Jejak Jepun 2016 ~ Japan Information


Hasil daripada carian maklumat tentang Jepun selama beberapa hari dan malam ~ di sini saya kongsinya dengan anda pembaca budiman. Harap2 dapat membantu.

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THE BEST TIME TO VISIT JAPAN


TIP 01 LUGGAGE HANDLING

Delivery Service Around Japan

Klik    —> Sini

Borang di sini  Kuronekoyamato Delivary Service

Perkhidmatan ini membantu anda untuk menghantar bagasi anda ke alamat yang dituju (same day or the day after). Ini memudahkan pergerakan anda terutama jika membawa bag yang besar2 yang amat sukar untuk turun naik tangga di station.

For a very reasonable price, you can deliver your luggage to your next accommodation on the following day (depending on the distance from place to place). For example, a bag from Tokyo can be delivered the next day to Kyoto for only 1,900 yen and 2,200 yen for Kyushu.
For delivery, you can:
  • Apply by phone or via internet.
  • Bring your luggage to a “convenience store”(konbini). Takkyubin (indicated by a sticker depicting two black cats) offers delivery services from these stores.
  • Bring your luggage to the counter of Kuroneko Yamato (a delivery company that provides Takkyubin services) in your neighborhood. If you do not know where to find it, watch for a delivery man in a green and yellow uniform wearing a cap and ask him. Kuroneko Yamato remains the country’s largest delivery service, but there are others like Sagawa Express or Nittsu.
If you are staying in a hotel, employees will of course take care of all these steps for you.  You can get them at the nearest konbini. Ask for a takkyubin no denpyo preferably “motobarai” (payable at time of shipment).

Locker Services
Airports, train stations and even large department stores offer locker services costing between 500 and 1000 yen. You will also find that there are usually many lockers and different sizes as well.  For somewhere between 300 yen and 1,000 yen you can store your bags for one day (until midnight). One last thing: if you leave your luggage somewhere, like traveling on a train for example, do not despair. Objects are rarely stolen and recovering lost property is not uncommon. Do not hesitate to contact the place where you might have left you baggage.

Luggage locker at Osaka Station
If you get out Central Exit, make a right and walk toward Granvia Hotel (there’s a signpost over your head). Then take a right here also and head along on the corridor 80meters or so. You’ll find a 2storied grayish ferroconcrete buiding across from the driveway on your left. Take the escalator to the second floor; the checkroom is located just around the corner on the right-hand side. Male uniformed staff will take care of you. I may possibly be wrong, but as I recollect, they charge you 400 or 500yens per suitcase per day.

TIP 02 TRANSPORTATION

BY TRAIN
Trains in Japan

There is a large selection of trains in Japan required to travel from one region to another, but also to get around in cities. The three categories of trains that you will have to use on a trip to Japan include:

  • Shinkansen, the famous bullet train provides comfort and speed, for a very attractive price if you have the Japan Rail Pass . The Shinkansenallows – among others – the Kyoto-Tokyo routes, Tokyo-Hiroshima route and since March 2015 Tokyo to Kanazawa. A must!
  • JR trains: the former national railway company is now divided into regional entities, which each manage their own networks. If traveling in a single region, the Regional JR Pass is often the most economical alternative.
  • Private lines: they are extremely numerous in Japan and often offer a quality equivalent or better service than JR lines, often for a lower rate. Among the most prestigious are, for examples, the Hankyu train line that connects Kyoto and Osaka in just 45 minutes.

BY SUBWAY

Japanese Subway

All major Japanese cities have their own urban subway lines. Punctual, safe and never on strike the Japanese subway is the preferred mode of transportation for residents of large cities such as Tokyo.
Knowing how to use the subway in Tokyo is essential when staying in the Japanese capital. The application Tokyo Metro can also help you navigate once there. 
For longer stays in Tokyo, the purchase of prepaid cards such as the Pasmo which will save you considerable time when taking the subway. 
There is also an unlimited pass for travelers that can be used for 1, 2 or 3 days: the Tokyo Subway Day Ticket for easy travel across the Tokyo subway network.

BY BUS

City buses are rarely used within large cities like Tokyo or Osaka, due to the excellent rail and metro network. 
Instead, taking the night coach to different parts of Japan makes traveling moderately priced, while saving on the price of a night in a hotel. Perfect for smaller budgets!
Traveling by coach in Japan may also sometimes be less expensive than buying a JR Pass National. 
But everything ultimately depends on your route in Japan and duration of your stay! 

BY FLIGHT?
Look up these airlines (earlier) to get cheap fares ~  Peach AviationJetStar and Air Asia Japan  Skymark (1996)  offer cheap flights to the main destinations in Japan.

Make Your Life Easier In Japan

Hyperdia, the best information site


This site in English has information on train and plane times in Japan. If you have internet access in Japan, this is a powerful tool to help you plan all your journeys while in the country.
Go to the site: www.hyperdia.com

The JR Pass information site


The official Japan Railways information site translated into English. It is especially useful to find out where the JR Pass exchange office is located in stations in Japan.
Go to the site: www.japanrailpass.net

RED ALERT : Info JR Rail Pass (Baca Ini Sebelum Beli)

  1.  Hanya boleh dibeli di luar daripada negara Jepun
  2.  Hanya sah laku selama 3 bulan setelah dibeli. Setelah digunakan kali pertama, ia akan tamat mengikut jenis pass yang anda beli. Sebagai contoh. 7 Days JR Pass. Anda guna mula pada 01 December. dan akan tamat pada 07 dec. So 08 Dec jangan pandai2 guna harap free okayyyy..
  3. Boleh digunakan untuk semua jenis transportation yang dikendalikan oleh Japan Railway (kecuali Shinkansen Nozomi and Muzhio)
  4. Berhati-hati semasa membeli JR Rail Pass. Pastikan semua maklumat betul terutama part NAMA MESTI SAMA DENGAN APA YANG TERTERA DALAM PASSPORT. JIKA ADA BIN/BINTI MESTI JUGA DITULIS SEBAGAI MIDDLE NAME.
  5. JR Rail Pass yang salah sebijik pun ejaan tidak akan diterima. No refund juga.
  6. Claim JR Rail Pass Card anda di tempat yang dinyatakan bersama dengan Passport dan Exchange Order anda sebagai bukti…. no talk-talk only tauuuu…
Oh okay…. kerana aku sedang berbaik hati dan rajin sedikit, aku tepek lah info tu kat sini. Bagaimana dan di mana boleh beli dan claim JR Rail Pass anda check japanrailpasspurchaseandclaiming kat sini. For more accurate and latest info.

And more condition.



Soalan cepumas yang asyik ditanya manusia yang hendak ke Jepun. Berbaloikah beli? Is it worth it? mahal tu….

Pertama sekali, tentulah terpulang bajet anda. Kedua keselesaan. Ketiga MEMANG berbaloi jika anda travel keluar dari Tokyo kerana JR PASS boleh digunakan di seantero Jepun.

Jangan lupa download dan print maps about Japan….

Downloadable maps and plans

Maps for you to download
Several maps are available on the internet. Here is a useful selection.
The underground in Tokyo: http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/subwaymap/index.html
JR trains in Tokyo: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/info/map_a4ol.pdf
The undergound in Kyoto: http://www.city.kyoto.jp/koho/eng/access/subway.html

The underground in Osaka: 
Ini bukan projek menyusahkan korang sekarang tapi untuk memudahkan anda di Jepun nanti…ada communication barrier..bukan semua boleh ngomong inglis lho!

At The Station Pula

  • Exchange your voucher for a JRP

    To use the trains on the Japan Railways (JR) network, the voucher given to you at the time of purchase must be exchanged at a JR ticket office. The list of stations where you can exchange it is shown on your voucher. All the major stations in Japan and Tokyo in particular have a dedicated ticket office. ( rujuk info JRP di atas)
  • Using your Japan Rail Pass

    The Japan Rail Pass means you don’t need to buy tickets for every journey (except if you want to book a seat on a Shinkansen).

    You therefore need to go through the free passage area staffed by the ticket inspector (and not through the gates). It is a good idea to have your passport with you as the ticket inspector may want to check that you are the Rail Pass holder. 

  • Use the automatic ticket machines

    For the metro (in Tokyo in particular) or on certain private train lines, you must buy your ticket from the automatic machines. The idea is to locate the amount necessary to go to the station that you are interested in, by looking at the large panels generally located to the top of the ticket machines. Then insert this amount in the ticket machine which will print your ticket. Each of these distributors is available in English. 
  • Book your Shinkansen seat at a ticket counter

    To book a seat on board a mainline train (Shinkansen), you need to ask for your ticket numbered in a ‘JR Ticket Office’ identifiable by the green signs. This booked seat is called ‘Shiteiseki’. Of course, you can also take sit where you want: this is the “jiyuseki” system. Finally, since 2007 Japanese trains are all non-smoking, with the exception of some of the mainline trains which are equipped with smoking cars. The same rule applies in the station platforms.
  • Finding your train

    The train number and destination are always shown in Japanese and Latin characters. On many platforms, floor markings show where the train doors are located. The trains stop exactly at the door marking location.

    It is a good idea to queue to access the door as the trains do not stop for long. Additionally, seats are not booked in advance on local trains and the sooner you board, the better your chances of securing a seat. Don’t hesitate to ask a traveller on the platform if the train you are waiting for is going to your destination.

    Finally, be careful not to take a “Nozomi” train on the Tokyo-Nagoya-Kyoto-Hiroshima line. You must board the “Hikari” or “Kodama” which make a few extra stops.

  • Waiting for your train

    There is a certain discipline involved in waiting for your train on a station platform in Japan: choose a queue (generally indicated by floor markings), and patiently wait behind the other passengers until you can board the car, quietly of course (we are in Japan after all). Silent mode your phone inside the train. Orang Jepun tak bercakap dalam train..sms jerrr.
  • Carrying your luggage

    There is no porter service at Japanese stations. The major stations have escalators and lifts but the small stations only have steps. If you are going on a trip lasting one or two days, you can use the Takkyu-bin luggage-sending service for a modest fee to have your luggage delivered to your destination. (Rujuk info pasal luggage)
    Example: You are departing from Kyoto for Tokyo and want to spend 2 nights in Takayama and Kanazawa. For these 2 nights you can keep a minimum amount in a bag and have your suitcase delivered to your hotel in Tokyo. 
  • Using the automatic luggage locker

    With the lockers you can stop for 2 or 3 hours in a town, take a tour and then continue your journey on the next train.
    For example, departing from Kyoto on the Okayama route: you can only visit Himeji (2 ½ to 4 h) if you leave your luggage behind.

    Most of the major stations have quite large lockers (sometimes in limited numbers however). It is easier to fit in 2 medium-sized bags than a large suitcase.
    Small stations sometimes do not have lockers for large suitcases: it is better to have soft bags that be easily squashed down than rigid suitcases.

    There are also traditional lockers with a service ending quite early in the evening.

  • The station as an information centre

    Nearly all stations have a tourist office. There is plenty of literature (unfortunately this is often only available in Japanese) to help you discover places of interest in the town or the region. Employees often speak English and can help you make hotel bookings.
  • Places to eat at the station

    The stations contain specialist stalls selling Ekiben or station bentos, the contents of which are often influenced by the local specialities. There are also many restaurants which are open non-stop and serve many types of food, with something to suit all tastes.
  • Leaving the station

    Stations often have several exits and are often very large. Don’t hesitate to ask a ticket inspector what exit to take for the place you want to go to.

    In Kyoto, the central station is a complex with a very large luxury hotel (Granvia), a big store (Isetan) and a very big audiovisual product shop (BicCamera), an underground shopping centre, a very large Tourist Office, etc…


Bila Dah Masuk Train Pula (On The Trains)


  • Storing your luggage on the train

    Unlike European trains, Japanese trains do not provide much space for large suitcases. Large cases can generally be stored behind the last seats at the start or end of the car. And your smaller items of luggage can of course be stored above your seat.

  • Finding the right spot on the train

    When you are travelling in the daytime, consider using the train to take a tour.
    This will give you untrammelled views of Mount Fuji when travelling to Tokyo from Kyoto, in particular if you are sitting on the left (which corresponds to seats in row E). Cepat! Cepat ! reserved your seat!
    The same applies when travelling to Kanazawa from Kyoto to see Lake Biwa (sitting on the left).

    On local trains and on certain Limited Express trains, the train driver’s cabin is see-through and provides panoramic views of the landscape. This is the place to be.
    For example, when crossing the inland sea from Honshu to Shikoku, the first 2 seats on the right behind the driver provide an impressive view of the inland sea.

  • Enjoying all the comforts of Japanese trains

    All long-distance trains have comfortable reclining seats.
    The seats can be turned round by 180°C; as well as enabling you to always be facing forwards, these seats will enable you to travel in a group easily by forming “squares”.

    The trains all have Western-style toilets and you can make telephone calls on most trains.
    A smoking area is often available between the cars.

  • Avoiding peak times

    Peak times in Japan are between 7 am and 9 am and 5 pm and 7 pm. Most trains are generally overcrowded at those times and make it very difficult to move around with large items of luggage.
  • Eating on board

    You will never go hungry on a Japanese train. Major stations offer a wide range of bentos which often contain a local speciality.

    Additionally, if you haven’t had time to buy a bento, there is a regular trolley service in the cars (except for local trains). Enjoying a delicious ekiben while you watch the scenery go by is one of the highlights of the trip



JRP FAQ 



Who can use the Japan Rail Pass?


How and when do you buy one?


What do you do in case of cancellation?

When should you activate your Japan Rail Pass?

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