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Accommodation in Tokyo

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Sandy, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. M_G

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    If the bus is big enough. Once we got bumped (not assertive enough to rush on holding a young sleepy kid + carry on) but it actually worked in our favour. The driver organised a taxi and we got there before the bus. Just finished check in when the hordes came through the door.
     
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    While we're on the subject of Ueno Zoo



    Also check out the follow up videos posted.
     
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    Got an email today saying our Airbnb has been ordered to cease and desist. Damn. Was really close to the station too.
     
  4. M_G

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    Stayed at Narita Gateway the other night. Flight was late and immigration packed so too late to get to Nagano. Wifey booked us in while waiting inline at immigration. 12,200 for the three of us in a large room so good deal. Got to the shuttle stop and had just missed one so had to wait 45 minutes for the next one. Soaked up that time at the 7-11 and getting our JR passes so not all bad. However if I was with young grumpy kids it might be a different matter.
     
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    Just after a recommendation please. Four guys in their forty’s fly into Narita at about 6pm early next February and have one night in Tokyo before catching the Shinkansen to Nozawa Onsen the next morning. Do you have any semi budget accommodation suggestions? I assume we will want to be near Tokyo station? Thanks!
     
  6. PMG

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    Try the Ueno station hotels. Should be cheaper and easier than Tokyo.
     
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  7. Heinz

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    This. Several business hotels in the area.
    Keisei line from Narita to Ueno Keisei station, short walk to hotel. Morning short walk to Ueno JR station for Shinkansen.
     
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    Thanks guys. Will there be much to see/do/eat/drink in that area for that one night as I have never really been to Tokyo before?
     
  9. Zimbooo

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    Heaps!!!!!!
     
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  10. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    More than enough. Park, temples,markets, shops, bars, restaurants. And of course the 2 train stations.
     
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    A question for those in the know: I booked a Tokyo Airbnb and the host has asked for copies of our passport photos prior to arriving which I assume means the photo page of our passports. Is that normal or should I be concerned?
     
  12. Dave6

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    I think most places we have stayed in Japan they have asked for copies of passports at check-in. Not up front though and have not stayed at Airbnb.
     
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    Seems normal now.
    I've either got to upload them to a website or supply before staying Next January
     
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  14. Sandy

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    Japan is not dodgy like a lot of other countries.
    .... I mean, if you lose your wallet, you are 90% likely to get it back with everything in it.
     
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    No that's normal for all the BnB's we booked for next year as well as this year, just sometimes have difficulty it sending :thumbs:
     
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    Wow. I hear these type of statements about Japan and it just increases the cultural fascination that is building up in me.
     
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    Good to hear, thanks.
     
  18. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    There are of course a few exceptions to that to be aware of. By and large Japan is very safe, just don't take it for granted.
    In particular don't listen to Africans touting bars in Roppongi or Shinjuku.
     
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  19. Sandy

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    For example, maybe a year back, I pulled my phone out of my pocket, and it pulled my wallet out with it, and it dropped onto the train seat. When I realised, I went to the train ticket gate window/office and told them and they gave me a number to call. At this stage, I didn't even CONSIDER cancelling my credit cards!!! It also had my resident's card and Japanese drivers license, and about 50,000yen cash.
    Two hours later, I got a call and they told me to go to a particular station (the next one on the line), along with ID.
    I got everything back in 2.5 hours!!!! :D
     
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    First time I went to Japan someone of our group forgot their camera somewhere in a park and only discovered half an hour later. We hurried back and it wasn't there anymore, but when we went to the nearest police station the camera was there waiting for us :)
     
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    Yep. There was a very long and sorry thread about this a few years ago. Who was the OP? Anyone remember?
     
  22. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Kaos (I think there was an @ in there ie. K@os). Did meet him once for drinks (non spiked) in Adelaide not long after that, but haven't heard of for a long time.
     
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    Yes, Kaos. One of my son's mates had a similar experience going back a few years now.
     
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    Yeah that's right. Shook him up a bit.

    It also happened to friends of mine at womb nightclub in shibuya . The year after.
    A mate picked up his girlfriends drink and finished it. She had only drunk half.
    Then he was a absolute mess.
    Incoherent. Foaming at mouth.
    They had to carry him to the hotel.
     
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    Crikey.
     
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    A decade ago, when I used to indulge in a few cheeky darts on a night out, I left half-a-pack of cigs in Izakaya Kakashi Niseko (although wouldn't have had any idea about it at the time given level of sake & biru consumption). One entire week later returned to Kakashi again and of course, the staff presented the ciggies back to me.
     
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    Only started experiencing this last year, but yep seems to becoming the norm now with all the AirBnB changes that happened in Japan during 2017/18.
     
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    All accommodation are suppose to do it irrespective of the booking mechanism.
     
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    Please excuse the bump. I too think I'll stay around Ueno on my way from Nagano to Narita late Feb. (sounds too handy to refuse)

    Being terribly lazy here, I note Ishibashi Music Group (one of the big retailers) are prominent around Shinjuku but not Ueno.

    Can I please ask the best way to get to Shinjuku? Assuming I'm staying around Ueno (station) area?
     
  31. Sandy

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    Are you wanting to look at musical instruments?
    Go to the music store area.
    Go JR Yamanote to Akihabara, then JR Sobu Line to Ochanomizu. If you really want to go to Shinjuku, take the same train all the way
     
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    Hi Sandy thanks for the info.

    I play a bit of guitar and Reverb (reselling site) frequently show stuff from Ishibashi - I think they have two three stores around Shinjuku but hey if Ochanomizu is the place to go I'll take a squiz.

    Fwiw: it's mainly to look around but if there's a rare bargain guitar pedal I might consider.
    Apparently the Japanese Gibson copies (and others) were so good by the 70s and 80s the yanks couldn't match so resorted to suing (ie. Against Ibanez) or threatening (most of the rest).

    Anyway I ramble, apart from the skiing, part of my Tokyo cultural experience will hopefully include paying homepage to Japanese musical instrument quality. Afterall I don't how soon I'll return!! ( ;-)
     
  33. Sandy

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    Check, but I think Ishibashi have two stores in Kanda music store area. It's around the corner from the ski shop area, and up the hill. About 25 stores there.
    Fender found that the Strat copies were so good (better than Fender), that they licensed the production of the Fender Strat as the Strat Squire in Japan. You can get cheap used for about 35,000 yen.

    If you want cheap peddles, take a look in the Akihabara Hard Off..... They also have guitars and other music gear.

    PM me if you want more details
     
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    Yep, music store area, conveniently close to ski shop area, is the place I'd go to.
     
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    Ah yes Fender not Gibson.
    Will check map of Kanda etc...
    Cheers Sandy

    (Note to self : I must scan Recent threads here for Ueno / Narita accom!)
     
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    Starting with one!
     
  37. Sandy

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    As I recall, we got your daughter a Saxophone there, around 12 years ago now..... worked out around $1700 iirc, which was $1000 cheaper than in Australia. :)
     
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    you recall correctly! she has since moved on to a somewhat pricier instrument. And I got my son a trumpet from the same shop a few years later. Sadly, he did not have his sister's talent. She, on the other hand graduated earlier this year with a double degree, one of which was a music degree. SO, money well spent in Tokyo all those years ago,I would say!

    EDIT: and just around the corner, in ski shop area, I got a bargain in the form of K2 Apache Recons with bindings for only $320 AUD! win-win
     
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    Yes, the Recons were a bargain..... I think I went back a week later and bought some as well!!!! :)
     
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    Oh, and I bought my daughter a French Horn in the same shop about a year later. That was pricier though.... about 420,000 yen iirc. But she went on to excel... she played in the Sydney Opera House with her school about 2015, where her playing was described as "world class"!!!
     
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    Stay on topic........:rolleyes:
     
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    If I retrace my steps I can probably find it.
    Back in the mid-80s when I first started living/travelling in Japan that would figure have been up around 99%. But there's been a HUGE increase in foreigners since the mid 2000s :( so I'm putting the honesty reduction down to that.
     
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    sadly true
     
  45. Sandy

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    Realistically, it's hard to tell the difference in granularity between 90% & 99%.
    That 90% also takes into account some of the difficulties in finding the owner. Mine is easier because I have my resident card with my address in it.... and the fact that I knew how to report it, and had a Japanese phone.
    But lose a wallet with a foreign credit card and cash, but no other ID, then it becomes much more difficult to get it back.
     
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    Not just in tracking the owner. With foreigners around anything just lying around unattended is much more likely to be simply pilfered.
    I always remember the time back in 1990 when in transit between Furano & Niseko stopping off in Sapporo for a few hours. Left my bags on the platform at the bus station, wandered down to Odori park to check out the snow festival for a couple of hours, returned to bags just where I left them and got on the next bus. Would certainly not do that now. World is a much different place.
     
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    Lets hope it doesnt change, I have left my ski bags at Nagano station for a hour or so while I did some shopping in town. The first time I did it I was uneasy but felt confident the following year. Lets hope that being in the environment of Japanese standards the fellow travelers would leave their bogan behavior behind??
     
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    Yes, soon Japanese small accommodations will want deposit, as some forgners book many places and just cancel in the last moment or do not show up.
    Foreigneres are sadly not to be trusted. LOL
     
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    Sadly it gets amplified methinks.

    Too many of my local hotel owner friends have been stiffed like this. I urge them to get a deposit but many feel uncomfortable. Which is one reason why I ended up stepping in and helping some of them with bookings.
     
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    Hasn't changed as much as many might expect.

    e.g. Go into a coffee shop or restaurant, put your jacket on the chair and smart phone on the table.... that shows the table is taken, then go to the toilet.... this is still just normal behaviour.
    But perhaps I wouldn't do that in Shinjuku, Ginza, Ueno, Niseko or Hakub et al.