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I read that Mastercard is no longer accepted by ATMs that will take western cards (i.e. JapanPost and 7/11s).
Anyone had an issues VISA or VISA debit cards since April 19th 2013 (start of Mastercard suspension)?
I was looking at Travellers Cheques, but I heard they can be a nightmare. I'm opting for cash, I hear it's relatively safe.
Also, most travellers cards that are designed for travel are Mastercard, so using those options are now out. I've read bad complaints ANZ who offer a VISA debit traveller card.
Im looking for private room for ¥4,000 or less in as central location in Tokyo as possible. Im hoping to spend at least a week there and it will be my first time in Japan. I don't care how small it is and am of course expecting to share a bathroom.
I would prefer not to use a capsule hotel for such a long stay.
It must be close to good transport links.
I have spent plenty of time searching the internet and on here but have not found a great deal.
Kimi Ryokan sounds good but also quite far from place. Google maps predicts that it is over minutes from Ryoguko. Is that right?
Kimi Ryokan is in Ikebukuro area
Juyoh hotel sounds good and is in Taito-ku area.
Palace Japan is also in Taito-ku area.
If anyone has any other options that I can investigate or advice on which of these has the best location for the average tourist spending a week in Tokyo that ... more »
i am travelling to japan (first time!) with my boyfriend in november for two weeks, flying into osaka and out through tokyo, making our way across central japan and was considering getting the JR pass for at least 7 days to cover costs of the bullet train but not too sure what it actually covers.
our itinerary is:
arrive in osaka at night (day 0)
day 1. explore osaka
day 2. explore osaka
day 3. day trip to nara
day 4. leave osaka for kyoto early in the morning by train, explore kyoto
day 5. leave kyoto for jigokudani early in the morning by train
day 6. leave jigokudani for tokyo in the afternoon by train, stopover in gunma for a few hours maybe
day 7 - 16. explore tokyo
we are tossing up between buying a JR pass to save money on all the travelling between cities (a 7 day pass as most of our time is spent in tokyo) but are not sure if it will cover all t... more »
Hi everyone, my husband and I are in Nagasaki after a week in lovely Kyoto. Nagasaki is very beautiful and interesting, and of course we went to the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter and Museum which was very moving. We didn't expect that the air quality would be so bad, though. It seems if pollution (and sand?) is blowing in from mainland China and is making it hard to enjoy walking around. So we may have to go to the penguin museum today. I found a website that is helping us to double-check our itinerary based on air quality:
Happy travels, everyone. Sayonara!
Anyone know the state of the snow pack this year on Mount Fuji? I'm planning to climb it pre-season on June 15th and was curious if there is likely to be too much snow to reach the summit.
Also, is one route better than another in early season? Does the snow melt more quickly on one route than another?
We are planning to visit Japan in Dec and a have a query on visa requirements.
I have a British & Australian passport and my fiance has South African.
We have noticed on various govt sites that for Sth Africans, apart from bank statements, they need a day by day paid for itinerary, before a visa is granted.
Would this be the same as the Chinese visa requirements, where you can book accomodation online and then cancel after receiving a visa, or is Japan's requirements different.
Any info would be appreciated. Thankyou
Hey Lonely Planet,
This is my first trip to Japan and Im going for 4 weeks this August. I have more than enough money, im just wondering how much liquid cash I should bring with me. I've already converted $3,100 CAD into Yen, but I do not know if its enough...Ive already payed for my flights and Hotels no problem. Its just spending money im concerned with. Im going to use the shinkansen for fast transportation between cities. I know tickets are expensive, but Ill be using my international debit or Credit card for that.
My itinerary is as follows
Week 1: Tokyo. Aug 1-8
- Visiting landmarks such as Shibuya Crossing, the Hachiko Statue, Yoyogi park, Temples around Ueno, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Sky Tree etc.
- One very nice dining experience.
- shopping for small souvenirs
- Lots of subway use
- Restaurants...but mostly a lot of the mom and pop shops, cafes, street food.
Week ... more »
This year, January I went to Tokyo and brought my lonely planet guide.
When I was in Tokyo, I just wanted to buy an English book(used),
so I went to Gooddaybooks(8th Tokyo explained that was located in Ebisu). But they moved to Gotanda(near Ebisu)
If you want to buy some used-English book, when you might be traveling in Tokyo..
(http://www.gooddaybooks.com/contents/home/?language=english) Please check this site.
even if you're smartphone.. because i didn't know about that so I was roaming around the wrong site.
Have a nice trip and god bless your flight . bye.
P.S. I am not a owner at Gooddaybooks :-) I live in Korea.
Edited by: hongkongstar
First time to japan with my husband and 2 kids 13 & 11 , want to spend about 3 weeks ckecking out lower part of japan, kyoto , hiroshima , miyajima other spots along the way if someone could recommend . then spend about 3 weeks in japan alps snowboarding in the later part of jan also tips if anyone has info . its our first time backpacking with 2 kids my husband and i backpacked the world for 3 years in the late 90's but with kids it needs lots of planning. first dilemma is getting from narita to somewhere and we land at 8pm at night, do we stay in narita and head south next day and to where first or go into tokyo for a couple of days and then move south. my husband wants to do 5-6 days in tokyo before we leave and then we can buy things without carrying around whole japan.
can we send my husbands snowboard to somewhere in snowfields and how
we don't want to do all tourist areas we... more »
Hi Japan road warriors,
I'm blowing through Hokkaido in an 8-day trip and staying for 2 days in Furano area.
If I only have time for one onsen day trip from there, should I make it Tokachidake or Shirogane?
I'm also going to Asahidake onsen for two days after that, for soaking and trekking.
Is it worth the extra slog to Tennikyo or Sounkyo onsen from there?
There are four of us and we'll have a rental car.
I'm going in early June.
Your advice is much appreciated. Cheers
My wife and I plan to go to mount Fuji maybe Hakone.
What is the easyest way to go from Nikko to Hakone?
My husband and I are flying in to Narita from sydney for our first trip to Japan.
Below us our tentative itinerary. Any comments or suggestions on it are greatly appreciated.
Get to ryokan in Harajuku 10pm
Tokyo 10th June
Tsukiji fish market
Akihabara - electronic cafe@home
Hama rikyu gardens
River bus sumida river.
Walk around Taito
Koenji lunch iseya
last have dinner shimokitazawa (eat a peach bar) jiyugaoka
Imperial palace 3 9
Gardens 1 12
Shinjuku national park 1-2
Jamin roppongi for skewer lunch
Rippongi hills 3-6
Aronia de takazawa
Edo Tokoyo museum
Meiji jingu gates
Tokoyo metro gov office see view
Check out don quixote
Tsumago - magome walk
Stay in tsumago
15th - 17th
takayama stay for 2 ... more »
My wife and I are in Nikko right now for the Spring Festival (1000 of Samurais walking in the street!) :-)
We would like to go to Kyoto afterwards. What is the best way? Is there a direct train from Nikko?
Okay- to all of you novice travellers out there, the best and cheapest way to travel around Japan is by train. The Shinaknsen (the bullet train line) is Fantastic.
BUT, if you get your tickets in Japan, it is going to be really expensive. You can get a pre-paid voucher overseas for a specified amount of time (mine was a week) far far cheaper than buying tickets in Japan itself. So make sure to do this.
The Shinkansen Experience in Japan
here's my brief write-up/ experience riding the trains. I really wish America would have something similar, but we don't. Happy travels.
Does anyone know if it is possible to buy tickets online for the current May sumo tournament in Tokyo?
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