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Tokyo 1st June 2019

Tokyo 1st June 2019

Basic Details

Date: Saturday 1st June 2019

Time: 12noon to 6pm

Location: Trader Vic's, Hotel New Otani, Tokyo, Japan (Osato Chemicals - James Bond) NOTE May be subject to change. Check here or PM agilchrist if you plan on attending 24hrs beforehand.

Price: No admission charge

How To Get There

Visa Information British/Australians/US Citizens Vistor Visa is granted for 90 days upon arrival there is no cost-
Japanese Embassy Link
You must have a return ticket and your passport should have at least six months validity when you visit.
There are no requirements for vaccinations

Flights Where to Fly to Tokyo has 2 major airport
NRT (Narita) and HND (Haneda)

When searching use TYO (Tokyo)
Altenative Airport Other airports such as KIX should be considered
as they are only a short train ride from Tokyo
Flying Time UK - Japan around 12 hours direct but you will find an indirect flight is usually cheaper
AU - Japan around 10 hours direct
Best time to buy Would suggest tickets are purchased by end January 2019
Many airlines have massive sales from December
From Europe
Most airlines have sales starting from December 26th onwards

Qatar sale - excellent fares from £399 (last year) starts Jan 7
British Airways (brilliantly awful) £474 (last year)
Emirates (always on sale) from £469
Malaysian (last sale) £449
However current prices are starting around £463 return

More Details click through to Kayak here
From Australia
Flight Prices beginning at £332 AUD587
More details through Kayak link (ex Sydney)
Other search engines to use
Google Flights, Expedia, Kayak, Momondo

Would recommend you book directly with the airline than through a third party
Rail See below - all within 10 minutes walking of the venue
Yotsuya Station Nanboku Line
Chuo Main Line
Marunouchi Line
KojiMachi Stn Yarakucho Line
Akasaka-Mituske Stn Hanzomon Line
Marunouchi Line
Ginza Line
Bus Services are listed below
Sky Hop Bus Direct from Narita or Haneda
Local Land Mark Akasaka Palace This is next to the hotel

The Meet

Venue The venue is in a social area of the Moxy Hotel in Tokyo.
Times The meet will take place between the usual times of 12:00 - 17:00 with setup from 11:30
Entrance Fee No entrance fee will be charged
What's Included Reserved area for meet, shared access to multiplayer simulations
Room Layout Central Table
Wifi There will be WiFi for the meet but no internet connection, however other wifi networks exist
Food Link to menu will be posted
Drink Large range of drinks available
Simulations in Use TBC

Where To Stay

There is a wide range of accommodation to suite all budgets.

Would suggest hotel / accommodation comparison sites like

Alternatively in the New Otani itself Hotel Website

Other Plans

24 - 29 May 2019 Rail Trip from Fukuoka to Tokyo
See below for planned night stops
Evening 31st May Friday Evening Meet Up
Gonpachi (aka Kill Bill) Restaurant
Trip Advisor Link
Gonpachi Site (very slow)
Evening 1st June Searching for an Indian restaurant for GM

Railway Themed Curry
Sunday 2nd June Nothing planned at present......
any thoughts

Posslbe Eateries
Little TGV
Robot Restaurant


Dates Travel Itinerary (sites, route) then Overnight
Thu 23 May 2019 Arrive Tokyo remm Akihabara
Fri 24 May 2019 Travel from Tokyo 東京
Shinkansen (not Nozomi)
Hotel Clio Court Hakata / Hotel Century Art (Hakata Station)
Sat 25 May 2019 Visit Miyajima
Tram into Hiroshima Centre
Rail Fukuoka - Hiroshima 広島
Hiroshima Sheraton Grand / Ark Hotel Hiroshimaeki Minami
Sun 26 May 2019 Visit Hiroshima Bomb Dome and Park
Rail Hiroshima - Osaka 大阪
Osaka Moxy Hotel / Ark Hotel Hiroshimaeki Minami
Mon 27 May 2019 Rail Osaka - Nagoya
Visit Kyoto
Nagoya Marriott / Hotel Resol Nagoya
Tue 28 May 2019 Rail Nagoya - Fujinomiya Fujinomiya Fukiktu Hotel
Wed 29 May 2019 Rail Fujinomiya - Tokyo 東京
via back of Mount Fuji
Tokyo Moxy Hotel / Sotetsu Fresa Inn Tokyo-Kinshicho
Thu 30 May 2019 Sites in Tokyo Tokyo Moxy Hotel / Sotetsu Fresa Inn Tokyo-Kinshicho
Fri 31 May 2019 Sites in Tokyo Tokyo Moxy Hotel / Sotetsu Fresa Inn Tokyo-Kinshicho
Sat 1 June 2019 SimSig Meet Tokyo Moxy Hotel / Sotetsu Fresa Inn Tokyo-Kinshicho
Sun 2 June 2019 Depart Tokyo

Most attendees will be buying a 7 day "Green" Japan Rail Pass. The Green part is what is effectively a business class car which gives better seat space (European/American kind of dimensions instead of Asian slim fit). There are no buffet cars even on the Shinkansen trains but they do have vending machines or a small cart selling basics like snacks, drinks, sandwiches, Bento boxes, etc. You can take your own food and drink (including alcohol) onto the trains.

The pass must be purchased in your home country. This is then exchanged for the actual pass upon arrival at the station. Thereafter, you can travel in unreserved cars (at risk of overcrowding), or you can book reserved seats with the pass. With the Green pass, you must book your seat beforehand.

The pass does not allow travel on Nozomi or Mizuho trains, non-JR lines, other private trains, ferries (except below), and most metro/subways.

The pass does allow travel on the Haneda monorail (but don't waste your days on it if you don't plan to use the proper railways until a few days later - the fare is only a few pounds or dollars) and the Miyajima ferry. Use of regular seats in a sleeper train is included, but actual berths require payment of an upgrade fee.

There may be small supplements to pay if your train uses non-JR tracks (not common, and costs very little).

It is recommended to buy a SIM card for your phone before arriving in the country, unless you have roaming that includes Japan.

You can also buy a Suica card which is a bit like an Oyster card: can be used for metros, subways, and even some vending machines and small purchases in shops displaying the penguin logo. It can be topped-up and saves carrying too much cash (but always carry some cash).

It is recommended to at least be aware of social etiquette in Japan, lest you inadvertently annoy someone. Here is one such guide . Basic words would also be helpful - things like thank you, please, etc.

For further information contact agilchrist by private message on SimSig site.

Last edited by GeoffM on 24/05/2019 at 06:45