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Japan trains, buses, internal flights, car hire, discounts

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Sandy, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. dmz

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    Three of us with Huge suitcases and carry on. Got the address in Japanese too if needed.
     
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    In Hiragana, right?
     
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    Snap
     
  4. M_G

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    Also locate it on Google maps and keep it on your phone (or print it). Sometimes taxi drivers can't do an exact location.
     
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    Canuckskier Early Days

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    Thank you so much for this post, we are literally doing the exact same trip on Jan 27th. I was looking at station maps as I too was thinking of coming in the west entrance and then making my way to the jr east office to pickup rail pass and then take trains to iiyama . I will now follow your excellent advice and walk outside to the south entrance instead. I was thinking of transferring to the shink in Tokyo station, now I will choose Ueno like you did. I am still hoping to catch the bus to nozawa but will also look at taxi. We are using takkyubin though so we won’t have to drag all our stuff so hopefully things will be a bit easier. Enjoy nozawa! Looks like great snow
     
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    That's the way I would go, but i'm usually heading north not west.
     
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    FYI here is the ready made map the JR staff provided to us at the West gate to help get to the tourist centre
     
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  8. tr+h

    tr+h One of Us

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    Trick I got shown which works really well when travelling in a group is to spin the chair so that you have 2 x 3-seats or 2 x 2-seats facing each other. Then you can all talk with each other, but you also have 2 rows of seats facing back-to-back. In the back-to-back gap you’ve created, you can store you luggage.
     
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  9. Donzah

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    Yup. In that A frame.
    You need to either reserve adjacent seats. Or get the non reserved early and at Tokyo . . Rather than Ueno
     
  10. Dave6

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    Getting on at tokyo is a good plan with luggage as you (hopefully) get first crack at the storage area at the end of the carriage. There will be others with the sane idea though.
     
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    Cool we have reserved adjacent rows for the return trip so we will give that a go.
     
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    Currently on the Yamabiko 127, heading up to Koriyama. When I reserved the seat last night, I asked for an end of cariage seat just for that reason. I got on at Ueno, so always a dicey proposition, but lucked in. But I guess mid week on this lien, not too many skiers or boarders to contend with. Lots of working stiifs though.
     
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  13. Lawzy

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    Hello,
    first time post but had a question regarding reserving a seat on the Asuza 3. Prior to heading to Hakuba im spending time travelling and will be in kawaguchiko before heading to Hakuba. Long story short my question is will I be able to reserve/get a seat from Otsuki station once we get there or before from Kawaguchiko given there is only one service a day.
     
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    You can buy the ticket and reserved seat from any JR ticket office at any station :)
     
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    Ah relief, Thanks!!
     
  16. Dave6

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    We came out to yuzawa last week so and quite a few passengers with ski gear. Worked out ok though.
     
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    Otsuki station has a Midori no madoguchi so you're fine :) https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/stations/e331.html
     
  18. dmz

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    Im still a bit confused as to what transport ticket to get. When we arrive on Friday we'll be catching the Narita express to Shinagawa station . On saturday we'll be catch a few trains using stations like Shirokanedai and Aomi and Shibuya. Sunday morning we'll be catching the monorail to Haneda. Does a Suica card cover all these and if so, what amount should we load on it?
     
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    Suica card doesn’t include all the Narita express ticket. You needed both because they are all seat allocated.

    Whatever you put on your Suica card, you get back, minus 220 yen admin fee. And you can use it elsewhere instead of cc card. We used to by buns in Nagano station, yummy.

    Just try and make sure you have just over 1000 yen left, the refund is fine by a teller machine and I got 5 x 870 yen back in coin, because each card gets done one at a time. Had 4350 yen in coin which I used to buy breakfast on the way out of Narita coming home. Girl st counter looked like it happens a lot ;)
     
  20. Donzah

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    Pay Credit card for the NEX
    Grab a SUICA to use on the saturday for catching trains in Tokyo and the monorail sunday.
    Also use the SUICA like a paywave to pay for incidental food, coffee etc.
     
  21. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks heaps - thats exactly what I was after. Is there a fare calculator online?
     
  22. Born2ski

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    You can always just keep your Suica/Pasmo card until your next trip, they're valid for 10 years with no use and can be used all over Japan. So if you plan on coming back anytime in the next 10 years no need to lose the 220 admin fee every time you visit. We still have the Pasmo cards from our first trip in 2011 which we have been using in Kyoto.

    How long can I use PASMO?
    It is valid for 10 years from the last day it was used. It can be repeatedly used when you visit Japan again.
    https://www.pasmo.co.jp/en/faq/
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah i've done that.
    I've given them to mates to use as well .
     
  24. Donzah

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    For which journeys ?
    The NEX to Shinagawa is 3200 from memory
     
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    Pulled out my little bag for Japan from my travel goodies. 1000 Yen note, Suica and a menu from a cocktail bar :D. No idea how much is still on my Suica but that 1000Y is not going to get me a cocktail from that bar!
     
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    http://www.hyperdia.com/

    2,990 Yen

     
  27. Donzah

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    Hi Ski Forum members. I have query regarding the Takkyubin service between Hokkaido and Kanto.

    Is it possible to get next-day delivery from Sapporo to Haneda? I'm scheduled to arrived in Sapporo on Saturday evening (7PM) and my flight to Sydney is from Haneda on Sunday evening. Has anybody experienced using the Takkyubin service for next day delivery within this time frame (24H)?

    Cheers
     
  30. Donzah

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    No
    * I do know they offer a overnight service . Though i'd be suprised if that can be assured from Sapporo to a Airport.
     
  31. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    What I do know is that I asked about arriving in Tokyo on Friday night and using Takkyubin to get our bags to Kutchan by Sunday morning and they said impossible.
     
  32. Sandy

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    The rule of thumb is they can guarantee 48hours or slightly less.
    e.g. Wed night Tokyo to Nagano arrives late Fri arvo or evening.

    That said, I've sent skis from Shiga Kogen 4pm Sunday arvo, and they've been delivered at my place in Yokohama at 7pm the next evening.... But never count on it .
     
  33. dmz

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    Didnt expect this. My Airbnb host has spent a couple of hours today trying to book taxis for us for this sunday morning to Haneda. All taxis are booked out!!!!! Will have to walk to the station from our accom and do it that way.
     
  34. Donzah

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    Uber?
     
  35. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    Depends on how reliable Uber is in Tokyo - also there are 5 of us with loads of luggage so may need 2-3 Ubers?
     
  36. Donzah

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    You can get a Uber Van.
    Fits 6 plus bags
     
  37. Sandy

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    Where are you staying?
     
  38. Donzah

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    Just on Uber van. A forum member posted earlier regarding it.
     
  39. Sandy

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    Catch the bus.
     
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    Hi all
    First time hakuba trip in progress and had two nights in Tokyo first. Here’s how we did it, hope it helps others.
    Got monorail tix from haneda airport to hamamatsucho
    as well as 48 hour tokyo subway ticket cost 1200 yen for the latter
    We had no problems with carrying board bags on monorail and then to accom at ginza as was worried takkybin may not get them to accom in time for lunchtime boarding day 3
    Went to all the tourist locations Shibuya harijuku sky tree London sports ( thanks Sandy) etc with the 48 hours pass and only took 2 hours to work out subway system (must have ridden at least 40 different trains)
    Train platforms are different to our own where their platforms go by accending or decending numbers. You can tell which platform to go on based on which direction the numbers are going (M07-M01 or M07-M16!) etc
    Booked 6-16 shinka from Tokyo to nagano night before at JR ticket office with English speaking staff
    Got lazy and booked an XL uber from ginza to the station cost bit exe st 2000 yen but way easy
    Bus ticket bought at nagano and arrived at happo before 11
    Gondola opened after being on wind hold all morning and rode thigh deep POW untill tracked out at 14-00
    Wasnt to stressful at all
    Hope this helps

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  41. Sandy

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    Two locations in Ginza for the bus:
    https://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/areas/detail/hnd/hibiya/for

    930yen /adult from there to Haneda. Easy for bags.
     
  42. dmz

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    Its alright - we've decided to walk with our luggage to the closest railway station. Apparently its only about 10 minutes away.
     
  43. Sandy

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    But you still haven't said where you're staying.... (Ginza, right?)
    - Ginza subway, Yamanote Line, Monorail: 800yen
    Or
    - Yurakucho, Monorail: 630yen

    But if you've got as much gear as you say you've got, it's easier to get the bus:
    Marriott Ginza, or JR Yurakucho
     
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    Staying near the Old Fukuzawa Yukichi tomb
    Shirokanedai Station is our closest
     
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    The tomb and Shirokanedai Station are about 2km apart.
    Mita Line subway, Yamanote Line, Monorail: 830yen

    However, if you're near Shirokanedai Station, the Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo is only 200-300m from there, and the Airport Limousine Bus does a pick up there. 820yen:
    https://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/areas/bus_stop/hnd/ebisu_shinagawa/for/36/2
     
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    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    My google maps says max 10 minutes walk to Shirokanedai Station but double to the hotel. My accom appears to be the same distance from meguro station which is a bit quicker.
     
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    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    If so, you're nowhere near the tomb!! The Westin Tokyo may be closer to where you are, and the bus also goes from there.
     
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    Thats weird - google maps says the tomb is very close???
     
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