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frank castle
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Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:02 pm

Board,

I am going to Tokyo in February and planning on staying 10 - 14 days.

Does anyone have any advice or tips or things they feel one must do or experience in Tokyo?

Specifically looking for advice on some decent accommodation for as cheap as possible, a lot of airbnb stuff is a bit pricey.

Arigato

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Fred__Elliott
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Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:44 pm

I was there in 2009

but all our accomodation was booked by a tour operator (we were going for a wedding)

Haido was there last year, give him a bell

frank castle
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Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:41 pm

cheers jakey.

i'll give him a shout.

fuck the rest of yis.

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Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:22 pm

Jealous.
I had about 10 hours there, waiting for a flight a few years ago. Will definitely go back though.

Got the train into the city from the airport and saw as much of the city as i reckon i could possibly have in such a short space of time by staying on the Yamanote line which is a loop around the city, but covers Harajuku (cool kids district), Shinjuku (shopping district), Akihabara (neon future town/electronics district) and Shibuya (cool kids).

Given that you have so much time there, i'm sure you're looking at a day trip, or longer to Kyoto.

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mojo
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Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:19 am

i want to go to tokyo

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never_green
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Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:22 am

i'd be really interested to hear how much cash you get through during a 10-14 day visit. the cost is the only thing delaying my inevitable trip to japan but if i got an actual figure of how much it would cost i could probably find it manageable

frank castle
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Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:06 pm

Flights were less than 500.

Accommodation is looking to be about 300.

After that I don't know how much it will cost me. I reckon about 50 quid a day should do once I already have the rail pass and stuff.

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Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:14 pm

That's optimistic by most holiday standards, but here you go

Consumer Prices in Tokyo are 14.56% lower than in London
Restaurant Prices in Tokyo are 39.01% lower than in London
Groceries Prices in Tokyo are 6.59% higher than in London
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Fred__Elliott
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Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:52 pm

frank castle wrote:Flights were less than 500.

Accommodation is looking to be about 300.

After that I don't know how much it will cost me. I reckon about 50 quid a day should do once I already have the rail pass and stuff.
are you planning on going out drinking?

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never_green
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Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:43 pm

frank castle wrote:Flights were less than 500.

Accommodation is looking to be about 300.

After that I don't know how much it will cost me. I reckon about 50 quid a day should do once I already have the rail pass and stuff.
you flying with someone like gulf air or is that the going rate for a return ticket?

£300 for 10-14 days accommodation???? maybe i over estimated the cost of travelling in japan. although you get much better value now than you would have 3/4 years ago

another few hundred for the tourist train ticket and it makes the whole thing a lot more affordable that i thought

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mojo
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Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:34 am

50 quid a day! are you backpacking?

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Thu Jan 15, 2015 6:40 pm

i'd say an average of 50 quid a day, quid being GBP. i'm sure i will be drinking at some point, that's not really the point of going over really...

£300 is a single room in a budget hotel. the room isn't that big obviously but all i need to do is sleep in it.

the flights are with air france. the majority of flights from london i've looked at are around £500 with one stop in paris, moscow, doha or amsterdam. the JR rail pass or whatever it is called is like £70.

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never_green
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Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:43 pm

7 day JR pass seems to be priced at £165 wherever i look

the massive dip in the exchange rate explains why its no longer the poor value destination i thought it was. i just assumed it dropped from crazy expensive to expensive. think i'll bump it up to my next destination. maybe climb mount fuji next summer.

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mojo
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Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:58 am

speaking of expensive destinations getting cheaper

http://www.independent.ie/life/travel/t ... 10304.html

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Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:23 am

That's great news
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Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:55 pm

mojo wrote:speaking of expensive destinations getting cheaper

http://www.independent.ie/life/travel/t ... 10304.html
very odd story - "announced today"

the independent itself had a travel writing article that mentioned the new flights a few weeks back, i was looking at them on wowair's site over Christmas! Great news anyway, had been planning on going anyway this year

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Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:07 am

I'd love to go to Tokyo some time. Kogepan is my spirit animal:

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