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Japan questions & answers thread

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Heinz, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. Sandy

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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    Buy a Australian to USA adapter (US one has two pins) and drill a hole in the plastic where your Aussie earth pin would be. The transformer doesn't need to be earthed.
     
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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    Sandy will pick up the bill if you need an ambulance.
     
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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    I second that - the tranny is double insulated (no metal part outside that can come into contact with a live wire inside) - the earth goes nowhere - look for the square inside the square symbol on the tranny.
     
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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    All sorted. The local computer shop had cheap laptop cords with adjustable voltages that only need two prongs.

    However I did go to Officeworks first, they lady spent the first half of the conversation telling me they definately would have an earth plug in Japan and when I found the adapter and showed her it was only two prongs, she spent the rest of the time finding adapters for other parts of the world and showing me how similiar it is to the Japan one and suggesting it might work. [​IMG]

    The guy in the non franchised computer shop was a dead set legend found exactly what I needed and knew what he was talking about. Sometimes it pays to live in the country, I dare say these businesses are endangered in the city.
     
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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    happy days [​IMG]
     
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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    I have moon boots
    in jindy at my place..
    i think they cost 8 bucks from a army surplus store
     
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  7. Donza

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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    I'm the same here right now in kyoto... i got a USA plug and cut the earth plug off the USA plug... USA is a three point
    however strangely i the plug i have here to my right (am on a reading desk) is a three point japanese plug
    never seen one before
     
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  8. MisterMxyzptlk

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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    Hey D-san...how good is Kyoto?
     
  9. Donza

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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    S-P
    42

    Yeah poppy chan and shelbry san walked a good 8km through kyoto (gion) today
    gorgeous place

    strangely looks like central melbourne (in a japanese way)
    alley ways and wide streets, montone and daimaru
     
  10. MisterMxyzptlk

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    we said the same thing..guess a lot of it was built around the same time
    have to love the coffee houses...special memories of Inoda's
     
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  11. MisterMxyzptlk

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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    Are u catching the Wida-view up to Nagano?
     
  12. Donza

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    Yeah goddam coffee on every corner--thats like vancouver
    weather reminds me of Canberra
    the coffee- or rather the milk is wack
    straight blacks are pretty good..
    they get the perfect creama
    but... the milk seems to be lacking fat..?
     
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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    Shinano -wide-a viewa- hai
    actually we are off to Matsumoto
    then picking up car...then drive to Hakuba
     
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  14. MisterMxyzptlk

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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    japow doesn't do milk
     
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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    When are you arriving?

    Make sure you go straight to the expressway from Matsumoto station, then off at the Toyoshino interchange. Otherwise, your Nabi may direct you onto tiny back roads that take ages....
     
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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    bout lunch time sandy
    yeah i have the toll roads map printed out..
    remember how i was asking bout the toll roads so earnestly...?

    I'll stress to the peeps at the rental place to enable nabi (toll roads) [​IMG]

    domo
     
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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    meg is OK
    poppy is on meg
    and oishi yoghurtu (or is it "o")
     
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  18. MisterMxyzptlk

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    Mrs P says they use UHT is why they don't milk...last trip our best coffee was Dean and Deluca in central Tokyo
     
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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    Yeah- there seems to be uber homogenised milk as a de riquer
    funny i got a coffee today (or three) and they all came in a paper bag...
    with
    paper bag (already mentioned)
    carrier stand thingy fitting perfectly in bag
    napkin
    wet napkin
    spoon
    stirring stick
     
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    Anyone know of any live jazz/blues/roots/acoustic venues in Shinjuku?
     
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    Also, for those with MacBooks, the come standard with a 3 pin plug, but if you get hold of an Iphone charger it's 2 pin. They just swap straight out so you can use the 2 pin connection with your travel adapter. Figured that little gem out today!
     
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    donza I don't care what you think about Kyoto, with a y.If you can find more than a handful of recent decent pics out of Japan on this forum then you are a lucky man. I was counting on you to redress this.
     
  24. Born2ski

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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    I see you have already bought a new power supply but for future reference or for any others on here with a similar problem I purchased this adaptor from Ebay, http://cgi.ebay.com.au/AU-OZ-JAPAN-JP-JP...=item19c03494da . Had no problems converting three pin Aussies.
     
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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    the easiest way is to get a double adapter and snap off the earth pin, then plug that into a 2-pin adapter.

    You can also charge 2 devices at once
     
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    Question to sandy; can you direct me to the lift ticket coupon website for the Hakuba region (saved tons last year!), cheers (snow.avi?)
     
  27. smitty484

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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    I know I have asked before so I apologise in advance, but I can’t seem to find where I posted it last.

    I just want more information on available cross country skiing in Japan. Do any resorts offer decent, groomed cross country similar to places like Dinner Plain, Baw Baw or Lake Mountain? I know I’ve seen that Myoko and Rusutsu groom their golf courses for cross country, but that’s not what I’m after as it looks pretty boring and repetitive. Do the more western catering resorts like Hakuba or Niseko have anything? I’m pretty sure the answer is no, but I thought I would ask.
     
  28. damian

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    Can't comment on local quality relative to Australian facilities, but here in Hakuba we have two good courses. One is the old Olympic place at the south end of the valley. It is called Snow Harp. They have rental gear and you pay for the track. It is all quite cheap. The other track is avery nice, and is free, but has no rental gear. You just turn up and use it. It is actually close to my house and I plan to use it extensively in coming seasons with my wife once we get set up with some second hand xc gear.

    Both these tracks are proper tracks, not groomed golf courses.
     
  29. smitty484

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    Cheers damian. It's for some family members who like to cross country. They have their own gear and have spent many years visiting Baw Baw and then Dinner Plain. They are by no means experts, but enjoy getting out into the scenery for a couple hours each day. My concern is that the cross country trails i've seen in Japan look boring and repetitive and aren't that scenic. Like they just go round and round.

    Do you know how long the one near your house is?
     
  30. Heinz

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    Asahidake has a couple of loops through the forest 2.5km & 7.5km from memory.

    I think Zao has some as well.
     
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    There is a good purpose built cross country area just to the north of Iwatake at Hakuba, with 1km, 3km & 5km courses, along with Hakuba Minekata Cross-country course 5km, Tsugaike Kogen Cross-country course 3km.

    Nozawa Onsen hosted the cross country events for the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.
     
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    Thanks guys, some food for thought.
     
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    It is the Iwatake one, length supplied by Sandy. I'll admit that it has almost no views at all, and just goes round in a big combination of loops through a forest with some open areas. But has some downhill and some climbs.

    Hakuba has a very nice spot above Tsugaike at 1900m that is easy access and flat and relatively safe. But it is not a track at all and better suits wider xc skis, what ever they are called (not track skis). The views are very good.
     
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    There's some reasonably advanced courses in the area here - Ikenotaira Shirakaba, Kurohime and Togakushi. Never done it but I would think the Togakushi course would be pretty interesting

    http://myokokogen.net/nordic.htm

    BTW for those thinking about mobile phone rentals - Docomo is the go in Myoko. Softbank's coverage is less than spectacular.
     
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    I'm planning/thinking going to Japan at Christmas this year ( approx the two weeks from Christmas) am I likely to get the airfares cheaper than $600ish one way to tokyo? Thats with Jet*. I'll need 4 airfares 2A 2C and I would like the airfares to be as cheap as possible. I have seen the two for one deals previous years but they have been for later time periods I think.

    Also should I only look at Niseko for that time period because I was really liking the close proximity of Myoko.

    Cheers.
     
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    Christmas in Honshu is dodgy Trish. You can get good snow or next to nothing. Niseko is a safer bet until the first or second week of January.
     
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    I would have thought that Niseko would be one of the few places in Japan where you would have had any issues booking at that time. But getting in this early that won't be a problem either.

    Myoko might be ok, Shiga Kogen maybe. Depends what you are after specifically?

    edit : ok wasn't thinking so much from a snow reliability point of view. MG would obviously have a good idea on Myoko.
    Shiga though might still be a consideration - has some higher areas.
     
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    Very unlikely to get cheap Jetstar flights around Christmas. Best bet is to use Qantas FF points on the flights. Gold Coast to Tokyo on Jetstar is 60000 points return, not bad considering a flight to Los Angeles is 96000.

    p.s Jetstar charge FULL price for children, no discount, so it may be worth checking some other international airlines that will offer a discount to children.
     
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    Re: Japan Questions & Answers Thread

    Year before last there was a 2 metre base at Christmas. Last year there was patchy snow at best with one lift running in Akakan. Having said that if you take the chance to book you can get some pretty good prices here around Christmas.

    Can I just say that Kei izakaya in Akakura rocks. Had an awesome meal there tonight.
     
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    For the last 2 years the 2 for 1 deal has only started in February.
     
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    The jetstar price was what i saw 24th December and then shoots up to over a grand until New year. I didn't realise Jetstar were full price for children will have to go looking around then. I know its peak time but I have no choice with dates, Office closes for 2 weeks only and its a busy time so no long holidays at that time of the year unfortunately. And we now have a school aged child to contend with.

    Number two child has to date been a real PITA traveller so didn't really want to have a long commute. Hmmm... may have to do more thinking then if snow isn't likely on a general basis at myoko. I don't have to have epic snow conditions but something better than Oz would be nice. :)

    Thanks smitty- I did think the two for one was for a later date and you've confirmed it. :)

    Bofski - I don't have Qantas FF points, more the shame... Any other airlines I should look at????
     
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    Quoted for veracity!

    Damn fine place, a little "out of the way", but the tucker is top drawer, and they are very nice blokes too!
     
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    Try the asian airlines - Malaysian, Singapore, Cathay, China Southern.
     
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    As well as the airlines in the above post try Korean Air.

    Ok just did a check, Jetstar depart 24 Dec(SYD-Tokyo), 2 adults 2 kids, total = $5007 (including checked luggage)

    Korean Air, depart 24 Dec (or later), 2 adults 2 kids, total = $5156, BUT for the extra $150 you get meals, entertainment and a blanket, with Jetstar you pay extra for everything.

    Bonus with Korean Air is that they also fly into a number of other Japanese airports. For example just did a check for your above dates into Sapporo and it comes back at $5093. That will work out CHEAPER than catching Jetstar to Tokyo and then another flight to Sapporo.
     
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    Cool so that means its not that much difference to go to Niseko than my original idea. Thanks Bof Ski, I'm a newbie at this DIY holiday stuff. Still much to learn...
     
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    Also try JAL
     
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    also keep an eye out for a new budget airline from ANA.... prob flying into Haneda.
     
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    Ok I think I asked this one last year but I'll try to get a list together this time.

    English speaking ski schools, which resorts have them in Japan ? (kids group lessons - not just private)

    Niseko
    Myoko
    Hakuba

    Any others ?

     
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    Make sure you try Pontaru in Akakan too. Great atmosphere with lovely couple who run it. We got served our first round by the Akakan ski patrol the first night!
     
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    ^ That is cool local character.

    Whilst on the topic of food. In Hakuba, two places to avoid near the station: next to Bamboo cafe is a small soba place, on the left as you look at Bamboo. Food is not nice, place is very shabby and dirty. Then, across the road, next to very popular Emu is a 'traditional' looking Japanese izakaya on the right. Food is very underwhelming and service is rude and cold. Worst hokke (fish) I have ever seen - a pathetic little bit of frozen dry fillet. Neither are deserving of the tourist dollar. On the other hand, not so easy to access, but by far the best izakaya in the valley that I have been to (relative to the others which serve mostly childish snack food): get to Yuki Maru along the main road towards Goryu. They now have an English menu, or at least I saw it for the first time recently. I am sure there are others which are good.