Another, more accurate option is the translate tool in Microsoft Word from edition up. Some are better than others, but you will find some wonderful information in this way. Remember that local websites in Japan end with co. Know where it is in relation to somewhere else.
Once again, TripAdvisor accommodation reviews are invaluable when making the decision where to stay. Nothing beats the impartiality of travellers themselves. However, beware of serial complainers. JNTO is also a good place to visit, being updated and expanded all the time. In addition, some locally-run websites with English language are worth a look because they have better coverage, and are likely to list lodgings in more obscure and out-of-the-way places. Want to stay longer, in self-contained accommodation? Do a home exchange. Japan's rail network is extensive with the Metro subway underground city commuter trains , JR lines aboveground commuter trains , and high speed Shinkansen bullet trains intercity trains.
If you are interested in the famous Japan Rail Pass, it must be bought before you arrive in Japan, and will commence on the day you choose to validate it at a station. The Tokyo subway is an incredibly clever system. You can navigate your way around all areas of the city quite quickly once you get a handle on the way the system works.
Subway stations have a red symbol at street level that looks like a rounded M, often at the top of a set of stairs going down to the subway. Avoiding peak hour means there will be less likelihood of being physically squashed onto a train. There are some optional separate cars for women. There was some issue in the past while rare with males being pushed up against females on the crowded trains.
Draw your own conclusions. You can see where to stand for these cars, marked on the floor of the platform while waiting for your train. Each metro train line has a name, a colour and a station number. So while you are on the train, you can count your stops easily even if you are struggling to read Japanese. There are electronic signs on the more modern trains above the train doors on the inside that show which station is next, so you can track where you are on your journey.
Although the name and colour of the line never changes, the same station can have a different station number depending on the train line that impassion through it. Much easier than buying individual tickets each time, and you can use them for food vending machines. The JR system is the local above ground train line. There are some great ones like the Yamamote line that circle the heart of the city. These trains have separate station entrances to the metro - don't get confused! They have a green JR sign and a completely different network to the inner city metro with lines that include the outskirts of the city.
The Shinkansen are the equivalent of country trains or intercity trains. Sometimes bullet trains, sometimes not. Pretty exciting to watch the really fast bullet trains zoom passed when you are on the platform. They nearly take your breath away. If only the fastest train will do, you want to arrange your own tickets without the JR pass, and you want designated seating, there are a few things to know.
The first thing is the tickets for the Shinkansen can only be booked exactly 1 month before your scheduled train trip. And they can only be purchased within Japan unless you have insider connections. If you have booked your hotel accommodation, some concierge may purchase the tickets for you in advance of your arrival if you pay a handling fee.
Definitely worth it to know you have the tickets and reserved seating on the train if that's what you require. Although the Shinkansen trains have a designated area of Tokyo station, allow yourself plenty of time to work out where your platform is, particularly if you have luggage. There are plenty of nice places to eat at the station if you arrive a tad early. The upcoming trains are listed on electronic signs above eye level as you walk through the station. Don't be afraid to ask for assistance at the information areas, the staff are pleasant and happy to assist.
If you are traveling multiple sectors on Shinkansen, there are some things you should know in advance. I will use an example of traveling from Iiyama in the North to Kyoto. Such a trip may require two train changes. Get ready for the tricky part When you enter the platforms through the electronic turnstile machines, you need to insert the complete journey ticket ON TOP OF the sector ticket.
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