actually, most hotels in Tokyo will have very small rooms, only big enough for 2. It is not quite possible to add another bed. Unless you stay in those ryokan, but I don't know any in Tokyo.. cos I usually use Tokyo as base and then travel out to other places.
For Tokyo, I usually stay in Century Southern Tower, which is near the Shinjuku station. It is opposite Takashimaya as well. My company has got corporate rates with them, so it is cheaper for me 15000 yen one room. If no company rates, it will be about 18000-20000 yen I think. Which airline are you flying with? I know ANA has some cheap air fare and room offer two months ago...
Most of the agencies here offer the Prince chain of hotels and most are located in convenient locations. Only thing about Japan hotel is that if you choose one that is popular with local business men, then be prepared that your room you will stink.. stale cigarette smell. Even if you ask for non smoking room, it will be the same cos ventilation is poor. But other than that, most hotels are very clean.
- 2 min walk from Dokanyama Exit(No.2) of Sendagi sta. on the subway Chiyoda Line.
- 7 min walk from West Exit of Nippori sta. on JR Line and Keisei Line. (walking distance to UENO)
- 51 min to Narita Airport
- around Art Gallery, Museum
14,000-16,000yen for 3 pax stay in Japanese style with bath
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no prob, am happy to help. How's the room and the facilities? I've been to few hotels in japan... mostly they use those electric heater therefore not warm enough... then the 2nd time i went bk they changed to gas heater.. much warmer.. keke... so is the rooms clean? how's the staffs there?
not sure what type of heater they're using, but it's those like aircon type.
didn't interact much wif the staff (but they speak chinese!!!) cos we juz check in, rest a while & out we go again.. came back, took keys, back to sleep. early next morning, checked out liao
the room has tatami in-laid. and they provide a "mattress" (more like quilt) & a quilt. think they try to make it similar to ryokan style (but no wardrobe to keep the mattress & quilt so we juz leave it as it is) but the tatami is not removable. it's pretty comfy though
facilities? they hv a shared bar fridge outside the room (along the corridor), a microwave oven & a hot/cold water dispenser juz beside the reception counter. wldn't mind staying there again if i hv the chance to go Tokyo again
no worries abt the location. it's very easy to locate. esp if u use the map on their website. juz count turn right after how many streets, walk straight for how many streets, etc. it's really that many streets!!! and the T-junction is shown as T-junction on the map
the only thing is, hv to find the correct exit from the JR station!!! it's pretty confusing to us, non-regulars!!
hahah, think i shdn't have that much problem since the one i stayed is much much much more difficult to find, hence never recommend to you. Wah.. all these talking makes me feel like going tokyo again.. miss the stretch along sensoji temple and of cos hte hot spring.......... shiok!
actually if go everywhere liao then decide to go to same country again is better.. at least get to see other places first... good mah... might plan for europe trip for my honeymoon... but still a bit too early to plan for that.. since my date is next yr end.. hahahah
hmm, maybe u're right... shd start collecting info ^_^
i feel that as long as it's accessible to the main line of the train stations, i think anywhere is fine, it doesn't take long to travel around, more or less like singapore. But i think it's worth it to pay a little more to stay nearer to the popular areas like shinjuku or ikebukuro cos... the train tix are $$$.. unless u get the pass. So where u intend to go to for ur day trips?
day trip to Osaka & tokyo? then u'r getting the JR pass rite? u intend to stay in Osaka or only do a day trip?
i went Osaka, but did a 1 nite stay @ Tokyo. Went Hakone but din manage to see Mt Fuji
Osaka to Kyoto by JR is abt 30mins, but not sure how long is it from Tokyo, maybe 2.5hrs.
try to get hold of a copy of the JR timetable & start planning (check the earliest & latest train u cld take). The ordinary JR pass allow us to take Kadomo (slowest) & Hikari trains unless u wanna top up extra $$$ to take their Nozomi trains. so we'r always taking the HIKARI trains, unless going to Kyoto cos it's only 1 stop from Osaka, not much diff.
Hikari trains from Tokyo to Osaka is abt 3 hrs, Nozomi is 2.5 hrs. be sure to go & Q early if it's wkend or peak period cos there is only a certain number of unreserved cabins (3 for 8-cabin trains, 5 for 16-cabin trains if i rem correctly) and it's usu packed.
&, always plan to catch the earliest train to depart & the 2nd last train to return, juz in case u cldn't reach the JR station in time (the train leaves on the DOT!!!), u still won't leave too late, and still can catch the last train home
thks for ur info. think i'll take ordinary JR pass. so ex already. if need to top up, cost even more. i intend to plan my schedule now and do all the reservations at the narita airport once i reach. haha kiasu rt?
was ur trip a short trip? fr what u mentioned, u didn't seem to have stayed long.
may i ask how come u didn't see mt fuji? foggy day?
i m trying to look for lodging at shinjuku area now. got problem with 29th to 31st dec. the places i checked r full!
hi anyone been to disneysea? i hv been to disneyland in states and thot of visiting disneysea in japan. however, the website doesn't show much and i wonder if the inside is as enchanting as disneyland. how abt the rides in disneysea?
Heard tat basically u can't get to try out many of the rides as they are usually packed wif pple. In tat case, is there any shopping area within disneyland to occupy time rather than spend fruitless time queueing...thanks!
Booked my accomodation thru WIRC from above website and got confirmation next day. The sightseeing one is handy cos it gives you information on how to get to the place. Check out their sightseeing maps!
hi cat, i did a day trip to kamakura to see the big buddha. u can take a bus fr the train station to it. sorry can't remember the bus no. didn't visit other sights in kamakura but we walked ard the areas near the train station. i like it there. it's a town and much quieter.
No worries abt language problem. Tokyo and Kyoto are well signposted in english and romanji. I had no problems getting ard on my own when I was there. The tourist information office over there has english speaking staff.
antares, we survived the 'language problem'. we know no jap but with the chinese characters and english directions and some hand language with the local, we managed. a gd way to find ur way ard is to carry the name of the destination u want to go to and just point at the destination when u ask for directions/ time schedule/ etc.
i wld encourage u to do free and easy so that u hv control over your planning. but cost wise, it's cheaper and less stressful to do package tour.
Hi millie and sakurasan, thanks for the info. I was like thinking if can squeeze Kamakura, Yokohama Chinatown and Minato Mirai all in 1 day.
Cos they are all on the same JR line. Kamakura seems like can be covered in the morning, then afternoon we go Yokohama. Dun think we'll be going Nikko though, cos it's just temples and shrines and quite far.
Hi antares, I went with tour package 2 years back. Was so rushed didn't feel relax at all, and dun really feel like I've been to Japan when I return.
Dun feel like been to a holiday.
Think it's ok if you dunno the language. Just do as millie suggested. Actually the Japanese should understand English, cos it's a subject in their school syllabus. Just that like us in S'pore learning Jap, they can understand but may not be able to answer you in the language.
Actually, feel that it is cheaper if F&E, if you dun mind staying non-hotels. And it's very fun trying to make head or tails out of their subway. Enjoyed getting lost in the Tokyo Station even though we were madly rushing for time and trying to find the correct platform last time we were there.
I just came back from a package tour in Japan. It was a good trip and wasn't as hectic as we initially tot. The s'poren tour guide was great as he told us a lot of things about the jap culture and their history. It helps tt he knows his way ard Japan as he stayed there b4. despite it being a tour package, we still have some time for some F & E. At times, we tend to venture out of the hotel too. When we visited Universal Studio and Disneyland, we were left on our own to explore ...so it isn't tat bad...at least, i need not stress myself out on the road directions. In actual fact, i tot it was better coz we get to have loads of beauty sleep in the coaches, making us feel refresh whenever we reached our destinations!! ;-P
cat, just to suggest not to try to squeeze visiting so many places in 1 day. might be too rushing. but if u r going tis mar, it will not get dark early. we decided to go 1 place a day partly cos of the early sunset and partly cos we dun wanna rush abt. we planned for a relaxing free and easy trip. but of course, it depends on ur planning and schedule.
and u reminded me of the fun of getting lost.
at times, hubby and i argued on the correct direction/ train but overall, think we have fond memories of finding our way abt. and i remember commenting that the teachers teaching english in japan must be not doing their job as most pple gave us a blank but friendly look when we try to ask in english.
May I know which agency did u sign up with for your Japan pkg?
I intend to go Japan in late March (for the cherry blossom).
still looking around for tour agencies...so far, i heard from colleagues' feedback tat CTC's tour pkg is not bad..(price wise, its also cheapest)
i have never been with group tours before but coz we r going Japan an coz of the language barrier...decided to take tour pkg to save all the hassle.
thks for ur reply. k..will check out Hong Tai and compare against CTC.
Antares > CTC is located at Chinatown Point (4th sty I tink).
u can also visit their website http://www.ctc.com.sg for more info.
hey askabride...so how's ur findings?? i m looking at 7 days central japan..
i went to SA UIC website..the itenary not very good leh..coz 1st day u reach then they bring u to Disneyland..then at nite, u gota take a flight to Osaka...like tat very tiring leh..
n ChanBrothers is too ex for us..
so most prob. taking CTC..but with Ino's input, will check out Hong Tai.
Good luck in ur findings.. heheh
i currently at the stage of collecting brochures hehe, think this weekend will check CTC and Hong Thai out.
Yeah, true, Chan Bro's pkgs seem quite exp leh...
Anyway, do share your findings too ok?
Hi, actually, i am hoping to visit Mt Fuji + Disneyland + DisneySea + bullet train + many others attractions WITHOUT temples, temples and temples...anyone has any gd recommendations on such pkgs?
I did think of gg on our own but i am not really familiar with this country, besides, I hope to have the luxury of having transportation and meals waiting for u