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The Great Fodor's Fall Japan Exodus Begins Tues w/Craig & Jeane's Departure

The Great Fodor's Fall Japan Exodus Begins Tues w/Craig & Jeane's Departure

Oct 22nd, 2013, 09:49 AM
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Have a great trip everyone. I don't leave for 2 more weeks so will probably be passing you as I take the Narita express bus into Tokyo the night of the 6th.
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Oct 22nd, 2013, 10:25 AM
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Hope you're having fun and looking forward to hearing all about it...
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Oct 22nd, 2013, 01:14 PM
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Bon Voyage.. Looking forward to your on the ground updates, shame we can't cach up with you and the rest of the guys... BUT am very excited to be leaving in 24 days ( and counting)and of course meeting up with my favourite boys from LA! And then Bob, karen and Pook in BKK for more fodorites fun.
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Oct 23rd, 2013, 04:12 AM
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We have arrived at Citadines Shinjuku. For those interested in the gory details about taking the N'EX in from Narita, we did so successfully. The line at the JR East ticket counter moved very slow. Jeane timed the wait at 25 minutes. They should have a separate line for N'EX as there were many buying the JR pass, which seemed to be a pretty bureaucratic process. If we hadn't made the #40 train with just 2 minutes to spare, we would have had to wait for an hour for the next one. We had a ton of luggage but it actually wasn't all that difficult to manage. The train ride was very comfortable, it was easy to find our reserved seats and luggage storage was convenient. Only took one wrong turn at Shinjuku station - taxi was about $10 to the hotel.
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Oct 23rd, 2013, 04:58 AM
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Glad you made it safely...can't wait to get there.
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Oct 23rd, 2013, 05:11 AM
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Shelly...I think you are right ...take what you have, print the schedules at home, and use the hotels computer if you are really stuck, or find a Starbucks or the like. have a great trip.
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Oct 23rd, 2013, 05:11 AM
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Craig I've heard, not confirmed, that there are several types of Kit Kat flavours in Japan with each city, or prefecture (province?) having unique ones. Since Jeanne is a dentist so you don't have to worry about your teeth will please try them all out for me? Let me know which one you like best please.
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Oct 23rd, 2013, 05:14 AM
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Right behind you, see you in a bit.

Btw, they weren't buying jr passes at the window they were exchanging their vouchers n turning them into jr passes. You cannot buy those passes in Japan.

Aloha!
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Oct 23rd, 2013, 05:20 AM
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Thanks for checking in with us, Craig. Glad the train went smoothly. Knowing how "heavy" you and Jeanne travel, I figure Cheryl and I will be just fine with our luggage on the rain.
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Oct 23rd, 2013, 05:34 AM
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Happy traveling.

If you only want to buy a NEx ticket, there's no waiting -- you can do it either at a machine or the NEx-only window. The wait time is when you either want to buy the NEx+Suica or exchange a voucher for a JR pass -- that's cause you have to show a foreign passport for either one. Also , worst time of day when C+J landed in late afternoon, in that window when most of the flights from No. America arrive.

This may be anathema to those who enjoy planning every step in advance, but I'll usually have Plans B & C available: if getting the NEx+Suica means that I'll miss the next train, I might just forgo the $20 or $30 savings and just get on the first train. Especially if the next train is an hour away. (Most NEx's are 30 mins apart, except for the one that Craig cited.)

Any comments on the AC flight/connection? (Asking 'coz I'm taking that route in 2 wks.)
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Oct 23rd, 2013, 06:50 AM
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Safe travels to you and Linda, HT.
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Oct 23rd, 2013, 01:32 PM
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Don, we were in Executive class and the flights went smoothly. Good food in the lounge at Toronto but a horrendously long walk from our arrival gate to the international terminal. Customs check but no security screening between flights.
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Oct 24th, 2013, 02:14 AM
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Pook - will do careful research on the kit-kats, even if it means another root canel...

Kathie, your typo "rain" (rather than "train") is certainly indicative of the weather we will be enjoying in the next couple of days...

I think we passed Tokyo Metro 101 today, successfully navigating the subway to the Ginza department stores.

Used Google Maps on my iPhone with Pocket wifi to walk to restaurant for dinner tonight - nothing special as we were just looking for an early light meal.

Ran into Florida1 and husband Doug this AM and looking forward to Saturday's GTG with everyone.
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Oct 24th, 2013, 03:33 AM
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Bad luck on the weather, as the upcoming rain is said to be from the convergence of 2 typhoons.
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Oct 24th, 2013, 03:40 AM
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[sorry, hit submit too quickly]

Typhoon story: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/201.../#.UmkF2oaeR3U

One big benefit to staying in the Shinjuku area is that there's an enormous warren of underground shopping area that allows you to get from one part of Shinjuku to another without stepping outside. I'm told that there's an excellent okonomiyaki shop -- Botejyu -- in the basement floor of the Subnade arcade.
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Oct 24th, 2013, 05:14 AM
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Craig, and I thought my typo was a comment on our Seattle weather! ;-)

So glad to hear you did ok on the metrq. We are still trying to decide about whether pocket wi-fi is worthwhile or not.
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Oct 24th, 2013, 07:11 AM
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We made into the Citadines
See u in the morning

Aloha!
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Oct 24th, 2013, 07:17 AM
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Btw
Can't wait to see Bobs room as he didn't spring for the extra 10.00 more for a larger room lol lol
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Oct 24th, 2013, 07:47 AM
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We are at the air port waiting to board. Can 'to wait for 14 hr flight. See you all soon.
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Oct 24th, 2013, 08:26 AM
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Good to hear from you, HT.

Have a good flight Karen and Bob.
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