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User currently offlinePaulcaz From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 93 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1222 times:

Has anybody done a trip to Japan Tokyo lately? Flying there 2 April any information greatly received.


Paul Newman Ascot UK
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User currently offlineFlyalot From Switzerland, joined May 2004, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1202 times:

I paul just got back from NRT on Jan 10th what do you want to know..
Have a nice trip
Alex


User currently offlineWheelsatc From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1080 times:

Hey, also returned from Japan on 7th Jan and I am going again on 10th March. I have been a number of times so feel free to contact me with your questions.

Regards.


User currently offlineFlybyguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1801 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1023 times:

I went in June of last year. Wonderful place with mostly friendly people... they love foreigners! The people my age are a bit on the wild side when it comes to fashion and hair styles. You must go to Ginza and the Tokyo Fish Market (forget the Japanese name for it, but it's huge and is lined with restaurants that sell fully prepared seafood meals to businessmen). I took a picture of myself with a giant tuna head! At one of those restaurants, my friends tricked me into eating soup with a shrimp head in it.

There are 4 taxicab companies (I think), orange, green, white and black with slightly different fares. The neat part about them is that they have automatic doors... so watch your fingers!

If you plan on using the subway lines alot... I suggest that you use the Japan Rail Pass. However, I think there are several rail companies which serve Tokyo so your choices in destination may be limited. However, it is quite convenient, not to mention cheap to use if you plan on traveling to other cities like Osaka or Kyoto via Shinkansen (A really, really awesome ride... it's like a jet on the ground and it is very comfortable even when you're not in a Green Car). I highly recommend Kyoto due to it's many, many beautiful temples and it's a great place to pick up some traditional mementos (pottery, swords etc.) Tokyo may be a bit more pricy and tacky when it comes to souvenirs. If you do decide to take a sword home remind your store clerk to write you a replica authentication form for the Japanese airport customs. They will not let you leave the country with a real, sharpened sword unless you apply for a government permit (but real swords are really expensive 90,000 yen or so) Replicas are cheaper and easier to take out of the country.

That's all I can think of for now...




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User currently offlinePaulcaz From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1009 times:

going to Narita x2 4/8
itami 5
kansai 6
hanada 7
fly back 9
What were the best places to spot!



Paul Newman Ascot UK
User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 971 times:

Came back on the 13th from another trip to Tokyo. Have been there several times and it is a great place, not only for spotting.

Have been at NRT, HND, ITM, KIX, FUK & KOJ for spotting so far.

Would say ITM is one of the best places as you have view on the runway quite good. HND is fun too. KOJ is also a nice place, especially because you see lots of small planes (mainly JAC).

If you need any details on Tokyo (where to stay and how to travel around) check out my travel forum on my website.

cheers



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User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5869 posts, RR: 39
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 945 times:

http://www2s.biglobe.ne.jp/~ito-nori/spot/spot_hnd.htm

use that link for all the spotting info, when staying at NRT use the Marroad Hotel, it overlooks the main runway, just ask for a high room with airport view.

tokyo is great, been a few times and love it, though you will find that it is not a touristy city, it's very much business orientated and it's a very tiring city to say the least. go to Tokyo Tower and just have a look at how massive the city really is!

Tsukiji fish market is great, but you need to get up at 4am for the real action! Shibuya is crazy as is Roppongi.

much to do in all of Japan, just buy yourself a guide book and good look around.



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