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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 24th, 2013, 08:55 AM
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Safe trip.
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Oct 25th, 2013, 02:40 AM
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Had breakfast with Mr. & Mrs. HT today at a cafe that we enjoyed yesterday. Mr. & Mrs. RHK arrive this evening but too late for dinner as we are still crashing early due to time zone change. Looking forward to Tokyo GTG tomorrow night.

Lots of rain in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow will make touring challenging...
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Oct 25th, 2013, 11:47 AM
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rain ... and a 7.3 earthquake!

Yokoso!
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Oct 25th, 2013, 12:12 PM
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Ah, it will be just like home!
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Oct 25th, 2013, 12:16 PM
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I actually felt it - about 2 am this morning...

Rain will let up after noon so the day will not be a wash.
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Oct 25th, 2013, 01:46 PM
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The earthquake woke us up last night too!

Glad to hear the rain will let up!

Looking forward to the GTG tonight.
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Oct 25th, 2013, 07:15 PM
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Call us are in319 and the gomes are in 415
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Oct 25th, 2013, 07:44 PM
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We slept through quake. Room is basic but perfect for our stay.
Rain today and some wind.

I will write about 787 Dreamliner separately, but Shelley select seats on JK side...a c has too much light.

Food is edible...

Limo bus fab and right oustSide customs door and p/u right out adjacent door. 1.5 hrs to citidines... Not much traffic until last 5 miles. Taxi right by bus stop.
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Oct 25th, 2013, 07:46 PM
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Above is from rhk
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Oct 25th, 2013, 07:59 PM
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I agree 787 has too much light.
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Oct 26th, 2013, 07:46 AM
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Bob-We have seats on the ac side. i'll see if we can switch at the airport. If not, do they give out eye shades (to shut out the light) and socks for the plane, or do I need to bring my own?
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Oct 26th, 2013, 12:55 PM
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Wonderful GTG last night at Gonpachi, Nishi-Azabu. Fab food, great company...

On to the Noto Peninsula. Weather for the next several days looks fine.
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Oct 26th, 2013, 03:41 PM
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no shelley no eye shades given out... nothing.. try to call them ahead to change seats... not a big deal in the end..
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Oct 27th, 2013, 12:14 AM
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fabulous sunny day in tokyo today---68-70 degrees.
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Oct 27th, 2013, 02:37 AM
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So get reporting Bob, I want all the details... Don't forget I am just 18 days behind you!!
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Oct 27th, 2013, 03:29 AM
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Glad I popped over to the Asia board today...now I can follow along too!
Have a great trip everyone! I wish I could have been there too but I'll take a virtual trip with you this way!
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Oct 27th, 2013, 04:58 AM
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today we went on the hop on bus--twice... it just started operation this or last week. it is free till nov 14...

nicky---the best way to enjoy japan---bring tons of money...

ATM's are a bit limited. Mastercards don't currently work in many ATM's. we visited a citibank near shinjutu station and i was able to get $1000. in 2 transactions. mastercard did work there.

K just came out of our bathroom and says there is a sign 'not to flush babies down the toilet'--beware please..

we won't see craig and jeane for a couple of days as they have gone off to the countryside. we move on to hakone tomorrow, also in the countryside. we are forwarding our suitcases on to hiroshima by courrier---great service.
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Oct 27th, 2013, 06:57 AM
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Lol Bob, I am already very worried about that!!!

Plan to use the courier service too, so be interested on how you found it.....

Would I be best to get my Yen before I leave the UK?
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Oct 27th, 2013, 08:05 AM
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Front desk at your hotel can help with the takkyubin (baggage delivery). Best to get your yen in Japan.

Ah, a comment about Japanese toilets already. Wonderful.

Craig & Jean are in for quite a contrast: Tokyo vs Noto.
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Oct 27th, 2013, 08:23 AM
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http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2208.html
Smeagol - there is evidently an on-going issue with Maestro cards with the EMV chip - I don't know if this affects you so please read above link.....most US cards don't have the EMV yet.
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