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Lets help each other out looking for airfares/hotels/trips to Japan
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Posted 4/23/12 , edited 4/23/12

This thread is to help each other find the cheapest possible airfares to/from Japan, as well as hotels, places, restaurants, nightlife, etc....


Post the following for airfare:

City you're flying from:
Where in Japan you plan on flying:
Dates of you're planning:


Post the following for hotels:

Cities where in Japan you plan on staying:
Dates of you're planning:



Also, If you just have any info you would like to share, post travel deals, details, and links.
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Posted 4/23/12 , edited 4/23/12
Thinking of the following two weeks as possibilities:


First Choice for Kyoto Festivals and Nara Festivals in August.

Flight:
City you're flying from: New York
Where in Japan you plan on flying: Tokyo
Dates of you're planning: Leave NY on either August 9 or 10, and fly back on Sunday August 19.


Hotels:
Cities where in Japan you plan on staying: Tokyo for 1/2 and Kyoto for other 1/2
Dates of you're planning: First few days and the last day in Tokyo, and the others in Kyoto.



Second choice (skip my Grad School Graduation Ceremony):

Flight:
City you're flying from: New York
Where in Japan you plan on flying: Tokyo
Dates of you're planning: Leave NY on either May 24 or 25th, and fly back on Sunday June 3rd.


Hotels:
Cities where in Japan you plan on staying: Tokyo for 1/2 and Kyoto for other 1/2
Dates of you're planning: First few days and the last day in Tokyo, and the others in Kyoto.


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Posted 4/23/12
If you're going to Kansai (Kyoto Osaka area) you can get nonstops from JFK to there on China Air. If you want to arrive at Narita I'd recommend flying JAL, excellent service. For some flights if you stay over 10 days the fare is a little better, also if you book a departing/arriving date in the middle of the week this could cut a few bucks off the ticket too. Now say you take the Narita option, you want to go to Kyoto you're going to have to take the Shinkansen and buying that ticket in Japan can be a little pricey. Think about getting a rail pass. You can only get them here, you bring the receipt to the JR office at Narita and they give you the pass. A one week ticket is about $500, but so is a round trip ticket to Shin-Osaka and back......almost.

About hotels, I stayed at a ryokan, business traveler hotel. I used Toyoko Inn, it's a chain of hotels all over Japan and they're very reasonable with western style rooms. Might be a good idea to look them up but be warned, the staff doesn't speak english at all. Multiple locations in virtually every city. If you join their club for 1500 yen you get a 5% discount Monday to Saturday and 25% on Sundays. Average room was about $50 a night.
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Posted 4/24/12 , edited 4/24/12
Kuro_Kiri - thanks. It's actually looking like I have a great window of opportunity to do this trip if I go around June3rd. My sister told me she's interested in doing the trip too, and has a week to week and a half free then. The rail pass is going to be a MUST for us, since we are planning on spending a day or two in several places. Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka. If possible - Hiroshima and unlikely - Okinawa for a day at the beach.

If I find any good airfares, I will post details. Anyone finds any good airfares from NY to Japan (preferably Tokyo (1st choice), Osaka, or Kyoto) post them. Thanks. :)

I will look into the Toyoko Inn. :)

Anyone ever hear anything about the Chisun Inn? They seem to be in every city in Japan, and look extremely inexpensive.

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June is rainy season, just so you know. It kinda rains for days at a time. Also, summer month in Japan are very hot and humid. More so than we've ever had in NY. If you can stand it I'd wait for any month other than now (April) and June.

Take the maximum amount of days you can. And remember the time change. For me, I left on a Tuesday at noon and landed 12.5 hours later at Narita on Wednesday at 4:30 PM. On the way back was the real time warp, left on Tuesday 6 PM and landed at JFK on the same day at 5 PM. I cannot recommend JAL enough, this is a top notch airline and I would only consider ANA since my friends rave about their service. But ANA is expensive. I paid exactly $1095 for my round trip nonstop between JFK and NRT in economy. For another $300 I could have bumped myself up to premium economy but at the time I didn't think it was a good idea. Well, I was wrong. When I go again I'm booking premium econ since the seats are spaced wider apart and recline a little more than the regular econ seats. This is important because it's a LONG flight and getting some sleep might help with the jetlag.

The JR rail pass is absolutely the BEST thing you can get, I seriously recommend it. It's good on all but one Shinkansen (the NOZOMI), all surface trains with a JR logo and the Miyajima ferry. Be aware than there are several independent train operators in the different cities, Tokyo has two separate subway systems. You will have to pay to get on any subway and it's not like here, it's zoned fares. The further you go the more money it is. Generally the Tokyo subway, either one, is about 210 yen which with the exchange is about as much as we pay for MTA. If you're going to use the subway a lot get a SUICA card, it's a prepaid tap card that is also good in convenience stores. The map though is impossible to follow but ironically inside the system they have better maps on the wall. If you get a rail pass it's better to use the surface trains.

I haven't heard of Chisun Inn, but it's most probably a ryoken like Toyoko. I'm vouching on Toyoko because they were all super nice and the place was comfortable. They even have a Japanese breakfast free for guests, but Japanese breakfast is a couple onigiri, potato salad and a miso soup. I didn't care, it saved me the trouble of going out to find breakfast and it was a good chance to interact with the other guests............kinda. Japanese like to keep to themselves. Most hotels do daily room cleaning even if you're staying a few nights. They want you to turn in the key. At Toyoko I had to hand the key in at 10AM and I could get it back by 3PM. I was out most of the day so it was OK, didn't worry about losing my key either. The member card was a great idea too, I didn't have to cash in any more money like I thought I was because I saved on the hotels. They applied the discount the second I joined.

All I can say is give yourself the time, you sound like you have a lot you want to see so at least give yourself a day in each spot. I went to Hiroshima, Fukuoka and Osaka for 2 days each. I was in Tokyo for 5. Honestly if I didn't have so many obligations in Tokyo I'd have headed further down into Kyushu. I'd also suggest making Okinawa a separate trip. You have to fly there, there's really no other way.
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Posted 4/27/12
Kuro_Kiri - Thanks for all of your help. June isn't my first choice, because of the rainy season, but because it works for my sister and I. She finished her 5th year, and will be on rotations for a year - year and a half starting in late June. So her and I are going to go and basically "backpack" Japan for about 10-11 (maybe 12 days) days (since weekend airfare is insanity). She's celebrating finishing her 5th year marking the end of course work, and I am celebrating finishing my Master's Degree.

We're definitely 100% getting the rail pass. There are too many places we plan to see dotted across the country.

Now we need to find our flight tickets, and hope to find something remotely reasonable.
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Posted 4/27/12
The pass comes in 7, 14 and 30 days. You can choose a date to start the pass but I'd suggest using it right away since Narita Express isn't so cheap.
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Posted 4/28/12
I Booked it earlier today!!!!! Tickets were $Texas (but ~ $500-$600 cheaper than say August tickets), but I gave up waiting. I really want to do this, and sick of waiting.

Leaving NY on the 3rd of June and leaving Tokyo on the 14th of June. Should be a blast. I think I have less time than places I want to see. I guess that's an excuse to book a 2013 trip too.

Flying into Tokyo, will spend ~ 2 days there, head north for an overnight at Tsurunoyu hot springs, then head to Hakone to do the Cable Car/Mt. Fuji thing, then head south to Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and overnight in Shirahama, then back track up to Tokyo.

Lots to see, little time to do. Should be a blast.


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Posted 4/28/12
I will make a thread either there, or when I get back, and will overload that thread with tons of pics and videos.
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Posted 4/30/12

GodWhomIsMike wrote:


Lots to see, little time to do. Should be a blast.




Omedetou!

Don't worry, the trains are super fast.
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Posted 5/1/12 , edited 5/1/12
I am arriving at Haneda Airport @ 10:15PM on a Monday night, and have no idea what to do for a hotel for that night, or how difficult it is going to be to travel and check in at that time. I assume it will be around 10:45-11PM before I get the baggage.

I really don't want to be banged over the head that night for some expensive room. There are two of us, and we need a room with twin beds.

What I am worried about is:

- What trains will be running after 11PM
- I want something not too far
- I don't want to get to a hotel at say 11:30PM - 12am and not be able to check in with my reservation.
- The airport hotel being $230 for that 1 night, which is in the other terminal.
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Posted 5/1/12
Called Toyoko Inn Tokyo Haneda Kuko No.1, and hit a language barrier already. This should be fun.

Wanted to ask if I booked for that first night, can I check in after 11PM being that the flight arrives at 10:15PM.
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I told you they don't speak English. You can book everything online but when you're there have your dictionary ready.

And are you arriving in Haneda? I thought that was more money than arriving at Narita.
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Posted 5/2/12

Kuro_Kiri wrote:

I told you they don't speak English. You can book everything online but when you're there have your dictionary ready.

And are you arriving in Haneda? I thought that was more money than arriving at Narita.


Paid $1079 ticket (including taxes, fees, etc...). That was the cheapest all the travel sites came up with. Unfortunately, it arrives at 10:15PM, and majority of the hotels I have seen, have a check in time up until 22:00-23:00 check in.

I am trying to pull as much Japanese today, so when I call tonight, I can at least try to talk in some broken Japanese.

I am scared to book, get there at 23:30-00:00 and not be able to get my room. It doesn't help that they don't have an e-mail.
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Posted 5/2/12 , edited 5/2/12
It arrives in Haneda? You're closer to Toyko from there than Narita but the trains stop running at around 12:30. AS long as you try they'll be OK, and know the money. sen en is 1000 yen or about $10, ichiman en is 10000 yen or $100, roughly.

Here's a rundown:
COINS:
ichi en - 1 yen 一円 = a penny
go en - 5 yen 五円 = a nickel
hyaku en - 100 yen 百円 = a dollar
gohyaku en - 500 yen 五百円 = five dollars

PAPER:
sen en - 1000 yen 千円 = $10
gosen en - 5000 yen 五千円 = $50
ichiman en - 10000 yen 一万円 = $100
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