Thus we decided to head to Shinagawa station (JR station opens at 9am) to change for our pass at our own cost. Costs us 400Yen via Keikyu line.
Using the machine for the first time can be quite challenging.
We pass by a few JR office, but this is the one that you can change ur pass at. Its some walk from Shinagawa subway station.
The office at Tokyo Station opens at 7:30, and the one at Shin-Yokohama at 5:30. However, we were told its more convenient to go to Shinagawa as there is a direct JR line to Shin Osaka. But if you are heading to Tokyo central, i guess the other 2 options will be better.
The office was opened by the time we reach, but for some strange reason, they can only do the exchange from 9 am onwards.
So we decided to explore the vicinity.
It was spring. Not hard to find beautiful flowers everywhere. :)
Very yummy. Opens up my expectation for the food i am going to eat for the next one week. :)
Loiter till about 9 and we went back to change our JR pass. At the same time we asked the counter staff to help us reserve seats for the next train to Osaka.
How to use your JR pass:
1. Pass is not magnetic so u cant scan or slot but you will have to show the guy at the station at the side of the gantry so that they will let you pass/open the gate for u.
2. Bring along your passport when you need to travel on JR, sometimes they will ask you for your passport to ensure you are tourist (Locals are not eligible to buy JR pass)
3. Note that the expiry date for the pass is printed in Japan Era Name:
23. 4. 22 means: YY.M.DD. Year 23 in this case, corresponds to the number of years the current emperor has been on the throne. Simply put, add 12 to 2011, it will be "Hensei 23". So if u see the year is wrong, do not panic :)
It is recommended to reserve ur seats for long distance journeys so that it will ensure that you will have 2 confirmed seats. There are different cabins for reserved and non reserved seats.
The Shinkansen is very spacious and have ample leg space and overhead compartments for your luggage.
There will be service attendants pushing push carts down the train selling light snacks and drinks so if you are hungry, u can get some of those. Eating is permitted on the train.
Please keep your reserved seat tickets with you because after every stop there will be ticket conductor walking ard to check if you are seated at the correct seat.
After about 3 hours, we arrived at Shin-Osaka JR station, whereby we have to change to subway to Namba Station, via Midosuji Line
Shin Osaka - Namba. 270 Yen.
We put up in Hotel Dotonburi for 3 nights. The hotel is very impressive for a budget hotel.
- 3 mins to the subway, 10 to JR station
- 5 mins main shopping street, Dotonburi & Sennichimae.
- Walking Distance to Amerika-mura
- 8 mins to Takashimaya
- Free international calls at the lobby & free use of computer
- LAN cable for high speed internet provided in room
- Multi purpose phone charger.
- Free umbrella and bicycle rental etc
Rested for a bit before we headed to Dotonburi for late lunch. Stomach was protesting by then =/
Attracted by the colorful display, we decided to let this be the first meal of the trip!
But er.. we are distracted by snacks. lol
Sennichimae street runs perpendicular to main Dotonburi street. Lotsa fashion shops. You can find Amos Style lingerie here too! My gf recommended that their bras are v pretty and good!
As you may be aware, vending machines are aplenty in Japan.
Shrine that was closed for the day. The floor was covered with fallen cherry tree leaves..
Ever since i came back from Japan, my appetite have been monstrous. :(
And en route back, we encounter a lil surprise.
Finally to end off the day, we packed a beef bowl from Yoshinoya! hahaha. There is a Yoshinoya shop just opposite Dotonburi street.
yum yum. the bowl was on promo and cost 390 Yen. (~5 SGD). Its nice, but i think our yoshinoya have great beef bowl too! this is prob the only thing i can find in SG that can be comparable to Japan's standard.