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May 24, 18, 7:12 am
Replies: 1
Views: 532
Posted By jpatokal

New redemption option: Krisflyer vRooms hotels & car rentals

So I recently found myself with some KF miles unexpectedly expiring and no obvious way to use them, since all my personal & family travel for the year is already booked & paid for. However, turns...
Forum: Asia
Aug 6, 16, 5:20 am
Replies: 9
Views: 1,857
Posted By jpatokal

Bump: looks like it's been 5 years since the last...

Bump: looks like it's been 5 years since the last thread about airport lounges in T1. :eek:

I will have the misfortune of spending a few hours here next week, with no airline lounge access. I...
Forum: Japan
Jul 28, 16, 7:44 am
Replies: 31
Views: 4,555
Posted By jpatokal

One thing worth keeping in mind when planning...

One thing worth keeping in mind when planning drives in Hokkaido is that the speed limits are absurdly low. Regular highways are 50 km/h, including places like Tokachi where the scenery is flat and...
Jul 28, 16, 7:28 am
Replies: 270
Views: 44,230
Posted By jpatokal

It's a too-literal translation of the Finnish...

It's a too-literal translation of the Finnish ylikypsä, which is literally "overcooked", but translates to more like "slow cooked". Pulled pork, for example, would be ylikypsä possu in Finnish.
Forum: Japan
Apr 8, 16, 7:51 am
Replies: 31
Views: 4,555
Posted By jpatokal

Hokkaido's actually a great place to hitchhike,...

Hokkaido's actually a great place to hitchhike, wide open roads and lots of roadtrippers. But this time we're renting a car after the initial few days in Sapporo. Asahikawa is not on the agenda...
Forum: Japan
Apr 8, 16, 7:45 am
Replies: 3
Views: 1,986
Posted By jpatokal

Do you need an actual pool, or would a private...

Do you need an actual pool, or would a private outdoor hot spring bath (rotenburo) work? The latter would open up literally thousands more options.
Forum: Japan
Apr 8, 16, 7:44 am
Replies: 17
Views: 2,658
Posted By jpatokal

I looked into this as well, but it's ~Y8000 from...

I looked into this as well, but it's ~Y8000 from Aomori to Hakodate with the new Shinkansen, meaning it still costs more than a direct flight, plus the hassle & expense of getting from the airport to...
Forum: Nordic Region
Apr 8, 16, 7:34 am
Replies: 52
Views: 11,391
Posted By jpatokal

Well, not so much. Just arrived at the train...

Well, not so much. Just arrived at the train station in Tsuruoka (pop. 120k) in Yamagata, boarded bus to get to the only youth hostel in town. Bus is half-empty but odd dude sits down next to me,...
Replies: 9
Views: 1,694
Posted By jpatokal

Tip: Any comparison of Melbourne and Sydney is...

Tip: Any comparison of Melbourne and Sydney is soon full of rabid (and, sotto voce, somewhat insecure) Melburnians praising their home and dissing Sydney. You rarely get Sydneysiders in these...
Forum: Nordic Region
Apr 5, 16, 6:56 am
Replies: 52
Views: 11,391
Posted By jpatokal

Random anecdote: I've traveled a lot, including a...

Random anecdote: I've traveled a lot, including a large number of locales varyingly notorious for pickpocketing and crime (India, Jakarta, Bangkok, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, St. Petersburg, Barcelona,...
Forum: Japan
Apr 5, 16, 6:53 am
Replies: 17
Views: 2,658
Posted By jpatokal

I'm generally a Shinkansen fan, but the Hokkaido...

I'm generally a Shinkansen fan, but the Hokkaido Shinkansen is a bit sad. The cost is ridiculous and I doubt it's going to pay off even if/when they open it up all the way to Sapporo.

We're going...
Forum: Japan
Apr 5, 16, 6:35 am
Replies: 31
Views: 4,555
Posted By jpatokal

Gah, brainfart -- I meant Abashiri, not Wakkanai....

Gah, brainfart -- I meant Abashiri, not Wakkanai. :o I've never been to Wakkanai, but I gather there's nothing of interest in the town itself and it's primarily a jumping-off point for Rebun and...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Mar 31, 16, 5:49 am
Replies: 40
Views: 4,717
Posted By jpatokal

Canberra-Wellington, starting soon on Singapore...

Canberra-Wellington, starting soon on Singapore Airlines. It's also the only international flight (aside from Singapore) in CBR, but it's slightly less bizarre when you realize that while both...
Forum: Japan
Mar 31, 16, 5:44 am
Replies: 31
Views: 4,555
Posted By jpatokal

My, what a well-timed thread: clan jpatokal will...

My, what a well-timed thread: clan jpatokal will also be in Hokkaido in mid-July. We're starting from Sapporo, where we're seeing an old friend, and the Mrs. is dead-set on seeing the lavender, so...
Feb 29, 16, 4:42 am
Replies: 2
Views: 1,161
Posted By jpatokal

Unfortunately the connection is pretty bad,...

Unfortunately the connection is pretty bad, there' s a 6:30 wait before the sole CX flight at 23:50. Flying both legs on CX works pretty nicely though, and I'll probably resort to that if I can't...
Feb 28, 16, 8:55 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 1,161
Posted By jpatokal

Emirates metal for a Qantas/Oneworld RTW

Dearest FT,

I'm planning a RTW in business class starting from Sydney, with the first destination being Zurich. I'd usually fly this on EK metal via DXB, but the oneworld RTW conditions don't...
Forum: Japan
Jan 17, 16, 7:31 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,356
Posted By jpatokal

Do you need to get to Shirokanedai stn, or...

Do you need to get to Shirokanedai stn, or somewhere nearby? Takanawadai stn is only a stone's throw away and on the Toei Asakusa line, meaning you can reach it directly from Narita on most Keisei...
Forum: Nordic Region
Jan 15, 16, 8:09 am
Replies: 11
Views: 3,052
Posted By jpatokal

If you're looking at the money, UAE, hands down. ...

If you're looking at the money, UAE, hands down.

But if you're looking to expatriate for good and want citizenship, then this is at least possible in Denmark (although it will take a good ten...
Forum: Japan
Jan 15, 16, 7:47 am
Replies: 825
Views: 311,257
Posted By jpatokal

Thanks! I poked around the (rather pathetic)...

Thanks! I poked around the (rather pathetic) duty-free offerings at Narita yesterday, and the only moderately sanely priced alternative was Hibiki 12 for Y10,000, which is still a hefty premium on...
Forum: Japan
Jan 8, 16, 5:16 am
Replies: 26
Views: 2,787
Posted By jpatokal

Some ideas:...

Some ideas: https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Off_the_beaten_track_in_Japan
Forum: Japan
Jan 8, 16, 5:11 am
Replies: 825
Views: 311,257
Posted By jpatokal

I'll be passing through Narita next week and...

I'll be passing through Narita next week and would like to pick up some Japanese whisky -- and since I'm not checking a bag, it has to be something I can buy at the airport or in-flight sales.

I'm...
Forum: Asia
Nov 2, 15, 4:56 am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,079
Posted By jpatokal

Given that the OP's interested in culture, good...

Given that the OP's interested in culture, good food and crafts, I wouldn't recommend either of Bintan (overpriced hotels, crappy beach) or Batam (factories, hookers).
Forum: Asia
Nov 1, 15, 4:48 am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,079
Posted By jpatokal

Is leaving Friday night a possibility? SIN is a...

Is leaving Friday night a possibility? SIN is a 24-hour airport, so there are late night flights to most major destinations, and I find two-night stays far less rushed than a one-night visit.

I...
Oct 26, 15, 4:02 am
Replies: 1
Views: 1,093
Posted By jpatokal

Claiming missing points for direct hotel bookings?

Per the QFF website, directly booked stays at Quest "Inns" (Apartments?) should accrue 3 points per AU$1 spent:
https://www.qantas.com.au/fflyer/dyn/partners/hotel/earn-rates

However, I've seen...
Forum: Japan
Oct 15, 15, 6:14 am
Replies: 789
Views: 162,272
Posted By jpatokal

Thanks all! I poked around a bit, and the...

Thanks all! I poked around a bit, and the Mercure is the clear winner. The official Japanese site, Jalan, Rakuten etc all offer the same Y5400 price for the rather monastic "economy single...
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