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Japan 2014 (1-11) : posting.php?mode=edit&f=7&p=527337

London 2015 (12-15) : viewtopic.php?f=7&t=35357&start=165

London 2017 (15-17) : viewtopic.php?f=7&t=35357&start=210

London 2018 (17- ) : viewtopic.php?f=7&t=35357&start=240#p595708




TOKYO


Happy to announce I'll be visiting Tokyo this year from the 15th of September to the 26th.

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Transport.

Ayr > Glasgow > Heathrow > Narita > Skyliner Train > Tokyo Metro > Skyliner Train > Narita > Heathrow > Glasgow > Ayr > Bed.

Though I wanted to try Virgin Airlines I couldn't get a flight that worked with flying down from Glasgow, so had to go with BA instead.

The one advantage (maybe) is that I only have to check my bags in once at Glasgow and then (hopefully) collect them at Narita when I arrive in Japan.

:oops: At this point I should admit that I could have got a better price if I flew 4th class but decided to upgrade to 3rd class as the prospect of 6'1 of Jeem crushed in coach with his knees locked against the seat in front did not appeal for a 12h flight.

When I get to Narita a quick hour on the Skyliner http://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetudou/ ... e_outline/ ....

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....will see me to Ueno Station where I have also based myself (more on this later).

Once situated most of my travel will be on the Green Yamonoto Line that circles the main districts...

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The simplest way to pay seems to be with a SUICA card which is accepted by most trains and many of the vending machines and stores in and around stations across the city.

Suica Card : http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/suica.html#category01

I even found a simple youtube guide to getting one : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... zibleoqz2g

The cards can take a maximum of 20,000 Yen (£114 pounds) credit with the advantage of you being able to be refunded any cash left at the end of your stay, bar a small 220yen surcharge of course.

I figure i'll stick a hundred on anyway which should get me through my stay.

I've yet to look into the Bullet train as I haven't decided on my itinerary yet so will amend this post as necessary.

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Accommodation.

As previously mentioned I've decided to base myself near Ueno Station, though initially I was aiming for a hotel near the Akihabara area I decided to switch as Ueno not only because gives easy access to the airport but it is also 10min walk from 4 major museums...

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.....and lastly staying here has saved me over £200 compared to a similar hotel in Akihabara, in fact the only places I could find cheaper was Tokyo's famous Capsule Hotels ...

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....which though a novel idea just isn't my cup of tea.


Happy to announce I'll be visiting Tokyo this year from the 15th of September to the 26th.

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Transport.

Ayr > Glasgow > Heathrow > Narita > Skyliner Train > Tokyo Metro > Skyliner Train > Narita > Heathrow > Glasgow > Ayr > Bed.

Though I wanted to try Virgin Airlines I couldn't get a flight that worked with flying down from Glasgow, so had to go with BA instead.

The one advantage (maybe) is that I only have to check my bags in once at Glasgow and then (hopefully) collect them at Narita when I arrive in Japan.

:oops: At this point I should admit that I could have got a better price if I flew 4th class but decided to upgrade to 3rd class as the prospect of 6'1 of Jeem crushed in coach with his knees locked against the seat in front did not appeal for a 12h flight.

When I get to Narita a quick hour on the Skyliner http://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetudou/ ... e_outline/ ....

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....will see me to Ueno Station where I have also based myself (more on this later).

Once situated most of my travel will be on the Green Yamonoto Line that circles the main districts...

Image

The simplest way to pay seems to be with a SUICA card which is accepted by most trains and many of the vending machines and stores in and around stations across the city.

Suica Card : http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/suica.html#category01

I even found a simple youtube guide to getting one : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... zibleoqz2g

The cards can take a maximum of 20,000 Yen (£114 pounds) credit with the advantage of you being able to be refunded any cash left at the end of your stay, bar a small 220yen surcharge of course.

I figure i'll stick a hundred on anyway which should get me through my stay.

I've yet to look into the Bullet train as I haven't decided on my itinerary yet so will amend this post as necessary.

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Accommodation.

As previously mentioned I've decided to base myself near Ueno Station, though initially I was aiming for a hotel near the Akihabara area I decided to switch as Ueno not only because gives easy access to the airport but it is also 10min walk from 4 major museums...

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.....and lastly staying here has saved me over £200 compared to a similar hotel in Akihabara, in fact the only places I could find cheaper was Tokyo's famous Capsule Hotels ...

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....which though a novel idea just isn't my cup of tea.
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Re: Jeem : Big In Japan : 8 Weeks and counting

Post by sleepery jeem » Sun Jul 20, 2014 6:42 am

The following itinerary is weather dependent for a number of attractions, so the order may change on Sunday 14th depending on Tokyo region weather reports.

However the following listed events have be booked and paid for and will not be re-scheduled.

Robot Restaurant. Ghibili Museum. TGS 2014. Sumo Tournament.

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Tuesday 16th.

Shinbashi : http://tokyo-tokyo.com/Shimbashi.htm

Tamiya Plamodel Factory : http://www.tamiya-plamodelfactory.co.jp ... bout_e.htm

Tokyo Tower : http://www.tokyotower.co.jp/eng/secret/

Luida Bar : http://www.paselabo.tv/luidas_bar/access.html

Roppongi : http://www.japan-talk.com/jt/new/Roppongi

Mori Tower : http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3031_hills.html


Wednesday 17th.

Thunderbird Café : http://fanderson.org.uk/gerryandersonbl ... irds-cafe/ ( :? not sure if this is still open)

Yushukan Military Museum : http://en.japantravel.com/view/yushukan

Ikebukuro : http://www.japan-talk.com/jt/new/ikebukuro

Sunshine City : http://www.sunshinecity.co.jp/english/

Shinjuku : http://www.japan-talk.com/jt/new/shinjuku

Robot Restaurant : http://www.shinjuku-robot.com/pc/


Thursday 18th.

Studio Ghibli Museum : http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/

Inokashira Park Zoo : http://www.tokyo-zoo.net/english/ino/index.html

Shinbuya : http://www.gotokyo.org/en/tourists/area ... ibuya.html

Mikado Vintage Video Game Arcade : http://en.japantravel.com/view/mikado-v ... ame-arcade


Friday 19th.

Tokyo Sea Life Park : http://www.tokyo-zoo.net/english/kasai/index.html

Kamata Hakensha Knife Shop : http://en.japantravel.com/view/kamata-h ... knife-shop

Senso-ji Temple : http://www.senso-ji.jp/about/index_e.html


Saturday 20th/Sunday 21st.

Tokyo Game Show 2014 : http://expo.nikkeibp.co.jp/tgs/2014/en/

Akihabara : http://www.japan-talk.com/jt/new/akihabara

Monday 22nd.

Odaiba : http://www.japan-talk.com/jt/new/odaiba

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation : http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/

Palette Town : http://www.happyjappy.com/tokyo/odaiba/ ... _town.html

Gundam Front Odaiba : http://gundamfront-tokyo.com/en/

Joyplois : http://tokyo-joypolis.com/language/engl ... ction.html


Tuesday 23rd.

Sumo Museum : http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/spot ... /sumo.html

Edo Museum : http://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/english/

Sumo Match : http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2080.html

Tokyo SkyTree : http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/


Wednesday 24th. Weather dependent.

Bullet Train : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinkansen

Mount Fuji : http://education.nationalgeographic.co. ... ji/?ar_a=1

Fuji-Q : http://www.fujiq.jp/en/


Thursday 25th.

Meguro Parasitological Museum : http://www.kiseichu.org/Pages/english.aspx

Tokyo National Museum : http://www.tnm.jp/?lang=en

Tokyo Natural History Museum : http://www.kahaku.go.jp/english/

Tokyo Museum of Western Art : http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/

Ueno Zoo : https://www.tokyo-zoo.net/english/ueno/main.html
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Re: Jeem : Big In Japan : 6 Weeks and counting

Post by sleepery jeem » Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:28 pm

Had several cracks at this but am finally happy with my personalised guide book, here are the first 4 pages detailing my itinerary, maps and information on what I plan to do.

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I have constructed similar pages for each day, and though I don't expect to fit everything in I'm gonna give it a bloody good try :wink:
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Re: Jeem : Big In Japan : 5 Weeks and counting

Post by sleepery jeem » Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:53 pm

Forum accessibility.

I will be taking my Galaxy tab3 along with me, and assuming I can get it working ok will be posting here at least twice daily.

Have also linked it up to my photobucket account so should be able to post a shot here and there...

Hears one of my game collection I took after completing my latest youtube film : https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=p ... LIy-MBRtEI

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...not as good a quality as my camera but should get the job done.


Forum shopping spree.

Will also be putting by £100+ for regular forumites, so if you see anything in my post you like post here and I will be happy to pick it up for you.

But please bear in mind this isn't free I expect my money back after you receive your items.... also I want to get through customs without a cavity search so no kinky stuff please !.



Finally a word on why I'm making such an effort to share this all with you, well for the most part the majority of people I've told about my trip don't really get why this is so special to me.

I've been playing and enjoying Japanese games and culture since the late 70' with the likes of Battle of the Planets then hitting gaming nirvana with the likes of Secret of Mana Axelay and Chrono Trigger to name but a few , and though Japanese games have played less of a part of my game time in recent years they still hold a special place in my heart, my golden age of gameplay if you will.

But you lot get it, and so I'd like to share this experience with you all and I hope you'll join me.

Jeem.
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Re: Jeem : Big In Japan : 5 Weeks and counting

Post by Blakey » Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:35 am

Looks like a fantastic itinerary Jeem, when I went to Japan in 2007 I didn't really see too much games/anime/manga kind of stuff really, I saw pretty much all of Tokyo including Akihabara and had a nosey around some great retro stores there but nothing extensive really like your itinerary, the stuff I did was more of a general sightseeing tour of Tokyo rather than games specific.

When I was there I stayed in Shinjuku (at the same hotel that's featured in Lost in Translation if you've seen that film) about a 5 minute walk from the metro station, it's ever so easy to get around out there, I don't believe they had the top-up cards when I went there so we just ended up going to the machines and getting multi-trip tickets

I went to the area where you're staying when I was there, I went to the park (Ueno Park) which is pretty cool.

I visited Kyoto and Osaka when I was there too, didn't get to see too much of Osaka (as I just went to Universal Studios there) but Kyoto is a beautiful city and well worth visiting if you've got time, also Yokohama harbour (about an hour from Tokyo city centre) is well worth a visit as well.

I actually got stuck on the way back from Osaka, the last Bullet Train (Shinkansen) back to Tokyo had already left which meant I was forced to get the Shinkansen to Nagoya and stay overnight there before returning to Tokyo the next morning.

Also, you've chosen wisely in selecting '3rd class' as you've put it (Premium Economy - World Traveller+), when I went in 2007 I flew BA as well, but went in regular Economy (World Traveller) and it was probably the worst flight I've ever taken, words cannot describe how much I detest flying BA, I avoid them at all costs.

Just a bit of advice:

- if you plan on going on a lot of Bullet trains and visiting other cities in Japan it may be worthwhile for you to get a JR (Japan Rail) Pass, that's what I got when I went and it was extremely useful. http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en001.html

- Probably a bit late now, but I'd highly recommend using http://www.airbnb.co.uk for holidays in the future, they're essentially apartments or annexes of peoples houses/apartments that you can rent out, it usually works out much cheaper than hotels but still retains a high degree of luxury

- Also, I really wouldn't put £100 on the Suica card, Metro tickets are extremely cheap and putting £100 on is just overkill, I'd put £40 at the very most onto it.

-Even though you look extremely organised and have done your own guide, I'd still recommend a decent guide book like Time Out Tokyo or Lonely Planet Tokyo, they're only £8/£10 on Amazon, trust me when I say that when you get on the ground you'll need the help of a decent well written guide, with maps, restaurant and sightseeing recommendations etc. to go with it.

-Furthermore, if you want to see which are the best seats on the plane you're travelling on (I assume it'll be a 777) you can visit http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Britis ... 77-200.php and it'll tell you all the seats to avoid and which are the best seats etc. on your flight.

A few photos from my trip (let me know if you want to see anymore):

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Re: Jeem : Big In Japan : 5 Weeks and counting

Post by sleepery jeem » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:35 am

:( would have liked a trip on the bullet train but simply don't have the time, I've had to drop a dozen or so ideas just to fit in what I have so far.

Thanks for the seat guide, already had a look at the pre-book your seat option on the BA website... http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/inf ... -your-seat ....not sure I'm willing to spend £50 for the privilege though, think a row 22 window seat would be nice maybe try for that.

Been using the Time Out site a lot but between the offline apps I've downloaded to my tablet and my guide book I should be ok.

8) ohh do you have any cityscapes from up high ?.
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Re: Jeem : Big In Japan : 5 Weeks and counting

Post by Snaggletooth » Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:01 am

Seeing threads now open just going to echo Blakeys thoughts, no need to put £100 on Suica card just for travel, that being said it can be used ata lot of vending machines, and convenience stores. But once you have one they are really easy top up.

Just avoid the train at rush hour :-)
Not really going to offer advice on places as you have a really full itinerary there, Just stay out late and enjoy the city areas like Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro by night, especially Shinjuku.
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Re: Jeem : Big In Japan : 5 Weeks and counting

Post by Blakey » Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:06 pm

Wow BA charge £50 to select your seats on a full long-haul fair?! That's lunacy :shock: :shock: you should be a able to select a seat for free if you use online check-in 24 hours before your flight I would've thought…this is BA though so it wouldn't surprise me if that £50 was a closet charge.

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Post by sleepery jeem » Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:25 pm

8) see you spent some time down in Odaiba as well, I'm curious though what time of the year did you go as most days look rather dull and overcast.

Aside from Tokyo Tower at night i'll be giving most of the city's viewing platforms a miss if the weathers poor.
Snaggletooth wrote:Seeing threads now open just going to echo Blakeys thoughts, no need to put £100 on Suica card just for travel, that being said it can be used at a lot of vending machines, and convenience stores.
:roll: oh I've still got a bit of fiddling about to do here :oops: already messing with my "final" itinerary, as for the Suica will still be maxing it out if only to make sure I've got enough money left from the refund to get to the airport.

:twisted: I consider it a point of principle to be skint by trips end.
Snaggletooth wrote: Just stay out late and enjoy the city areas especially Shinjuku.
:| and what where you up to in Shinjuku you dirty b####r.
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Post by Blakey » Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:56 pm

sleepery jeem wrote:8) see you spent some time down in Odaiba as well, I'm curious though what time of the year did you go as most days look rather dull and overcast.

Aside from Tokyo Tower at night i'll be giving most of the city's viewing platforms a miss if the weathers poor.
I went on a tour, and it took us to Odaiba from memory, think we went to see the Fuji TV building or something, I went in July, so the weather was pretty decent for the most part, didn't get an awful lot of rain but it was overcast quite a bit I guess.

Also worth mentioning that if you want to get more cash out you'll have to find a Citibank outlet in the city, only those (and I believe HSBC too) accept foreign debit/credit cards in their ATM's.
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Re: Jeem : Big In Japan : 5 Weeks and counting

Post by Snaggletooth » Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:59 pm

Snaggletooth wrote: Just stay out late and enjoy the city areas especially Shinjuku.
:| and what where you up to in Shinjuku you dirty b####r.[/quote]

What wasn't I up to!!!
Well okay, maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration, but so many Bars to check out round Golden Gai, Though one of my faves is in a small lane outside Kabukicho, Called Shot Bar Zoetrope, one of the coolest Japanese Whisky Bars there is.
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Re: Jeem : Big In Japan : 5 Weeks and counting

Post by RapidMollusc » Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:13 pm

Blakey wrote:Wow BA charge £50 to select your seats on a full long-haul fair?! That's lunacy :shock: :shock: you should be a able to select a seat for free if you use online check-in 24 hours before your flight I would've thought…this is BA though so it wouldn't surprise me if that £50 was a closet charge
Yeah, it's just pre-book shenanigans...get in as soon as the online check in opens as Blakey says and you'll get a decent seat.
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Re: Jeem : Big In Japan : 5 Weeks and counting

Post by sleepery jeem » Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:57 pm

Snaggletooth wrote:
Snaggletooth wrote: Just stay out late and enjoy the city areas especially Shinjuku.
:| and what where you up to in Shinjuku you dirty b####r.

What wasn't I up to!!!
Well okay, maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration, but so many Bars to check out round Golden Gai, Though one of my faves is in a small lane outside Kabukicho, Called Shot Bar Zoetrope, one of the coolest Japanese Whisky Bars there is.
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:oops: hate to disappoint you but I haven't been smashed since my twentys, that said I'm amused by the idea of trying sake one time only just to say I've had some.

:oops: :oops: and out of curiosity I bought myself a pack of chopsticks today....

...now I've worked with a knife in my hand for over 20 years and have pretty strong hands, but after 5min of trying to eat my dinner with chopstick I discovered muscles in my hand I never new existed....

...I'm taking a fork and spoon with me !.
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Re: Jeem : Big In Japan : 5 Weeks and counting

Post by Blakey » Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:55 pm

Just practice enough with Chopsticks Jeem, you'll get it eventually.

If not just ask for a fork in the restaurant/café you're in, I wouldn't recommend walking around with cutlery in your pocket :lol: you can get a fork at a 100¥ store if you must but as you're there for 11 nights or so you don't really want to be eating with a Fork for every meal.
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Re: Jeem : Big In Japan : 4 Weeks and counting

Post by therealjaxon » Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:20 am

Jeem: Big in Japan - I like that :), sounds like a porn title........

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