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Old 13th August 2008, 21:57   #46
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Oh my god... your cam did not leave even this toilet . lol...

I remember seeing this shown on UGC when I was doing around 6th or something. And when I experianced it in Japan, oh no words to explain
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Old 13th August 2008, 22:12   #47
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rk, a very interesting thread and nice snaps, especially of the trains.

keep it going.

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A very interesting thread.

Got me lost in thought, about how things were a bit different twelve years ago, when I had been to Japan.

Wrote my experiences here: Japan

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Ram Sir, I went through your experience, it was very interesting and informative too.

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Do not hesitate to bargain at Akhihabara - just like back home in India. It is not considered odd.

3) And main thing, remember to keep your passport with you, because it will get you a sizeable reduction in price. Taxes will be waived off because you would be taking the product out of Japan. Sort of like the VAT exemption you get when buying products in EU and taking them out (re-export).
When I have been to Japan back in 1999, the shops at Akihabara used to sell the local "Jap only" versions in Ground Floors and the International versions used to be sold in the First floor and above. The duty exemption was only available when you buy the International versions.
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When I have been to Japan back in 1999, the shops at Akihabara used to sell the local "Jap only" versions in Ground Floors and the International versions used to be sold in the First floor and above. The duty exemption was only available when you buy the International versions.
I think now its not the case. It just depends on the type of visa you have on your passport. If its work visa, then you cannot claim those, but if it is visitors you can claim the duty exemption irrespective of the version you buy.
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I think now its not the case. It just depends on the type of visa you have on your passport. If its work visa, then you cannot claim those, but if it is visitors you can claim the duty exemption irrespective of the version you buy.
actually it has nothing to do with the type Visa. also you can not get deal discount and duty free discount together. and if you do some good research, you can get upto 20% discount deals on electronics.
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Old 14th August 2008, 20:44   #51
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Default Trip to Hakone this saturday.

I have fixed the trip to Hakone for this saturday and this will be very interesting trip as I will take 7-8 different type transportation during the trip.

1. Subway : appartment to Shinagawa Station.
2. JR Rail(Yamanote Line) : Shinagawa to Shinjuku
3. Romance Express Train : Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto.
4. Hakone Trozan Bus : Hakone-Yumoto. to Motohakone-ko
5. Cruise Boat : Motohakone-ko to Togenadi (on Lake Ashi).
6. Hakone Ropeway : Togenadi to Owakudani(eat smoked eggs on volcacno) and then Sounzan
7. Hakone Tozan Cable car : Sounzan to Gora
8. Hakone Tozan Train : Gora to Hakone-Yumuto
9. JR Line : from Yumuto to Odawara:
10. Another JR Line : Odawara to Shinagawa

Hakone Ropeway is the only dicy route as it depends on the Wind and they close it on high wind.

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Hi guys, no time to write much now.

But uploaded all the pics

Picasa Web Albums - Rajiv - Tokyo

Will write in detail later
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Good pics RK. Kepp them posting. Also what is all this about Romance Express train.
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Hi guys, no time to write much now.

But uploaded all the pics

Picasa Web Albums - Rajiv - Tokyo

Will write in detail later
Hey Rk i will be in shinjuku this sunday, and will be there for a week. I will be put up at the KEIO Plaza very close to the shinjuku JRL. If you have a contact no do PM me and if posible lets try to catch up for a small team-bhp meet but o'coz without cars...lemm know !!
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Good pics RK. Kepp them posting. Also what is all this about Romance Express train.
Thanks buddy, its a type of bullet train with no Romance inside . Just that it takes you to the places popular with Love Birds

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Hey Rk i will be in shinjuku this sunday, and will be there for a week. I will be put up at the KEIO Plaza very close to the shinjuku JRL. If you have a contact no do PM me and if posible lets try to catch up for a small team-bhp meet but o'coz without cars...lemm know !!
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Great buddy, Lets meet up, Please PM me your plan. I know KEIO Plaza, can meet in Shinjuku.

I am planning to go to Enoshima and Kamakura this sunday from Odakyu line which start from Shinjuku. Its just a half day trip so we can meet in the morning.

PMed you my mobile number
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Sure RK will buzz you once i reach the hotel .
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I have fixed the trip to Hakone for this saturday and this will be very interesting trip as I will take 7-8 different type transportation during the trip.

1. Subway : appartment to Shinagawa Station.
2. JR Rail(Yamanote Line) : Shinagawa to Shinjuku
3. Romance Express Train : Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto.
4. Hakone Trozan Bus : Hakone-Yumoto. to Motohakone-ko
5. Cruise Boat : Motohakone-ko to Togenadi (on Lake Ashi).
6. Hakone Ropeway : Togenadi to Owakudani(eat smoked eggs on volcacno) and then Sounzan
7. Hakone Tozan Cable car : Sounzan to Gora
8. Hakone Tozan Train : Gora to Hakone-Yumuto
9. JR Line : from Yumuto to Odawara:
10. Another JR Line : Odawara to Shinagawa

Hakone Ropeway is the only dicy route as it depends on the Wind and they close it on high wind.
Bharat, I lived in Tokyo for a year during 2005/06. I did this route in the reverse direction with my family. one of the best trips that I had in Japan.
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Great buddy, Lets meet up, Please PM me your plan. I know KEIO Plaza, can meet in Shinjuku.

I am planning to go to Enoshima and Kamakura this sunday from Odakyu line which start from Shinjuku. Its just a half day trip so we can meet in the morning.
If you are going to Kamakura, don't miss to watch the sunset from the other side of Enoshima island. It is a tough climb down the steep steps but is worth it - especially if it happens to be a clear day!
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Rajiv, Jango,

Some of the off beat places that I visited when I lived in Tokyo

1. Mt.Mitake - An excellent trekking area with a beatiful Buddhist temple on top of a hill. You take the Chuo line from Shinjuku - the yellow trains and travel towards Ome. It will be a 100 minute ride to Mitake station. From the station take a bus to the rope car station and then a chair lift to the start of the trek. Check this URL for more details - Tokyo Travel: Mitakesan (Mount Mitake)

2. A ride across the Chiba peninsula in single car mountain rail - this is best during fall or early spring. attached excel has the route plan that I used in early May 06.
Note: Kameido station mentioned in this plan is on the Akihabara - Narita Line.
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I Absolutely love this thread, please keep sharing guys!
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