Beijing & Japan December 2012 – Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo & Lake Hakone by Mt Ashi
If anyone out there wants to meet up, e-mail my MrBead address. It’s 27 degrees in Hong Kong today, but it looks a bit nippy in Beijing. BBC weather says minus 5 to minus 1 – and my lucks in, it’s snow!
17th December– Hong Kong to Beijing – Air China CA102 12.30pm – Stay Lucky Family Hostel, Dongcheng District. Take Airport Express train to Dongzhimen Station, then subway line 2 to Yonghegong & change to line 5 to Zhangzizhonglu Station. Take exit B, turn right & keep walking north.
18th – Beijing – Buy beads at Panjiayuan Antique Market. Take subway to Tiantandongmen & get a taxi.
19th – Beijing to Tokyo – Air China CA421 4.45pm to Narita Airport – Stay New Yoyo Hotel – Take KEISEI SKYLINER Train (¥2,400) to KEISEI NIPPORI Station (36-minutes). Change to JR JOBAN LINE to JR MINAMI SENJU Station (¥150 & 5-mins). From there walk toward SOUTH exit (2-mins). Take elevator to go over the pedestrian bridge and keep on right of road for 5-mins. Then turn RIGHT in front of the 7-11 store and walk 30-secs to the next street and turn LEFT and another 30-secs and Hotel NEW KOYO is on the right.
20th – Tokyo – Stay New Koyo – see all main sites in a day!
21th – Train to Hakone – 1 ½ hours. Get Hakone Freepass at Shinjuku Station in Tokyo ¥5,000 (free use of trains, buses, boats & cable cars) to Lake Ashi by Mt Hakone. Stay at Fuji-Hakone Guest House by Museum of the Little Prince, Lake Ashi – US$77 with hotsprings tax – Agoda booking. Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Gora / Sengokuhara, Hakone, Japan 250-0631 – tel: 04-60846577. Great place, friendly staff & fantastic hot spring baths.
22nd – Train back to Tokyo – Stay Green Plaza Shinjuku Capsule Hotel – US$45 – Hostelworld booking – 1-29-2 Kabukichyo, Shinjuku-Ku – Tel: 03-32075411. One min walk from Shinjuku Station North Exit – OR go out East Exit & walk alnong side of the Alta Department Store, cross street & proceed down between the train station & McDonalds – hotel in Green Plaza.
23rd – Sightseeing in Tokyo – sleep in Haneda Airport as early checkin, showers just ¥800 on 2/F.
24th – Tokyo back to Hong Kong – Air China CA109 8.30am to Beijing, then change to CA109 at 1pm to Hong Kong.
25th Christmas Dinner in Delaney’s, Wan Chi.
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