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EviLore
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(09-03-2014, 06:09 PM)
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Originally Posted by Ayumi

This is great, and much more cheap than B-Mobile. People need to be really aware of this though:

Yeah, I saw the "loan basis" line and it appears to be a funky translation. You don't actually need a credit card in order to buy/activate it, and they never mention returning it when you're done. I think they just mean that if you, say, put 5000 yen in recharges on it and then damage/lose the SIM you can keep the service intact and reduce your losses by paying the replacement SIM fee instead of buying the whole thing over again. That's the only way it makes sense.

Originally Posted by MikeHattsu

Is it? I can't see any price on the website?

Edit: I found the price. It's 3000 JPY for the 100MB package and 5000 JPY for the 500 MB package:
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/201.../#.VAc82Gg_BKo

And 2,838 yen to recharge 1GB/60 days
MikeHattsu
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(09-03-2014, 06:11 PM)
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Originally Posted by EviLore

Yeah, I saw the "loan basis" line and it appears to be a funky translation. You don't actually need a credit card in order to buy/activate it, and they never mention returning it when you're done. I think they just mean that if you, say, put 5000 yen in recharges on it and then damage/lose the SIM you can keep the service intact and reduce your losses by paying the replacement SIM fee instead of buying the whole thing over again. That's the only way it makes sense.

It says you need to return it:
http://www.so-net.ne.jp/prepaid/en/faq/index.html

Q.What should I do with the SIM card when I'm done using it?

A. The SIM card is provided to you on a loan basis.
Please return it to the address listed below.

<Address for returning SIM card>
So-net Butsuryu Center, SIM Henkyaku
303-1 Kami-okubo, Sakura-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, 338-0824, JAPAN

EviLore
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(09-03-2014, 06:13 PM)
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Originally Posted by MikeHattsu

It says you need to return it:
http://www.so-net.ne.jp/prepaid/en/faq/index.html

Strange, how are they supposed to charge you 3000 yen if you don't? Either way, I'll give it a shot when I arrive in 12 hours or so.
MikeHattsu
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(09-03-2014, 06:19 PM)
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Originally Posted by EviLore

Strange, how are they supposed to charge you 3000 yen if you don't?

When I borrowed a cell phone the first time I went to Japan they required a card on file in case of damages.
FINALFANTASYDOG
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(09-03-2014, 06:22 PM)
Alright! up for some boring answers!

You guys should include what you're doing here ( ≖‿≖)

Tokyo is the city for night-owls like me! I'm staying up till 6 A.M. every day going to lectures / book author talks / events early in the evening and then till first train doing day-trading / reading / chats at family restaurants or extremely well lit cafes.

What made you interested in Japan?

Moved here as a child, Grew up here(international school).

Why did you learn the language (for those who are not learning, are you interested?)

Kinda realized to actually do anything in the country I would need to learn the language... if it helps I didn't actually learn how to read at a native level until I was in uni


Are you currently living in Japan?


Yes and No, Currently in Hong Kong for 5 months, will be back in Tokyo at the end of September.

How long have you lived in Japan?

More then half of my living years....
Aizo
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(09-03-2014, 06:31 PM)
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I always wanted to make a JGAF OT, but figured there were far more experienced people whom would be better suited for it. I'm so glad it happened! I'm really enjoying reading everyone's posts, so I'm happy that I asked some of those questions.

What is your favorite place in Japan?
Tough. Not answering with just one.
Small towns in Nagano, Fushimi Inari taisha, Northeastern Tohoku countryside, Shinjuku.
What is your favorite Japanese food & drink?
Food: Unagi, chāshūmen with lots of vinegar, katsu curry, sushi... most things. Natto is poison.
Drink: I guess the aloe and grape drink I mentioned earlier. Alcohol... umeshu! There was also this great lychee hyōketsu or something last Fall that was very good.
What is your favorite season to be in Japan?
Because of where I'm from, just like home, I love Fall. Spring is a close second... so close.
Where are you from, and which languages do you speak? (conversational and above)
I'm from Colorado (US). I speak native English and broken conversational Japanese.
What should we call you if we ever met you IRL?
Most people in Japan call me Jack, so let's go with that.
You guys should include what you're doing here ( ≖‿≖)
I was here studying at Jōchi (Sophia University) for a year, but am staying about two more months than the other exchange students. Right now, I'm living at the house of my Japanese friend who did a home stay with me ten years ago. I mostly just talk with his Mom, though, since he's out. Good Japanese practice!

Originally Posted by ponpo

These?

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=29ycsEr2Hws

Thank you! That was very amusing.
Killdozer
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(09-03-2014, 06:34 PM)
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Originally Posted by MikeHattsu

At what time of the day did you go?

We got there short after opening time, like 10:10AM. There were only a few people in the park by the time we got in but the traffic started to really build up by 11AM. At this point you could see a long queue of people waiting to get checked in, and by noon the place was getting silly.
Oichi
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(09-03-2014, 06:41 PM)
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Originally Posted by Mik2121

I assume it was you who just followed me on Twitter, right? I'm following back! :)

Indeed it was!
Hasemo
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(09-03-2014, 06:59 PM)
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I've got another question for the thread if anyone wants to answer. It's about a thing I've been thinking about a lot lately, mostly because of the news.

What do you think about pachinko? Have you tried it/do you play it regularly?

I went to a pachinko parlor once, but it was so loud that I couldn't even focus on the manual so I left. To be honest I would like to try it once, just to know how it feels like and win millions of yen.
Zoe
(09-03-2014, 07:09 PM)
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Originally Posted by Hasemo

I've got another question for the thread if anyone wants to answer. It's about a thing I've been thinking about a lot lately, mostly because of the news.

What do you think about pachinko? Have you tried it/do you play it regularly?

I went to a pachinko parlor once, but it was so loud that I couldn't even focus on the manual so I left. To be honest I would like to try it once, just to know how it feels like and win millions of yen.

I've done it 2? 3? times, but as with most gambling, you gotta put in money to make any. I'm too conservative to put in as much as it takes to start winning. It takes a little bit of skill too, so you can't treat it as mindless as normal video slots. So really I just play to watch Jpop videos :lol

bf is pretty lucky. He's won a few hundred dollars the last couple of times we went. The very first time I went with him it was pretty exciting trying to figure out what to do with all the balls that were spilling out as we were waiting for staff to come help :)
Killdozer
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(09-03-2014, 07:14 PM)
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I poked my head in a few places and it's incredibly loud. I would have to wear earplugs + headphones to cancel the noise.

Aside form that part, I still haven't spotted the magical place where metal balls (or coins) turn into money. I poked around a few places in Ikebukuro, Akihabara, and Hikawadai. Since exploring isn't working is there a right way to ask the question in order to find out where the exchange happens?
FINALFANTASYDOG
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(09-03-2014, 07:19 PM)

Originally Posted by Killdozer

Since exploring isn't working is there a right way to ask the question in order to find out where the exchange happens?




In Tokyo, the special prize exchange is handled exclusively by the Tokyo Union Circulation company (known as TUC), which sells pachinko and slot parlors gold slivers in standardized plastic cases, which it buys back from winning customers at its conveniently located "TUC Shop" windows.[12]

That should help you out! ^_^
Zoe
(09-03-2014, 07:30 PM)
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The two GAIA locations we went to had exchange places hidden in the alley. Had to look for an out of place security camera.
Zornica
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(09-03-2014, 08:24 PM)
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Originally Posted by Ayumi

What do you think about pachinko? Have you tried it/do you play it regularly?

I used to live above one, go figure how much I like them now :P
I never went in though... I'm very sensitive to noise and this shit 's just overkill
matt360
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(09-04-2014, 12:34 AM)
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I'm not a gambler except for poker sometimes, but I love casinos of any sort. The smell, the smoke, the tacky carpets and lack of windows, and of course the lights and sounds. It's an all out attack on the senses and it's great. So I've never actually played pachinko but I've visited several parlours with friends.
I'm an expert
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(09-04-2014, 01:03 AM)
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Kinda surprised Jochi still hosts foreigners. Studied there over a decade ago but I know they closed their Ichigaya campus.
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(09-04-2014, 01:08 AM)
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TheBryanJZX90
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(09-04-2014, 01:16 AM)
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Originally Posted by FINALFANTASYDOG

Alright! up for some boring answers!

You guys should include what you're doing here ( ≖‿≖)

Tokyo is the city for night-owls like me! I'm staying up till 6 A.M. every day going to lectures / book author talks / events early in the evening and then till first train doing day-trading / reading / chats at family restaurants or extremely well lit cafes.

What made you interested in Japan?

Moved here as a child, Grew up here(international school).

Why did you learn the language (for those who are not learning, are you interested?)

Kinda realized to actually do anything in the country I would need to learn the language... if it helps I didn't actually learn how to read at a native level until I was in uni


Are you currently living in Japan?


Yes and No, Currently in Hong Kong for 5 months, will be back in Tokyo at the end of September.

How long have you lived in Japan?

More then half of my living years....

Are you the same FFDOG from those Insert Credit videos back in the day?
Parakeetman
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(09-04-2014, 01:44 AM)
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pachinko is like any sort of gambling really, a waste of money. unless you are a pro that camps out in front of parlors and knows the machine layout id say dont bother unless you really are "starved" to get the experience. :)
ponpo
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(09-04-2014, 01:47 AM)
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Originally Posted by FINALFANTASYDOG

Alright! up for some boring answers!

You guys should include what you're doing here ( ≖‿≖)

Tokyo is the city for night-owls like me! I'm staying up till 6 A.M. every day going to lectures / book author talks / events early in the evening and then till first train doing day-trading / reading / chats at family restaurants or extremely well lit cafes.

Tell me more about these late night lectures and well lit cafes.
m3r4
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(09-04-2014, 02:31 AM)
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Pachinko is probably the one thing about Japan that I dislike the most, next to (more or less) subliminal racism, bureaucracy and AKB48.
hitsugi
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(09-04-2014, 02:39 AM)
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Originally Posted by TheBryanJZX90

Are you the same FFDOG from those Insert Credit videos back in the day?

It can't be..
midramble
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(09-04-2014, 02:43 AM)
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Originally Posted by MikeHattsu

Is it? I can't see any price on the website?

Edit: I found the price. It's 3000 JPY for the 100MB package and 5000 JPY for the 500 MB package:
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/201.../#.VAc82Gg_BKo

I find all of this strange. Everytime I go to Tokyo I buy the prepaid NTT Docomo sim at the big yadobashi in akihabara. $30 for 1GB for 1 month. The service was so good I could check in from the peak of fujisan and never had dropped calls on the subway. I still have my sim in my bag for nostalgia sake haha.
DCharlie
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(09-04-2014, 02:49 AM)
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It can't be..

always assumed it was - no reason for it not to be

Tokyo is the city for night-owls like me!

this - oh god, so much this. I work long hours, but i can operate on 4 hours sleep at worst and a lot of times on 2 hours (thanks kids!)

By the time i get home and put the kids to bed, if the wife doesn't want to play games or spend time together, then Tokyo is still awake. I live in an area where lots of stuff is still within 3 minutes - we have an Izakaya next door that's always packed, there's 4 restaurants down our street that don't close until 2am, there's indian, italian, chinese, all of which rock within 5 minutes, there's an awesome vinyl bar where i can go chat with the people there and listen to obscure Merseybeat tracks and discuss the merits of LP artwork, there's arcades, the video rental places close at 3am, the games shop is open until 2am, the bars don't close at all, Shinjuku is a 50 minute walk away and that never closes, Shimokita is even closer, as is Kichijoji - the place is never sleeping, always alive - no matter what. Throw in that everything is safe, people are always about.

If i was back in England my options would be vastly closed.

The fact that i can go walk/run the streets regardless of time and not worry about safety is something that cannot be given a price tag.
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(09-04-2014, 02:58 AM)
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While I agree the safety is the main reason to have a family there, I was actually about a block away from two different murders over the years. Also been in plenty of street brawls. Japan has its share of dumb shit too.
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(09-04-2014, 03:19 AM)
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Originally Posted by DCharlie

always assumed it was - no reason for it not to be



this - oh god, so much this. I work long hours, but i can operate on 4 hours sleep at worst and a lot of times on 2 hours (thanks kids!)

By the time i get home and put the kids to bed, if the wife doesn't want to play games or spend time together, then Tokyo is still awake. I live in an area where lots of stuff is still within 3 minutes - we have an Izakaya next door that's always packed, there's 4 restaurants down our street that don't close until 2am, there's indian, italian, chinese, all of which rock within 5 minutes, there's an awesome vinyl bar where i can go chat with the people there and listen to obscure Merseybeat tracks and discuss the merits of LP artwork, there's arcades, the video rental places close at 3am, the games shop is open until 2am, the bars don't close at all, Shinjuku is a 50 minute walk away and that never closes, Shimokita is even closer, as is Kichijoji - the place is never sleeping, always alive - no matter what. Throw in that everything is safe, people are always about.

If i was back in England my options would be vastly closed.

The fact that i can go walk/run the streets regardless of time and not worry about safety is something that cannot be given a price tag.

I can agree more. It's so nice to no need to worry about it.

Originally Posted by I'm an expert

While I agree the safety is the main reason to have a family there, I was actually about a block away from two different murders over the years. Also been in plenty of street brawls. Japan has its share of dumb shit too.

Of course, like everywhere but in a less scale if you consider the population of the country.
Aizo
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(09-04-2014, 04:08 AM)
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Originally Posted by I'm an expert

Kinda surprised Jochi still hosts foreigners. Studied there over a decade ago but I know they closed their Ichigaya campus.

I think all the gaijin go to the Yotsuya campus nowadays. Hello, senpai.

Originally Posted by I'm an expert

While I agree the safety is the main reason to have a family there, I was actually about a block away from two different murders over the years. Also been in plenty of street brawls. Japan has its share of dumb shit too.

Tell me more about these street brawls.
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(09-04-2014, 04:22 AM)
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I think I've been in as many fist fights in Japan as in America lol. And the instigators were usually the Japanese. Just late night drunk shit, nothing amazing. When I was younger there I found myself in the company of a lot of drug dealers+shitty gas panic type clubs..so things escalate. Surprisingly, Shikoku also has a giant weed grower population. Very on edge, ambitious Japanese dudes lol.
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(09-04-2014, 05:27 AM)
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MightyKAC
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(09-04-2014, 05:27 AM)
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Originally Posted by Gromph

Updated list:

Who:

  • Ayumi
  • Desmond
  • AllenShrz
  • CHusson91
  • Mercurio
  • AlabastreAizo
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  • BombStrike
  • ElectricKaibutsu + wife
  • Evilore
  • Gromph
  • Jijidasu picture.

Registration will be closed tomorrow (Friday 5/9) 10:00 PM.

I'd love to join you guys as well if you're not too full.
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(09-04-2014, 05:35 AM)
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Originally Posted by MightyKAC

I'd love to join you guys as well if you're not too full.

Added :)
matt360
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(09-04-2014, 05:47 AM)
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Originally Posted by I'm an expert

I think I've been in as many fist fights in Japan as in America lol. And the instigators were usually the Japanese. Just late night drunk shit, nothing amazing. When I was younger there I found myself in the company of a lot of drug dealers+shitty gas panic type clubs..so things escalate. Surprisingly, Shikoku also has a giant weed grower population. Very on edge, ambitious Japanese dudes lol.

I've also heard that Shikoku is the place to go for weed. I kinda wrote it off but I guess it's true? Now that I'm married with a kid on the way I wouldn't even consider trying to buy some here, though. All I know is that every time I've been to Matsuyama I've had an amazing time, especially once the sun goes down.
TokiDoki
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(09-04-2014, 05:56 AM)
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Wanted to answer the questionnaire but not living in Japan like many others here , but however had been visiting Tokyo consistently once ever year recently . Heading to Osaka soon this September :)
ElectricKaibutsu
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(09-04-2014, 06:01 AM)
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Originally Posted by TokiDoki

Wanted to answer the questionnaire but not living in Japan like many others here , but however had been visiting Tokyo consistently once ever year recently . Heading to Osaka soon this September :)

I love Osaka. Have an awesome time!
Resilient
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(09-04-2014, 06:12 AM)
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Guys, I may have fucked up big time and I could use some advice. Pretty fucking anxious right now 😭😭😭

I've booked accommodation for Kyoto on Jan 2. I'll be leaving Tokyo with a group of friends on January 2nd, and plan to do so via Shinkansen. It completely passed me that it was gonna be busy as hell and I know in my stomach, there is no way I will be able to reserve seats for 6 people ><

So, for those who are living in Japan...

Realistically , would I be able to book seats on the 28th of December for a train to Kyoto on Jan 2?

If not, should I reserve my seats now and not even take the chance?

If so, is possible to reserve the seats now?

Do I need to be in Japan to reserve to the seats?

Should I just take my chances and deal with it on the day?

I seriously don't know how I overlooked this so badly !!

Please help me guys!!
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(09-04-2014, 06:15 AM)
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Originally Posted by Resilient

Guys, I may have fucked up big time and I could use some advice. Pretty fucking anxious right now ������

I've booked accommodation for Kyoto on Jan 2. I'll be leaving Tokyo with a group of friends on January 2nd, and plan to do so via Shinkansen. It completely passed me that it was gonna be busy as hell and I know in my stomach, there is no way I will be able to reserve seats for 6 people ><

So, for those who are living in Japan...

Realistically , would I be able to book seats on the 28th of December for a train to Kyoto on Jan 2?

If not, should I reserve my seats now and not even take the chance?

If so, is possible to reserve the seats now?

Do I need to be in Japan to reserve to the seats?

Should I just take my chances and deal with it on the day?

I seriously don't know how I overlooked this so badly !!

Please help me guys!!

Why can't you reserve seats for 6 people?

Regardless, there are Shinkansen cars that are for people without reserved tickets, you just have to line up at the station. I can't tell you how busy it will be on that day but I don't think it's something to worry about that much if you can't reserve in advance for whatever reason.
Resilient
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(09-04-2014, 06:19 AM)
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Originally Posted by ponpo

Why can't you reserve seats for 6 people?

Regardless, there are Shinkansen cars that are for people without reserved tickets, you just have to line up at the station. I can't tell you how busy it will be on that day but I don't think it's something to worry about that much if you can't reserve in advance for whatever reason.

Just looked it up. Seat reservation opens up a month before the travel date

I can't reserve in advance because I won't be in Japan until a week before the date. So I could only do it if a friend helped me out which I'll have to sort out..

I'm scared of missing out on the day if I just chance lining up. Even if it is the 6:00am train. I imagine it's going to be a hellish time of year to take the train, no? Am I worrying too much??
Mik2121
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(09-04-2014, 06:24 AM)
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Originally Posted by Resilient

Just looked it up. Seat reservation opens up a month before the travel date

I can't reserve in advance because I won't be in Japan until a week before the date. So I could only do it if a friend helped me out which I'll have to sort out..

I'm scared of missing out on the day if I just chance lining up. Even if it is the 6:00am train. I imagine it's going to be a hellish time of year to take the train, no? Am I worrying too much??

You are worrying too much. Once you arrive to Japan, go to the closest JR ticket area and try to book those tickets. If it's all taken (which could happen if you just go a couple days before) then just take some of the non-reservation tickets and line up a bit earlier. You are not going to not be able to get on the train. Don't worry too much.
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(09-04-2014, 06:25 AM)
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Originally Posted by Resilient

Just looked it up. Seat reservation opens up a month before the travel date

I can't reserve in advance because I won't be in Japan until a week before the date. So I could only do it if a friend helped me out which I'll have to sort out..

I'm scared of missing out on the day if I just chance lining up. Even if it is the 6:00am train. I imagine it's going to be a hellish time of year to take the train, no? Am I worrying too much??

I'll buy them for you for outrageously high service fees + ponpotax.

Maybe someone here has more experience taking shinkansen around that time but I don't think it's too bad, especially if you're willing to line up early enough. It's not golden week or anything. Even at the worst time imaginable you'd end up getting in at some point, you just might have to stand (on the train) for a while.
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(09-04-2014, 06:29 AM)
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Thanks guys. I don't care about standing , but we will have our backpacks/luggage which will be painful for us and others .. I seriously am stressing hard at the moment, haha

Ponpo id take you up on that but I can get them from a Friend in Japan without the ponpatax ヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ

So you guys really think trying to reserve on 28th Dec would not be a disaster? If we fail to reserve we'd line up for that 6:00am train no joke!
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(09-04-2014, 06:32 AM)
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Originally Posted by Resilient

Thanks guys. I don't care about standing , but we will have our backpacks/luggage which will be painful for us and others .. I seriously am stressing hard at the moment, haha

Ponpo id take you up on that but I can get them from a Friend in Japan without the ponpatax ヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ

So you guys really think trying to reserve on 28th Dec would not be a disaster? If we fail to reserve we'd line up for that 6:00am train no joke!

If you want a seat that badly and can't buy tickets in advance for whatever reason, just go to the departing station, wait in line at the non-reserved car lineup and wait for the train. If you're not first in line just let people go ahead of you and wait for the next car and voila seats.
Resilient
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(09-04-2014, 06:36 AM)
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Originally Posted by ponpo

If you want a seat that badly and can't buy tickets in advance for whatever reason, just go to the departing station, wait in line at the non-reserved car lineup and wait for the train. If you're not first in line just let people go ahead of you and wait for the next car and voila seats.

Hmm...maybe I will just deal with it when I fly in. So is it unrealistic to suggest that if I don't reserve i will be unable to board a train at all on Jan 2?
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(09-04-2014, 06:39 AM)
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Originally Posted by Resilient

Hmm...maybe I will just deal with it when I fly in. So is it unrealistic to suggest that if I don't reserve i will be unable to board a train at all on Jan 2?

The only reason why you wouldn't be able to get on the train, specially if you arrive on the 28th, would be if there's some massive earthquake in that area or very heavy rain and winds. Otherwise, you don't need to worry. You might not be able to sit together though, but it's just 2 hours and a bit, so that's no problem either.
ElectricKaibutsu
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(09-04-2014, 06:56 AM)
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Originally Posted by Resilient

Hmm...maybe I will just deal with it when I fly in. So is it unrealistic to suggest that if I don't reserve i will be unable to board a train at all on Jan 2?

There is NO way that would happen. You can always get on. I've never seen it too crowded to board.
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(09-04-2014, 09:05 AM)
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Originally Posted by ElectricKaibutsu

There is NO way that would happen. You can always get on. I've never seen it too crowded to board.

I have. I was flying back to Japan in early January after spending the new year holiday in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Flew into Fukuoka and already had reserved seats for the Shinkansen back to Hiroshima. The line for non-reserved seats was the longest line I've ever seen in my life. I felt so sorry for those people waiting, but it wasn't much better even with reserved seats.

We did get our seats, but people with non-reserved seats still crowded into our car. The non-reserved people packed themselves into every crevice available, including the bathroom/service areas. Imagine a Shinkansen packed the same way a rush-hour Shinjuku train gets packed. When I got off at Hiroshima, people had to crowd surf our suitcases over their heads in order to get them off the train. It was fucking bananas and I swore I'd never ride the shink again during peak travel. It was easily one of the worst travel experiences I've ever had.
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(09-04-2014, 09:11 AM)
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Originally Posted by matt360

I have. I was flying back to Japan in early January after spending the new year holiday in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Flew into Fukuoka and already had reserved seats for the Shinkansen back to Hiroshima. The line for non-reserved seats was the longest line I've ever seen in my life. I felt so sorry for those people waiting, but it wasn't much better even with reserved seats.

We did get our seats, but people with non-reserved seats still crowded into our car. The non-reserved people packed themselves into every crevice available, including the bathroom/service areas. Imagine a Shinkansen packed the same way a rush-hour Shinjuku train gets packed. When I got off at Hiroshima, people had to crowd surf our suitcases over their heads in order to get them off the train. It was fucking bananas and I swore I'd never ride the shink again during peak travel. It was easily one of the worst travel experiences I've ever had.

lol. I'd start making camera shutter nosies with my phone to make everyone paranoid.
MikeHattsu
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(09-04-2014, 09:29 AM)
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Originally Posted by matt360

I have. I was flying back to Japan in early January after spending the new year holiday in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Flew into Fukuoka and already had reserved seats for the Shinkansen back to Hiroshima. The line for non-reserved seats was the longest line I've ever seen in my life. I felt so sorry for those people waiting, but it wasn't much better even with reserved seats.

We did get our seats, but people with non-reserved seats still crowded into our car. The non-reserved people packed themselves into every crevice available, including the bathroom/service areas. Imagine a Shinkansen packed the same way a rush-hour Shinjuku train gets packed. When I got off at Hiroshima, people had to crowd surf our suitcases over their heads in order to get them off the train. It was fucking bananas and I swore I'd never ride the shink again during peak travel. It was easily one of the worst travel experiences I've ever had.

Haha. Damn.
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(09-04-2014, 09:33 AM)
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Originally Posted by Gromph

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(09-04-2014, 09:41 AM)
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Originally Posted by matt360

I have. I was flying back to Japan in early January after spending the new year holiday in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Flew into Fukuoka and already had reserved seats for the Shinkansen back to Hiroshima. The line for non-reserved seats was the longest line I've ever seen in my life. I felt so sorry for those people waiting, but it wasn't much better even with reserved seats.

We did get our seats, but people with non-reserved seats still crowded into our car. The non-reserved people packed themselves into every crevice available, including the bathroom/service areas. Imagine a Shinkansen packed the same way a rush-hour Shinjuku train gets packed. When I got off at Hiroshima, people had to crowd surf our suitcases over their heads in order to get them off the train. It was fucking bananas and I swore I'd never ride the shink again during peak travel. It was easily one of the worst travel experiences I've ever had.

Whoa, I stand corrected.

The worst I ever saw it was traveling from Osaka to Hiroshima. I think it was the Respect for the Aged Day 3 day weekend. We had to stand the whole way there and back. I'm pretty sure everyone was able to board though.
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(09-04-2014, 09:55 AM)
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Originally Posted by AllenShrz

I haven't keep up.... Do we have date and time?

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