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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #615 on: July 01, 2018, 10:08:31 AM »
There are companies that will transfer your luggage from the airport to your hotel

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #616 on: July 01, 2018, 10:08:58 AM »
My 2 cents...

Get a JR pass, it's the best deal in Japan travel.

Decide if you want to spend Shabbos in Tokyo or Kobe and plan backwards.

If Shabbos in Tokyo, try to tack an additional leg to FUK, HIJ, ITM, UKB, or KIX to start off in the southern part of the main Island.

If FUK or HIJ then spend the night in Hiroshima and tour on Tuesday. Wednesday stop at Himeji castle on your way to Kyoto. Spend Wednesday and Thursday nights in Kyoto (the SPG property in Arashiyama looked awesome, but we didn't stay there) and take a Friday afternoon train to Tokyo. Get off at Shinagawa station and just catch a cab to the Sheraton.

Fly out Monday.

Other option is to fly into one of the other three, pick a hotel in Kyoto, Osaka, or Kobe and day trip by train to Hiroshima and Himeji.

Tons of sites to see in Kyoto, but 1.5 days is probably about right. One day in Tokyo will feel short, but you can pack a lot in.
Sounds awesome. I worked for Chabad in Kobe in 2005 for a couple weeks and they bought us a JR pass for the Shinkansen. Only made it to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe though.
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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #617 on: July 01, 2018, 10:09:25 AM »
There are companies that will transfer your luggage from the airport to your hotel
Sounds like a good plan in that case if the cost is reasonable.
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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #618 on: July 01, 2018, 10:18:58 AM »
There are companies that will transfer your luggage from the airport to your hotel

Such as...?

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #619 on: July 01, 2018, 10:30:45 AM »
So, the plot thickens...

After doing a bunch of research on my own, as well as calling the Sheraton to ask them what they recommend, I've come to realize that the biggest obstacle is the fact that my flight is scheduled to land at 9:00 PM. This poses a problem because the last "shuttle bus" directly to the Sheraton leaves at 9:35 PM; and after that there are only trains at 10 PM and 11 PM, with the 11 PM train being the only one that would take me directly to the Sheraton's neighborhood without requiring any train changes (see attached screenshot). That means probably not being in my hotel room before 1 AM, which will be a disaster for traveling with a baby... Does anyone have any better ideas?
This is the most straightforward train option.

Yamato Takubin (black cat on a yellow background), JAL and others all have luggage delivery services that are reasonable. Google Narita Luggage Transport.

Consider sending your luggage and just spending the first night at one of the Narita Hotels. I know there is a hilton and a Crowne Plaza. Then take a Keisei Skyliner* train from Narita to Ueno. Tour Ueno Park and Asakusa and make it down to the Sheraton/Chabad in time for dinner Tuesday.

*If you get a JR you'll take the narita express to Tokyo station instead.

Babies ride trains for free in Japan and you'll curse the bugaboo by the end of the trip.

Plenty to do Wed-Friday and Sunday, but no time to plan your trip now.


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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #620 on: July 01, 2018, 10:35:22 AM »
Thereís a cheap Narita radisson too, cat 2.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #621 on: July 01, 2018, 11:23:32 AM »
Such as...?
Come on, you know how to Google

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #622 on: July 01, 2018, 11:31:43 AM »
Come on, you know how to Google

Lost in a forest, my friend. That's the problem with Google. So many results, so little indication of what's actually good...

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #623 on: July 01, 2018, 11:35:51 AM »
Consider sending your luggage and just spending the first night at one of the Narita Hotels. I know there is a hilton and a Crowne Plaza. Then take a Keisei Skyliner* train from Narita to Ueno. Tour Ueno Park and Asakusa and make it down to the Sheraton/Chabad in time for dinner Tuesday.

For reasons that are beyond the scope of this conversation, that first night is already booked at the Sheraton in such a way that it's not practical to change/cancel. Would be easier to swallow the extra $200 for the Uber than to book a new hotel for that night.

Babies ride trains for free in Japan and you'll curse the bugaboo by the end of the trip.

Oh, I curse it already, don't worry.  ;)

But what's trains got to do with that?

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #624 on: July 01, 2018, 11:30:06 PM »
For reasons that are beyond the scope of this conversation, that first night is already booked at the Sheraton in such a way that it's not practical to change/cancel. Would be easier to swallow the extra $200 for the Uber than to book a new hotel for that night.

Oh, I curse it already, don't worry.  ;)

But what's trains got to do with that?
A city mini is an oversized stroller in Japan.

I wouldn't waste the time and money to go to Kyoto without staying overnight. If you're okay with a hotel in Tokyo and spending one night away, you can catch a morning train from Shinagawa station and return the next evening.

Otherwise get a simple rail pass like the JR Tokyo Wide Pass (https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/tokyowidepass/) and day trip Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

I would recommend Kamakura on Tuesday because it's the closest and you will have a delayed start after getting the pass.

Wednesday and Thursday decide between Nikko, Hakone, and Kobuchizawa. The last one is home to the Suntory Hakushu distillery and is popular than the Yamazaki one near Kyoto. Personally, I think Hakushu is better whisky.

Friday you could hit Tsukiji, Ueno and Asakusa. Shibuya Crossing Motzei Shabbat. Sunday would be Yoyogi Park/Meiji Shrine, Harajuku and the Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku. Monday you fly back.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #625 on: July 05, 2018, 02:58:16 PM »
A city mini is an oversized stroller in Japan.

I wouldn't waste the time and money to go to Kyoto without staying overnight. If you're okay with a hotel in Tokyo and spending one night away, you can catch a morning train from Shinagawa station and return the next evening.

Otherwise get a simple rail pass like the JR Tokyo Wide Pass (https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/tokyowidepass/) and day trip Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

I would recommend Kamakura on Tuesday because it's the closest and you will have a delayed start after getting the pass.

Wednesday and Thursday decide between Nikko, Hakone, and Kobuchizawa. The last one is home to the Suntory Hakushu distillery and is popular than the Yamazaki one near Kyoto. Personally, I think Hakushu is better whisky.

Friday you could hit Tsukiji, Ueno and Asakusa. Shibuya Crossing Motzei Shabbat. Sunday would be Yoyogi Park/Meiji Shrine, Harajuku and the Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku. Monday you fly back.

Thanks for that itinerary! Now I have a whole bunch of barely-pronounceable words to look up and see what the hell they are. 🙈 But Iím thrilled to have some leads, at least.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #626 on: July 05, 2018, 02:59:48 PM »
Does anyone know if the early-morning tuna auction is at all doable with a 10-month-old?

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #627 on: July 05, 2018, 05:31:58 PM »
Does anyone know if the early-morning tuna auction is at all doable with a 10-month-old?
Maybe, but I'd pass. You have to arrive at the auction site before the trains start running and sit on the floor of a room waiting for a few hours all before 6am and without a stroller.

Instead, I'd get to Tsukiji around 7:30 or 8 and walk around watching the fish get carved up.  You can also buy fresh, raw, ready to eat tuna and salmon. (Kashrus is between you and your Rav) it may even be possible to sneak into the wholesale section of the inner market if you move quick and use a carrier. Worst thing that happens is you get invited to leave.

Also, Tokyo is super baby friendly. Most department stores have nursing rooms and nice baby changing areas. When in doubt, point at the baby's tush and look confused.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #628 on: July 05, 2018, 05:52:16 PM »
Even if you go to the regular Tsukiji market I would advise against taking a stroller. Super loud, crowded and narrow. I had to squeeze my way through groups of people to get by at points.

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Re: Japan Master Thread
« Reply #629 on: July 05, 2018, 08:47:31 PM »
Even if you go to the regular Tsukiji market I would advise against taking a stroller. Super loud, crowded and narrow. I had to squeeze my way through groups of people to get by at points.

Ouch. I wonder if a Doona would be any better...?