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Japan Trip

So, because inquiring minds have been asking me, these are the movements for my mother and I thus far for our Japan trip...

Depart 14th April Melbourne 0935
Arrive 14th April Tokyo Narita 1900

Shinjuku - for four nights. I belive on the 16th we will be having dinner with a friend of a family friend named Yoshitake, a very nice boy as I recall.

Gion - arrive 18th April for one night

Kyoto - arrive 19th April for 4 nights

Hiroshima - arrive 23rd April for one night

Kochi - arrive 24th April for one night

Matsuyama - arrive 26th April? Unsure at this time.

Depart 28th April Tokyo Narita 2015
Arrive 28th April Melbourne 0730

The only thing not mentioned above is that my mother leaves for Amsterdam at 1245 on the 28th of April. Which means I will probably be at the airport for eight hours by myself with nothing to do but get kidnapped by the yakuza. Eeep.

So yeah, all you folks in Japan who want to catch up, these are my tentative travel times. And all of you who are keen for souvenirs (sp?), let me know. Both my luggage spane and my budget are limited, however, so no mail-order brides please.


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Mar. 21st, 2004 07:52 pm (UTC)
Isn't Gion in Kyoto? Are you moving to different hotels in Kyoto?

oooh, ooh, can I ask you to get me things?
Mar. 21st, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC)
Re: konfyuuzedo?
Moving hotels - if they're not in the same place, they're pretty damn close.

And that depends what things you want - I'll gladly look for canned panties if it would make you happy.

Any idea what I can do in Narita airport for 8 hours (apart from being sold into white slavery by the yakuza)?
Mar. 21st, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC)
Re: konfyuuzedo?
hmmm... it might be worth not going out to the airport, just kicking around in town? I think there's a shuttle service.

Other than that, I'd say get out of the airport. Leave your luggage in a locker and just get out to the nearest township for a bit of hundred-yen last-minute shopping, and a bowl of yoshinoya. (The super cheap ticket gyudon shops).

Failing that, go nuts in the airport buying omiyage and souvenirs. That's what I did when I had to go back to Australia and got to Kansai three hours early :)
Mar. 21st, 2004 09:52 pm (UTC)
Re: konfyuuzedo?
I dunno... kicking around Japan by myself while being worried I'll miss my flight... does not bode well.

Omiyagi? Enlighten me. And speaking of which, when are you going to teach me some japanese, so I can at least hold a mind-numbingly simple conversation with the yakuza when I am kidnapped?
Mar. 22nd, 2004 02:01 am (UTC)
Re: konfyuuzedo?
Omiyage are the pre-boxed-and-wrapped presents that you give to your coworkers when you get back. Usually they're the local sweets from wherever you went on holiday. Particularly tasty are the Kyoto ones, yattsuhashi (cinnamony hard crispy things) and the strawberry daifuku (don't know where they're from, they're a strawberry wrapped in mochi dough. You can get them with fresh cream from Tokyo station, too. Not that I'm enthusiastic or anything.

But yes. We should get together for a brainstorm and Japanese-phrase session before you go and I forget everything I know.
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