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Koyo Chasing in Tohoku Japan (#9) and some last minute shenanigans

rbjhan

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So I actually booked this trip back in Jan 2019.
Everything was set, I am flying JL774 to Narita in two weeks' time, 2 nights in Nikko, then 5 nights in Miyagi prefecture, back to Tokyo for 2 days then take the Sunrise Express sleeper train to Okayama, before flying from Takamatsu to Hong Kong, then VA58 back to Melbourne.

Hotels all booked, some restaurants as well. Just when I thought I was oh so ready to go....

Email from Virgin, "your flight has been cancelled"!!! Not that surprising considering all that's been going on over there...They proposed to put me on a Sydney flight, but who knows what's going to happen to that one? Might as well cancel the HK part altogether and fly back some other way I thought.

Of course no availability whatsoever on Qantas/JAL, however plenty of seats available on CI, since I've never been to Taiwan, it's decided!

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rbjhan

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Now I'm trying to book hotels in Taipei, man they are not cheap!
And what's with all those rooms without windows?!
 

rbjhan

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Right, booked hotels in Taipei.
As I was really late the Saturday is booked out at many places, so split into two. One is a boutique hotel near NingXia night market, Play Design Hotel - reviews are very good.
Another is a business hotel in Shilin district - as a base to explore Beitou, Tamsui, Tianmu, National Palace Museum etc.

One week to go!
 

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Well just found out Tobu railway's Nikko line is not running at the moment, track damaged by last week's Typhoon, this just gets better and better! o_O
 

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Well I need to travel on Monday, apparently the next update will be tomorrow, so we'll see. Fingers crossed!
Otherwise might have to travel on JR, extra expense since I've already allocated the 5 days.
Best of luck
 

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Not great news I'm afraid....Tobu Railways now runs to Tochigi only, the rest will be a replacement bus at least until 25 Oct.:(
Methinks I'll spend some extra money on JR instead.
 

rbjhan

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Sitting at Marhaba lounge waiting for my flight....
I was a bit earlier than usual today as a friend was on the CI flight today so we did a mini lounge meet up.
Turns out they serve some Taiwanese dishes especially for the CI crowd - all gone now which is a pity as they are delicious!
 

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