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Accommodation in Tokyo

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

  1. hatto

    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Fair enough, Ueno is best place to stay then. makes it easy next morning too
     
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    Actually, the exchange rate right now is about the exact same as a year ago. In fact, it's a little higher!
     
  3. jje

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    Very nice, but
    Any suggestions for central Tokyo Japanese style hotels with family rooms for 2 + 2teens? Ideally 2 western beds and tatami area all in 1 room....easy to find in resorts but struggling in Tokyo. Should I be searching for ryokans?
     
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    Sorry, but living in a big family, when we go on holiday we make sure Mum and Dad have a separate room wherever possible! The odd western hotel has rooms with a double and two singles in a room.
     
  5. BobGnarly

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    It's pretty nice weather in the mountains though if you can handle a bit of rain
     
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    What do you call central Tokyo? Ueno has a hotel with family rooms but not sure if it will suit as it is western style and has bunk beds for the + 2.
     
  7. Born2ski

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    Which hotel is that one ?
     
  8. PMG

    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    This one. http://www.tougane-h.com/e/rooms/
    Stayed there in Jan in a double but by myself . Handy to station and in quiet street. Could be ideal for you B2s.
     
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  9. Lady Penelope

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    Ok, time to ask my own Qs re Tokyo accommodation. We arrive at some ungodly hour of the morning at Haneda airport and will have 3 tired children in tow. I'm planning on staying 5 nights in Tokyo, doing some side trips outside of the city, and then catching the Shinkansen to Iiyama (then bus to Nozawa). So we need a place that's not prohibitively expensive (2 rooms needed), is relatively close to train stations, and ideally might allow a slightly early check-in. @Donza, I've taken note of your recommendations re the Sutton Place hotel in Ueno, and comments about AirBnb. I don't think the latter would work for me with three kids, particularly the (ahem) behaviourally challenged youngest ... Ideas, anyone? Ps I'll also be posting Qs in the Hakuba and Nozawa threads, and maybe the generic Japan one - trying to keep things tidy :)
     
  10. Donza

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    All good.
    I was going to suggest air bnb... alas... you would know .
    Personally I would stay pretty close to Haneda on around the yamanote line.
    Re early check in.. , i'm sure there would be places that would do it.
     
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  11. Lady Penelope

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    So Haneda for convenience on that first day? Easy enough to get from there to Tokyo or Ueno for the shink?
     
  12. Donza

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    with kids... thats what I would do... surely Hotels around the airport vicinity would be used to people arriving at odd times.
     
  13. Sandy

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    It's not worth staying near Haneda Airport, if you arrive at 5am. There's nothing out there.

    Try staying near Hamamatsucho Station, which is on the Yamanote line, so easy access to Tokyo Station. It's a nice area, and just a couple of minutes on foot from the Kyu Shiba Rikyu Gardens, and 7-8 min from the Zojo-ji temple complex & grounds.
     
  14. Heinz

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    Thank you, gentlemen. I will look into this ....
     
  17. Heinz

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    I forgot the bit about staying 5 nights. I'd only stay at Haneda if it was just 1 night. Otherwise definitely somewhere near a station on the Yamanote line.
     
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  18. Sandy

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    That's why there's no point staying at Haneda Airport one night if you arrive at 5am.... then you need 3 monorail trips for no reason.
     
  19. Donza

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    I was just thinking somewhere you can check in immediately and have some sleep.
    Three kids in tow... a bed will be needed .
     
  20. Sandy

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    That's why I suggested Hamamatsucho. The monorail takes 18 min. A taxi to one of the hotels at Haneda Airport will take 10 min by the time you line up.
     
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  21. Donza

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    Yeah for sure.
     
  22. Nozawaman

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    They would have slept all night presumably ?
    Black cat bags to hotel of choice and take them directly to the fish markets for breakfast , then off to hotel after .
    Also don't hold your breath with the early check in the only way to guarantee it would be book the room a day earlier.
     
  23. M_G

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    Go to a public onsen/sento. Crash in the tatami space.
     
  24. Donza

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    3 kids overnight flight? sitting side by side.
    sleep?
     
  25. Lady Penelope

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    Correct. Zero sleep! I'm not interested in staying at an airport hotel for one night then moving elsewhere - I'd rather stay in the one place for 5 nights. I see from TripAdvisor reviews that many Tokyo hotels will not allow an early check in. If necessary I'll pay extra, check in at 6.00 and crash for a few hours. I was originally thinking Ueno due to the relative ease of catching the Shink but if you guys think anything near the Yamanote line would be equally as good ...? My main concern is getting to the station (Tokyo or Ueno) to catch the Shink with the minimum of walking or mucking about with baggage, children, and umpteen connections.
     
  26. Sandy

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    Another reason I suggested Hamamatsucho, with ANY OTHER location, you will need to get the monorail, then another train(during the morning rush). With Hamamatsucho, you only need the monrail. Then after the 5 days, you just need to take the Yamanote Line to either Tokyo or Ueno.
     
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  27. Heinz

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    Yep, good thinking Sandy. Catching the Yamanote line during the morning rush may not be much fun (even without ski gear). The monorail is fine, but no need to use it more than once if you don't need to.
     
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    If you didn't catch the Black Cat recommendation - This is a great service that will courier the ski gear from the airport to your ski accommodation in a couple of days - gets rid of the heavy luggage if you can pack it separately. Cheap and worth every cent.
    Also as well as this gem recommended last year, we also took the forum's advise and stayed at SuperHotel Ueno - we walked the few blocks from Uneo station to the Hotel and left our bags (without ski gear as we sent that on and was sitting in the Hakuba hotel when we arrived) there in the morning and checked in later that afternoon.
     
  29. Lady Penelope

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    Hmm, thank you Tegski. I am a little confused about Black Cat: are they similar to Taqubbin, ie a luggage/parcel courier service? The idea of getting someone else to deliver our bags to the hotel in Tokyo is appealing (depending on the cost), and if they could also forward ski gear on to Nozawa, that's a winner in my books. Oh, and I've booked a hotel near Hamamatsucho Station (ART Hotels Hamamatsucho) which ticks several boxes (relatively inexpensive, close to the station, rooms of a reasonable size). We'll see what it's like in due course!
     
  30. Heinz

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    'Black cat' is just the logo of one of the Takkyubin (luggage delivery) companies. The company is actually Yamato transport, but people often refer to the black cat logo as the service. They are probably the biggest such company - ABC are another.

    In your case it would be best to get luggage delivered from Haneda straight to Nozawa, so you don't need to worry about ski gear in Tokyo. Just take what you need for a few days in the city. Taking a few bags on the monorail will be no drama.
     
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  31. Heinz

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    As Heinz says, get the bags delivered straight to Nozawa. Make sure you have separated bags for skiing and those you need in Tokyo, then just send the ones you need for skiing, which will take around two days to get to Nozawa. Best to print out the Nozawa address in both Japanese & English. Don't get them to deliver anything from the airport to your hotel in Tokyo, as this could still take up to two days (but at least one day)
     
  33. Lady Penelope

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    Thank you Heinz and Sandy :)
     
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    Hi, it was mentioned further back that bags usually arrive the next day in my case Myoko, but needs the 2 days going to the airport. we are going to stay in Narita the first night so I trying to work out if to go straight to Myoko and take bags the next day or spend a night in Tokyo? Id rather go there the next day, but really dont want to drag ski bags..Any ideas?
     
  35. Sandy

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    It may take 1 day, but for anything important, you need to assume two days. It also depends WHEN you send.... e.g. 10am or 10pm.
     
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    Would be 10pm, we arrive 1900 ish. Might just send skis and bag and take our boots and hire, thats what me and the boss are now thinking, but be better if we had all our stuff.
     
  37. Born2ski

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    While I find Takkyubin is a great service this is one of the shortfalls. One or two days lost on the way in and two days on the way out cuts into your ski time. I'm working on a solution for this trip that involves a little ingenuity and an extra set of wheels from Bunnings. ;)
     
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    On the children ??
     
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  39. Heinz

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    If you want to overnight in Narita and travel next day and maybe ski, then take your skis with you. It really isn't any drama transferring from hotel shuttle, Narita Express to Tokyo to Shinkansen with ski gear. Alternatively arriving at 7pm you can easily get the Skyliner to Ueno and Shinkansen next day. Also easy with gear.

    The delivery service is worthwhile if you plan to stay an extra day.
     
  40. mannyk

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    Worth a thought, maybe send one bag on and take ski bag with us will work. Ta
     
  41. Heinz

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    I guess that could work if you allocate them properly. Stuff you can do without for a day or two vs the rest.
     
  42. Born2ski

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    No the days of pushing my kids around on wheels are over, they can walk now.

    Except when you have four sets of skis, boots, helmets and all the other gear for four people, BUT only two adults who can carry the gear. The problem is you run out of hands.
     
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    We will definitely need pics.
     
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    We stayed at Shiba daimon 2 years ago. We needed two rooms( 1 double, 1 triple) too. Budget business/family hotel. We chose it because we could get the monorail from Haneda and is near
    Hamamatsucho station. Has a Starbucks 2 doors away for breakfast and McDonald's nearby for bribery!

    We were out of the hotel allllllllll day, so was adequate although they use those hard Japanese mattresses.
     
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    I know your scene. We did the same for many years. It's a juggle but so worth it. Now I just wave goodbye at the airport as the kids go off on their own journeys. Funny - I miss the juggle.
     
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    Hey Sandy, quick takkyubin question - we get in at 9am on New Year's Eve, and are planning on sending our ski gear straight to Myoko. We will spend a night in Tokyo and head out to Myoko the next day. We're not planning to ski until the 2nd. Would this be enough time for the takkyubin, or are we better just to keep all our gear with us?
     
  49. Sandy

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    That should be ok. Best to ask them when it will be delivered, but normally, they will probably say something like 1st Jan 4pm. The New Year's day delivery might be different, so need to ask.

    Often, when sending back to a hotel or to my home, they ask me to nominate a date and time. So often, sending (along with other people's gear) from hotel to home, it will be like 3pm, and deliver next day after 7pm.
     
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