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1. Posted by wickergirl (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

thinking of heading to japan in a few weeks... just wondering how much travel costs there? i'd really like to go to hiroshima and am landing in narita- will it cost a fortune to get from narita to tokyo to hiroshima? also anyone whos stayed in a capsule hotel? good idea or bad idea?

2. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 11y

If you're going for three weeks and you want to travel by train then the JR pass is your best option. It still works out quite expensive but provided you plan on doing a fair bit of travelling then it's not too bad value (by Japan's prices). It comes in one week, two week and three week versions and you have to buy it before you get to Japan.

If you're planning on staying for longer than three weeks then your best bet is probably to do most of your travelling by bus (which is what I did). I think the coach was generally half the price of the train (but still fairly pricey), but also takes about three times as long as the train.

Budget hotels are cheaper than capsule hotels though, so if you were set on trying a capsule hotel I would only recommend staying for one night just for the experience. I never stayed in a capsule hotel myself but I think some of them might only accept male guests, so I would check before you turn up.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

Quoting wickergirl

thinking of heading to japan in a few weeks... just wondering how much travel costs there? i'd really like to go to hiroshima and am landing in narita- will it cost a fortune to get from narita to tokyo to hiroshima? also anyone whos stayed in a capsule hotel? good idea or bad idea?

I stayed in a capsule hotel years ago, was on a courier flight to LAX-BKK and had a 2 day layover in Tokyo. Took the train from Narita and just wandered around. An fellow American took pity on me and guided me to a capsule hotel for the night. If he did not speak Japanese and explain my situation, I never would have been let in. It was for men only, many walking around the common area with only a towel. They socalize in the common area and only crawl into the capsule when it's time to sleep. Foreigners not wanted and certainly no women. It may have changed, but I doubt it. Forgot the train cost, but it was about $50/RT. Good luck.