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May 7th, 2006

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Tokyo is go; my vacation time is approved, I have a plane ticket and a hotel reservation, and I've spent the last few hours pouring over maps, trying to figure out where the subway stations actually are and how the city's laid out.

Now, to start picking up what the kanji for the individual stations are...
 
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From:icis_machine
Date:May 7th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
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i assure you, you will not need to know the kanji.

let me know if you need maps. i found this one to be good but i have others that i can lend you and they already have some store marked in. you just have to promise not to destroy and return them in good condition.
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From:josienutter
Date:May 7th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
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Almost all the signs in the stations / on the train are in English as well as Japanese, too. The only time we ran into Japanese-only was when we ventured outside Tokyo into Kyoto.
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From:moof
Date:May 8th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
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Heh, I already got one of those. What's been an interesting experience is figuring out how the subway stations actually map to the real world; none of the representational maps show terribly well that relationship.

I ended up photocopying a bunch of the map pages, pasting them together, and using a highlighter on the rail routes; I felt like a kindergartener, but it was most useful for getting a feel of how the city is laid out.
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From:valree
Date:May 7th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
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how exciting!
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From:etoilenoir959
Date:May 7th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
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Glad you're getting out and about and not all holed up at work. ^_^
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From:josienutter
Date:May 7th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
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The JR stations usually have a ton of English-- I didn't even start recognizing the kanji for Shinjuku until the end of our week and a half trip.

Definitely get a rail pass!
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From:shdwspn
Date:May 8th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)
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Let me know what dates you are in town and we can meet up.

Don't worry about the Kanji. Tokyo is not hard to navigate.
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From:moof
Date:May 8th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I've now realized that the kanji names aren't actually all that useful for the language itself. Ah well.

I'll be in Tokyo from Fri 4 Aug - Sun 20 Aug; don't know yet what my keitei # is going to be, but der hotel has free intarweb and I can let you know then.
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From:seshat
Date:May 8th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, Japan! *jealous* I hope you have an amazing trip!

The Kodansha street atlas is pretty good about having train stations listed on the maps. Also, you will find english translated maps handed up free in most train stations / at the airport / posted on the walls of the stations unless you're seriously out in the boonies.

What sorts of places are you planning to visit? If you manage to get outside of Tokyo, I highly recommend a daytrip out to Nikko to see the waterfall, as well as Toshogu and Rinnoji temples.
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From:moof
Date:May 8th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, the Kodansha atlas seems pretty good. It looks like where I'm staying (the Sakura Hotel at Jimbôshô) is pretty proximate to the subway, so JR usage will be minimal.

As to what I was going to go visit - so far, the only places that were listed as 'for sure' are the Studio Ghibli Museum and maybe the parasitology museum. (and Comiket at the Big Sight, of course.) Everything else is up in the air; I'd mostly intended to do a lot of wandering.

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