Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Nippon excitement building
It is only about two months now before we go to Japan. Many details are still to be sorted out, but we have booked our flights with Jetstar, and we have booked our accommodation in Tokyo, a Junior Suite in the Ueno area, and our accommodation in the north of Japan where our friend lives. We are somewhat troubled that we did not have to pay in advance, a deposit even, for our accommodation. I fully expected to have to pay the whole amount. If I was confident in forecasting the exchange rate, I might have preferred to pay in advance. Our friend in Japan has assured us that this is the norm.
We will buy a seven day Japan Rail Pass, but we are there for ten days, so we have worked out how when to start using it. In advance we will book a bus trip to Mount Fuji, with a lake cruise and a cable car ride.
We will travel to the north of Japan by Shinkansen and then change to a local express train. Our friend in Japan has indicated a good train to catch, but we are yet to look at the timetables.
The toys had to be investigated as to whether they will work on 100v rather than 240v. Laptop charger tick, phone chargers tick, camera charger tick, electric toothbrush charger, fail. I have lived the vast majority of my life without an electric toothbrush, so I guess I can manage. My phone uses 3G, so it will work. Seems R's does not.
The exchange rate is quite favourable at the moment. I wonder if we should buy some yen. I probably won't as who knows what will happen in two months.
Back to the laptop, it is heavy to lug around in a backpack, but I found it invaluable for entertainment and information when we took our last holiday in Sydney. The hotels have free plug in broadband in the rooms. I just have work out what the right cable is and do we have one.