Osaka and Tokyo
Hoping to seek some advice from you forumers. :-)
I will be going on a 15 days trip to Japan in November and it'll be my first official travel, would be reaching around 6am in the morning at Kansai Airport.
Areas I am keen to visit in Tokyo(in order of importance) are:
Tsukiji Fish Market
Here are my questions, i need advice:
Would really love to visit Okinawa too, but it seems pretty inaccessible. Is there a way?
Planning to spend some time in Osaka, would it be better to stay 1-2 nights in Osaka first before going to Tokyo or proceed to Tokyo by train immediately once touching down and head back to Osaka for the last 1-2 days?
What would be the best mode of transport for me? Would a Rail Pass be good?
How should I go about alocating my time to visit these places?
Any advice for accomodation would be great too, there will be two persons. :-)
Thank you so much in advance!
Here are some answers:
For Okinawa you'll have to take a flight. From Osaka you should look in to low cost budget airlines such as Peach or Jetstar, both of whome open low cost routes to Okinawa from October.
I think I'd stay in Osaka for the first few nights to get used to the area :) maybe after that get the plane to Okinawa and back. If does depend on how long your flight is however - if you are on a short trip to Japan then travelling immediately up to Tokyo shouldn't be a big problem.
The return trip from Osaka to Tokyo by JR bullet train costs around the same as a 7 day Japan Rail Pass. with a 7 day pass you can freely travel on any JR lines around Japan. You can also make good use of the JR Pass in Tokyo (here's a map of JR lines in Tokyo for reference). I'd recommend a 7 day pass in your case as you really gain a huge amount of flexibility and it is only ¥400 ($5USD) extra compared to a standard return ticket.
As far as allocating time for these, I think you'll need at least 3 days of sightseeing to get the most out of your list. You could easily spend 5 days to be honest here! All locations are easily accessible within Tokyo either using the JR lines, or the Metro, so you should have no problems I think.
Hotels in Tokyo
Accomodation is always a tricky thing to recommend as it depends on so many factors! My main survival tips for Tokyo Hotel selecting though are:
- Pick the right area - I really like the arty and cafe influenced Nakameguro, Aoyama and Daikanyama areas, but if you fancy a more 'downtown' location then Ginza or Shinjuku is hard to beat. For nightlife lovers, Shibuya is top of the list.
- Check Tripadvisor a lot :)
- For no-frills but clean budget hotels, check out the Toyoko Inn and Tokyu Stay chains.
Hope this helps!
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