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#15521 - 02/21/10 03:09 PM Re: Japan Travel [Re: Stefanie]
Richard Harms Offline
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Originally Posted By: Stefanie
Those are some very pretty shots. Thanks for posting them. smile
I'll second that - thank you for taking time to post the photos. I really hope I have an opportunity to visit Japan one of these days.
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#15523 - 02/21/10 06:26 PM Re: Japan Travel [Re: Richard Harms]
Hobby Ninja Offline
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Registered: 09/02/08
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Thanks to all. This will be my last post until I return from my trip. Hopefully I will have some interesting photos and stories to share when I get back. I am not looking forward to getting up at 4am. Still, excitement will keep me going, that is until that flight over the Pacific. It's going to be a long one.

See you all when I get back.
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#15524 - 02/21/10 06:41 PM Re: Japan Travel [Re: Hobby Ninja]
Tsunami3k Offline
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Registered: 04/19/08
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Have an awesome trip HN! I've been following this thread closely too since I may be making a relatively spontaneous trip out there fairly soon before taking the leap into another startup gig.

I've been pondering taking a walking tour along the old pilgrimage routes between Tokyo and Kyoto [that monks originally took] since it strikes me as the best blend of modern and ancient and while providing a nearly endless stream of photo opportunities for a camera guy like me.

If I get the stones up to do it, maybe we can compare notes. ;-P Have fun!

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#15525 - 02/21/10 09:44 PM Re: Japan Travel [Re: Tsunami3k]
stargates Offline
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Originally Posted By: Tsunami3k
Have an awesome trip HN!


Ditto, and don't forget to have fun for us.
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#15534 - 02/22/10 09:06 AM Re: Japan Travel [Re: Tsunami3k]
Stefanie Offline
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Registered: 06/17/08
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Loc: Nashville, TN USA
Originally Posted By: Richard Harms
I really hope I have an opportunity to visit Japan one of these days.

Originally Posted By: Tsunami3k
...I may be making a relatively spontaneous trip out there fairly soon...

Anime Today Road Trip!

I'd love to visit Japan, but I'd want to hire a personal translator / cultural advisor, who can explain all of the nuances that might not occur to me. I've probably done more research on Japan than the average American, but I'd still be completely lost without a personal guide who's being paid to put up with me. lol

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#15759 - 03/07/10 12:03 PM Re: Japan Travel [Re: Stefanie]
Hobby Ninja Offline
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Hello everyone, I'm back. Actually I've been back a couple of days but I have been busy getting my head back here. I had an absolutely fabulous time. It was just simply the adventure of a lifetime. Being by myself made it a string of personal discoveries for me. First I will comment on my plane flight. I know know how a caged animal feels. I've flown before, but not for 13 hours straight. My flight from Charlotte to Houston was canceled after the guy across the aisle informed the flight crew the ceiling was leaking above him. It was raining outside so I'd say that blew our airtight integrity. I then got transferred to another airline and had to fly into Detroit. Then it was on to Narita, Japan. I'll say this, if you have a connecting international flight, they take really good care of you. I was moved to the head of the line and had people meeting me as I got off the plane to direct me where I needed to go. I had been up since 4am and couldn't sleep a wink. I figured I had been up for over 24 hours before I finally went to bed.
I hope no reading this minds but, I plan on mentioning in these posts every detail I think my be important to anyone.
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Narita Airport in easy to navigate and is a top notch facility. It's clean and modern. Terminal One building is like a small city onto itself. First thing I did was go to a currency exchange counter to cash in some of my travelers checks. The train station in on the bottom level and connects both terminal buildings. The ride to the city of Narita took only about 10 minutes and cost 250 yen one way. You have to buy a ticket only one way at a time. You put your ticket through the machine as you pass through the gates. Hang on to your ticket. An attendant will take it from you when you reach your destination. If you loose it you will have to buy another one.
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It was getting late by the time I got off the train and the station wasn't very busy. I walked around a few minutes being amazed at where I was. I then asked the lady at the ticket counter to confirm the directions to my hotel. I had done so much research before I came I had a pretty good idea, but I wanted to be sure. The one thing that struck me immediately was that the city of Narita was much larger than I had been led to believe. Still I found my way around almost instinctively.


Edited by Hobby Ninja (03/08/10 10:23 PM)
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#15763 - 03/07/10 11:50 PM Re: Japan Travel [Re: Hobby Ninja]
stargates Offline
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Welcome back. Sounds like you really had a good time while there.
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#15766 - 03/07/10 11:54 PM Re: Japan Travel [Re: stargates]
Tsunami3k Offline
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Registered: 04/19/08
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Loc: Overland Park, KS
Yes, welcome back! I look forward to more pics once you recover from jet-lag as well as your future coordination with the new semi-official J-trip coordinator Stefanie for the first annual TRSI J-trip itinerary. ;-) TRSI road trip!!!

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#15783 - 03/08/10 01:10 PM Re: Japan Travel [Re: Hobby Ninja]
Stefanie Offline
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Originally Posted By: Hobby Ninja
I hope no reading this minds but, I plan on mentioning in these posts every detail I think my be important to anyone.

That's what we want, plenty of details! Even the little things in those photos are interesting, like the train station having vending machines everywhere.

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#15809 - 03/09/10 11:51 AM Re: Japan Travel [Re: Stefanie]
Hobby Ninja Offline
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Here again with my next installment. the hotel I stayed at was the Comfort Hotel of Narita. It was an inexpensive place at about $58. It was located only two blocks from the train station, but because of the layout of the streets in was about a four block walk that took you past the front of city hall. I noticed that on the that side of the railroad tracks the city is modern and filled with high-rise hotels and parking garages. The other side of the tracks is the older town with much smaller buildings and narrow streets. My room was of course small but functional. Clean and well equipped.
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I had a flat screen TV with remote. clock and alarm was in headboard, blow dryer, mini fridge and coffee/tea maker. There was only one small pillow though. They also provided a sleep shirt, which I didn't use.
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The bathroom was tiny as I learned when I cracked my knee on the sink. The tub was shorter and taller than we are accustomed to here. The tub was a good six inches taller so pick up your feet. The soap and shampoo were dispensed from wall mounted containers much like in a public restroom. There were towels and a bath mat, but no washcloths. In fact I don't think they have washcloths in Asia. In Cebu I went to a department store and what we would call a washcloth they called a dishcloth. Also the bathroom tissue was like rice paper. No surprise there.
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Yes, I took pictures of toilets on this trip. I rarely saw a non-electronic or manual bowl the whole time I was in japan. I tried the bidet function once just to out of curiosity. I'll say this, those things are wicked accurate. I noticed on the control panel you could adjust the water pressure. I saw that it was set on mid-range. I'd hate to think what it would do to you on full power.
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They had a continental breakfast. The eggs where really runny (but good) and sausage links that looked like little hot dogs, a variety of rices balls, dry cereal, etc. Chocksticks and tiny silverware. I grabbed two extra rice balls. They came in handy later while I was standing in line at the Philippine Air counter.
This is a fire station. They are found in all modern buildings. I saw a bunch of them at the airport.
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The view from my window. In Asia they don't have safety features like we do here. If you open the window to your seventh floor hotel room, expect to fall out if you are not careful. Haha.
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The parking garages are the size of hotels.
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This was the most polite elevator I had ever seen. I didn't know exactly what she was saying, but I had an idea.
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Ground floor of my hotel and then looking up.
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The fist floor was other businesses so you took an elevator to the second floor to get to the lobby.
Next time my night excursion after I checked in at the hotel.


Edited by Hobby Ninja (03/09/10 07:47 PM)
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