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日本に行くつもりです!
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Posted 6/19/11 , edited 6/19/11

Skater_Alchemist wrote:

Really?! I will for sure do that! One last quick question, and it may be a stupid one but I have to ask, on the trains and buses in Japan (when I am moving city to city allow me to have one big bag and have a place to store it too? As it looks like right now, I'm going to have one big bag (it's pretty big) and my back pack. If it's smarter, I can allow just bring two smaller bags or something like that.


It's commonplace to see tourists (yeah, tourists) lugging luggage while in the buses in Kyoto. For practical reasons, you may want to bring a stroller-type luggage since it's much easier to bring around. There is no over-head storage (unless it's an airport limousine), but there's enough room for you to place the luggage in front of you - just go for the center-facing seats in case you won't fit into the front-facing ones (but note that most of the time, these center-facing seats are reserved for the elderly and pregnant. Be sure to give your seat to an obaa-san when she enters the bus).

Same thing goes for the trains. In fact, you really don't have to worry about it because many people use the buses and trains in place for planes to go places, so you'll probably see a couple locals with small strollers in the train stations as if they were in the airport. Unless you aren't used to it already, be sure you follow the train/bus schedules to the second. Train schedules are tight, and if you miss your appointed time, you can still have it moved to the next train (happened to me once), but ONLY ONCE. Screw up again, and you'll have to re-purchase the ticket.

Lastly, storage on the train depends on what train you're taking. The special (limited) expresses and the shinkansen all look and feel like airplane cabins, so they have their own respective over-head storage. Otherwise, the other types of trains might not have any. Still, there's enough room in those trains to bring your luggage around... unless there are a lot of people riding with you. D:


EDIT: Actually, I'm trying to recall if there really WAS any over-head storage in the Kyoto buses... In case there aren't, then just go with my previous advice. Personally, I don't recommend you use the over-head storage even if there WERE one. There are increased chances you might forget it. Just a traveller's tip in general.
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Posted 6/19/11
I'm well aware. When Top Gear went to Japan for a special you learn that lesson!

Will I be able to talk this huge bag that is 3.1 x 2.1 x 1.1 ft. It's pretty large but is rolling.

It's a bit wider and a little taller than the one by Lewis Hamilton in this picture. The guy on the right when you are looking at the photo.
http://sunboar.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/mclaren-samsonite_k8utw_52-copy.jpg?w=425&h=286

Should I downsize?
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Hehe, I edited my last post when you posted. :P

It looks pretty big, but I've seen bigger in the buses (and it's kinda annoying, if you know what I mean). Remember, the size of your luggage is more of a convenience to yourself. I personally might find it cumbersome to lug around something that big, but if it suits you in your previous travels, then by all means use it. As traveller's advice, always go for what suits your needs. No use downsizing if it sacrifices something from what you need to bring with you. And don't forget that when going on trips, tendency is for your luggage to get bigger due to souvenirs and whatnot - so always make some buffer space for that.

About the Top Gear special in Japan... don't do what they did and use a phone in the trains. They really GLARE at you, haha!
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I see, would that giant bag fit in over head? And why aren't you at work, it's noon in Japan... wait lunch hour?
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I see, would that giant bag fit in over head? And why aren't you at work, it's noon in Japan... wait lunch hour?



Day off.

TBH, I don't think it will... But just in case it won't fit, I believe there are stowage compartments in the entrance cabins to each individual carriage of the special expresses and shinkansens. Can't say for sure though, because I've never used these - but if I recall correctly, there are some stowage bays there. I don't know if they'll give you a claim stub or something, but chances are it's an honesty system, so use it at your own risk? D:
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Wow. Lucky!

I see. Just in case now, I'm going to downsize a bit to smaller bag, or maybe two really small. I don't like the odds of getting stuck with a you can't take that bag on this kind of train/bus..... that makes me nervous a bit. I need a month worth of stuff and clothing for the Mt. Fuji climb. Ugh....
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Skater_Alchemist wrote:

Wow. Lucky!

I see. Just in case now, I'm going to downsize a bit to smaller bag, or maybe two really small. I don't like the odds of getting stuck with a you can't take that bag on this kind of train/bus..... that makes me nervous a bit. I need a month worth of stuff and clothing for the Mt. Fuji climb. Ugh....


Coin laundry?

How often will you be staying at hostels? Because it'd help much if you could stay at your friends place during those trips so you don't have to worry about what to do with your luggage.
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Yah. It's a difficult situation. Either way, I booked my 5 hostel reservation and 1 hotel reservation already and a friend of mine is getting my nano mugen tickets. This is one of the last problems lol.

Seriously, thank you for all your help and time! You and カレンサさん。 Maybe I bump into you in the Kansai area
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Skater_Alchemist wrote:

Side note, you guys going to Nano Mugen?


No. I live in Kyushu and I haven't worked enough to want to spend money on making a trip up to Tokyo. If I was going to make a trip anywhere it would be to Osaka to see a friend of mine. Even that I am unsure if I can afford right now. :>

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