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Tony Galiani

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The highlights...

1. From 7 of September.

2. No pcr test needed if from blue country plus 3x jabbed.

3. Can do unguided tours. I explained how/why this works in a earlier post.

4. PM hinted this stage may be quicker than previous.

 

Seems they wanna be open for Koyo. But just don't wanba confirm it just yet.

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ShaunField

I've been going through the process though Japan Guide Agency Inc. It's been pretty painless so far. They send back the ESRF within a day, and after requesting more documents, they got back to me the day after. I can set my own itenary and send that to my local embassy to get a visa. Hopefully it all goes quickly, as I fly out on the 30th!

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I'm surprised there wasn't more reaction to this, I figured a lot of people were just waiting for the news so they could book flights ASAP. Not complaining or anything, just not what I expected.

 

I was lucky to have been there in January 2020. It will be nearly 3 years by the time I go in December. Made me realize I need to make it permanent.

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Bob Martin

My last trip was Jan 2020 as well.  I had gambled and booked hotels back in April, for a November trip.  The gamble paid off, rooms booked were ¥58,000/night then, and are now ¥81,000.  i booked plane ticket 2 weeks ago as a hedge as well.  Looks like it’s all coming together finally. Just have to order my JR Pass now.

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I was thinking about getting a JR pass... You used to have to show them to the staff which was embarrassing, but it looks like now you can put the pass in the ticket gate. But the price is 66,200 yen for the normal one for 21 days, which seems like quite a lot if you aren't planning to use the Shinkansen several times. My trip is 29 days too.

 

I wish I had kept records of my spending last time, then it would be easier to know if it was worth it.

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1 hour ago, mojo said:

I was thinking about getting a JR pass... You used to have to show them to the staff which was embarrassing, but it looks like now you can put the pass in the ticket gate. But the price is 66,200 yen for the normal one for 21 days, which seems like quite a lot if you aren't planning to use the Shinkansen several times. My trip is 29 days too.

 

I wish I had kept records of my spending last time, then it would be easier to know if it was worth it.

Two long trips and the pass pays for itself.  I always get 3 week green pass. I’ll even just hop on the train and go to Nagoya or Saitama (form Tokyo) for lunch or dinner.  I log all my train trips one vacation I logged ¥410,000 worth (11,000km) on the Shinkansen alone.  Im sure a few more ¥10,000’s on JR local and commuter trains. Even used it on JR ferry one time.  Pretty good value for a $600 pass.  I wish the pass could be used on JR highway buses.

 

I have NO issue showing it to the attendant.  Just those damn unmanned stations that bother me. Had to hop the turnstile one time.

 

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7 hours ago, mojo said:

I'm surprised there wasn't more reaction to this, I figured a lot of people were just waiting for the news so they could book flights ASAP. Not complaining or anything, just not what I expected.

 

I was lucky to have been there in January 2020. It will be nearly 3 years by the time I go in December. Made me realize I need to make it permanent.

 

We're going in November. We started booking it a few weeks ago when things were looking positive for opening.

 

The price is right currently. We have a hotel in Tokyo for a few nights at a rate in Yen just over half of what we paid in 2019. Then taking into account the weak Yen at the moment, it is a real bargain.

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14 hours ago, Bob Martin said:

Two long trips and the pass pays for itself.  I always get 3 week green pass. I’ll even just hop on the train and go to Nagoya or Saitama (form Tokyo) for lunch or dinner.  I log all my train trips one vacation I logged ¥410,000 worth (11,000km) on the Shinkansen alone.  Im sure a few more ¥10,000’s on JR local and commuter trains. Even used it on JR ferry one time.  Pretty good value for a $600 pass.  I wish the pass could be used on JR highway buses.

 

I have NO issue showing it to the attendant.  Just those damn unmanned stations that bother me. Had to hop the turnstile one time.

 

My understanding is that you get a ticket you can put in the gate now, like it shows here...

 

https://japanrailpass.net/en/useful.html

 

It works out at ~3,150 yen a day for the standard pass. I've had a look at some of the trips I did back in 2020 and I don't think I would come out on top. Some days I exceeded that, but most days I spent less than 3k yen on trains. Maybe I could take some more Shinkansen trips. I'd like to visit Niigata, and Nagoya. Never been to Niigata, and only once to Nagoya.

 

10 hours ago, maihama eki said:

 

We're going in November. We started booking it a few weeks ago when things were looking positive for opening.

 

The price is right currently. We have a hotel in Tokyo for a few nights at a rate in Yen just over half of what we paid in 2019. Then taking into account the weak Yen at the moment, it is a real bargain.

 

Yes, I was hoping that might be the case for me too. I remember the good old days when you got 240 yen to the pound. Unfortunately the British pound is also worthless at the moment so the rate is only slightly elevated at 155 yen/pound.

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Tony Galiani

Exciting news.  Naturally, taking advantage ofsome oddly reasonable fares and a bunch of Delta eCredits, I just booked a trip to Germany for November so now will have to wait a bit longer to travel to Japan.  However, plans are now back on track for my long desired trip to the Sapporo Snow and Ice Festival - and I expect I will be posting for advice about that in the near future.  In the meantime, I will work on my Germany plans - just how much Himbeer Kuchen can one person eat on a visit?

 

Looking forward to everyone's trip reports!

 

Ciao,

Tony

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I'm all booked for three weeks at the end of the year. My wife will join me for the last part, so I will get to do some solo exploring. Very excited

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As much as I am keen to go. Winter isn't a season I want to travel in. So I'll left Xmas pass and then see what's available in 2023.

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28 minutes ago, katoftw said:

As much as I am keen to go. Winter isn't a season I want to travel in. So I'll left Xmas pass and then see what's available in 2023.

 

I love winter in Japan, especially new year. They have some excellent sales too. The weather is mostly dry and not too cold, which is very preferable to being too hot. Provides a nice contrast when bathing outdoors too. Getting to avoid the worst of xmas is a bonus too.

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2 hours ago, mojo said:

 

I love winter in Japan, especially new year. They have some excellent sales too. The weather is mostly dry and not too cold, which is very preferable to being too hot. Provides a nice contrast when bathing outdoors too. Getting to avoid the worst of xmas is a bonus too.

I'd like to do a Tokyo shopping / winter illumination / ski trip sometime. But this year would be a rush to organise now with work and kids.  And there is still a lot more non winter stuff I'd like to do.

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