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Forum: Japan
Mar 4, 20, 9:02 am
Replies: 2,985
Views: 276,675
Posted By ksandness

The TV ratings will be the highest ever....

The TV ratings will be the highest ever. Seriously, when the high school baseball tournament is on, the National Diet Library sets up a TV in its cafeteria. A mere obstacle like having to be at work...
Forum: Japan
Feb 21, 20, 10:13 am
Replies: 939
Views: 226,300
Posted By ksandness

The Nikko Narita used to be JAL's transit hotel....

The Nikko Narita used to be JAL's transit hotel. I don't know if it still is or not, but I stayed there twice while transiting at NRT. It's nothing great, but it's OK.

The trouble with the airport...
Forum: Korea
Feb 17, 20, 9:07 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,317
Posted By ksandness

I spent a day in Gyeongju, and if I had realized...

I spent a day in Gyeongju, and if I had realized how spread out the city and its environs are, I would have stayed longer. As it was, I had just enough time to go out to Bulguksa on a very roundabout...
Forum: Japan
Feb 11, 20, 5:14 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 1,441
Posted By ksandness

If you want vintage anime and manga, you've...

If you want vintage anime and manga, you've received some good suggestions in this thread. Large bookstores, like Kinokuniya, also have extensive selections of the very latest manga manga magazines...
Forum: Japan
Feb 11, 20, 5:01 pm
Replies: 99
Views: 9,850
Posted By ksandness

Nothing to worry about there. Even Toyoko Inns,...

Nothing to worry about there. Even Toyoko Inns, one of the less expensive chain hotels in Japan, will hold your luggage before your arrival.
Forum: Japan
Feb 7, 20, 11:02 am
Replies: 40
Views: 4,251
Posted By ksandness

First of all, there is no reason to switch hotels...

First of all, there is no reason to switch hotels between Osaka and Kyoto. They are no more than an hour apart by train. Your list of cities tells me nothing about what you plan to see and do there,...
Forum: Japan
Feb 5, 20, 10:46 am
Replies: 19
Views: 2,038
Posted By ksandness

This sounds like a perfect itinerary for a JR...

This sounds like a perfect itinerary for a JR Pass, as long as you can buy the ones you need before you leave the U.S. (shouldn't be a problem in New York City--see the JR Pass website for authorized...
Forum: Japan
Jan 30, 20, 10:06 am
Replies: 4
Views: 753
Posted By ksandness

Unless the Hyatt has its own airport bus service,...

Unless the Hyatt has its own airport bus service, you could take a cab from the Courtyard Honmachi to Nankai-Namba to catch the direct Nankai train to KIX or to Tennoji to catch the JR Haruka....
Forum: Japan
Jan 28, 20, 4:14 pm
Replies: 54
Views: 7,362
Posted By ksandness

True, and if you look around, you will find a...

True, and if you look around, you will find a directory of exits, one that tells you to take Exit 1A for this office building, Exit 1B for that park, Exit 2 for that train station, and so on. The...
Forum: Japan
Jan 27, 20, 10:29 am
Replies: 718
Views: 90,409
Posted By ksandness

The only benefit to riding the Green Car is a...

The only benefit to riding the Green Car is a larger seat. That's it. Unlike first class on many European trains, there's no free food or beverage service. The only time the Green Car is worth it is...
Forum: Japan
Jan 25, 20, 9:37 am
Replies: 61
Views: 4,454
Posted By ksandness

In my experience, the bento sellers inside train...

In my experience, the bento sellers inside train stations keep one box of each variety open and covered in plastic on the counter. Yes, it sits out all day, but no one is going to eat it, since it...
Forum: Japan
Jan 24, 20, 9:59 am
Replies: 61
Views: 4,454
Posted By ksandness

If there's anything Japan has plenty of, it's...

If there's anything Japan has plenty of, it's restaurants. I've never been anything but a budget traveler by Flyer Talk standards, and I have never had trouble finding a reasonable and delicious...
Forum: Japan
Jan 23, 20, 2:21 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,015
Posted By ksandness

I have never taken a late night flight on this...

I have never taken a late night flight on this route, but my anti-jet lag strategy for flying from North America to Japan on an early afternoon flight is to stay awake as much as possible on the...
Forum: Japan
Jan 22, 20, 9:39 am
Replies: 9
Views: 1,311
Posted By ksandness

Be sure to look at flights out of Gimpo. If you...

Be sure to look at flights out of Gimpo. If you take the express bus from Seoul Station to ICN, Gimpo is a stop on the way, so it's equally accessible.
Forum: Japan
Jan 22, 20, 9:35 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,516
Posted By ksandness

I attended a conference in Umeda in summer 2018,...

I attended a conference in Umeda in summer 2018, and my overwhelming impression of the area was crowds. Even rather ordinary cafes and restaurants had lines out the door, and the traffic and transit...
Jan 20, 20, 11:32 am
Replies: 19
Views: 6,742
Posted By ksandness

Other airlines I've flown trans-Atlantic have...

Other airlines I've flown trans-Atlantic have served more than one 8-oz glass of water during the flight, and others even provide a bottle of water in the seat pocket.
Forum: Japan
Jan 20, 20, 11:27 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,516
Posted By ksandness

There's no need to change hotels between Kyoto...

There's no need to change hotels between Kyoto and Osaka. As you know, they're only about half an hour apart by train. In fact, either city offers a lot of possible day trips, since all the major...
Forum: Japan
Jan 18, 20, 11:03 am
Replies: 51
Views: 16,432
Posted By ksandness

On one of my trips in the 1980s, a teaching...

On one of my trips in the 1980s, a teaching colleague was going to be attending a conference in Tokyo and asked me to find him an affordable hotel room. I was staying in Nakano-ku at the time, so I...
Forum: Japan
Jan 18, 20, 10:43 am
Replies: 718
Views: 90,409
Posted By ksandness

For travel within cities, use the Suica card,...

For travel within cities, use the Suica card, since it works on everything you are likely to ride in the Tokyo area, including JR commuter lines, private railroads, the metro, and even city buses,...
Forum: Japan
Jan 17, 20, 1:17 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 719
Posted By ksandness

What are the "qualified airports"? The major...

What are the "qualified airports"? The major cities, I assume? I know that my nephew was able to transfer at Guangzhou on his way to Thailand.
Forum: Japan
Jan 17, 20, 1:14 pm
Replies: 54
Views: 7,362
Posted By ksandness

Kyoto is a large city, but it doesn't feel like...

Kyoto is a large city, but it doesn't feel like one, and it's definitely more atmospheric than Osaka. Definitely go to Nara for an experience that is different from Kyoto.

Don't worry about...
Forum: Japan
Jan 15, 20, 2:27 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 2,505
Posted By ksandness

The best breakfast I've had in Tokyo was at the...

The best breakfast I've had in Tokyo was at the Shimbashi branch of the Tokyu Stay. (NOT at the Ikebukuro branch, whose breakfasts were just strange, or the Meguro branch, which sends you downstairs...
Forum: Japan
Jan 6, 20, 10:29 am
Replies: 204
Views: 75,600
Posted By ksandness

Outside of Fukuoka, the only place you will find...

Outside of Fukuoka, the only place you will find "street food" is at festivals or in parks, and those food carts all sell the same few things: yakisoba (fried noodles), corn on the cob basted with a...
Forum: Japan
Jan 6, 20, 10:16 am
Replies: 32
Views: 4,225
Posted By ksandness

It's been decades since a hotel asked me to pay...

It's been decades since a hotel asked me to pay in cash. Smaller inns and minshuku may not be set up for credit cards, but I've never found a Western-style hotel, even a budget hotel, that didn't...
Forum: Japan
Dec 31, 19, 7:59 pm
Replies: 32
Views: 4,225
Posted By ksandness

I've done Sendai/Matsushima, Nagano,...

I've done Sendai/Matsushima, Nagano, Aizu-Wakamatsu, Nikko, Hakone, Yokohama, Mito, and Chichibu as day trips. The last two are by regular train line.

Japan is smaller than a lot of people think,...
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