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Japan Master Thread
« on: July 19, 2011, 01:24:25 PM »
I will be in Tokyo for one night this august. I land at 245pm and depart on an early ten o clock flight the next morning. Don't know if I should stay near the airport cause have early flight or better to stay in downtown where its happening. The trip from downtown to airport is over an hour.  If I stay near airport is it hard to get to the heart of things being away from the trains and shuttles? I was never there and want to see the sights. Also what should I do there? Thirdly what's the best option on kosher food - if difficult I can bring with me.
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Re: Help in Tokyo
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2011, 01:44:59 PM »
You are a good hour drive from the city.

Officially you cannot bring in food (I did).

Maybe there is a way to get in by train.

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Re: Help in Tokyo
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2011, 01:59:49 PM »
I found this, seems like useful info (for one day, don't start looking for food):

http://wikitravel.org/en/One_day_in_Tokyo

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Re: Help in Tokyo
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2011, 02:59:17 PM »
Go into the city via the train.  Taxis in Tokyo are a fortune.
I brought in some small kosher snacks without any problems and they did look through our suitcases.
I think there are a couple kosher options.
The Park Hyatt is supposed to be fantastic.
Tokyo Tower has great views. 
The fish market auction is famous as well.
Don't miss the electronics neighborhoods like Akihabara.
Everything is accessible by subway/train.
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Re: Tokyo Master Thread
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2011, 11:08:47 PM »
Not speaking a word of Japanese is it hard to figure out the trains and get around?

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Re: Tokyo Master Thread
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2011, 11:22:54 PM »
Not speaking a word of Japanese is it hard to figure out the trains and get around?
Nope, not too difficult.
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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2011, 04:34:28 AM »
Just remember, unless you are me* people do not speak a word of english. Even if you say eg the word 'Hilton', they might either pronounce its so different, that they won't get what you are talking about, or some brand names in the far east have different names then in europe/usa.
Transportation and emergency signs are in english.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2011, 10:51:59 AM »
That reminds me of when I was in Osaka looking for Costco.  I kept asking people where Costco was but nobory seemed to understand what I was saying.  Finally one Japanase gys sais , "Ahhh. you mean Cost-O-Co, it's right this way..."

In Japan they don't have normal western-style addresses, everything is a bunch of numbers that even the taxi drivers have no idea how to find.  When I got off the train in Kobe I hopped in a taxi for what should have been a 5 minute drive to the shliach, but wound up taking an hour and a detour to the police station for help on how to find the address I had.  People's business cards have maps on he back to help you find the address...
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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2011, 11:23:36 AM »
I forgot to explain the *me from my post:

I grab people (literally) in the street, and don't let go until they speak english.

You would be surprised how fast some very basic english comes back to him...

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2011, 11:30:59 PM »
should i try to figure out the train schedules around tokyo before I go since I am tight on time or is it pretty straightforward and no need for advance research

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2011, 11:59:36 PM »
no need they are pretty simple, and frequent enough unless you are scheduled down to the minute...

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2011, 12:00:21 AM »
no need they are pretty simple, and frequent enough unless you are scheduled down to the minute...
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Re: Japan Master Thread
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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2011, 07:24:00 AM »
for train schedules visit http://www.hyperdia.com/en/ ; if at all possible you should fly into Haneda as Naritas much further outside the city and is a much more expensive trip ; if you contact Rabbi Edery in advance, he has a Japanese sushi chef friend who will prepare sushi under the Rabbi's supervision and then have it ready for you when you arrive

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2011, 10:18:41 PM »
for train schedules visit http://www.hyperdia.com/en/ ; if at all possible you should fly into Haneda as Naritas much further outside the city and is a much more expensive trip ; if you contact Rabbi Edery in advance, he has a Japanese sushi chef friend who will prepare sushi under the Rabbi's supervision and then have it ready for you when you arrive
Funny that you mention that, I actually emailed him and he said he can do sushi but will run me eighty bucks for one plate not to mention shipping costs to my hotel. Is the sushi really good? I'm kind of a sushi addict.