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Old 07-16-09, 01:50 PM   #1
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CMWC Japan help!

story lads, its been a while since iv been here
anyway iv booked the flights to osaka(11th til the 30th) and was wondering
whats the ride from osaka to kyoto(pre-event) like?winds/hills/views etc...
can i bring the bike on the train from kyoto to tokyo?price on that?
im 6ft 4", will i not fit in alot of places?
(locals)-what are the couchsurfing prospects?
any ballpark figure on how much $ i should have for the 20day trip assuming im willing to adapt to customs and im not buying anything rediculously expensive?
whats the 420/grass situation like over there?easy enough to get sorted?strict laws?
thats all for now
any help appriciated
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I've ridden in kyoto and osaka,but not in between so i can't help you there.As far as taking a bike on the train,JR requires all bikes to be "partially disassembled"(my bag was big enough to fit the bike with only the frontwheel off and that was enough) and in a bag,after that it's all good.No charge or anything.That includes the shinkansen.Be prepared for the bike to be out of sight during travel on the bullettrain as there is only room for large bags/suitcases at the end of each car and if there's no room in yours,you'll have to put in another.Japan is very safe though,so that's not a problem.Moneywise,i took about $1100 on my last trip(18 days)but that included money for the train(about 13000 yen from kyoto to tokyo)daytrips and buying CD's.Eating can be relativly inexpensive if you stick to japanese fast food restaurants(alot better than american fast food)and street food.Drinking is same as US.Most places i went to charged 500-700 per beer.
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Old 07-16-09, 05:24 PM   #3
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look into the rail pass. that's what we get when i go with my family. If yo plan on doing a lot of travel by train, it's a great deal. (link to prices: http://www.japanrail.com/index.php?p...apan-rail-pass). we did the green car pass because we were on a shinkansen almost every other day, and the regular car seats are on the smaller side (like united economy) while the green cars are more akin to older business class seats (big boxy things with hella legroom). would probably give more luggage space too, but you might be able to manage in regular with a bike.

regular ticket prices are based on distance traveled, so if you're not planning to go too far then it won't be worth it probably. I can't remember exactly how we traveled though, but i know if we bought tickets individually it would have cost about 1.5 times what we paid for the pass.

edit: i misread the length of stay, we were only there for like 10 days i think, so if you do a rail pass you'll want to get all your train riding out of the way fast lol. good if you want to stick aroud in like tokyo for a week, then jump between a bunch of cities in the next.

for hotels we stayed at a lot of these. they're more business oriented, but each room gets its own bathroom and they're pretty big for the price (well, japan standards). best part is it comes with a free breakfast of musubi, tsukemono, and miso soup. the only downside is that they expect everyone to be out in the middle of the day (it's a business hotel) so you might not be able to get access to your room as they just open them all up to clean them. Didn't bother us since we were out doing stuff and the hotel was really just for sleeping.

and i was with my parents so I wasn't smoking weed haha. I didn't see really any cannabis related material there (compared to all the legalize it shirts i see here in SF) so I don't think it's that big. everyone drinks there or smokes cigs. a lot of drinking haha.
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