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Travelling To Hong Kong And Japan In Nov  
User currently offlineManc From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 344 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

Alright, I'm off to Hong Kong and Japan in November.

Probably have the best part of a week in HK and 2 weeks in Japan.

I'm looking for some advice on a few things.

1) Airport photo places at HK and NRT. Not really an av-photo trip but just incase.
2) Best way to travel around Japan, Train??
3) Places to visit in Japan, or a possible itinerary, so far, Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hiroshima, anything inbetween worth stopping for?
4) Places to stay, not expensive but not backpackers standard either.
5) Anyone flew in the back of OasisHongKong? I'm taking my chances. Then JAL/ANA/CX/NWA to NRT and back.
6) Anything else I need to know...about HK and Japan?

Ta.


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User currently offlineAOMlover From France, joined Jul 2001, 1305 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2090 times:

Quoting Manc (Thread starter):
2) Best way to travel around Japan, Train??

Of course ! get yourself a Japan Rail Pass, it's a real bargain !

Quoting Manc (Thread starter):
3) Places to visit in Japan, or a possible itinerary, so far, Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hiroshima, anything inbetween worth stopping for?

Anything interesting inbetween ? KYOTO and NARA of course ! That's what Japan is really about !
With a JR Pass you're free to go anywhere...except Okinawa and remote islands.
Places not to miss: Miyajima (easy for a daytrip from Hiroshima), Koyasan (Mount Koya, incredible place near Osaka), Takayama if you want a slice of "Eternal Japan", Matsushima's bay near Sendai if the weather is good...and you can go up to Sapporo and Hakodate on Hokkaido by night train !

Quoting Manc (Thread starter):
4) Places to stay, not expensive but not backpackers standard either.

Sorry, we stayed at backpacker's places. You need to try Ryokans or Minshukus, some can be very cheap. If you're going to Koyasan you have to spend a night at a temple. It is an amazing experience, monks usually speak English very well and you'll get a traditional vegetarian dinner...definitely something not to miss !
Otherwise "business hotels" can be quite cheap too...you'll find them in every city, usually near railway stations. They all look the same and rooms are tiny but comfortable.

Quoting Manc (Thread starter):
6) Anything else I need to know...about HK and Japan?

Sorry, I can't help you much about HK although it's my dream to go there some day.
Japan is AMAZING. I've spent two months and a half there, two months studying at Nagoya (very nice city but nothing much interesting to see for tourists) and two weeks travelling around. The Japanese train system is without a doubt the best in the world. Trains leave on time, they are clean, fast, efficient, transferring is easy...for timetables, check www.hyperdia.com
Most Japanese people don't speak English, or they only have a very basic level. That'll make your trip more fun.
There's just so much to say about Japan. My stay here has been a real shock, I'm dying to go back. Both the Japanese land and the Japanese people are incredible.

If you wanna see some pics from Japan, I've uploaded a bunch of them here:
http://clementoronto.myphotoalbum.co...m.php?set_albumName=album10&page=1

I'm jealous of you !

EDIT: November is definitely a great month to visit Japan ! I was there between October in December. It was mostly sunny, never too cold...and you'll get to see the wonderful "Momijis" (Japanese mapple trees).

[Edited 2007-05-29 15:27:19]

User currently offlineManc From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 344 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2073 times:

Wow thanks for that great response, lots of things for me to read up on!

Really looking forward to it.



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User currently offlineCaliforniaMate From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2059 times:

I'll be flying Oasis in August, so if you want to know more info, I'll pass on the info. I've done HKG-NRT and back on ANA twice. Nice crew, decent crew, English a little shaky, but overall fine. Great legroom (34"?) and AVOD on 3 of the 4 763 flights.

User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3771 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

Quoting AOMlover (Reply 1):
Of course ! get yourself a Japan Rail Pass, it's a real bargain !

Isn't there some restriction that say one has to purchase the rail pass outside Japan?

Quoting AOMlover (Reply 1):
Most Japanese people don't speak English, or they only have a very basic level.

VERY BASIC, remember that. And many people will pretend not to speak what little English they know, for fear of embarrassment and misunderstandings.

Cheers
Mats



Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineAOMlover From France, joined Jul 2001, 1305 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2052 times:

Quoting Doona (Reply 4):

Isn't there some restriction that say one has to purchase the rail pass outside Japan?

Yes, the JR Pass is available only for people living outside of Japan, and it can therefore be bought only outside of Japan. In addition you may use it only if you have a "temporary visitor" stamp on your passport (that'll be the case if you're staying less than 90 days in Japan).


User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4346 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2040 times:

Couple useful phrases in Japanese.

Enjoy...

First with greetings.

- What's up? - Nanka kawatta-koto atta?
-How's it going? - Genki datta?
-How are you? - Genki?
-What have you been doing? - Nani yatteta-no?
-Nothing much! - Betsui-ni.
-I'm fine - Genki-yo

Here are some romance phrases.

-I want to see you. I missed you. - Aitakatta.
-I'll show you. - Misete ageru.
-Come here - Chotto kite.
-Sometimes if she's in bed with you, she'll say "Go slowly" or yukkuri itte.
-I wanna know more about you. - Anata no koto motto shiritai.
-May I have your phone number? - Denwa bango oshiete kureru?
-I'll always love you. - Itsumo aishiteru.
-I'm crazy about you. - Anata ni muchu nano.
-I love you. - Aishiteru.
-You look beautiful - Kirei dayo
You're sexy! - Iroppoi
You have beautiful eyes. - Kirei na hitomi dane.
-May I kiss you? - Kisu shite mo ii?
Are you on the pill? - Piru nonderu?
I want you. - Anata ga hoshii.
Will you marry me? - Kekkon shite kureru?

Bad words....

You're stupid - Baka yaro
you look stupid. - Baka mitai.
Get your head out of your ass. - Neboken ja neyo.
You asshole. - Kono kuso ttare.
You bitch - kono ama
You whore. - Yariman
You ain't got balls- konjo nashi
You're ugly - Geso
Don't fuck with me - Namenna yo
Get away (Fuck off) - Muko itte yo!
Fuck you/go to hell - Kutabare
I'm going to kick your ass. - Bukkoroshite yaru
Shit - Unko


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