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    • Nagoya-Shirakawago-Takayama (6 days)

      Japan 3 hours ago

      I am seeing stars from the different rail/bus passes, please help me. I am flying into Nagoya on 18Dec, (solo) explore the area and travel to tokyo on 24Dec.
      - Shirakawa-go (1 night) and Takayama (maybe 1 night) are must go places for me but the other days are still blank. Will you recommend Gifu/Nagoya/Komatsu/other nearby places to spend a few days?
      - Which transport or passes would you recommend (trying hard to minimize my cost)? I should be activating my JR pass for my Tokyo ride on 24th.
      - Maybe from your experience, which route/arrangement will be more time and cost friendly?
      - Is Shirakawa-go ryokan cater to 1 adult only? Not willing to pay for multi-pax for my own usage

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      Hello, I will be in the Kurosaki \ Kokura area later this month. I want to hire a quality road bike to discover the area during this time. Can anybody recommend a bike shop?


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      Tavelling with big luggage by public transport

      Okinawa Sep 8, 2015 at 8:20 AM

      Here's my travel plan:
      From Naha airport to hotel in Mihama American Village (stay for 1 night), from Mihama American Village to hotel near Nago bus terminal (stay for 2 nights) and back to Naha (3 nights). May I know if I can travel with my big luggage by public bus? I think taxi will be too costly?

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    • First time to Japan, Tokyo (mid December 2015, 5 nights itinerary)

      Japan Sep 20, 2015 at 7:26 AM

      This is my first time visiting Tokyo.

      Anyone with suggestions on the 5 nights itinerary?

      Would be appreciated! :)

      Shopping (for male), sight-seeing perhaps will be top priorities..


    • inexpensive (cheap) shopping

      Yokohama Sep 19, 2015 at 10:18 AM

      Can anyone tell me where can I find inexpensive clothes and shoes in Yoko?

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      JR train to Inari and then to Nara

      Kyoto Sep 17, 2015 at 8:56 PM

      1)is there a JR train on JR Nara line at about 8.00am?
      2)From there is there any JR train on the same line to Nara at about 10.00am?

    • Tour of Hakone despite volcanic activity reported

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      Since there was a volcanic activity detected sometime in May of this year in the Hakone area, I would like to ask if it is safe to take a two-day tour of the Hakone area, which includes the Hakone Ropeway, Lake Ashi tour, and an overnight stay in a hotel resort with hot spring on November 28, 2015. There was an available tour that we can avail of but I am hesitant to book for that tour because of the warning message to tourists that I read recently.

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    • Getting around with Japan Transportation

      Japan Sep 12, 2015 at 5:52 AM

      Hi i'm visiting Japan in Oct.

      I need some advise on how to getting around with Japan transportation for few location :

      1. From Osaka to Narita Airport - Which is the station from Osaka airport ? How much is the cost for Train?
      2. From Narita Airport to Tokyo central - How much is the bus ride from Narita to T-cat station ? 1,900 yen (Adult) ?
      3. From Tokyo Central to Haneda Airport - Where to catch the bus and how much is the cost ?
      4. If i want to travel from Tokyo to Mount Fuji, any good recommendation ?

      Thank you.

    • 2 weeks in Japan (18Dec - 3Jan)

      Japan Oct 5, 2015 at 12:20 AM

      I am planning my (solo) Japan trip 6-7 days (18-23Dec) and then join up with some friends on my 2nd week (24Dec-3Jan - Tokyo/Hakane/Kyoto/Osaka) in Japan. Here is the tough part, I can't decide where to go for the first 6 days. My fly-in flight will be dependent on my itinerary and will fly-off from Tokyo. Hope to get some ideas from veteran travallers and locals. Interest: sightseeing (more on local town/village/farmstay), walk/hike up 1 volcano/Mt (regular fitness), onsen and etc.... Also troubled if I need to get JR pass for my 1st week (will purchase JR pass for 2nd week), hope not.. pretty expensive

      I am considering between Nagoya or Fukuoka for my first 6 days. Some places that catches my eyes below but unsure about the distance nor the transport yet. If it is too far-stretched/too expensive (hope to stay budget to spurge on food) please let me know. I am open to all suggestions (eg. festivals at some areas etc), I will only need to be in (Tokyo) Shinjuku on the 24th night to meet my friends.

      1) Nagoya - Shirakawa-go (Gifu), Takayama, Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village (same place?), Nagoya City tour (Manekineko street), onsen with monkeys?
      2) Fukuoka - City tour (Daizaifu/Tenjin/Nakasu/Fukuoka tower), Kumamoto (castle+Mt Aso), Beppu (budget ryokan)

      Thanks in advance,

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      Autumn foliage

      Sapporo Sep 23, 2015 at 7:23 PM

      Will be in Sapporo on the first week of November. May I know where could I go to photograph spectacular autumn foliage that's accessible by public transport.

      Thanks for any info!

    • What to do for 1 day on the way from Osaka to Tokyo?

      Japan Yesterday

      Hi all,

      We have realised that we have 1 extra day/night to explore in Japan (very exciting)! We would love to go somewhere scenic that is easily accessible by the JR line as we have JR passes. Does anyone have any suggestions on what city/town we should see for 24 hours on the way from Osaka to Tokyo?

      Many thanks!

    • Any Recommendation for Autumn Leaves?

      Japan Sep 17, 2015 at 8:05 PM


      I like to go see the Autumn Leaves during this Silver week in Japan.
      I am planing to go to Kawaguchi Lake

      But is there any other recommendation?
      Please share your thoughts.

      Thank you.

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      Tokyo 1 1/2 day layover

      Tokyo Yesterday

      We're considering going to Singapore in late January and there are no direct flights so one of the places I can change planes is Tokyo and since we've never been, I thought we might do a short layover. It looks like I can get a flight that arrives mid to late day on Friday, we could spend all day Saturday and fly to Singapore the next day midday. I will guess that we will be quite tired from the 13 hour flight so probably looking for the following:

      hotel for 2 nights for 2 people that won't make my pocketbook cry too loudly, I am fine with anything clean that has a bed and a private shower in a safe neighborhood (no hostels or shared facilities), easy access to transit to the airport a plus

      dinner on Friday night, then off to sleep

      what to see on Saturday to get a feel for the city, I know it's too short of a visit to see everything but we're interested in history and enjoy visiting markets

      lunch and dinner on Saturday

      I've had a look at the average weather and it says 38/50F low/high, that will be warm for us at that time of year since we live in Chicago :-)

      Thanks for any help!

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      Kanto or Kyoto?

      Japan Sep 23, 2015 at 7:43 AM

      Me and my wife will go to Japan on Jan 2016 for 7 day trip. Our trip will start and end in Tokyo (Narita) and we plan not to buy JR Pass (we are on a tight budget).

      Our initial plan is to go straight to Kyoto from Tokyo using overnight bus,
      Stay in Kyoto for 3 days and explore surrounding area before going back to Tokyo.

      Our questions:
      - shall we still go to Kyoto? or stick to Kanto area (Tokyo, Nikko, Kawaguchiko)?
      - Are there enough time to explore Kyoto and Nara?


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      is monday october 12 a national holiday?

      Tokyo Oct 1, 2015 at 12:52 PM

      is monday october 12 a national holiday?
      if so:
      1)does this affect public transport in Tokyo?
      2)are some atractions closed? the East Imperial Gardens will be open? (they are closed on mondays but when monday is holiday they close the next day, right?)
      3)I was thinking to start from Hama Rikyu gardens in the morning, then take the train to Tokyo Station and walk to East Imperial Gardens but the rest of the day will be free. any suggestions considering we will cover the following the rest of our days in Tokyo:
      Meiji Shrine, Takeshita Dori, Shibuya Crossing, Shinjuku, Tsukiji Fish Market, Hamarikyu Gardens, Akihabara / Ginza, Asakusa, Sensoji temple, Ueno Park

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      daytrip to hiroshima and Miyajima

      Hiroshima Sep 28, 2015 at 9:19 AM

      we plan to do a daytrip by JR train from Kyoto to Hiroshima arriving there at 10.00am
      1)is it wise to walk to Peace Park or take the tram?
      2)how much time the park will take (without a visit to the museum)?
      3)is there a tram line near the park for the port (Miyajima-guchi) to catch the ferry to Miyajima? which tram line? what's the ticket cost?
      4)should we buy One-day pass from the tourist office (is it at ¥600?) as we may need at least 3 tickets in total for trams? (1 to the park, 1 to the port, 1 back to the station)
      5)will it be easier to do the Miyajima first and then the Peace Park? if so which tram lines should we take?

    • 10 days in Japan in October

      Japan Sep 7, 2015 at 3:52 AM

      Hi all,

      We'll be Japan (flying into Tokyo) for 10 days at the beginning of October. The country is so beautiful I'm overwhelmed with what to do in so little time. Any suggestions would be incredibly appreciated!

      We're planning on seeing:

      -Tokyo (sega world, great food, would be nice to see some leaves changing colour)
      -Yokohama (hot springs, view of mont fuji, zen gardens)
      ^basically do a loop. We won't be renting a car, we're getting a train pass. I've been told about a high speed train that will take you around the country, but does it go in this loop?

      Thanks so much in advance for any ideas!!

      Rachel :)

    • Haneda; Tokyo; Hakone; Miyajima

      Tokyo Sep 7, 2015 at 2:43 AM

      Hi all,

      I'll be going Tokyo, and thinking of going Hakone to view Mt Fuji & Hiroshima (Miyajima). I've been to Kyoto & Osaka last year.

      I'm stuck on planning on the transport arrangements..(which is more difficult as I thought compared to Kansai Region), especially Haneda airport to Tokyo town on our arrival. =(

      firstly, we will be there for 9D8N, I'm planning to get 7 days JR Pass. how can i get additional 1-2 days JR pass for the additional day usage?

      I'm planning to use the JR pass on 3rd day onwards till my return so that we can use the JR Pass on N'EX train as we will be departing from Narita Airport.

      If i can't get additional 1-2 days JR pass, what will be the best transport / route from haneda to Shinjuku area? If I purchase ad-hoc monorail ticket from Haneda airport to Shinjuku? We will be renting apartment near shinjuku area. is there any metro / subway we can hop on from Hamamatsucho or Shinagawa station after taking monorail from Haneda airport?

      Secondly, in order to see mt. Fuji, understand Hakone will be one of the best options. what will be the best way to get there? Should we stay overnight or it can be day trip?

      lastly, visiting Miyajima will be in my plan too.. I know we can make use of JR Pass on shinkansen and even JR ferry.. I'd like to seek advise on accommodation. Is it worth spending a night stay at Hiroshima / Miyajima?

      Thank you


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