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I plan going to Japan for a bout a week at end of December probably 5 days in Tokyo and couple in Osaka.
Any of you guys can recommend hotels closer to city centre?
Plan to go snowboarding for couple of days, and rest of the time just explore, if you have suggestions of what to do in Tokyo in winter besides maid cafe, im all ears.

Thanks.

PS: info on hotels in both Tokyo and Osaka is welcome
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Einherja Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Artist
a cheap проститутка you can afford :iconseriouslyplz:
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Doncreegan26 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Student Artist
Take it easy on your way to Japan, Dmitrys, make sure certain area's safe to travel through; Beware of the Nuclear leak...



Also, can't wait for new updates from you Dmi.
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wazuka Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
I know nothing of your budget in numbers but I will go ahead and assume you're as broke as me.For me it's always capsule hotels,the cheapest ones too,not only for the price but also because it's the ultimate "urban Japan" experience.The Tokyo one is 3000 yen and not too good but you can certainly live there the same way you'd live in a hostel.But to be brutally honest it has been ruined by too many foreigners knowing about it...that is never good 'cause they don't give a crap about anyone else.It's called "riverside hotel and capsule" and it is smack in the middle of Asakusa.
Now the big gun is Osaka's one.Amemura(America village) in shin-saibashi is the funkiest of the funkiest place in the city,and in it is "Asahi plaza capsule hotel"...Talk about cheap an' awesome.2600 yen for the best capsule hotel in aaaaall of Japan (and I've been to most).The main bath is huge and you get so much space in common facilities.The capsule is of course a capsule, but that place is grade A for bums like me.Get to live in the city center and walk,eat and drink(maybe even screw) Shin-Saibashi dry...and then go soak all you want in the bath back at the hotel and drop dead in your capsule...that's what heaven could look like to me.And a bonus,there is a "Mandarake"(massive comic shop)literally 5 steps from the entrance across the street.Boy,I wrote too much,looks like I wanna go back bad.If you're interested for more I can continue,if not I can tell you about more pricey/more comfy places,you just ask.
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Samurai-Poet Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Have fun~!
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spacejunq-returned Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I have stayed in Tokyo and Osaka quite often. I find it's convenient to stay in Ueno, then you are not far from the Skyliner station, which goes to and from Narita Airport. In the past I've stayed in the Ueno First City, a business hotel, a bit basic but not expensive. It's convenient for good old Akihabara, 10 mins walk away! In Osaka I usually stay near Shin-Osaka station, which is where the Shinkansen stops - it doesn't go near Osaka station, which confuses some people! A good hotel is the Shin-Osaka Station hotel - again a business class hotel, but nicer than the Tokyo equivalent and about the same price. Osaka is good for food! You will need to use the underground trains to get around in Osaka, whereas in Tokyo you can get around the best places by the JR Yamanote line. Incidentally Den-Den Town is Osaka's version of Akihabara... Hope this is useful information!
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shockwaveplasma Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
I have been told that these Hotels are quite good [link] I stayed in Tokyo a few years ago, and found it amazing. Best thing to do is find some guidebooks and decide what you want to look at.

Sometimes just walking around was great, and it's perfectly safe at night, well for you it probably will be.
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Dark-Blue-Abaddon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You lucky Gun, i was also planing on going to Japan 2 years ago but it fell through. Anyways i did some research back then and it's really convenient to buy a JR pass, you'll get a discount if you buy it here. Also there is good info on planing a trip on Japanese learning website like Japanese pod 101, there should be forums that will help like what hotels are cheap and what you should go see. Lastly you should go visit your Japanese district and talk to some of them for info or pick up their free magazines they also have info but they are in Japanese so learn the language. Good Luck
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Murdoc53 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
RED LIGHT DISTRICT
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mangapym Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Buy a railpass from JR company. You save a lot of money [link]
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Dmitrys Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
eah plan on doing that.
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spoon2675 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Could you take me with you? I'll ride in your carry on.........:worship:
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KennoArkkan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Buy sex toys. Thousands of them. (?) no srsly, they got pretty interesting ones o_o
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ridleysaria Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
I was in Tokyo about this time last year and I stayed at Hotel Monterey in Ginza, which is fairly central. I had several 2 day subway passes and basically used those to go everywhere. Definitely visit Akihabara.... Super Potato is pretty cool if you like retro video games. There's shrines all over the city you should visit too. Off the top of my head I saw Sensoji and Meiji shrines. See the Imperial Palace. You can't enter the palace itself but you can walk around the back garden (trust me, there's plenty to see). It's a little more touristy but Tokyo Tower was worth the time for an amazing view of the city. Don't forget a good, compact umbrella as it will rain a lot. And for gods sake, wear good walking shoes.
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Muady Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
akihabara and the comic stores are an obvious suggestion. I was there earlier this year
and they got great stuff. Trader has all the retro games (got a snes and a bunch of games
for dirth cheap) plus the comic book stores are sweet, one had tons of art books and they
all got porn... lots and lots of it^^
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maxblackrabbit Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
We went to a used item shop called "Book Off" it also had used games/game machines/cameras/etc. They were selling Sega Dreamcasts for like, $5. I picked up a bunch of DS games that I couldn't understand. (but were still damn fun) All the book stores had their porn sections and all the hobby shops had guns. It's a wonderland. :)

If you ever get to go to 'Tokyo Bigsite' during international toy fair, you won't regret it, bring lots of money. :)
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Muady Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Wouldant really know what stores i went to...
cant read a word of japanese.
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maxblackrabbit Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Same here, just little familiar bits from comics and such, I get my friend to do all the translating for me. :)
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Dmitrys Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
what hotels did you stay over at?
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Muady Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Ah sorry i didnt handle the booking so i cant rember
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MaragrizX Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Sounds fun, I always wanted to visit Osaka.
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Secret-Agent-Rabbit Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Can't recommend any hotels, but Akihabara has all sorts of awesome things.
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Skirill Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
shit... I'm jealous you
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Dmitrys Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
моё мото [link]
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blackidna Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
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Dmitrys Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
i got trolled
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Firetiger-2004 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
When my family and I visited Tokyo we stayed in Ikebukuro, which was close to most places by train, although we didn't go near the snow, we went in july, although I do know a friend that went recently and I could pester him.
I could tell you about the hotel but I stayed together with my family so our price range might be higher then what you want to pay.
some advice:
The hotel rooms will be quite small so be aware that you probably won't get as much as you would elsewhere.
Trains will get you almost everywhere but Taxis are expensive.
Some places will require you to take a ticket for lines
Western food is strange and expensive.
Shorts and T-Shirt are... frowned upon.
Vending machines are your friend.
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Dmitrys Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
thanks for info what particular hotel did you stay at? did u had a chance to travel between cities and does one need to book train ticket for that
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Firetiger-2004 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
I think it was the InterContinental Tokyo although I'd have to go and digg around to doubble check that.
We traveled to Kyoto for a few hours, I don't remember booking tickets before we got to japan but we did purchase spesific tickets for the bullet train, with allocated seats and all, but I don't recall any difficulty.
Hope this helps.
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Lychee-Soda Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome to Tokyo!
I recommend that you try MONJA-YAKI in Tsukishima Tokyo.
It's so exotic food ;)

Have fun!
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Jowain92 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student Writer
I think Akihabara could be interesting, then there are alot of temples that could be fun visiting.
I also recomend taking me with you... Please?
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Griffinfly Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hey long time no hear, have a nice trip! I hope everything turns out well for you!
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Deputee Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I was in Tokyo and Osaka a couple of years ago and did some snowboarding on the north island. There's heaps to see in Tokyo with all its districts, plus the trains there run all night and come pretty often!!
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Dmitrys Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
can you recomed ski resort you have been at and was it neear osaka or tokyo. Talk me trough how u did your snow boarding trip, did you book hotel near by or commuted on train from main city.
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Deputee Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I went snowboarding on Niseko and did that through a packaged deal, I can't remember what it was called though or who it was through. It was like 10 days of snowboarding with a professional coach. All up that cost $4000 but that included flights, accomodation, food and lift passes. After that just caught a plane to Tokyo and stayed in a backpackers for a couple of days then caught a bullet train to Osaka. But with the snowboarding trip everything was organised through a particular tour group and you end up staying with the other people who go on it.
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leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Mmm, I fear I don't know the hotels there...
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skankerzero Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I suggest you go check out the Nakano Sun Mall in Nakano. That's where all the real otaku go. You can get there by taking the orange line from Shibuya station.
Akihabara is more of a tourist trap, but there are some neat things there too.

When I go, I try and stay at a Ryokan. I prefer them to regular hotel rooms because if I'm going to travel all the way over there, I might as well get the best experience I can get. Plus, they're a bit cheaper usually.
I usually stay at the Ryokan 'Hotel Fukudaya'. It's just a quick walk to Shibuya, Tokyo's nightlife.
[link]
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Dmitrys Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
did you actualy sleep in western beds or on the floor?
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skankerzero Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The Ryokan I posted has western style beds. I've stayed at others that you sleep on the floor.

I've stayed at the Sawanoya before. It's very very nice and simple. They cook you breakfast in the morning too if you want it.
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I highly recommend them since it's in Ueno and Ueno is beautiful.

The main reason I like staying in Shibuya* is because I enjoy staying out late. The subway shuts down at midnight, so if you want to stay out and meet people at bars or in other prefectures, you have to take a cab after midnight, so it's expensive. If you stay in Shibuya, all you have to do is walk home late at night.

Also to note, most Japanese people go home around 10pm (22:00) to make sure they catch the trains. If you really want to meet people then it's best to go during a time where they have a festival since most people will have days off work and will stay out later.

* Shibuya is the nightlife of Tokyo. Lots of clubs and bars to meet people at.
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maxblackrabbit Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I usually go during "golden week'. I'm lucky enough to have a couple of (native) friends that i can stay with, so I've never seen the inside of a hotel there yet. Lots of Festivities and a ton of people walking the streets (thy shut down a lot of streets to traffic during this time)

We stay out late but not late enough to miss the trains so i couldn't tell you about that. :)

Take pictures of all your food while you're out there. :)
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Dmitrys Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
thanks allot, very informative, im gona look into that one.
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DarkSamuraiX1999 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Have fun
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Akeche Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Be careful of the tentacle monsters.
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