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Help with Osaka - Tokyo Itinerary Please!

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Help with Osaka - Tokyo Itinerary Please!

HI. Hubby and I are going to Japan for week in October 2013. Point of entry would be Osaka, out Tokyo. But can still change since I have not purchased our tickets yet. But Tokyo is a must. Needless to say, I'm super excited. May I ask for suggestions on the best way to maximize our time, given our interests:

1. Lots of food

2. Hot bath - Onsen

3. Bullet train (one way only)

4. Tsukiji Market

5. TMG

6. Five Lakes /Mt Fuji

7. Overnight at a ski resort (possible?)

8. ultra high tech electronic shop

9. bathing ape store/ shopping malls

Thanks and would appreciate suggestions greatly.

Jackie

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1. Re: Help with Osaka - Tokyo Itinerary Please!

2. If you want the onsen to be near Osaka, then Arima Onsen might be recommended. Near Tokyo, Hakone. There are better places than these though if you can allow more time and budget (like Kinosaki and Kusatsu onsen towns).

3. If one way, buying the normal fare ticket for Shinakansen's Nozomi service is the rational way to go.

4. If you want to see the morning market, you will normally have to stay close to the market. Tokyu Stay, Via Inn, Keio Presso Inn, are recommended for that purpose.

6. Kawaguchiko can be reached by an hourly bus from Shinjuku Nishiguchi (West Gate) Bus Terminal.

7. October should be too early for skiing in Honshu.

8. Go to Yodobashi in Akihabara in Tokyo, and Sofmap etc around the area. It's not that ultra high tech, though.

9. Tokyu Hands are in Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, and Shibuya (with enough shopping to do). In Osaka, Umeda and Shinsaibashi, Namba has enough to shop for your lifetime.

You might be missing Kyoto, which is the most popular tourist destination in Japan. Many things (except for onsen, Tsukiji Market, and Mt Fuji) can be done in central Kyoto city as well). Don't miss it.

http://www.kyoto.travel/

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2158.html

Edited: 07 March 2013, 10:36
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2. Re: Help with Osaka - Tokyo Itinerary Please!

These are all noted, will look these up. Many thanks, Yobeekool.

Somebody told me though that if I'm going to Tokyo, no need to go to Kyoto - it's either Tokyo or Kyoto.

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3. Re: Help with Osaka - Tokyo Itinerary Please!

4. If you're not interested in the tuna auction, there is no need to go that early. Go there around 7-8am and see the outer market. The inner market is not open to tourists before 9am. If you want to see the auction, you should be there around 4:30am.

5. TMG is way over rated. Go to the Sky Tree or Tokyo City View instead.

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4. Re: Help with Osaka - Tokyo Itinerary Please!

No, we're not interested in the tuna auction or in any fish auction. Just want to see the market itself and taste the freshest sushi. So you think we can go to Tsukiji anytime, then? Just to have a look and eat.

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5. Re: Help with Osaka - Tokyo Itinerary Please!

The fish stalls in the Inner Market will close by 11am and lots of shops in the Outer Market close by 2-3pm. Many sushi shops are open late or 24 hours but the famous ones in the Inner Market, like Sushi Dai and Daiwa Sushi close around 2pm.

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6. Re: Help with Osaka - Tokyo Itinerary Please!

Thanks, Shibuyyako. Just included Sushi Dai and/or Daiwa in our Tokyo itinerary. Just have to convince hubby about the long wait. It seems that there are more to see and visit in Tokyo than in Osaka. Will most likely cut our Osaka trip to fewer days vs that in Tokyo. ;)

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7. Re: Help with Osaka - Tokyo Itinerary Please!

can anybody advice about day trip to KAMAKURA, YOKOHAMA by taxi from Tokyo (shiba area). we are 4 senior citizens travelling from India in first week may 2013.Any guided bus/coach tour would be excellent for us.

thanks

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8. Re: Help with Osaka - Tokyo Itinerary Please!

I think less than 0.1 percentage of all travelers to Yokohama or Kamakura from Tokyo take a taxi all the way. Taxi fare will be more than 10000yen. But I don't know exact fare, since normal people do not do it.

Fortunately, direct trains are available at Daimon station to Yokohama, at Shimbashi station to Kamakura. In my opinion, traveling as local ppl travel is a part of traveling when you are abroad.

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9. Re: Help with Osaka - Tokyo Itinerary Please!

Unless you have serious mobility issues, it makes more sense to go by trains. Once you get to Kamakura, then take taxis locally within the area to avoid extensive walking.

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10. Re: Help with Osaka - Tokyo Itinerary Please!

I agree with you, but I have 3 senior citizens in the age group of 75- 82 yrs, so they will not be able to take the train, walk much, climb stairs etc in stations etc. I looking for any taxi company who will take us( 4 persons) to KAMAKURA and yokohama sightseeing from tokyo and bring us back to hotel in tokyo.

regards,

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