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Old 2008-06-26, 07:57   Link #381
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If you're intent on getting snowed on during December, your best bet is to go to the Hokuriku, Shin'etsu or Tohoku regions, or Hokkaido. Otherwise, you may not find it especially "cold". I think the most famous of the sort of outdoor onsen you're thinking of are in Nagano Prefecture. Y'know, with the monkeys.

As for how to get to Japan during the winter, I hear airplanes are a good bet. Boats take a while, and oceans tend not to freeze...
oops hehehe, i meant travelling in Japan. hmmm i ll have to check with my missy if she minds monkeys in her onsen
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Old 2008-06-28, 07:03   Link #382
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So, anyone here is living in or have been to Japan and be able to offer some insights and advice on travelling to Japan during the winter season? Right now, I'm thinking of going to Tokyo and Kyoto if possible.
I think Houriku would be a good idea if you like snow, seafood, onsen and traditional culture. Taking both Tokyo and Kyoto into the plan, probably the following route looks not bad.

(Enter) International Airport Narita -> Tokyo -> Intercity The White Eagle -> Kanazawa -> Intercity The Egret -> Kyoto -> International Airport Kansai (Exit)
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Old 2008-06-28, 08:43   Link #383
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I think Houriku would be a good idea if you like snow, seafood, onsen and traditional culture. Taking both Tokyo and Kyoto into the plan, probably the following route looks not bad.

(Enter) International Airport Narita -> Tokyo -> Intercity The White Eagle -> Kanazawa -> Intercity The Egret -> Kyoto -> International Airport Kansai (Exit)
What are "The White Eagle" and "The Egret"? I haven't heard of these before.

For snow in December, Hokkaido is the safest choice, IMHO, but even then it might hit-or-miss.
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Old 2008-06-28, 09:10   Link #384
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What are "The White Eagle" and "The Egret"? I haven't heard of these before.
They are intercity trains.

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Old 2008-06-29, 01:46   Link #385
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I think Houriku would be a good idea if you like snow, seafood, onsen and traditional culture. Taking both Tokyo and Kyoto into the plan, probably the following route looks not bad.

(Enter) International Airport Narita -> Tokyo -> Intercity The White Eagle -> Kanazawa -> Intercity The Egret -> Kyoto -> International Airport Kansai (Exit)
Thanks LiberLibri

Any idea how long the trip would be?from Tokyo to Kanazawa to Kyoto via those trains?
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Old 2008-06-29, 04:52   Link #386
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Thanks LiberLibri

Any idea how long the trip would be?from Tokyo to Kanazawa to Kyoto via those trains?
It takes about four hours from Tokyo to Kanazawa by Hakutaka. From Kanazawa to Kyoto, it takes about two hours.

These trains run through the deep mountain area of Japan. The view will cool down your eyes exhausted in the desert. I found The Thunderbird (Raichou) might be more convenient than Shirasagi because it requires no transfer on the way from Kanazawa to Kyoto. Consult with the hotelman or train staff on what is the best way within the limitation of budget, timetable and your preference.
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Old 2008-08-10, 18:35   Link #387
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Anybode in here who has been to the new Bandai Museum in Tochigi-ken? Google only shows me pictures from the old museum in Matsudo, Chiba. The homepage has a picture of a real-sized Gundam up, but nothing more.
I'm staying in Shimotsuke, which is about 10 km away from the museum. Would be a pity not to use this opportunity.
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Old 2008-08-31, 16:49   Link #388
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Question Travelling In Japan

I would like to ask questions for people who allready live in japan, and for the ones that has been there, and hopefully made it back.
Now you can all think like; why don't you google that you newbie?
But turism guides won't give me all the answers I'm looking for will they


First, I'd like to say the main reason why I've been interested in japanese culture for over the past year and a half is clear enough; Anime.

And I've been saving some (yet the amount is really 'some' at the moment. To be honest close to half of one way flight.. Well, its something..) for a dream of one day going there and spending a month. And when I'm there, I want to do everything! Well, not really everything, but most.

And this is where I need your help. I want to see all the aspects of Japan as safely as I can, I want to know the turistic sides of it, as well as its regular sights. When people visit Japan they usually go temples, and if anime freaks; cosplay cafes. But If I'm going there, I don't want to come back and regret saying 'Damn, I know I should've been there'.

In other words, I want to see all the cliche places of Japan (when I say that I mean the 'always visited') as well as little known wonders of it. Also the do's and dont's

Thanks In Advance


And I apologise If there's a similar thread, I've searched the forum for hours just haven't seen one

Edit : Thanks for the moderator that has moved my message to here ^^
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Old 2008-08-31, 18:56   Link #389
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At the least.. you now have 18 pages of suggestions and information to look through thats mostly good info.
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Old 2008-08-31, 19:38   Link #390
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Yeah, I couldn't find this topic on search pages, so It was a new topic -untill a mod has moved my message. So my previous message has probably no use at all
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Old 2008-09-08, 19:44   Link #391
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Um.....Japan is a good place...but hard to communicate...


The first day that I went to Japan. I totally lost since I spoke no Japanese. People dont speak English at all. However, they are getting much better in communication right now. I guess 50% people in cities of Japan are able to speak simple English.

If you travel there, control your speaking speed when you are going to talk to any Japanese. Unless, you are fluent in speaking Japanese,.

I live in Japan more than half year and I feel Japan is a very interesting and very fun place.

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Old 2008-09-09, 05:13   Link #392
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I'm going to japan next 17 of September until 28 of September ^^

Gone and coming back from Spain just for 497,71 euros, I love September flight prices ^^
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Old 2008-09-09, 07:49   Link #393
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I'm going to japan next 17 of September until 28 of September ^^

Gone and coming back from Spain just for 497,71 euros, I love September flight prices ^^
Thats very good price D: Here in Finland one has to pay like 1500 euros for just one way ticket.
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Old 2008-09-10, 01:31   Link #394
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Thats very good price D: Here in Finland one has to pay like 1500 euros for just one way ticket.
This can't be true xDDDD I'm going with Finnair and the trip is Barcelona-Helsinki-Nagoya, must be joking... are you saying your own Finland company mades it expensive for compatriots?
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Old 2008-09-10, 08:58   Link #395
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Well. I rechecked it. And Finnair's one way ticket costs 2351 euros. And Blue 1 has 1117 euros.
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Old 2008-09-11, 04:28   Link #396
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Old 2008-12-18, 21:36   Link #397
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Do I need a travel adapter in Japan?

I'm looking at taking a trip to Japan this summer (yes, lucky me. ) and I'm wanting to bring along a bunch of my electronic toys. But I'm concerned whether or not I'll need a travel adapter to use my devices (chargers, laptop, etc) over there. Anyone know if I can just take something I use here in the US and just plug it in over there without any conversion and use it as is? I did some searching already, but nothing conclusive came up saying yes or no. From what I saw it *looks* that way, but I'd rather be 100% certain, rather than get there, plug something in, and watch it go poof, or even possibly not be able to plug it in at all.
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Old 2008-12-18, 21:45   Link #398
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The voltage here in Japan is 100V at 50Hertz in Kanto and 60 Hertz in Kansai.
You may need to check the tolerance range for each AC adapter since some are able to while others are not.
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Old 2008-12-18, 21:48   Link #399
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Japan's voltage is 110, just like Taiwan.

If you have an appliance from a country of 240 (say, Australia) you'll still be okay, but just expect your rechargeable appliances to charge much slower.

Make sure, however, that you ask the store clerk what voltage their appliances can take before you happily plug your Japanese appliance back into a western power socket. Though most appliances made in Japan nowadays can take 240 voltage, its still safer to ask. Cos if you plug your 110 powered Playstation 2 into a 240 power socket WITHOUT a power converter.... boy oh boy, let's just say you'll be hopping mad over some fireworks.

Hope that helps.
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Old 2008-12-18, 21:48   Link #400
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Yes, you'll need an adaptor to plug United States devices into Japan's power sockets.

You can buy a multi-adaptor from Targus at your local electronics store. I know, because I had to buy one during my recent trip in the US.
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