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Monday December 19, 2005
10:38 AM

I'd like a Japan, please :-)

[ #28059 ]

So YAPC::Asia 2006 is going to be held in Tokyo and the dates are settled: March 29th - 30th.

I am carefully considering the possibility of going... I've always wanted to go to Japan :-)

Things I'm thinking of:

* Flights

It seems I can make it there and back again for 880 euros, with just one stop in France. Not bad...

* Japanese

My Japanese really sucks... but I'm told that if you speak English you'll do OK in Tokyo...

* Where to stay

According to the organizers, "there's a couple of decent price hotels ($50-80/day) in Shinagawa area, which is 3 stations away from the conference venue". They also say they'll post some more information on this soon.

* Food

Er... unlike Marty, who claims to be able to eat anything that's not going to eat him when he approaches, my mind does not let me eat certain things which it finds too repulsive, so... I'm still a bit afraid of this... :-) But I assume there's regular European food in Japan too, so it shouldn't be that big of a problem :-) But I'm still a bit afraid... Hollywood, what have you done to me? :-)

So, bottom line, this would about 880 + (75 * 5) = 1255 euros, plus food and extras...

Hum... Japan...

I need to think some more :-)

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  • You can survive in Tokyo without any Japanese language skills, just as you can get by in most major cities without the local language.

    The most difficult task (which isn't too serious) is working out how much to pay for a train ticket: the stations are signposted in English, but the big maps that show the fares to other stations are usually only kanji.
  • I'm sure you won't have a problem with the food in Tokyo. You will find that a lot of things like grilled chicken, pork in breadcrumbs, many kinds of (cooked) fish, and different types of noodles; all of these things are reasonably priced.

    All the really strange food is more expensive and kept for special occasions.

    You don't need to be able to read a menu as most small restaurants display models of their food, so you can just point.

    If you crave American fast food you can go to McDonalds, or try some of the
  • I've taken fairly large groups of europeans to Tokyo a few times, and unless you are extremely picky about food, you will be fine. There are a couple of things that get people though. Pasta will always be spaghetti by default, unless you ask otherwise. Food that claims to be french, will not be. Getting vegan food can be very difficult unless you have a native japanese speaker, vegetarian food is a little easier, but still tricky. If the price is not written on the menu, enquire before you order - it m