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Tokyo accommodation in November 2014

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Tokyo accommodation in November 2014

Hi all

I recently decided that I want to go to Tokyo in November for my birthday (present to myself). I intend to stay 7-8 nights with a day trip to Nikko. I'm then hoping to go to Kyoto and Osaka for a few days each before flying out of Osaka.

I am tossing up between Hotel Century Southern Tower and Hotel Ryumeikan. I realise that CST is in a more happening area, though despite being in my mid-20s, I'm not a huge nightlife person or big drinker. I may go out once or twice to bars at night.

My greater concern is having accommodation with convenient access to a hospital with an emergency department (in the unlucky event that I require medical attention). Though I'm fit to travel, my doctors always advise that in the event something happens, I should present to a hospital rather than a local doctor. I will be covered under the pre-existing medical condition of my travel insurance policy. Which one of these hotels would be better in regards to being close to a major hospital or are either good choices?

I have found a website where I can order a card in Japanese that states my medical condition, drug allergies and that I need a doctor.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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1. Re: Tokyo accommodation in November 2014

Staying at CST really has nothing to do with nightlife and drinking. The street and the terrace where the hotel sits are actually quiet areas. The hotel's location close to JR and subway stations along with Shinjuku's transport hub status make the hotel one of the most ideal places to stay.

You will be in a foreign country where spoken English is spotty overall. The hotel will help you seek medical treatment though. You can't worry about something that can't be controlled or you would never travel.

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2. Re: Tokyo accommodation in November 2014

Agree 100% with Sammy

Do you ensure you're close to medical facilities in your everyday activities? If you're fit to travel, there's really no point in overthinking you'll need medical treatment. And it's not as if you are venturing to some remote location in a third world country.

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I know what you mean. I am overcautious after having collapsed on a commercial flight a number of years ago. That was before my transplant though and since the transplant I have travelled to developing and developed countries without issues.

I will ensure I get the medical card that states my condition in Japanese so at least I don't have to worry about communicating so much. Many healthy people travel and there is no guarantee that they won't have a sudden heart attack or stroke in the middle of a strange place so I'll just brave it up!

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4. Re: Tokyo accommodation in November 2014

I have to first warn you that in Japan, you have to call up hospitals before you turn up... even in an emergency. This is because they wanna be sure that they have a specialist on duty for your specific problem.

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zomp416: "My greater concern is having accommodation with convenient access to a hospital with an emergency department (in the unlucky event that I require medical attention)."

When I read this I was gobsmacked. Though we chose where to build our house based on that idea, I never give that a thought when we travel - and yes we too travel with full medical travel insurance and evacuation coverage but we do not have your health issues.

Reading further when you say : "I am overcautious after having collapsed on a commercial flight a number of years ago. That was before my transplant though and since the transplant I have travelled to developing and developed countries without issues. " I _can_ understand your concerns but, what do you do about this in developing countries? How remote do you travel?

In other words, in Tokyo you will be much safer medically than in the remoter third world (?) areas you presumably have visited. I agree with Sammy and KVE above, but I do worry about you and that transplant and remote locations (though from your forum and review postings I'm not finding those type locales)

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6. Re: Tokyo accommodation in November 2014

I understand the need to have the hotel call an ambulance that will let an emergency department know that I would be coming. It has become that way in Australia too.

I have been to India which isn't third world but has high risk of catching bugs from food poisoning. I haven't put all these things on TA. However I avoid rural areas generally when I travel. A travel insurance agency would not cover a heart transplant recipient for pre existing medical if there was high risk of them getting sick.

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I'm always apprehensive about getting sick when travellin. In saying that in India my whole family got sick except for me and then last year I caught a serious bout of food poisoning in Melbourne that put my in hospital for a week. Go figure!

One of my reasons for selecting Japan is that I don't have to worry so much about food being prepared properly and I know that the major cities will understand my immunosuppressant drugs. After all one of them was created in Japan. Plus the medical system is of high standard. I'm more worried about earthquakes which is illogical because Tokyo is so well prepared for natural disasters.

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