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 Post subject: Re: Japan - Tokyo / Kyoto / Osaka / Hiroshima
PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:18 am 
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Jojo, if you have a seamstress friend, you may want to hit up Yuzawaya (very large craft and fabric store) - they do tons of really gorgeous traditional (and less traditional) prints.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:44 pm 
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aelle wrote:
Jojo, if you have a seamstress friend, you may want to hit up Yuzawaya (very large craft and fabric store) - they do tons of really gorgeous traditional (and less traditional) prints.


Such a great tip, thank you!

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I'm SO jealous, jojo, but I'm so glad you are having a nice time!

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So far I love everything about Japan (okay, almost everything, I really wish I could fit into all of the adorable dresses I'm seeing but that's what my seamstress bff is for!!) and I don't want this trip to end at all.

Haha, I hear you. I have some Japan dresses that are scandalously short yet I still wear but them, but for some stupid reason I spent 2000 yen in Harajuku on amazing steals on piles and piles of tights and leggings, only to remember that I am tall and "one size fits all" in Japan means "horrifyingly saggy crotch" to me.


Yes! I tore all of the tights I brought with me within the first three days and I can't find any that fit me at all, I've given up & I'm just gonna wear leggings for the rest of the trip!

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 Post subject: Re: Japan - Tokyo / Kyoto / Osaka / Hiroshima
PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:13 am 
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I thought I'd pop my Japanese Convenience Store food guide in here.

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 Post subject: Re: Japan - Tokyo / Kyoto / Osaka / Hiroshima
PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:47 am 
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I'm flying to Tokyo in 97 days (yes, I'm counting) and I am so excited. This has been a long-awaited trip for my bf and I. We're going for two weeks and will spend a few days in Kyoto. I'm going to troll this thread to help me make plans. We're airbnb-ing it the whole way, but I'm very curious about which neighborhood to stay in while in Tokyo. So many choices!


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 Post subject: Re: Japan - Tokyo / Kyoto / Osaka / Hiroshima
PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:54 am 
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Woo hoo!! Sounds awesome!! What kind of options do you have in Tokyo?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:31 pm 
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So exciting PT!! I'm already desperate to go back to Japan.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:37 am 
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We just booked our lodging for most of the trip. We're staying the first half in Shimokitazawa and then we planned to go to Kyoto for three or four days, but then we discovered this awesome little lake house Otsu near Lake Biwa, which is about 35-40 minutes away from Kyoto. We booked that! I'm excited to split some time between the hustle of Tokyo and this lakeside area. The place has two bikes to use, life vests, canoes, etc. I'm so excited!

I didn't take any of the vegan options into consideration, but I figure I'll manage somehow. We're staying in apartments with cooking equipment.

JoJo, I'm totally confused about the rail tickets, though. What did you purchase while you were there?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:57 am 
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If you're just going to Tokyo and Otsu with side trips to Kyoto, Osaka etc I don't think any rail pass makes sense. It should be cheaper to just get on the shinkansen once and then use local trains in Kansai. In Tokyo you're using the metro and many different train lines anyway. You could just buy train tickets at the station then (if you don't reserve a seat on the shinkansen, it's a little cheaper)

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We just booked our lodging for most of the trip. We're staying the first half in Shimokitazawa and then we planned to go to Kyoto for three or four days, but then we discovered this awesome little lake house Otsu near Lake Biwa, which is about 35-40 minutes away from Kyoto. We booked that! I'm excited to split some time between the hustle of Tokyo and this lakeside area. The place has two bikes to use, life vests, canoes, etc. I'm so excited!

I didn't take any of the vegan options into consideration, but I figure I'll manage somehow. We're staying in apartments with cooking equipment.

JoJo, I'm totally confused about the rail tickets, though. What did you purchase while you were there?

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 Post subject: Re: Japan - Tokyo / Kyoto / Osaka / Hiroshima
PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:21 pm 
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i agree entirely- unless you're talking repeated or long-haul shinkansen rides it isn't worth it. Also, YAY SHIMOKITAZAWA!!!

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i agree entirely- unless you're talking repeated or long-haul shinkansen rides it isn't worth it. Also, YAY SHIMOKITAZAWA!!!


Really? When I price the trains with Google maps they seem costly. How much is a Shinkansen outright? Isn't it over 100 euro one way? I'm so confused about this! I thought the JR pass was good for the subway too.

Haven't ordered yet, but want to make an educated decision...just having trouble finding info!


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 Post subject: Re: Japan - Tokyo / Kyoto / Osaka / Hiroshima
PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:22 pm 
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are you going back and forth between tokyo and kyoto or doing it just once? maybe worth calculating, the last time i bought the pass was a million years ago, but surely you can figure out whether it is worth your while (i totally missed the kyoto part, i got a bit focused on Tokyo!). for Biwa, just be sure the trains are JR- sometimes these little side trains are not JR and not covered in the passes, which happened to me in Yamagata, for example. The site in English is kind of complicated but should at least let you know for sure if the train you want to take is covered (I know some of the kansai shinkansens are not covered). http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en004.html
The subway is not included, but the JR trains operate throughout Tokyo (like the famous yamanote sen) so if you wanted to you could probably go most places on JR and then the local transfers for the metro are cheap.

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