The EZA Travel Thread

  • Aloha Allies, I am going to be headed back to Osaka, Japan on the 14th of June. This time there will be no business involved so I will have way more time to enjoy myself. Does anyone have recommendations for sightseeing? I plan on visiting USJ again, and will probably hit the Aquarium/Cosmosquare area another day for at least part of the day. I'm also thinking of visiting the Minami Namba/Nipponbashi area. I did Shitennoji Temple, Osaka-jou, and the large park around the zoo/museum last time, so I hope to see some new areas. Mahalo for your help.

  • @tokyoslim Its such a beautiful country. i already cant wait to go back to it

  • @namzor not in Osaka, but Nara is like 30 minutes away in train and I had a great time in Nara park, honestly I enjoyed it much more than anything in Osaka.

  • @namzor Like bard91 says, Nara is super close by train and absolutely worth a visit if only to see Todai-ji. Kyoto is also really easy to get to and I'm sure I don't need to start listing all the stuff there. You're bang on with Namba/Dotonbori/Nipponbashi, solid spot.Personally I like to get off at one end of Shinsaibashi and walk all the way to the other via Dotonbori. This may become a boon to you as June is rainy season. If you like fried things, Daruma in Dotonbori makes good kushikatsu. If you're into cars, there's a parking lot across from Don Quijote where there are usually Lambos/Rolls etc parked.

    Ame Mura (America Town) is also an easy walk from Shinsaibashi. Not the most crazy-exciting spot but it's good to see the famous, sprawling urban park that is Sankaku koen.

    Umeda in the north is somewhat similar to Namba but less exciting, in my opinion - still worth a visit if you have time. Typical downtown core with restaurants, malls etc. Plus Yodobashi Camera.

    Oh and, if you haven't already, I would recommend going to a baseball game. I am not a huge baseball fan but I have had a really good time every time I've gone to a game in Japan and Tigers fans are nuts.

    If you're looking for arcades, I know there is a Club Sega in Shinsaibashi and a few Taito Stations further south around Den Den Town.

    And eat. Osaka is famous for kuidaore (eat till you drop) so if something looks good, it probably is so eat it and eat a lot of it.

  • @bard91 @E_Zed_Eh_Intern Thanks for all your suggestions. I've been tweaking my itinerary abit to make it the most efficient, but I think I can cram in all that I want to see. Don't think I'm going to be leaving the city for Nara or Kyoto though (as much as I would love to). Gonna post a Instagram link for live picture updates from my trip. Going to have to catch up on the last day of E3 coverage on my arrival though. L & R

  • I've finalized all my travel plans for Tokyo 2020. I cashed in all my airline miles and procured a 1st class ticket on JAL SEA > LAX> NRT and a direct Business class flight back from Narita to Seattle (Seattle flights don't have 1st class cabins). I purchased tickets for 10 Olympic events, including 3x3 Basketball, Regular Basketball (both men's and women's), Beach Volleyball, Archery, Boxing, Wrestling, Track and Field, Handball, and Canoe Sprint. 19 tickets in total, at an average of about $120 per piece. Many were much cheaper, but I'm going to a couple of "finals" events that are REAL damn pricey...

    And then I got laid off. :)

    So, with like thousands of non-refundable dollars already invested in this trip, I'm not going to abandon it. The main problem is that I hadn't paid for the major expense yet. Lodging during the Olympics is stupid expensive. I could have potentially stayed with family about 1.5 hours outside of Tokyo, but that would mean 3 hours of suburban commute each day, which is far from ideal. Capsule hotels and shared bunkbed dorm style hostels are running around $100 to $240 a night. Hotels are $300-500 a night. There's no way I'd be able to afford that, and since Japan cracked down on AirBnB's, there's about 10x less of those than there used to be in Tokyo. Less supply = higher prices, and I've seen anything from $250 to $3000 a night for short term rentals like that during the olympics.

    Turns out that staying as long as I did was a blessing, as it opened up the option of a monthly rental. Month to month leases aren't regulated like short term BnB's are, so there were a few good options that weren't charging $10k for my trip. Ended up renting a furnished monthly apartment , all utilities included, no key money, in a new building, aircon, tv/cable, internet, washlet, washer/dryer, elevator, etc.right on the Yamanote line, convenient to many of the venues I'm going to -$83 a night for 33 nights! While that's still a big chunk of change, that's pretty much an unconditional win. Ate up a big chunk of my savings though. lol

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  • ^ Good luck on your Olympic trip! :)

    I had been planning to go, but shortly before Olympic tickets went on sale, one of the family's credit cards got cancelled. I could've still technically afforded it, but it would be beyond stupid to spend money frivolously in a time of financial insecurity (alas, you already put in a ton prior to your own insecurity. :\ ).

    In hindsight, I'm glad I didn't go through with it, because the summer heat and Olympic crowds would've been murder for the older family member I was going to go with.

    P.S. Had been planning to attend Weightlifting, Gymnastics, and the Men's High Jump final.

  • @oscillator Yeah, it's gonna be hot and crowded and insane, but it's also a lifelong dream for me to go to a Tokyo Olympics.

    I didn't get any gymnastics tickets. The only things I really wanted to get tickets for and didn't are Sailing down at Enoshima harbor and Speed Climbing.

    Wrestling, I'm going to be at the Mens' Greco Roman 77kg, 97kg semifinals and the the 60kg and 130kg bronze medal matches and finals. The women's Freestyle 68kg semifinals, and the 76kg bronze and finals matches.

    That was the most expensive ticket I bought.

  • @tokyoslim Just now seeing this. Give us an update when all is said and done. I don't know anyone who has done an Olympics trip, and I'm curious to see how it goes.

    Also, tell us if you meet Mario and Sonic

  • Sure thing!