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Forum: Japan
Today, 3:09 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 126
Posted By abmj-jr

Actually, ANA flies out of T1-south. That means...

Actually, ANA flies out of T1-south. That means you will have to make your way by bus over to T2.
Forum: Japan
Jul 13, 18, 8:06 am
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By abmj-jr

I am sure there are better sources but here are a...

I am sure there are better sources but here are a couple:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/12/national/death-toll-climbs-200-torrential-rains-pound-western-japan/#.W0iw_UqnE2w
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Forum: Japan
Jul 7, 18, 9:38 am
Replies: 12
Views: 476
Posted By abmj-jr

I should have been more specific in referring to...

I should have been more specific in referring to Nagano prefecture rather than the city itself. I agree that altitude is what will help.
Forum: Japan
Jul 7, 18, 9:02 am
Replies: 12
Views: 476
Posted By abmj-jr

For Tokyo to Kanazawa, I'd think Nagano would be...

For Tokyo to Kanazawa, I'd think Nagano would be a good bet for getting up and out of the heat for a day or so.
Jul 7, 18, 8:49 am
Replies: 7
Views: 712
Posted By abmj-jr

Advil. Maybe with a vicodin kicker.

Advil. Maybe with a vicodin kicker.
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jul 6, 18, 10:30 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,353
Posted By abmj-jr

It is just public transportation.

It is just public transportation.
Forum: Japan
Jul 5, 18, 12:35 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 476
Posted By abmj-jr

A few random thoughts. A 7-day Japan Rail...

A few random thoughts.

A 7-day Japan Rail Pass would benefit you - activate to start on 9/6 through 9/12 for your travels outside of Tokyo. A Suica or PASMO prepaid card is better for Tokyo...
Forum: Japan
Jul 4, 18, 8:23 pm
Replies: 393
Views: 39,270
Posted By abmj-jr

The chances are much greater that the ordinary...

The chances are much greater that the ordinary car will fill up than the green car.
Forum: Japan
Jul 3, 18, 2:08 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 532
Posted By abmj-jr

When I said "passport carrier," I was referring...

When I said "passport carrier," I was referring to the money belt style passport pouch that fits under my shirt. I fold the JR Pass like a book (it is designed to do this) and slip it inside my...
Forum: Japan
Jul 3, 18, 11:51 am
Replies: 18
Views: 532
Posted By abmj-jr

It doesn't help you but I always keep it in my...

It doesn't help you but I always keep it in my shirt pocket while traveling and inside my passport carrier when not. Never lost one yet.
Jul 2, 18, 11:21 am
Replies: 2
Views: 547
Posted By abmj-jr

What class of service? Where in Japan? I am...

What class of service? Where in Japan?

I am seeing a few seats on Singapore Airlines for LAX-NRT at under $400.00 one-way. Those will go fast so next non-stop is UA at a little over $500.00.
Forum: Japan
Jun 29, 18, 10:41 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 482
Posted By abmj-jr

That early in September it will virtually still...

That early in September it will virtually still be summer. Even the higher mountains will be warm for hiking. The last time I was there was in late October/early November and it was still quite...
Forum: Japan
Jun 29, 18, 1:03 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 482
Posted By abmj-jr

Fascinating and worth a couple of hours. Just...

Fascinating and worth a couple of hours. Just don't make the mistake of turning into the new Abashiri Prison, which is on the opposite side of the road.

Not far from the old prison is the Drift...
Forum: Japan
Jun 28, 18, 11:23 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 482
Posted By abmj-jr

I didn't drive out onto Shiretoko but took the...

I didn't drive out onto Shiretoko but took the train and then the bus tour. It is really beautiful. Keep your camera ready. Kushiro is a quiet little/big town with a nice bridge right at the...
Jun 27, 18, 3:22 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 484
Posted By abmj-jr

Like the above, I usually shoot in color and make...

Like the above, I usually shoot in color and make the change in software. I like Silver Efex Pro.

This one was a quick snapshot while driving to up Yosemite early one morning. The "god beams"...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Jun 24, 18, 10:08 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 1,914
Posted By abmj-jr

You open sardines or tuna on a crowded plane and...

You open sardines or tuna on a crowded plane and your neighbors might lynch you.
Forum: Japan
Jun 24, 18, 7:57 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 3,997
Posted By abmj-jr

For a week, I'd do a couple of days in Sapporo, a...

For a week, I'd do a couple of days in Sapporo, a couple in Hakodate then the long shinkansen ride down to Sendai for a couple more. While in Sendai, take the local train+boat over to Matsushima for...
Forum: Japan
Jun 18, 18, 3:10 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 206
Posted By abmj-jr

That said, NRT to Kagoshima is a VERY long rail...

That said, NRT to Kagoshima is a VERY long rail trip. You might want to break it up into multiple days.
Forum: Japan
Jun 18, 18, 3:07 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 206
Posted By abmj-jr

Everything you need to know is here, including...

Everything you need to know is here, including listings of authorized agents around the world (scroll to the bottom.)

JAPAN RAIL PASS (http://www.japanrailpass.net/en/)
Jun 16, 18, 10:08 am
Replies: 9
Views: 617
Posted By abmj-jr

[/left]Just for comparison, 80% or more of my...

[/left]Just for comparison, 80% or more of my landscape/nature/hiking photos are taken with my 12-40 mm f/2.8 PRO lens. For full frame equivalence, that would be approximately 24-80 mm. I also take...
Forum: Japan
Jun 12, 18, 9:11 am
Replies: 26
Views: 1,998
Posted By abmj-jr

I use Hyperdia to look up routes, times and...

I use Hyperdia to look up routes, times and rates. HyperDia | Timetable and Route Search in Japan. (http://www.hyperdia.com/en/) . It is a schedule site NOT a purchase point.

There is no need to...
Forum: Japan
Jun 11, 18, 9:49 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 1,998
Posted By abmj-jr

Tokyo-Kyoto is 2-1/4 hours on the Nozomi...

Tokyo-Kyoto is 2-1/4 hours on the Nozomi shinkansen. MUCH better than driving someplace a "couple of hours" from Tokyo.

Another choice would be to stay in Tokyo and day trip on the train to...
Forum: Japan
Jun 7, 18, 11:40 am
Replies: 26
Views: 1,998
Posted By abmj-jr

A lot depends on where you are going to visit....

A lot depends on where you are going to visit. The rail system is so comprehensive and so good that in many areas a car is simply a nuisance. As another poster mentioned, having a rental car in...
Forum: Japan
Jun 7, 18, 11:23 am
Replies: 49
Views: 3,786
Posted By abmj-jr

Sounds like you had a great trip. ^ If you...

Sounds like you had a great trip. ^

If you plan another trip to Kyushu, an interesting and engaging day trip from Fukuoka/Hakata or Nagasaki is Shimabara. The last Christian hold-out castle...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jun 4, 18, 10:53 am
Replies: 52
Views: 4,223
Posted By abmj-jr

I am facing this myself. I think it is an...

I am facing this myself. I think it is an individual thing, based on physical condition, need for access to medical care, mobility and other factors. One person may be fine to travel at 80+ and...
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