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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:46 am 
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Need to properly source diecast vehicle stores also, really search through for cheap rare gems!

The Yodobashi Camera superstore next to Akihabara station is a good start:
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They've got a pretty decent range on offer
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Also plenty more little stores doing diecasts if you walk around Akihabara.

Also the Toyota Historic Garage (which is in the shopping centre that's next to MegaWeb) is not bad. Kinda pricey though.
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I think Toyotageek's your man for tips on where yo get diecasts :)

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Tomica Store is in one of the underground tunnel-style shopping areas attached to Tokyo station (it's near a cluster of other toy stores)

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Plenty of Tomica obviously :)
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my trip has possibly been cancelled due to the recent earthquake/tsunami/nuclear reactor probelms. we are having a meeting about it in the morning. will keep you guys posted. btw amazing thread and the info on here is awesome :tu:
going to paris france instead of japan. still should be awesome :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: stuff to see in japan.
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:22 pm 
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Here's a compilation of classic car dealers in Japan. Sometimes a trip to the dealer is like going to a car show where only the spectator is the winner.

25 or older, a coolness that never goes out of style in my own opinion. Pick up a magazine called "Nostalgic Hero". There are all kinds of resources to cars for sale in Japan. Some of the most notable are:
http://rockyauto.co.jp tel: 0564-58-7080
http://www.classica-y.jp tel: 045-430-4540
http://takeeys.com tel: 053-482-1617
East Car http://www.kuruma.co.jp tel: 0297-74-9618
http://wwwflexauto.net tel: 0120-850-950
http://www.japan-vintage.com tel: 059-364-6666 (new facility)
http://spiritgarage.com tel: 0270-62-0441
http://www.bikoworks.jp/ tel: 043-488-6811

AE86's are a specialty at this place but don't expect to find anything under 10K USD.
http://www.carland86.com tel: 075-682-3444


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 Post subject: Re: stuff to see in japan.
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:12 am 

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So picking up an international drivers license is as easy as stepping to AAA (not sure if thats the towing company.. heheh)
and you can drive there?

how does that work?.. they dont do background checks?
or ask you if you know how to read japanese or tests?... etc?


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 Post subject: Re: stuff to see in japan.
PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:49 pm 

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okay i want to visit japan!


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 Post subject: Re: stuff to see in japan.
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:46 am 
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So picking up an international drivers license is as easy as stepping to AAA (not sure if thats the towing company.. heheh)
and you can drive there?

how does that work?.. they dont do background checks?
or ask you if you know how to read japanese or tests?... etc?


I think the confusion comes from the name of the thing. It's an "International Driving Permit." It's not a license. It's simply a certified document that has your picture and passport information in one place. You still need to have a passport and a driver license from some other place. Japanese law allows foreigners to drive with a license from another country and an International Driving Permit, but only automatic transmission cars. You can use an International Driving Permit for up to one year, at which point you need to get a Japanese driving license.

IMO, the hardest part about driving in Japan is remembering that the blinker and wiper levers are on opposite sides to US cars. It usually takes me a few days to stop turning on the wiper when I want to make a turn. You can pretty much follow other cars around and get used to driving on the opposite side of the road within an hour or so. All the street signs use standard international symbols and I've never been anywhere in Japan where street signs didn't also have English on them (even deep, deep in the countryside.) It's a good idea to bring a sat-nav system that displays English, since the Japanese sat-nav systems that I have seen only support Japanese language.

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 Post subject: Re: stuff to see in japan.
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:48 am 
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You can use an International Driving Permit for up to one year, at which point you need to get a Japanese driving license.
No longer true unfortunately. Particularly for US citizens. You can only drive on a foreign license in Japan for as long as you are a foreigner - ie: a tourist. Typically three months, unless you've got a longer visa status.

As soon as your visa status changes to resident, you cannot drive on your foreign license, cannot rent a car, and will be fined accordingly.

The other comment about an International Permit are valid - all that does is provide your local Automobile Association with revenue. They are not needed, anywhere really, as you always have to produce a real license as well...

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All the street signs use standard international symbols and I've never been anywhere in Japan where street signs didn't also have English on them (even deep, deep in the countryside.)
I wish! Many places outside major population centers are often only in Japanese. Labels on the Shuto Expressway surface are only in Japanese, as are some signs (try the ARK toward Shibuya for example). It is true though, most places have some English. Tokyo gets the added benefit of the occasional Chinese & Korean too. Never seen French or German - but who needs that? Ha; tres drole n'ce pas?

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since the Japanese sat-nav systems that I have seen only support Japanese language.
Mostly so. Many navi have at least one English option. My Honda speaks to me in English for example, and the Audi/VW/Porsche/Lambo system also takes direct input in English/Romanji and speaks English too. You can also by over the counter new systems in English if needed. Rentals though, different story. See you here one day. Neko.

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 Post subject: Re: stuff to see in japan.
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:37 am 

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One of the best threads I've ever seen. On any forum. Ever.

Thank you!


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 Post subject: Re: stuff to see in japan.
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:20 pm 

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http://www.worldarts.co.jp/avante/
http://www.pit-house.com/
You can rent a Hakosuka, Kenmeri, S30 or an R31 GTS-R at Pit House. It's kind of expensive for only 9 hours maximum, but worth it.


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 Post subject: Japan Accomodation
PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:26 am 
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What are some nice places you've stayed at?

Location, price, proximity to cool stuff? specialties? etc

Also, I've been trying to find someone who can give me information on Japan's event calendar.

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 Post subject: Re: Japan Accomodation
PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:31 am 
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What are some nice places you've stayed at?

Kamakura
Hakone
Nikko

Try staying at a Ryokan with Onsen.

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Also, I've been trying to find someone who can give me information on Japan's event calendar.

Visit these sites, and sign-up for their newsletter to get monthly updates...
http://japan-guide.com/
http://www.japantravelinfo.com/top/index.php

Most prefectures have tourist oriented websites with event schedules.
For example, Kanagawa:
http://www.kanagawa-kankou.or.jp/index-e.html
http://www.amazing-kanagawa.jp/english/

Enjoy Japan! :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: stuff to see in japan.
PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 7:45 am 
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Another good site for English speakers: http://japanican.com/index.aspx. Enjoy! Neko.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:00 am 
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Thanks for the links guys! :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: Japan Accomodation
PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 6:25 pm 
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Hey everyone,
So close to departure date, so damn excited!!!
Okay, I've further sussed out my itinerary. But hopefully someone can help me fill in some blanks

Tokyo
-Megaweb, autobacs, tsukiji fish market, hasadera temple, imperial palace maybe, toshogu shrine, shinjuku, kabukicho, akihabara

Fuji/Hakone
-Deciding on a good Ryokan Onsen, prices are quite...high, categories A,B,C,D with D still being quite highly priced. 7-10 thousand yen

Nagoya
-Toyota plant tour

Kyoto
-Arashiyama bamboo forest, arashiyama saga scenic railway

Osaka
-Umeda sky building -floating garden of Umeda Sky Building for 700JPY, Tempozan park - giant ferris wheel, stores, restaurants

Kobe
-?

Hiroshima
-Atomic bomb dome and surrounding monuments, mazda museum tour

Fukuoka
-?

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 Post subject: Re: stuff to see in japan.
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:35 am 
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pretty disappointed with lack of car stuff ive seen whileim here. oldschool stuff is really underground amd you to really know where to go. so don't expect to find Amy good stuff here impresses you have connections. upgarage and autobacs mostly cater to modern cars. that being said. i have a few days left in Tokyo if anyone can point me in the right direction

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 Post subject: Re: stuff to see in japan.
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:08 am 
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pretty disappointed with lack of car stuff ive seen whileim here. oldschool stuff is really underground amd you to really know where to go. so don't expect to find Amy good stuff here impresses you have connections. upgarage and autobacs mostly cater to modern cars. that being said. i have a few days left in Tokyo if anyone can point me in the right direction


I can't help you with old car stuff, but if you want a neat shopping experience find your way to Nakano Broadway, a long narrow shopping complex with an area specializing in manga, anime, and other hobby stuff including toy cars, new and vintage. Look for the Mandarake stores as well as the many smaller shops. Just outside of Nakano Broadway is a small shop that sells car brochures - the Book Garage -36-3 Arai, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 165-0026

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 Post subject: Re: stuff to see in japan.
PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:16 pm 
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And then??

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 Post subject: Re: stuff to see in japan.
PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:23 pm 
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A112H wrote:
And then??

We all went to Japan, had fun and came back home to reality? :)

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 Post subject: Re: stuff to see in japan.
PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:18 am 
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LOL, I am looking forward to my first trip next year. This thread is invaluable, thanks guys.
Do you have any tips about times of year to go or would it really be based around what you want to do and see?

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