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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #495 on: May 29, 2017, 11:29:29 AM »
Also, the bullet train goes straight from Shin-Yokohama station to Kyoto. The local train from Haneda may go to Yokohama station, but the transfer shouldn't be hard.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #496 on: May 29, 2017, 11:29:39 AM »
Its all on ANA. Y domestic and F international.

hmm. so also need to think if want to spend it in Kobe or Tokyo and where to stay in Kobe.

If it's all ANA they'll take care of you.
Kobe and Tokyo and very different experiences for Shabbos.
Kobe has a Sephardic shul run by Chabad. Tokyo has a more traditional Chabad House.
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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #497 on: May 29, 2017, 11:34:59 AM »
There is new shul in Kyoto

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #498 on: May 29, 2017, 11:54:57 AM »
There is new shul in Kyoto
Yellow flag?
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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #499 on: May 29, 2017, 12:03:33 PM »

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #500 on: May 29, 2017, 12:06:46 PM »
@AJK burst out laughing when we were eating lunch at King Felafel and someone asked us if we were going to the official Chabad or the 2 scoops of Moshiach Chabad for Shabbos.
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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #501 on: May 29, 2017, 12:13:17 PM »
Yes...

Never knew what Yellow flag was - double yes on that question. Either Rabbi Mendi in Tokyo or Kobe - those are your classic options.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #502 on: May 29, 2017, 12:15:10 PM »
Okay, here are my 2 yen. No Chabad in Osaka, but there is a nice Shul in Kobe with a Chabad Rabbi. The community became a de facto Chabad of Kansai, but it has a history as a Sephardi community.

If I was in your shoes, I would arrive Wednesday night and take the train from HND to Yokohama. Then early Thursday, go to Kyoto and spend Thursday night and most of Friday in Kyoto. Leave Kyoto for Kobe in time for Shabbat. Shabbat in Kobe, then either Saturday night or first train Sunday head back to Yokohama and switch there to Haneda.

Yokohama is kind of a cool city, but not an amazing tourist stop. I think there is an IHG property there if you need a points stay.

The trains will be more expensive, but way more convenient (and possibly reliable) than the flight and don't require prebooking.  You can use Hyperdia to check times. Also google the ANA experience Japan Fares if you're set on flying.

Just to make sure I understand- take the airport limousine bus to Shin Yokohama and stay at a hotel right by the station. Train in the morning to Kyoto- (seems to run every 20 min- 2 hour ride) Do you recommend a specific route?

I found a train going right near the Prince Sakura hotel in Tokyo from Kyoto and only takes a bit more than 2 hours. I think that would be the best option actually for shabbos. I can leave kyoto station at about 2-3pm and have a good morning there

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #503 on: May 29, 2017, 12:17:10 PM »
Just to make sure I understand- take the airport limousine bus to Shin Yokohama and stay at a hotel right by the station. Train in the morning to Kyoto- (seems to run every 20 min- 2 hour ride) Do you recommend a specific route?

I found a train going right to the Prince Sakura hotel in Tokyo from Kyoto and only takes a bit more than 2 hours. I think that would be the best option actually for shabbos. I can leave kyoto station at about 2-3pm and have a good morning there

I stayed at all the hotels close to Rabbi Mendi, where u can use the points, and the Prince Sakura was the best BY FAR! Hands down. Enjoy

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #504 on: May 29, 2017, 12:22:44 PM »
I stayed at all the hotels close to Rabbi Mendi, where u can use the points, and the Prince Sakura was the best BY FAR! Hands down. Enjoy
Great!
And the rest of the plan makes sense?
We will just taxi around Kyoto? Any specific convenient hotel to stay in? Dont need points- but looking for $150 or less

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #505 on: May 29, 2017, 12:27:25 PM »
Great!
And the rest of the plan makes sense?
We will just taxi around Kyoto? Any specific convenient hotel to stay in? Dont need points- but looking for $150 or less

Kyoto is packed with hotels where u can use points. We stayed at the Westin in Kyoto and were very happy with it. Of course as always, no food other than Kobe and Tokyo. So, bring with you or have Rabbi Mendi ship to your hotel, or buy food from Rabbi Mendi at Channa's place and take it around with you.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #506 on: May 29, 2017, 12:29:16 PM »
Kyoto is packed with hotels where u can use points. We stayed at the Westin in Kyoto and were very happy with it. Of course as always, no food other than Kobe and Tokyo. So, bring with you or have Rabbi Mendi ship to your hotel, or buy food from Rabbi Mendi at Channa's place and take it around with you.
Can always stop by a Costco.
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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #507 on: May 29, 2017, 12:31:33 PM »
Kyoto is packed with hotels where u can use points. We stayed at the Westin in Kyoto and were very happy with it. Of course as always, no food other than Kobe and Tokyo. So, bring with you or have Rabbi Mendi ship to your hotel, or buy food from Rabbi Mendi at Channa's place and take it around with you.
we are happy with meal mart meals :) and snacks
again, taxis are the way to go within Kyoto?

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #508 on: May 29, 2017, 12:35:04 PM »
Can always stop by a Costco.

I must be honest - this line of thinking was not helpful when we were there a month ago. Yes, you can get stuff, but really NOT MUCH! Chips and nosh, but no real food. Same with 7-11 and all the convenience stores. They have the same food, but now, they manufacture it in Japan, so there is no hechsher on anything being sold. We found a bag of chips at an international store or two - and a box of cereal, that was about it. We made it on fruit, health bars we brought from USA, lunch was sandwiches with tuna or P&J (bread and tuna/P&J from USA), dinner was Channa's place. Not really complaining as much as the outcome to me was we are in the land of pure food decadence, with huge innovation at every street corner.

A drop of effort from the locals would have allowed people to roll into a sushi joint and ask for a mendi (at higher cost) and they would whip on the mendi board, knife and slice a bit of the fish off and boom, sushi rolls, or even sashimi. Sadly, that idea was not well accepted :-( Some of the locals who live there do it, on their own, but no organized apporach.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #509 on: May 29, 2017, 12:36:30 PM »
we are happy with meal mart meals :) and snacks
again, taxis are the way to go within Kyoto?

No taxis are horrible. Within Kyoto there are 4 train systems. We got an all day pass inside Kyoto for two of the main subway lines and that was all we needed. We saw what we wanted in Kyoto within a few hours, but again transit inside Kyoto, on subway lines is fastest, but still slow