Originally Posted by MikeHattsu
Um... What's your itinerary look like? And what airports are you arriving at and leaving from?
I'm arriving in Narita at 2:25pm
Going to go out on a limb and assume I'm going to feel wrecked from the flight... But, I might not. Thankfully, it's a straight shot from Dallas, and a 13 hour flight. I've had worse.
If I'm feeling fresh, I might get to Tokyo, grab a hotel near Akihabara, take a shower, maybe a short nap, get out and check out some stores, get some food, and spend the night in the hotel. The next day, I'd check out in the morning and head to Nagoya. This is probably the ideal plan.
But if I'm completely beat, I might turn into the hotel, sleep, refresh completely. Next day, run some shops and... well it seems like if I wait too long, I may as well stay for a second day, especially if I have to check out by 11am. Anything else worth doing in Tokyo? I'm not much for touristy type stuff. I just want to hit up these board game stores:
And will probably run into other interesting things while doing it.
First option sounds pretty good though, as long as these stores are open till.. I dunno.. 8 or 9? I could probably get a rest in and feel good enough to go out.
Once I go to Nagoya, I don't have any set plans other than hanging out with friends I used to work with. I'm leaving on the 1st, so on the days between getting into Nagoya, and hanging out with pals, I definitely want to go to that legendary Dinosaur Museum in Fukui, which isn't too far. I may also like to go to that awesome Aquarium in Osaka again, and may revisit Den Den town while I'm at it which I can do in the Aquarium trip out.
So after coming into Nagoya, I may take 2 or 3 trips a couple hours out to see some sights.
Haven't looked into it yet, but if they aren't too far, might want to see that town full of dolls and any town full of hordes of animals, like deer or monkeys or anything like that, heh.
edit: OH.. And what's the best way to have phone service in Japan? My situation is, my pregnant girlfriend wants to be able to text or call me at any moment, should something unexpected come up. Is the best option to get her a phone card to be able to... call my friend's phone? Or can I pick up a pre-pay phone in Japan and receive international calls from the US via phone card? I had expected there would be some kind of prepay phone you can buy at best buy or walmart, made for vacation travel, but I haven't seen any such thing. Verizon, my carrier, has some international plan, 10 bucks a day, but my primitive phone isn't compatible, apparently.