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    • Ill be in tokyo from 31 aug till 14 sep. 2015.

      Tokyo 14 hours ago

      Anyone wonna join the adventure? See places,go for food, clubbing and such things?

      P.s. only fun ppl, the boring ones should stay at home :)

      I'm 26, from austria,male

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      Anyone traveling to Kyoto in November?

      Kyoto Aug 11, 2015 at 2:53 PM

      Hello fellow travelers!
      I am going to be traveling solo from USA to Kyoto from November 29th through December 5th (leaf peeping) and I wonder if somebody else is going to be traveling in the area to say hello and share some tea. I already have my hotel booked (that was many hours online, high season in Kyoto) and I am building my itinerary.

      Pleasant trips and arigato!

      Isabella

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    • 4 days in Kyoto - Any Free Onsen Experience, & Which onsen- Kinosaki, Kurama or Yunohana?

      Kyoto Aug 6, 2015 at 6:40 PM

      Hello,

      I've be traveling in Sep 15 to Kyoto & Osaka For an 8-day trip, so i'm pretty confused about which onsen experience to do. Firstly, any free onsen outdoor experience? And should i stay 2 days Kyoto & doing an outward trip to Kinosaki for a 2 nights stay before going to Osaka? Or should i just base in Kyoto Kawaramachi area, then do half day travel to either Kurama or Yunohana? Any suggestions for anywhere else nearby in Kyoto perfecture?

      Thank you! Appreciate your kind advice & tips as i am now planning the itinerary :P

      Leafie

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    • Hokkaido in late october

      Hokkaido Jul 31, 2015 at 10:58 PM

      Which places should I visit in the Hokkaido/Sapporo area during the last week of October? I have a week.

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      Clubbing friends in tokyo?

      Tokyo Aug 7, 2015 at 3:23 AM

      Good way to make friends, while clubbing tokyo?

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      how to reach Oak Hostel Zen from JR train station

      Tokyo Aug 27, 2015 at 11:47 AM

      we will take the train from Kyoto (9.33am) arriving at Tokyo at 12:10.
      Any idea at which station we have to get off?
      and how will reach OAK HOSTEL ZEN from there?
      address of the hostel: 110-0003 Tokyo Prefecture, Taito-ku, Negishi 3-3-3

      have in mind we will have JR pass.

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      from Kansai airport to Kyoto by train

      Japan Aug 27, 2015 at 11:07 AM

      we arrive at Kansai aiport at 21.35.
      1)how much time we need to go through customs, take luggage and catch the train to Kyoto.
      2)Will it run at that time? (on saturday night)
      3)will we be able to exchange our JapanRail voucher with the pass at that time? where?

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      The Icoca prepaid card for Kyoto area and the all day ticket to Arashiyama

      Kyoto Aug 26, 2015 at 10:36 AM

      Hi Kyoto experts !

      What are the benefits of the prepaid Icoca card if I use it while I am in kyoto. ?

      Will it save money on trains going from kyoto to nearby cities? Is it limited in time ?
      Also: What is the all day discounted ticket to Arashiyama ?

      Thanks

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      where to buy JR pass?

      Japan Aug 27, 2015 at 6:43 AM

      what is the official site for buing the JR pass?
      or buing it from other online sellers is the same? (same price? are all of them reliable?)

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    • How much money will i need to bring for 25days?

      Japan Aug 21, 2015 at 2:03 PM

      Hi, i'll be in Japan mid December -

      I'll be in Osaka 7 days, Kyoto 3 days, Tokyo 7 and Yuzawa 3. We are still deciding on our last location. Everything else has been booked and paid for.

      I was just wondering how much i may spend each day on food and transportation. A friend of mine lived in Tokyo for a year and she said i could survive on $20aud a day but i'll be most likely looking at $60-$100.

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    • Tenguyama Ropeway in the Nov/Dec period

      Otaru Aug 6, 2015 at 9:41 PM

      Hey, I will be in Hokkaido for the period 26 Nov to 3 Dec. I'm planning to visit Otaru and thereafter go to Mount Tengu via the ropeway on Sunday, 29 Nov. Just wondering whether the ropeway is available for service and the opening hours.

      Thank you very much.

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      A day in Takao Japan

      Kyoto Aug 5, 2015 at 7:39 AM

      Hi Kyoto experts
      I will be spending a month in Kyoto in November this year.
      Would like to make a day trip to Takao and visit these 3 temples :
      高山寺石水院 - Kozanji Sekisuiin
      Jingoji Temple - 神護寺, じんごじ
      and 京都 高雄)西明寺Saimyoji Temple
      I saw on Google map that there is a walking distance between temples but I wonder about public transportation between them.It looks on the map like I will have to walk on the main road, not very comfortable.
      Any ideas or tips for this day, where to start and how to make this trip easy

      Thank you

      Naomi.

      I am not sure about the Japanese names - Can you correct them ?

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    • What should i pack for a 25 day trip in winter Osaka, Tokyo and Yuzawa

      Tokyo Aug 21, 2015 at 1:52 PM

      Hi, i'll be in Japan mid December - January and have no idea what to pack. I'm a girl from Australia, so i've never really been in cold weather before.

      I'll be in Osaka 7 days, Kyoto 3 days, Tokyo 7 and Yuzawa 3.
      I'm hoping to start buying clothing soon so and i have no idea where to start.

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      Ekiben sold at New Chitose Airport?

      Hokkaido Aug 2, 2015 at 8:41 AM

      We are arriving into New Chitose Airport at 8:20am and hoping to catch the 10:33am train to Shintoku. Where in the airport can we buy ekiben to have as lunch on the train? Would prefer to get here rather than at Minami Chitose Station since the transit time is only 10 minutes.

      Tq, Mel

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    • Help with 3.5 day Tokyo/Kyoto itinerary

      Japan Aug 23, 2015 at 3:56 AM

      Hello

      I have an upcoming 3 and a half day trip to Japan, and it will be mu first trip to Japan. I am flying into Tokyo, though am flying out of Osaka three days later.

      Day 1 - (Arrive Tokyo 4.05am)

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Day 4 - (Depart Osaka 4.20pm)

      I am trying to put together an itinerary. I would like to see Tokyo, and so envisaged spending day 1/evening 1 in Tokyo. However, I feel that I would like to spend the remaining time in Kyoto (the reason I booked the return flight from Osaka). I realise that this is a very short trip and that it is going to be very on-the-go. I envisaged catching one of the early bullet trains from Tokyo to Kyoto on the morning of Day 2, and then spending the rest of day 2, day 3 and the morning of day 4 exploring Kyoto. Does this seem feasible? I realise that the one day in Tokyo is a push, but as I won't have another opportunity to visit Japan for a very long time, I'm wanting to try fit in both cities.

      I would really appreciate some thoughts on this itinerary. I also have a few questions regarding the logistics of the itinerary. As I will be flying out of Osaka, it does not make sense to get a Japan Rail Card as I will only be taking the bullet train one way. What is the best way to arrange this one-way train ticket? Is it worth booking the JapanICan 3-day Kyoto train + hotel package from Tokyo, or is it preferable to book the accommodation in Kyoto independently and then purchase a one-way bullet train ticket by other means? Is it possible to buy a one-way bullet train ticket online?

      I look forward to receiving some thoughts on this, and thanks in advance for your time!

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      Hakone Yumoto to Miyanoshita

      by Melanie_Putra Online Now May 28, 2015 at 11:34 PM

      On my final day in Hakone I plan to c/out from my ryokan (Hoeiso) and travel from Hakone Yumoto to lunch at Iroriya which is near Sokokura. I read that I should take the "Hakone-machi line" bus from Hakone Yumoto Station (Bus H), to "Sokokura". Then walk for 5 minutes. Map of bus stop only shows "Kami-Sokokura" though..
      Is it the same stop?
      Iroriya: Local name いろり家. Local address 〒250-0404宮ノ下296

      This bus from Hakone Yumoto passes Miyanoshita Station. Would it be faster to grab the train from Hakone-Yumoto Station to Miyanoshita Station then the bus rather than sit on the bus all the way from Hakone-Yumoto Station?

      Tq, Mel

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      Hakone Tozan Bus "K" from Moto Hakone-ko to Kuzuhara

      by Melanie_Putra Online Now May 27, 2015 at 5:20 AM

      I will be doing the Hakone Loop from Gora to Owakidani, Lake Ashi, Motohakone then to Hoeiso Ryokan near Hakone Yumoto. This will be on the 30th of October (Friday). I read that the Hakone Tozan Bus "K" passes the ryokan (Bus stop - Kuzuhara) on its way from Moto Hakone-ko to Hakone Yumoto.

      1. Would anyone be able to provide the time-table for Line "K" from Moto Hakone'ko to Kuzuhara please?
      2. Would you know how long will this journey between Moto Hakone-ko to Kuzuhara takes?

      I read that there is an express bus Line "R" which even though doesnt't pass Kuzuhara on its way to Hakone Yomoto, but being express, will be fast. However, this only operates on weekends and holidays?

      Tq, Mel

      2 Answers May 29, 2015 at 5:25 AM
    • Night bus travel from Hakone to Tokyo

      by AhYong Online Now Apr 28, 2015 at 10:59 AM

      hi there, I need some guidance on getting a night bus from Hakone to Tokyo. Any website for further reference?

      2 Answers Apr 29, 2015 at 10:26 AM
    • Where to stay in Hakone?

      by trucstar Online Now Apr 20, 2015 at 4:43 PM

      Hi i will be travelling from Tokyo to Fukui with some friends in November and would be staying overnight in Hakone. Would love to experience the ryokan/onsen with a private option if available. Any recommendations ? Somewhere easy to get to and easy to get back to the train station to continue our journey

      2 Answers Apr 21, 2015 at 4:44 AM
    • Hakone Free Pass... to buy or not to buy

      by jyotserrao Online Now Apr 13, 2015 at 10:51 PM

      I am coming to Hakone in an all inclusive bus tour from Tokyo with my family of 4. After that I will be staying at the Gora Onsen Karakara for two nights. Do I still need to purchase a Hakone Free Pass?

      1 Answer Apr 14, 2015 at 12:00 AM
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      Stay in Hakone Yumoto or Gora area?

      by phingy Online Now Jul 28, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      Hello!

      I will be visiting Hakone 2 days 1 night in October this year and would like to stay in a ryokan. Just wondering which area is better to stay at?

      I have also identified a few ryokan I would probably book:

      Hakone Yumoto:
      Ryokan Fukuzumiro

      Gora:
      Fujimien Hotel
      Ashinoko Ichinoyu Hotel
      Hatago Ichinoyu Hotel
      Gora Ichinoyu Hotel

      Appreciate any advice! Thanks!!

      2 Answers Jul 31, 2014 at 9:47 AM
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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