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    • whistleshrill's Profile Photo

      Private Mt. Fuji 1 day Tour

      Japan Yesterday

      Hi all

      I am looking for a company which operates private Mt. Fuji tour this coming December.

      My choices are limited because we require a different pickup and dropoff point. Furthermore, my pickup point is not in the main Tokyo area. In fact we are pretty near to Mt Fuji

      The Mt. Fuji tour date that we are looking at is 14 Dec 2014

      Pickup:
      Kozantei Ubuya
      富士河口湖温泉郷 湖山亭うぶや
      〒401-0303 山梨県南都留郡富士河口湖町浅川10

      At the end of the trip, we would like to return to:

      http://www.southerntower.co.jp/

      Hotel Century South Tower
      2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-8583, Japan
      Tel: +81 3 5354 0111 Fax: +81 3 5354 0100

      Please advise.

      Thank you for all your help!

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    • Gioji temple bicycle parking in Arashiyama?

      Japan Jul 20, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      Hello,
      I plan on renting a bike during my stay in Arashiyama.

      I'm planning on hitting:
      1. bamboo groves
      2.Jojakkoji Temple
      3. Gioji Temple
      4. Bike back to Saga Arashiyama

      I know that Jojakkoji temple has bicycle parking according kanko.city.kyoto.lg.jp/bicyc... , but I didn't see a parking lot indicated for Gioji. And Gioji is so far away, does anyone know if there's a place to legally park my bike near that temple?

      Also, with the bike, about how many hours would I need for this itinerary?
      We're planning at 3-4 hours, is this more than enough?

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      Soccer World Cup 2014

      Japan Jun 28, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Any Colombians in Tokyo that want to meet to watch the Colombia-Brasil match this Friday?

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    • Antique Shops

      Shizuoka-ken Jun 26, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      Can you recommend an antique shop in the area?

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    • Rail Pass?

      Japan Jul 20, 2014 at 1:10 AM

      Hi! For our itinerary we are using the train as follows:
      Tokyo - Kyoto - Hiroshima - Kyoto - Osaka - Kyoto - Odawara - Tokyo, as well as local city trains.
      We are a family of five, staying 18 days in Japan.
      My question is, will we benefit from having a JR Rail Pass and if so which one?
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read :-)

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    • tourist guide

      Tokyo Jul 20, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Will be in Tokyo for 2 days in October.Looking for a recommended tourist guide. there will be 4 people in our group.
      Grateful for help. billybull

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    • Kyoto accomodation

      Kyoto Jul 16, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Reccomend accomodation near kyoto JR station

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    • Japanese Antiques

      Shizuoka Jun 29, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      Hello!

      I'm looking for a Japanese antique store in Shizuoka. Any ideas?

      Thank you!

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      Must see in Tokyo

      Tokyo-to Jun 27, 2014 at 6:45 AM

      Hello everyone,
      We are heading to Thailand next week and we have a layover in Tokyo of 2 days and a half. What suggestions do you have as far as MUST SEES? We will be staying at Sunroute Shinbanshi Hotel. Thanks for your help.

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    • Getting to Sagara

      Sagara Jul 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      I'm flying into Narita airport in August to work in Sagara. What's the easiest and most straightforward way of getting there from the airport? I'm so confused!

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      Cheap Shinkansen Ticket

      Tokyo-to Jul 15, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Hi I would like to travel from Tokyo to Nagoya using shinkansen. I read the normal price if i was to buy on the spot is about 10,300 yen.

      I read that i can get a cheaper one by
      1) Buying from travel agent such as JTB a day before. How much discount can i get for a tourist? and is there any JTB or travel agent shop inside Tokyo station?

      2) Buying from vending machine at Ticket shops. I just know the type of tickets available are limited. Is there any further info on this?

      I hope you can advice me.

      Thanks.

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    • Current Train service to Sendai 9 July

      Kagoshima Jul 8, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      What is the status of service? My niece had to get off at Ijuin before lunch. Any kind soul out there know why the line is closed or when it will reopen?

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    • shore tours/excursions from cruise ship

      Japan Jul 6, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      English speaking tours/guides/shore excursions from cruise ship practically every port in japan in Sept/Oct 2014. The ship's excursions are quite expensive. We have been to Japan previously, but not some of the towns. Not interested in a lot of temples. We would appreciate any advice.

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    • location of indian vegitarian food resturents

      Tokyo Jul 4, 2014 at 12:22 AM

      we need information regarding availability indian vegiterian in tokyo at shinjuku location

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    • Bus from Fukuoka

      Hiroshima Jul 1, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      Is there a bus service running between Fukuoka and Hiroshima?

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      Universal Studio Japan Express Pass Booklet 7 and Admission Ticket

      Osaka Jul 1, 2014 at 7:19 AM

      Hi all, I will be travelling to Japan this December and will most probably be staying in Swissotel Osaka.

      I would like to know if there is any way that I can get the Express Pass Booklet 7 and Admission Ticket before I head off for the trip either online or around my hotel or even in my home country of Singapore.

      This is because I have children in my group and wish to prepare everything in advance. Am also worried about the express booklets being sold out on that day itself.

      Please advise.

      Thank you!

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    • 3 weeks in october

      Japan Jun 25, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      hi, i am traveling in japan in october and not sure the best/cheapest/fastest way to travel to cities i would like ot visit. Below is my itinerary: PLEASE HELP ME UNDERSTAND

      5oct arrive in NRT at 9pm
      6oct from tokyo to kanazawa
      8oct kanazawa to shirakawago
      9oct shirakawago to takayama
      11oct takayama to either kamikochi or matsumoto for stopver to see castle for few hours and move on.. i can sleep in either city or in tokyo depending on what route is best
      12-16oct tokyo
      17oct day trip to nikko and then evening train to kyoto
      18-22kyoto
      23kyoto to osaka
      25 osaka to KIX to fly home in morning

      please help me understand what is best mode of transport. i can buy a one week pass for my week in tokyo (start jr pass on 10th and end on 17th when i take train from nikko to kyoto),. or i can do a 2 week pass from 5th to 18th. i understand jr pass might not be fastest in takayama/matsumoto region. and i was considering taking Nohi bus in that area if its better.

      any/all advise and help is appreciated greatly!!!!!
      alan

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    • 3 days in tokyo..

      Japan Jul 7, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      I have a 3 day layover in Japan and would like some advice on what to do/ where to stay. I enjoy temples and would like to see some. I also would like to buy some anime(if any has english subtitles).The other thing I would like to do is eat horse shashimi. I love seeing temples and religious places as well. I also would love. to see mt. Fuji, but i dont think i am in japan long enough. I do not know anything about japan nor do i speak japanese, but i dont want to miss the chance to explore the cith some. i also would like to know how the trains and where i can buy a pass. Any advice/recommendations on must see places would be great! Thanks.

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    • Bus to Hiroshima

      Fukuoka Jul 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      Is there a bus service that runs between Fukuoka and Hiroshima?

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      Night life

      Tokyo-to Jun 27, 2014 at 6:50 AM

      What would be a cool and safe area to have a nice not too expensive dinner and some drinks at a bar? Your recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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      Cash and ATMs

      Tokyo Jun 27, 2014 at 6:49 AM

      I would like to know whether it is easy to get cash from ATMs in Tokyo or not. We will be traveling from the US next week so we are not quite sure about bringing a lot of cash or being able to get money at ATM/s

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    • interesting places to visit

      Osaka Jun 25, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      Interesting laces to visit in and around Osaka

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    • Aussie sports bars - tokyo and Osaka

      Japan Jun 23, 2014 at 3:55 AM

      Hi all, just wondering if anyone knows of any sports bars in both tokyo and Osaka that show NRL rugby league? Heard of Bar Quest in roppongi but any in the shinjuku area as we are staying at Hilton in that area. Any in Osaka too??

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      the weather

      Fukuoka Jul 7, 2014 at 6:03 AM

      Hi, I will go to Fukuoka this August. Can anyone tell me about the weather?

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      MUST SEES in two days and a half

      Tokyo Jun 27, 2014 at 6:45 AM

      Hello everyone,
      We are heading to Thailand next week and we have a layover in Tokyo of 2 days and a half. What suggestions do you have as far as MUST SEES? We will be staying at Sunroute Shinbanshi Hotel. Thanks for your help.

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      Which Pass

      by jwpotter Online Now Mar 9, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      We are stopping for one night in Hakone to do the loop on the cable cars, lake, etc. We have our JP rail pass and are staying in Hakone at the Fujiya Hotel. So, we arrive about noon, spend some time in Hakone, next day do the loop, and then go back to Tokyo using our JP pass. Which of the passes is best for us, the Hakone free pass or the Fuji/Hakone pass? I thought I knew, but all the comments now have me confused. I do believe I purchase it there at the train station, right?

      1 Answer Mar 10, 2014 at 9:04 AM
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      Is one day sufficient or should we spend a night in Hakone?

      by rohita67 Online Now Feb 5, 2014 at 6:14 AM

      I plan to travel in June and will be visiting Hakone area from Tokyo. I will buy the Hakone pass which is valid for 2 days as I believe there is no single day pass. How much time would it take to do the roundtrip of all the activities from Shinjuku station and return to the same station? As per the website the recommended route is Shinjuku-Tozan train-cable car-ropeway-cruise-bus-Tozan train-Shinjuku.

      3 Answers Feb 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM
    • JR Pass and Fuji/Hakone Pass

      by IreneChiew Online Now Oct 5, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      Hi, I would like to know whether it is worthwhile to buy Fuji/Hakone 3 days Pass from Shinjuku when I already bought a JR Pass. Or would it be more worthwhile buying the Hakone Free Pass?

      I shall be in Tokyo on 25th Oct, planning to stay 1 night in Kawaguchiko, then another night in Hakone before heading back to Shinjuku.

      Irene

      2 Answers Oct 6, 2013 at 8:18 AM
    • Transportation for people with mobility problems

      by lpcho9 Online Now Sep 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      I have restricted mobilityand walk very slowly and have difficulty walking long distance. Is it possible for me to use the public transport such as cable cras and trains etc. in Hakone or can i get a taxi, if so, what are their charges.

      3 Answers Sep 9, 2013 at 5:15 AM
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      Hakone Freepass

      by sheherezad Online Now Sep 20, 2011 at 7:07 AM

      Am I the only sucker who fell for the 'Hakone Free Pass' and felt taken for a ride when my 3day 'free pass' ticket was swallowed by the exit machine at Sinjuku Station,, to my disbelief?? Coz I thot I had bought a 3day pass that would allow me to go back to Hakone tomorrow (the third day) since I had to go to the CA Embassy in Tokyo today!

      The lady did protest to the station official, just to be told that the 2-3day passes are meant tof 2-3 day stays in Hakone! And only entitled me to go from Shinjuku to Odawara once! So, when I came back yesterday I've used that trip and my next 2days' 'free pass' went down the drain!

      They even showed me an English translation to demonstrate they were right! But I was never told this by the Tourist Information lady at NRT! Anyone else fell for the same trick? Or was I the only fool? :(

      12 Answers Sep 27, 2011 at 3:21 PM
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      hakone free pass vs Fuji hakone pass

      by autumn918 Online Now Jan 29, 2011 at 9:13 AM

      Hi fellow VTs,

      Have anyone used these 2 passes in Hakone before? What's the difference & which is better?

      I would also be travelling from tokyo to hakone, & then to hamamatsu to visit my friend. So I will only need 1 way transportation from Tokyo to Hakone.

      Does anyone know whether it will be worthwhile to buy the pass?

      4 Answers Sep 20, 2011 at 7:27 AM
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      Can't decide which Royakan to stay?

      by panda.s Online Now Apr 29, 2010 at 1:02 AM

      Hi,

      I was wondering if anyone stayed at any of these Ryokans before? I can't make up my mind between these two. This one japaneseguesthouses.com/db/h... seems to have a better access for doing Hakone circle.

      This one http://www.hoeiso.jp/englishhyousi.html looks like a real traditional Japanese style but someone from tripadvisor said that the food is a bit sweet and the rooms are dated.

      1 Answer Apr 29, 2010 at 1:11 AM
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      Hakone to Kyoto

      by panda.s Online Now Apr 27, 2010 at 2:50 AM

      Hi,

      Does anyone know the traveling time and how to get from Hakone to Kyoto? I will have a JR pass. Is it worth while getting a Hakone free pass when you already have a JR pass? Where can you buy a Hakone pass when staying in Shibuya or Ginza area?

      Thank you

      16 Answers May 9, 2011 at 9:36 PM
    • Hakone Ryokans

      by marivicsanjuan Online Now Apr 16, 2007 at 7:37 AM

      Hi. Im travelling to tokyo 2nd week of May, and would like to go to Hakone and spend a night there. Would you have any recommendations on where to stay? I just need clean, private toilet and bath in my room, and would like to stay in a typical japanese inn. I hope to get a nice view of mount fuji, and the lake. im willing to spend 15-20 thousand yen for the overnight stay.

      Thanks in advance!

    • Hakone Hotel Kowakien or Yumoto Fujiya Hotel?

      by jungjoora Online Now Apr 13, 2007 at 1:08 PM

      I am arranging a 2-day package trip through JTB Sunrise agency and trying to decide between the Hakone Hotel Kowakien ($263) and Yumoto Fujiya Hotel ($408). The latter is more expensive since dinner and breakfast is included.

      Both hotels offer onsen, but I am not sure which one to stay at. Your comments and guidance would be much appreciated. Food, location, quality are all considerations.

      4 Answers Apr 13, 2007 at 3:01 PM
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      Kamaboko tourist in Odawara

      by nuppe Online Now Dec 18, 2006 at 7:31 AM

      I'm actually going to Odawara the 30.th of December to buy kamaboko. Is there a nice place to stay in Odawara or should I go to Hakone? Is there a place to eat kamaboko as well? Is the fishing port active?

      2 Answers Dec 21, 2006 at 11:25 AM
    • mt fuji, hakone and lake ashi

      by conniecha Online Now Oct 8, 2006 at 9:51 PM

      i will be travelling to tokyo at the end of this mth and will be staying in a hotel in shinjuku. from various website, i found out that there are some day tours for mt fuji+hakone+lake ashi day trips. was wondering if i should go separately for these places? seems that hakone is a big place and mt fuji is just the 5th stn?

      in summary:
      1) can i manage to go mt fuji & hakone on the same day w/o the day tour package?
      2) if so, can hw can i travel from mt fuji to hakone?
      3) is lake ashi at mt fuji or hakone?

      3 Answers Sep 20, 2011 at 7:37 AM
    • Food finds in Hakone

      by tubaguy50 Online Now Aug 17, 2006 at 1:59 PM

      Anybody have restaurant favorites for Hakone?

    • Where to stay in Hakone?

      by kitsya Online Now Mar 13, 2006 at 8:31 AM

      My husband and I will spend a night in Hakone on April 7 - I know it's late to be looking, so this why I'm having trouble booking a room
      Here are the options I have found so far:
      Matsuzakaya Honten
      nxsco.com/matsuzakaya/englis...
      32,220yen total
      Japanese style room ( Equipped with Hot Spa.Bath & Toilet)
      TENSEIEN
      web.travel.rakuten.co.jp/por...
      33600 yen
      MAIN BUILDING JAPANESE STYLE ROOM (WITH FULL BATHROOM)
      Hotel Senkei
      senkei.net/eng/senkei-hotel....
      27,600 yen
      Japanese style room with bath (onsen?)
      Hakone Sansui
      hakone-sansui.com/price_e.ht...
      12,540*2
      does not look like it has hot spring bath in room, but nice looking outdoor one available for private charter
      Kinokuniya
      hakone-kinokuniya.co.jp/eng/...
      13,500*2?
      has a lot of history
      Hakone Elegance
      hakone-elegance.com/index_e....
      No Japanese style room, but close to lake - good location?
      price - unsure - 8,650*2? probably without meals
      Fujiya127 special
      Fuji Hakone Guest House
      http://www.fujihakone.com
      11850 yen, meals not included
      I'm really confused as to which location is most advantageous and which is the best value
      any advice/experiences appreciated
      Thanks in advance!

      10 Answers Jun 30, 2006 at 9:35 AM
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      B&B Pansion Hakone

      by vincentf Online Now May 3, 2004 at 10:25 PM

      Hi, I have a few questions with regards to this hotel and its accessibility. How do I get there from Shinjuku Station (assuming I'll take the Odakyu Railway)? How do I get to the main natural attractions from the hotel (eg. ropeway, sightseeing ship, etc.)? Does the hotel provide soap, shampoo, towels, toothpaste, toothbrush? Are the hotel's onsen located on the premises or do I need to go to Yunnesan for hot springs? Thanks.

      6 Answers May 6, 2004 at 10:00 PM