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Forum: Japan
Today, 12:59 am
Replies: 694
Views: 76,232
Posted By nishimark

Agree with above that weather up north and in...

Agree with above that weather up north and in Hokkaido is not so pleasant in March. Opposite direction is Kansai region, which is full of a wide variety of great things to see and experience. If...
Forum: Japan
Jan 22, 20, 6:39 am
Replies: 8
Views: 678
Posted By nishimark

Check low cost carriers (LCCs). Sometimes you can...

Check low cost carriers (LCCs). Sometimes you can find amazingly cheap flights, but those usually need to be booked in advance.
https://tokyocheapo.com/travel/cheap-flights-tokyo-seoul/...
Forum: Japan
Dec 29, 19, 3:16 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,132
Posted By nishimark

Kobe airport is about 15 minutes to Sannomiya...

Kobe airport is about 15 minutes to Sannomiya station area, the heart of Kobe, by monorail. Monorail station is in terminal building. Plus, airport is very small and easy to get through. Feels more...
Forum: Japan
Dec 20, 19, 7:14 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 1,880
Posted By nishimark

Another possibility is stay in Kansai region the...

Another possibility is stay in Kansai region the whole time. In addition to Kyoto, Nara and Himeji are a couple of other unique and interesting places. Actually, Kansai has a wide range of things to...
Forum: Japan
Dec 20, 19, 5:30 am
Replies: 18
Views: 1,880
Posted By nishimark

Haneda to Kobe on Skymark: ~7000 yen Sannomiya...

Haneda to Kobe on Skymark: ~7000 yen
Sannomiya to Kyoto: 1100 yen
Shinkansen: ~13000 yen
Forum: Japan
Dec 20, 19, 3:34 am
Replies: 18
Views: 1,880
Posted By nishimark

Another way to save money is to fly. Discount air...

Another way to save money is to fly. Discount air tickets can be up to half the price of shinkansen. A bit more hassle, but domestic air travel in Japan is quite easy. Only need to arrive at check-in...
Forum: Japan
Nov 26, 19, 8:12 pm
Replies: 163
Views: 30,533
Posted By nishimark

Don't be surprised if you wake up at 5am from jet...

Don't be surprised if you wake up at 5am from jet lag. No matter how tired you are the night before, that's common when flying from a US west coast city.
Forum: Japan
Nov 26, 19, 7:24 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 4,738
Posted By nishimark

Or just take a break at a restaurant, coffee...

Or just take a break at a restaurant, coffee shop, etc. while your child naps.
Forum: Japan
Nov 26, 19, 4:20 pm
Replies: 163
Views: 30,533
Posted By nishimark

Shinagawa station isn't far. I'd just get a hotel...

Shinagawa station isn't far. I'd just get a hotel there and save the hassle of going there in the morning. Another option would be hotel in Shin-Yokohama station area, assuming that you're headed on...
Forum: Japan
Nov 26, 19, 2:57 am
Replies: 163
Views: 30,533
Posted By nishimark

Where will you be headed the next day?

Where will you be headed the next day?
Forum: Japan
Nov 25, 19, 3:43 am
Replies: 1,001
Views: 147,120
Posted By nishimark

Not "plenty" of time, but should be OK if arrival...

Not "plenty" of time, but should be OK if arrival is on time. Highly recommend that you get in front of as many of your fellow passengers as possible after deplaning on way to immigration, which will...
Forum: Japan
Nov 20, 19, 12:39 am
Replies: 37
Views: 3,441
Posted By nishimark

I've been in more than one home that opens the...

I've been in more than one home that opens the windows when the air conditioners are running in the summer and again when the heaters are running in the winter. Yeah, what's the point? The only...
Forum: Japan
Nov 19, 19, 9:29 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 3,441
Posted By nishimark

No, newer units have a storage can to hold the...

No, newer units have a storage can to hold the kerosene and light by pushing a button when in the living room plugged into a wall socket. They take a minute or so to ignite, but then quickly start...
Forum: Japan
Nov 19, 19, 9:26 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 3,441
Posted By nishimark

My experience says otherwise. I've used gas fan...

My experience says otherwise. I've used gas fan heaters, touyu fan heaters, and new electric wall units in various single family houses over the years. Gas and touyu are both more effective than the...
Forum: Japan
Nov 19, 19, 8:36 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 3,441
Posted By nishimark

Electric wall mount units never warm the entire...

Electric wall mount units never warm the entire room, especially around the floor level, at least in our house, which is larger than "normal". Also, the room feels quite dry when heated by one of...
Forum: Japan
Nov 19, 19, 7:32 am
Replies: 37
Views: 3,441
Posted By nishimark

Gas and electricity are expensive. I've never...

Gas and electricity are expensive. I've never seen an electric one that can warm a room well in winter. Touyu fan heater is comfy and not so expensive. Downside is that you've got to refill the tank...
Forum: Japan
Nov 19, 19, 6:48 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,744
Posted By nishimark

It's virtual paperwork and forms to fill out, the...

It's virtual paperwork and forms to fill out, the lifeblood of Japanese society.
Forum: Japan
Nov 19, 19, 6:46 am
Replies: 37
Views: 3,441
Posted By nishimark

Still very common. But the one above appears to...

Still very common. But the one above appears to be a bit old and those older models do have a smell, especially when first turned on or off. After that they burn quite clean. Newer ones (last 5 years...
Forum: Japan
Nov 19, 19, 6:42 am
Replies: 163
Views: 30,533
Posted By nishimark

Taxi rates go up late at night. Don't know...

Taxi rates go up late at night. Don't know exactly when, basically about when trains stop running.
Forum: Japan
Nov 10, 19, 8:07 pm
Replies: 1,001
Views: 147,120
Posted By nishimark

Here's a list of "Ten closest hotels to HND". ...

Here's a list of "Ten closest hotels to HND".
https://www.tripadvisor.com/HotelsNear-g298184-qHND-Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html
Forum: Japan
Nov 10, 19, 7:43 pm
Replies: 1,001
Views: 147,120
Posted By nishimark

No. Only if arriving flight is at least 45...

No. Only if arriving flight is at least 45 minutes early would I consider it possible and that would be tight. Too many slow downs, chief among them line-up at immigration.
Forum: Japan
Nov 6, 19, 11:00 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 871
Posted By nishimark

The owner/founder is a personal friend of mine....

The owner/founder is a personal friend of mine. First met when he was still running it out of his living room. Sad news indeed.
Forum: Japan
Oct 20, 19, 2:02 am
Replies: 193
Views: 27,947
Posted By nishimark

It seems to me that they either cancel each other...

It seems to me that they either cancel each other out and everyone has a nice day, or they join forces and everyone packs sandbags around their door. Since we're talking about Japan, it will...
Forum: Japan
Oct 16, 19, 5:26 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,285
Posted By nishimark

A select sample for sure, but none of my Japanese...

A select sample for sure, but none of my Japanese friends (Osaka/Kobe area) are in favor of casinos. Main concern is organized crime involvement and they are not thrilled with "gambler" types. They...
Forum: Japan
Oct 5, 19, 2:36 am
Replies: 3
Views: 909
Posted By nishimark

Not sure what time you need to be in Nagoya. One...

Not sure what time you need to be in Nagoya. One idea would be to go to Kobe on the high-speed ferry.
https://www.kobe-access.jp/eng/time.php
Spend some time in Kobe, maybe even have Kobe beef for...
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