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Japan DO - March 29-31, 2013

View Poll Results: Please choose the activities you wish to attend
Tsukiji Fish Market (starts 5am) Will run Friday and Sat
61
61.00%
Airline Event (half-day) Saturday/Sunday
89
89.00%
Bullet Train Tour (overnight) to Kyoto (Saturday)
51
51.00%
Beer Factory Visit (Japanese Microbrew)
45
45.00%
Shopping Tour (Akihabara) Electronics etc
29
29.00%
Welcome Drinks - Thurs Night (Izakaya style) Will require registration
68
68.00%
Main Dinner - Friday Night
82
82.00%
Cultural Day - Walking Tour (Palace, Historic Japanese)
62
62.00%
Wrap up Lunch - Sunday
69
69.00%
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Events schedule

Thu 28 Mar
13:30 Unofficial Imperial Palace Tour 1

Tokyo station is also very convenient (Tokaido, Yokosuka, Keihin-Tohoku, Yamanote, Chuo and Keiyo JR lines plus Marunouchi metro line)

18:00 Welcome Drinks at Heartland, Roppongi

Fri 29 Mar
05:00 Tsukiji Market Tour, Tsukiji Shijō


10:00 Unofficial Imperial Palace Tour 2

Tokyo station is also very convenient (Tokaido, Yokosuka, Keihin-Tohoku, Yamanote, Chuo and Keiyo JR lines plus Marunouchi metro line)

10:15 Sumida River Water Bus, Hamarikyu Gardens

Shiodome (E19) or Tsukiji Shijo (E18) on Oedo Subway Line are also convenient for Hamarikyu.

19:00 Traditional Japanese Izakaya at Kakoiya, Yurakucho

Sat 30 Mar
05:00 Tsukiji Market Tour, Tsukiji Shijō


08:00 Nagano Shinkansen

Outbound: Tokyo station (08:36 Asama 509)
Inbound: Nagano station (14:26 Asama 530)

10:00 Cherry blossom walk 1, Imperial Palace


17:45 Dinner Cruise, Haneda Airport Pier (18:00 departure)

Sun 31 Mar
10:00 Cherry blossom walk 2, Imperial Palace

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Old Jun 11, 2012, 9:29 am
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Thank you NewbieRunner.

Apparently I need eightblack to be more specific about which hotel. I have reserved the IC Tokyo Bay which gives and address as 1-16-2 KAIGAN MINATO-KU.

If this is not the hotel that he mentioned, I will make a change presto.
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 9:44 am
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Originally Posted by monitor
Thank you NewbieRunner.

Apparently I need eightblack to be more specific about which hotel. I have reserved the IC Tokyo Bay which gives and address as 1-16-2 KAIGAN MINATO-KU.

If this is not the hotel that he mentioned, I will make a change presto.
Though I usually praise Japan's public transportation infrastructure, the ANA Intercontinental is the one in Roppongi (which was mentionned earlier). The Tokyo Bay one, though certainly more convenient to visit the Fish Market in the wee hours of the morning, is very close to the Conrad, and quite a ride away from the ANA IC in Roppongi. Both have a minato-ku address, but it's definitely not a distance you'd want to do on foot

Another poster mentionned hesitating between the Conrad and the Hilton in Shinjuku: they are equally far (or close) from Roppongi (4 metro stations?). Both are nice, the Conrad is better (especially if you like bathrooms, a little less if you like unlimited booze at the lounge).

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Old Jun 11, 2012, 10:34 am
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Yes, the ANA Intercontinental is in Roppongi but the address is Akasaka. Akasaka sounds more exclusive than Roppongi.
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i just realized the park hyatt is so far from the intercontinentals that most people should be staying in
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 11:05 am
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i just realized the park hyatt is so far from the intercontinentals that most people should be staying in
The Grand Hyatt in Roppongi Hills is a lovely property. Yes, the Park Hyatt is stunning, but the Grand Hyatt is also superb. It has a very nice lounge which is a great place to meet other FTers attending the same event.
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 11:59 am
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Originally Posted by SanDiego1K
The Grand Hyatt in Roppongi Hills is a lovely property. Yes, the Park Hyatt is stunning, but the Grand Hyatt is also superb. It has a very nice lounge which is a great place to meet other FTers attending the same event.
The GH in Roppongi Hills is indeed a great property. Also has easy access to
the Hibiya subway line - heck, you don't even have to walk outside.

I plan to stay here for the Tokyo Do.
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I just signed up for this event since I am already in Tokyo during that time.

Anyways I am already booked for the PHT, would be a shame if I needed to change it to the GHT.

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Old Jun 11, 2012, 6:44 pm
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I was just in the market for a b-day trip. Count me in!
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 7:07 pm
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Originally Posted by DHalltheway
I just signed up for this event since I am already in Tokyo during that time.

Anyways I am already booked for the PHT, would be a shame if I needed to change it to the GHT.
High-five! when are you arriving? I might also consider GH, just for the sake of club lounges
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 7:14 pm
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I'm holding bookings at the Grand Hyatt as well as the IC-ANA and will decide later.
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Originally Posted by lowjhg
High-five! when are you arriving? I might also consider GH, just for the sake of club lounges
I am arriving on the 29th leaving on the 31st. I booked the trip prior to this DO being announced cause I wanted to see the cherry blossom again next year, but the DO sounds too good to pass up! So I may plan another trip to Tokyo in April to see the cherry blossom.

The lounge at the GHT is very nice, but the PHT is so much better in so many other ways, especially the rooms.

Additionally, as a diamond, I find I am treated better at the PHT, and HRT, than the GHT.

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Old Jun 11, 2012, 9:40 pm
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Originally Posted by NewbieRunner
Yes, the ANA Intercontinental is in Roppongi but the address is Akasaka. Akasaka sounds more exclusive than Roppongi.
The ANA IC is in Akasaka -- the center of Roppongi is a good 20 minute walk away.

My recommendations for anyone looking for a centrally-located hotel from one of the major chains:

- ANA IC Tokyo (Akasaka near Tameike-Sanno / Roppongi-Itchome stations)
- ANA IC Strings (Shinagawa)
- Grand Hyatt Tokyo or Ritz-Carlton Tokyo (Roppongi)
- Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo (between Shirokanedai and Shirokane-Takanawa stations)
- Shangri-La Tokyo (Tokyo Station)
- The Peninsula Tokyo (Yurakucho / Hibiya stations)
- Mandarin Oriental Tokyo (Mitsukoshimae)
- Four Seasons Tokyo (Tokyo Station)

Some other well-regarded hotels include:
- The Capital Hotel Tokyu (Akasaka near Tameike-Sanno Station)
- Palace Hotel (Otemachi)
- Tokyo Station Hotel (Tokyo Station; to open this coming October)

If anyone has any requests for more budget-oriented hotels, please let me know!
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 10:21 pm
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Originally Posted by armagebedar
The ANA IC is in Akasaka -- the center of Roppongi is a good 20 minute walk away.

My recommendations for anyone looking for a centrally-located hotel from one of the major chains:

- ANA IC Tokyo (Akasaka near Tameike-Sanno / Roppongi-Itchome stations)
- ANA IC Strings (Shinagawa)
- Grand Hyatt Tokyo or Ritz-Carlton Tokyo (Roppongi)
- Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo (between Shirokanedai and Shirokane-Takanawa stations)
- Shangri-La Tokyo (Tokyo Station)
- The Peninsula Tokyo (Yurakucho / Hibiya stations)
- Mandarin Oriental Tokyo (Mitsukoshimae)
- Four Seasons Tokyo (Tokyo Station)

Some other well-regarded hotels include:
- The Capital Hotel Tokyu (Akasaka near Tameike-Sanno Station)
- Palace Hotel (Otemachi)
- Tokyo Station Hotel (Tokyo Station; to open this coming October)

If anyone has any requests for more budget-oriented hotels, please let me know!
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The ANA IC is in Akasaka -- the center of Roppongi is a good 20 minute walk away.
How far away is the Conrad Tokyo from the ANA? Easy to get to via train?
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Old Jun 12, 2012, 12:19 am
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I'll avoid signing up (to save space for people who can attend the whole thing). I only can join on Sunday...
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