Japan - Fall 2008

Japan

For all of you who are signing up for the Japan immersion programme.

General Information

Who's Going?

Are you on or onzzzz?

  1. Khoo Kai Hiang
  2. Bensoh Soh
  3. Shawn Lim
  4. Ong Khin Hwee, Alvin
  5. Ng Yoke Cheng
  6. Tan Tai Kia (pending MSc lessons/exam dates)

Air

20080614: Air tickets confirmed! Details as follows:

Using ANA-UOB rewards promotion: UNI$500 + $480 (ticket price) + $410 (taxes) = $890

Kindly confirm your name before ticket issuance (pls BOLD if you'd verified your names :))

  1. 1SOH/MINSOONBENSONMR
  2. 1KHOO/KAIHIANGMS
  3. 1ONG/KHINHWEEMR
  4. 1LIM/ZHENGSHAWNGERARDMR
  5. 1NG/YOKECHENGMS

Scheduled Departure/Arrival times

  1. NH 902 G 30SEP SINNRT HK5 2325 #0725
  2. NH 901 G 13OCT NRTSIN HK5 1730 2340

Accommodation

Shawn: Prefer single room
Suggestions for accommodation at different legs of the trip.
Benson: Must try tatami with futon

Confirmed

1 - 6 Oct 08 Osaka
Otemae Apartment 97000yen -> 24250yen S$315 per pax
6 - 8 Oct 08 Hakone
ICHINOYU SHINKAN + Bkfast & Dinner 105360yen -> 26340yen S$342 per pax
8 - 13 Oct 08 Tokyo
Shinjuku Kabuki Cho 30660yen S$400 per pax

Transport within Japan

7 day Japan Rail Pass (Only for JR line)
28,300yen = $371 Shinkansen and JR lines

Hakone Pass
Hakone Fuji Pass
5,500 yen ~$72 Think Hakone Pass is sufficient

Kyoto Pass (Within Kyoto City)
Kobe Map

Cost of moving around Japan (maybe we can split this section into different legs)

=> Estimate : $450

Train/Subway Maps

Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto
Kobe City (in Jap)

Climate

General climate pattern in Tokyo
Weather advisaries/warnings(fog, low temp, etc)
One week forecast for Japan!

Tropical Cyclones/Typhoons Warnings

Exchange Rate

100 yen - S$1.293 (as of 16 Aug 08)
Current exchange rate? Good places to change $$$? Anyone wanna change? Consolidate $1b yen?

Insurance

You may choose to purchase online here.

Itinerary

Kyoto
West Kyoto: Kinkaju-ji (Golden Pavilion); East Kyoto:Kiyomizu temple, Philosopher's Walk, Central Kyoto: Gion - ok?
Osaka
Osaka Aquarium, Osaka Castle
Kobe
Earthquake Museum, Mt Rokko, Sake Breweries, Yano Sensei
Nagoya
Akiyama sensei
Hakone
Lake Ashi, Onsen
Tokyo
Disney, Ghibli, Harajuku, Shinjuku, Meiji Shrine, Odaiba (Toyota Showroom, Pet City, etc), Masako san

Feel free to join me to visit my Japanese senseis and friends.


User Input

Wish List

Things you would like to do so that we can factor our planning in!

Disney
Alvin, Shawn
Disneyland + DisneySea
KKH, Benson
Kobe beef
Alvin
Fugu (puffer fish?)
Alvin
On-sen (hot spring)
Alvin, Shawn
Ghibli Museum
KKH, Benson

Taboo List

Things that you don't wanna do/experience during the trip!

Shared/common toilet
Shawn
Train rides
<example only, remove when we've real taboos>
Beef
<or similar dietary constraints>
Always rushing around
Benson

The half-baked Plans

General plans for the entire trip, perhaps this is more organised?

I suppose that we only need to be so specific with the timings on the first and last days. As for the rest of the days, we will just guesstimate, or roughly put up the places we plan to go… if we've time

30 Sept 2008

2100 hrs: Meet up?
2325 hrs: Take-off timing

1 Oct 2008

Tokyo
0725: Touch down@Narita
0726: Jostle with everyone around you to get hand carry luggage
0736: Step out of plan (just kidding, lah!)
0852: Narita Express to Tokyo Station
0955: Breakfast!!!!!

1133 or 1203: Shinkansen to Osaka

Osaka
1430 or 1503: Shin-Osaka Station

1500: Check into hotel (Osaka)
1800: Dinner

2 Oct 2008

Kobe
1030 Sake brewery+Lunch (build up energy for next event)
1230 Mt Rokko

Alt just visit Mt Rokko and jalan around that area.

1700 Kobe Beef + Kurobuta Dinner, opt Seafood Nabe

Note: Guide, KKH will prob be visiting sensei in Kobe.

3 Oct 2008

Kyoto
0800 Train to Kyoto
0830 Bus to Gion, Walk around Gion area, visit Kiyomizu (Shrine)
1430 Kinkakuji temple if got extra time

4 Oct 2008 (sat)

Osaka

0900 Osaka Castle
1200 Lunch
1300 Osaka aquarium until 2000hrs
2030 Dinner

5 Oct 2008 (sun)

Either Osaka, Kyoto or Kobe

Kobe
Mt Rokko, Sake Breweries

Osaka
Universal Studio, Shopping, Walk around Osaka streets

Kyoto
More shrines?!?…..

6 Oct 2008

Osaka
????: Depart for Hakone
3.5 hrs Shin-Osaka Station -> Odawara Station -> Hakone Yumoto
1130 Check into Hotel with Onsen (Hot Spring)
1200 Lunch
1330 Yunessun (Hot Spring Theme Park)

Can only check in @3pm,go theme park 1st to try international spas e.g. coffee, wine, Mist Sauna
Please bring swimwear or something, not allowed to be naked

1730 Back to hotel for dinner (must NOT be LATE else no food even if reserved)

Traditional Japanese hot spring aka onsen in hotel!

7 Oct 2008

Gora by Train
Sounzan Station by Cablecar
Togendai by Ropeway
Lake Ashi Cruise

Onsen in hotel! Ald paid must make full use…

8 Oct 2008

Hakone
????: Depart for Tokyo

9 Oct 2008

Tokyo
Disneyland 25th anniversary
or
DisneySea (Pls remember to bring poncho unless you dont mind getting a bit wet)

10 Oct 2008

Kichijoji
Apparently the road leading from the station to the park is packed with hip little cafes, bohemian boutqieus and cool, cosy bars. Buy an ice cream and wander down the shady park… (its on the way to Ghibli Museum).

Ghibli Museum

11 Oct 2008 (sat)

Take a break from kids & look at youths!
Harajuku
Shinjuku

Note: Guide, KKH will prob be visiting friend in Tokyo.

12 Oct 2008 (sun)

Note: Guide, KKH will prob be visiting sensei in Tokyo.

13 Oct 2008

1500: Leave for Narita (can anyone confirm journey time from Hotel -> Airport?)
1730: Take-off from Narita
2330: Touch down Singapore (back to Laksa, Orh Lua!)

Cost of Trip

Air ticket S$ 890
7 day Rail Pass S$ 371
Accommodation S$ 1100
Admission charges S$ 244
Current Damage S$ 2605
Accommodation in yen
Osaka Apt 24,250
Hakone Ryokan 26,340
Tokyo Biz Hotel 30,660
Total 81,250
Admission Charges in yen
Osaka Castle 600
Osaka Aquarium 2,000
Kiyomizu temple 300
Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) 400
Yunessun Hot Spring Theme Park 3,500
Disney 2-day pass 10,000
Ghibli Musuem 1,000
Total 18,100

References

Travel Guides

Courtesy of Lawrence Sim

http://www.japan-guide.com/

http://www.fuji-q.com/index.html

http://www.rusutsu.co.jp/summer/

http://www.japanican.com/index.aspx

Accommodation

All Japan
Tokoko Inn (Business Hotel)
Osaka
[http://www.wmt-osaka.com/otemae/3_bedroom_s.html ]
2nd choice : Toyoko Biz Hotel (5min from station)
Tokyo
Apartments
Sakura Budget Hotel
House of Ikebukuro
Shinjuku Washington Hotel 10,400yen = S$130
Star Hotel 8,295yen = S$108
Nishi Shinjuku 6,104yen = S$79 semi-double room
Edoya in Ueno 6,465yen = S$84 Japanese style i.e. Futon (Jap mattress)
Ryokan Katsutaro in Ueno 4,800yen = S$62 Futon (Jap mattress)
Toyoko Inn Senzoku in Asakusa 4,620yen = S$60
Tokoyo Inn Komagata in Asakusa 4,620yen = S$60
Hakone
[http://english.ichinoyu.co.jp/shinkan/index.html ]
Hotel with Onsen (Hot Spring) 27190yen S$353 per pax (Fully booked no more rock bath)
$330 per nite incl breakfast n dinner Hotel with Lake Ashi view (Limited Onsen usage)
Kyoto
Motonago Ryokan
Apartment in Gion area

The Trip itself

Now, what we actually managed to cover… and pictures!

30 Sept 2008

2130: Meet at Changi T1
2330: Departure

1 Oct 2008

Arrival (anyone know what time?)
Train ride to Osaka
Dinner (Okonomiyaki + Yakisoba) near Yodobashi-Umeda

2 Oct 2008

Osaka Castle (free tour by Shirai-san)

3 Oct 2008

Kyoto

4 Oct 2008

Kobe
Tofu buffet
Cafe Shuu
Kobe Beef

5 Oct 2008

Kaiyukan

6 Oct 2008

Leave for Hakone
First Onsen + Public Bath in Japan
Dinner!

7 Oct 2008

Lunch by Lake Ashi
Hakone Freepass trail
Dinner part 2

8 Oct 2008

Depart Hakone for Tokyo (via Odakyu line)
Tonkatsu

9 Oct 2008

Disneyland!

10 Oct 2008

Ghilbli Museum
Kichijoji
Shibuya

11 Oct 2008

Lunch at Takashimaya's Tsunahachi (Tempura)
Tokyo Metropolitan Govt
Akihabara
Ginza
2030: Dinner at Robata (Izakaya)
2230: Leave Robata and head back to hotel

12 Oct 2008

benson + KKH
Ueno

OKH / Yoke Cheng
Harajuku
Omanotesando Hills
Dinner at Maisen (Tonkatsu)

13 Oct 2008

1000: Set of for Aoyama-itichome
1200: Lunch at Tokyo Stock Soup
1300: Depart hotel
1330: Reached Shinjuku Station
1410: Narita Express (NEX) Train leaving for Narita Terminal 1
1529: Reached Narita T1
1700: Boarding

Additional Youtubes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9gr6dyTf0I — Fifastreet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7cBHpMj0eM&feature=related or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9W99OXWOSU — Coco the golden retriever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv0MXffP5TU — idiotic zebra posers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiviW_rMQNE — tooth pick lucky star
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VphDKKDneJs&feature=related — t-shirt man
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN6uLeEgLLk&feature=related — how to fold t-shirt *bonus*

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