.html"]Narita Express (NEX)[/URL] - One of the best options, any foreign travelers will get a discount on their pass for purchasing the Suica & NEX combo.[/QUOTE]

The Suica & NEX combo has been discontinued many months ago. You can still get a discounted ticket (1500¥), but it's only one way and doesn't come with a Suica.
[URL="http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/nex/"]http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/nex/[/URL]


btw: I finally got some time off and wanted to attend tgs for the first time. Are there any entrance fees? (or anything else I should know?)

aparisi2274 08-29-2014 06:15 AM

[QUOTE=Zornica;127555535]

btw: I finally got some time off and wanted to attend tgs for the first time. Are there any entrance fees? (or anything else I should know?)[/QUOTE]

[url]http://expo.nikkeibp.co.jp/tgs/2014/en/visitor/ticket.html[/url]

ZackieChan 08-29-2014 06:16 AM

Anywhere in Tokyo where I can get a short term room (2-3 months) for under $400 a month? Or something somewhat inexpensive?

Or are hostels my only chance?

BronsonLee 08-29-2014 06:18 AM

Glorious OT. Glad to see my pics made the cut. That OT title too!

ponpo 08-29-2014 07:01 AM

Still no JapanGAF OT . _ .

robox 08-29-2014 09:21 AM

[QUOTE=aparisi2274;127551584]I'll be in Tokyo from 9/15 - 9/22 for TGS and other things..

I'd also like to try and hit up Mt. Fuji.... What's the best way to get there from Shibuya?
[/QUOTE]

if you want to climb mt. fuji, then it's a little late for that. climbing season is july and august. and it's still winter-levels cold at the top. so you gotta pack accordingly.

if you just wanna take a closer look, then there are buses and trains that depart from Shinjuku station to the surrounding area. [URL="http://www.fujiq.jp/en/"]Fuji-Q highland amusement park[/URL] may make a good trip out of it.

kudoboi 08-29-2014 09:29 AM

the last time i visited tokyo was in 2004. amazing experience. it is still one of the best place ive visited overseas.. second being Sydney. i really hope to come back this year or the next year

MikeHattsu 08-29-2014 09:35 AM

[QUOTE=hwalker84;127555529]I think I'm going back in March. Can't wait. Gotta start studying Japanese again. [/QUOTE]

Hehe. Everybody's going back again ;p


[QUOTE=ZackieChan;127555898]Anywhere in Tokyo where I can get a short term room (2-3 months) for under $400 a month? Or something somewhat inexpensive?

Or are hostels my only chance?[/QUOTE]

Check out Sakura house:
[url]http://www.sakura-house.com[/url]

There's other share house providers as well, but I don't know much about them.


[QUOTE=ponpo;127559936]Still no JapanGAF OT . _ .[/QUOTE]

You should make one then! ;)

Lazlo 08-29-2014 09:36 AM

The title got me ready to direct someone to the other thread, but it's good we have an actual OT now for Japan travel. I still have to edit the pictures I took last year...

Ayumi 08-29-2014 09:37 AM

[QUOTE=ponpo;127559936]Still no JapanGAF OT . _ .[/QUOTE]

Hmmmm... yeah, I thought that's what we were going to make since we already had one for travel?

MikeHattsu 08-29-2014 09:38 AM

[QUOTE=Ayumi;127570148]Hmmmm... yeah, I thought that's what we were going to make since we already had one for travel?[/QUOTE]

Yeah, same here.

abunai 08-29-2014 09:52 AM

Just got home from studying in Japan over the summer. Uploaded my favourite pictures [URL="https://www.flickr.com/photos/122668808@N08/sets/72157646569822157/"]here[/URL].

maomaoIYP 08-29-2014 09:56 AM

Was there in April to see the sakura. Going to Hokkaido in Feb to see the winter festival.

scarlet 08-29-2014 10:03 AM

[QUOTE=maomaoIYP;127571246]Was there in April to see the sakura. Going to Hokkaido in Feb to see the winter festival.[/QUOTE]

I'm going there too next year for the snow fest!

RapidCancel 08-29-2014 02:45 PM

[QUOTE=ponpo;127559936]Still no JapanGAF OT . _ .[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=Ayumi;127570148]Hmmmm... yeah, I thought that's what we were going to make since we already had one for travel?[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=MikeHattsu;127570175]Yeah, same here.[/QUOTE]

My bad guys...I thought this was what you meant since we never had an official traveling one. I thought there was already one for people living there.

RapidCancel 08-29-2014 02:48 PM

[QUOTE=Zornica;127555535]pretty sure I mentioned it in the other thread too, but just in case:

The Suica & NEX combo has been discontinued many months ago. You can still get a discounted ticket (1500¥), but it's only one way and doesn't come with a Suica.
[URL="http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/nex/"]http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/nex/[/URL][/QUOTE]

Thanks, I forgot about that. I'll update it tonight.

KiraFA37 08-29-2014 02:48 PM

Couldn't you guys just have slapped OT on the previous thread?

I'm an expert 08-29-2014 02:55 PM

[QUOTE=RapidCancel;127596038]My bad guys...I thought this was what you meant since we never had an official traveling one. I thought there was already one for people living there.[/QUOTE]

There is. debito.org

red13th 08-29-2014 03:00 PM

Also the NEX discount is only from Narita to Tokyo, going to Narita is 3000 something yen.
The site has an updated timetable that was very useful since we were staying in Shibuya and not every NEX stops in Shibuya station.

supergiz 08-29-2014 03:05 PM

I just came by to say I actually tried to take cab back from Narita airport once to Tokyo. (i was drunk btw). Worst decision ever my wallet still cries.

Fattony12000 08-29-2014 03:09 PM

[QUOTE]Should I take a cab from Narita airport?[/QUOTE]

Er, no.

Oh, and here's a thing about how I got to Japan (don't be afraid to click the image, it's really a YouTube link!):

[URL="http://youtu.be/mvGdSRrTO-w"][IMG]https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7434/14110508921_e54b931bee_o.png[/IMG][/URL]

MikeHattsu 08-29-2014 03:15 PM

[QUOTE=red_13th;127598342]Also the NEX discount is only from Narita to Tokyo, going to Narita is 3000 something yen.[/QUOTE]

Yeah. I've used the Keisei main line from Nippori both times I went back to Narita from Tokyo. Cost a little over 1000 JPY.

scarlet 08-29-2014 03:20 PM

[QUOTE=supergiz;127598939]I just came by to say I actually tried to take cab back from Narita airport once to Tokyo. (i was drunk btw). Worst decision ever my wallet still cries.[/QUOTE]

How much?

RapidCancel 08-29-2014 03:31 PM

[QUOTE=supergiz;127598939]I just came by to say I actually tried to take cab back from Narita airport once to Tokyo. (i was drunk btw). Worst decision ever my wallet still cries.[/QUOTE]

Lol...how much did that end up costing you?

Alpha_eX 08-29-2014 03:32 PM

Make sure Gogyo Burnt Ramen gets a spot in this thread,
[url]http://www.ramendining-gogyo.com/[/url]

Delicious.

Blablurn 08-29-2014 03:38 PM

I remember my first trip in 2011. It was perfect. I wanna go back at some point.

scarlet 08-29-2014 03:57 PM

[QUOTE=Alpha_eX;127602674]Make sure Gogyo Burnt Ramen gets a spot in this thread,
[url]http://www.ramendining-gogyo.com/[/url]

Delicious.[/QUOTE]

Yup, can't get enough of it, and if you have time, try the Kyoto one.
Kyoto branch >>>>> Tokyo branch

JulianImp 08-29-2014 04:06 PM

[QUOTE=Zornica;127555535]btw: I finally got some time off and wanted to attend tgs for the first time. Are there any entrance fees? (or anything else I should know?)[/QUOTE]

If the GAF Meet-up ends up happening after Sept 8th, I could give you a free entrance ticket or two if you want since I got a few of those for being a TGS exhibitor.

Also, should we make a new thread for the meet-up with Evilore, or can we use this one to make the arrangements? I will be arriving on Sept 8th, and will be available on both weekdays and weekends until Oct 8th, except during the TGS (from the 17th until the 21st of September).

Ayumi 08-29-2014 04:09 PM

Just change the OP into a general Japan OT? Since we already have one for travel.

MikeHattsu 08-29-2014 04:11 PM

[QUOTE=Ayumi;127608251]Just change the OP into a general Japan OT? Since we already have one for travel.[/QUOTE]

Need to get a mod to fix the title though.

Resilient 08-29-2014 04:14 PM

[QUOTE=scarlet;127606475]Yup, can't get enough of it, and if you have time, try the Kyoto one.
Kyoto branch >>>>> Tokyo branch[/QUOTE]

Why is this

scarlet 08-29-2014 04:17 PM

[QUOTE=Resilient;127609028]Why is this[/QUOTE]

Taste

mrklaw 08-29-2014 04:18 PM

[QUOTE=fna84;127549802]Is one day enough time to visit Hiroshima if i'm staying at a hotel in Tokyo?

I checked out the train schedules and they run from 5am until 6pm and it takes about five hours to reach Hiroshima.

So if I get there around 10am, do things until 4 or 5 pm, would that be enough time?[/QUOTE]

We stayed in a hotel near Miyajima and bought a combo ticket that was shinkansen + hotel for a reasonable price (ymmv). Also means only 3 hours on the train each way rather than 5.

We arrived in Hiroshima around lunchtime, then headed down to Miyajima in the evening (after okonamiyaki in Hiroshima) and stayed in a hotel right next to the ferry. Next morning nice and early on the ferry, across to the island - did the shrine area and up the cable car, then back across on the Ferry, up to Hiroshima station and back to Tokyo. The miyajima bit took pretty much a whole day including getting back to Tokyo, but we were with our kids so didn't arrive back late.

If you were willing to get to Hiroshima really early, and get back to Tokyo really late, then it might be possible in one day but you'd be rushing around which is kind of opposite to what you want for that area IMO.

Desmond 08-29-2014 04:31 PM

Anyone else here hate Okonomiyaki?

BronsonLee 08-29-2014 04:32 PM

[QUOTE=Desmond;127611869]Anyone else here hate Okonomiyaki?[/QUOTE]

Yo that shit was delicious. I only had it once though. Was very surprised at how much I liked it.


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