I use it all the time. I can calculate when I need to leave to meet someone, work out my quickest route, or cheapest. Or use daily multi tickets, to reduce the price. So in that way, I need it.The Japanese public transport runs so often, you don't need Hyperdia
I once used it to get to Narita as cheap as possible. i think there was atleast 4 changes, but it cost us less than 1000 yen (which we paid for in our remaining change!)I use it all the time. I can calculate when I need to leave to meet someone, work out my quickest route, or cheapest. Or use daily multi tickets, to reduce the price. So in that way, I need it.
Typical route: Minatomirai line, Tokyu Toyoko line, JR Yamanote, JR Chuo. Then Tozai Metro line, Ginza Metro, JR Keihin Tohoku.
Before a trip I will check out various connections on Hyperdia and note them in a spreadsheet so it is all on hand.
I once used it to get to Narita as cheap as possible. i think there was at least 4 changes, but it cost us less than 1000 yen (which we paid for in our remaining change!)
If you want my opinion, I have found it tedious when you have a tedious phone-internet connection.
And also, from my time working in lodges in Japan, a lot of people are just dickheads. I had someone ask me why there was only japanese food available in Hakuba? Our kids dont like japanese food. Probably should have thought that one through before bringing them to Japan...
as for your exchange with afore mentioned dude - what a ********, there are some people you simply just can't help. If they can't figure out a simple website such as Hyperdia they shouldn't be travelling at all.
Smart.I was seriously tempted to tell him, "No worries. As long as you get to Nagano by midnight the last train leaves at 12.11am." Just leave him there stranded. .
I'm heading back to Japan in 12 days. Knew it would be tight getting back to Myoko that night. Qantas offered a room deal which I thought was probably a good option to take up - got a twin room right next the station at the Metropolitan for only A$70 inc. brekky. Nice!
Nope, not this idiot. He saw there was snow and mountains around and just assumed he was heading in the right direction.He would have had to change in Koryama to the Banetsu line to get there rather than ending up at Nagano. Surely something should have tweaked then?
How awesome is that!! What a fabulous guy to pack him a lunch! Nihon e yokoso!Nope, not this idiot. He saw there was snow and mountains around and just assumed he was heading in the right direction.
The Japanese station attendant helped him find a pension for the night as it was too late to go back. He also printed out a detailed trip timetable and maps for the next day.
The aussie arrives at the station the next morning to find the same station attendant there (in plain clothes as it was his day off) with a full packed lunch for him! Needless to say a very cute ending to the story
Need another option in the poll: You've never heard of it.
I hope he doesn't go to Korea. Who knows where he'll end up.
But it sounds to me like this guy is the kind with a PA or 3 who is used to just barking out requests off the top of his head and having them delivered instantly to his desk on a silver platter for his perusal. Lovely.
Qantas site does have limited choice. It never gives me an option through Singapore for Perth - Japan (anywhere), whereas I always get that option come is searching through Skyscanner. Now with Skyscanner and similar you can usually get those alternate routes without using a travel agent.Travel agents have their advantages on rare occasions. We've been through Hawaii a couple of times en route to Canada. Qantas' website always tries to book us through LA (adding about 8 hours to the trip) but the travel agent always got us on Qantas' SYD-HNL direct flight. Same for Japan flights - Qantas' website always took us through Cairns or Townsville with Jetstar and horrible arrival times, but the travel agent got us overnight direct flights both ways.
They had less of a clue about where to start than I did. Really WANTED to be helpful, even told me they'd look right into it and get back to me, confident they'd find the answer after a bit of research. But alas, best they could do was suggest a couple of hotels in Seoul and a "sorry we can't offer any other suggestions re: tickets, closer accomodation, train info." By this stage Id worked out how to book it direct myself through CoSport who have to have some of the worst customer service in the world, but have a monopoly on Olympic tix and Olympic accomodation. I did get a couple of contacts from other agents who wanted to help (also were going to be starting from scratch), but seeing as I'd already done to hard yards I just booked it myself.They weren't helpful with your Olympics leg of the trip?
So, what time is the last train ???
personally i always use the multi trip or multi city search rather than looking for individual legs. My favourite however is Matrix by ita software, its basically hyperdia for international airlines http://matrix.itasoftware.com/Qantas site does have limited choice. It never gives me an option through Singapore for Perth - Japan (anywhere), whereas I always get that option come is searching through Skyscanner. Now with Skyscanner and similar you can usually get those alternate routes without using a travel agent.
Last week we gave the AMEX concierge a go for return QF flights in April. Option 1: book through Q Japan in Yen and throw the dice on the conversion rate/charges the bank would charge (about $100 each cheaper than Skyscanner based on XE rate and direct with Q). Option 2: book through Skyscanner - not a fan of 3rd party website where I can avoid it. Option 3: give flight details to AMEX and get a quote - if we are gonna go 3rd party that's very safe...we'll they were $1100 EACH more exxy than the Skyscanner quote so we rolled the dice and booked with Qantas Japan in Yen.
I also approached a travel agent to help with Korea/Winter Olympics. Useless. I did it myself.