I am planning a trip to Japan (Tokyo specifically) and then back to Hong Kong for a few days. I want to fly from Syd --> Tokyo (5 Nights) --> Hong Kong (15 nights) --> Sydney. Looking at airline tickets, i have found that some airlines allow for a stopover period which makes the trip cheaper than booking a multi destination ticket. Anyway my real purpose in posting this thread is to ask some travel questions relating to Tokyo and Online booking.
Below is a list of my questions so if anyone is willing to help and have travelled to Tokyo before than any advice is of great assistance. (I have been to HK b4 so i am more focused on Tokyo atm). Anyway...
1. Is booking everything online (ie Hotel and Tickets) cheaper than at a travel agent?
2. What are some good online travel websites that allows ticket booketing and hotel searches etc?
3. Which part of Tokyo is where all the action is at?
4. How much would it cost per day to just live off the essentials in Tokyo (ie. Brekky, Lunch, Dinner)?
5. Is travel around Tokyo using public transport expensive? Relative prices of Subway tickets in AUD?
6. Anyone suggest any good cheap hotels in the Tokyo area. By cheap i mean about $110 (Or as low as possible - bear in mind i am a student travelling).
7. Any other tips, like which airline has the cheapest tickets and allows for stopover in Hong Kong (I know Cathay Pacific Does - Ticket Price is around $1500)?
So if anyone can help or give general advice then that would be awesome.
1. We travelled around Japan so it was easier to do it via a travel agent. If you are only booking hotels in Tokyo you could probably try online or tourist offices in Japan.
2. Expedia, hotels.com, travelocity, etc, etc. Do a search in google for 'cheap hotels in tokyo'.
3. The action is EVERYWHERE! That's the big think about Tokyo compared to other cities around the world. We stayed in Shinagawa which provided excellent access to the JR line that circles Tokyo and passes all the major stops.
4. It depends how much you want to spend. Some of our dinners cost us only £4 and were fantastic. Beer is expensive. We didn't really set ourselves a budget so I can't really answer that.
5. It's pretty cheap from what I can remember. We had a JR Railpass so the JR line was free and is probably the best. You can probably get a 1/3/7 day underground pass.
6. Sorry, try the sites I suggested above for cheap accommodation.
Hope this helps
1. Online discounts are great, so I always go online. In Japan there are few places where travel agents speak english, so book Japan before you leave Sydney
3. Shibuya and Shunjuku for the modern Tokyo, Asakusa for the traditional Tokyo, Akihabara for the electronic Tokyo and Harajuku for the crazy funky Tokyo.
4. Depends how much you want to spend... it can be done on 3000円 a day, but if you're going to nice restaurants, stopping for coffees, it can get to around 8000円per day. Tokyo isn't cheap.
5. To go one stop it's only 130円 ($1.30ish) on the JR line, or 160円 on the metro. Generally the metro is cheaper, so if you can avoid JR. Keisei is also cheaper if you're coming in to Tokyo from Narita airport.
6. You can stay in guesthouses or hostels for a lot cheaper than 110 a night, if you're really looking for the cheap option.
Hope I could help (^-^)b