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    • Melanie_Putra's Profile Photo

      Odawara Castle

      Odawara 4 hours ago

      I'll be visiting Odawara Castle on Oct 31 (Saturday) on my way from Hakone Yumoto to Shinjuku. I need some clarification please..

      1. I know that the castle closes at 5pm. Is this just for the entrance into the castle building or the ground as well? I would like to hang around the castle ground until twilight for an opportunity to take photo of the castle during the 'blue' hour. Wondering if the ground remains opened after 5pm?

      2. What time is twilight at the end of October?

      3. I plan to ride the Odakyu Romancecar back to Shinjuku. Can I purchase the Romancecar from Hakone Yumoto to Shinjuku but break the journey and jump off for a few hours at Odawara? Or I need to go from Hakone Yumoto by Hakone Tozan Railway to Odawara and board the Romancecar from Odawara to Shinjuku?

      4. Any recommendation for dinner option near the Odawara Station?

      Tq! Mel

    • Hakone Free Pass... to buy or not to buy

      Hakone 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?

    • From cruise port to monorail station

      Okinawa Apr 10, 2015 at 2:15 AM

      What is the nearest monorail station from the cruise port? Is taxi the best way to get there?

    • Night bus travel from Hakone to Tokyo

      Hakone 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?

    • Where to stay in Hakone?

      Hakone 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

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      Travelling to sightseeing spots around Fukui

      Fukui-ken Apr 17, 2015 at 6:46 PM

      I am planning on visiting Fukui prefecture next month and it seems that there are many interesting places however they are quite dispersed from each other. How easy is it to travel in Fukui? Is there a sight-seeing bus or something similar? Thanks.

    • Tokyo-Hakone-Disney

      Tokyo Apr 24, 2015 at 3:26 AM

      Hi, I will be travelling to Tokyo with young kids. Is it too adventurous to try to go to Hakone and stay a night in a ryokan from Tokyo then come back the next day to check in to a Disney hotel? this is assuming I use Takuhaibin to send our baggage from the Tokyo hotel to Disney and then travel light to Hakone. Will it still be challenging with young kids?

      Thanks for any advice!

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      Superstores & Discount stores in Tokyo

      Tokyo Apr 20, 2015 at 3:23 AM

      Are there any large supermarket style superstores in Tokyo that sell a varied range of goods - I'm thinking of stores similar to Walmart in the US or Tesco in the UK, I realise that these type of stores might be on the outskirts of the city, but If it is close to a subway or train station that would be great
      I'm not looking for anything in particular, I just wan't to have a look around at the different products available in Japan.
      Also, are there any other large discount style shops - similar to the large Don Quijote store in Asakusa.
      Thanks for any advice

    • I need an answer.

      Tokyo Apr 30, 2015 at 8:57 AM

      Hi, I am planning to visit Japan with my son who is 12. I am slightly worried after looking into it because of the many 'erootic' and rude things on display at shops right in the front door. Also as my son will want to visit game shops (He loves retro games and I gave him an old SEGA for his birthday). Should I worry?

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      my next country on my list would be JAPAN 2016

      Japan Apr 22, 2015 at 2:34 AM

      Who wants to join?
      Preferably by April 2016
      Been reading alot lately, but still havent decide on how to start with the itineraries ... since all the prefectures are worth to see ... i know too that, multiple visits should be done and not just a 10 days visit is enough ... urrggghh ...
      Anyhow, please --- do suggest anything not so- expensive ways to enjoy Japan.
      I enjoyed my first ever guesthouse stay in Seoul, so guesthouse wont be a problem from now on ...
      Tentative dates would be April 4 - 16, 2016.
      Thanks :)

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      Kyoto - Night time photo opportunities

      Kyoto Apr 10, 2015 at 3:38 AM

      Will be visiting Kyoto soon for five days and would appreciate it if anyone could recommend some good buildings, temples or scenes that would be good subjects for some night time photo shots.
      Many thanks

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      Asakusa Accommodations

      Tokyo Apr 9, 2015 at 3:59 AM

      Will be visiting Tokyo on May17 and I would like to stay in Asakusa district. But I am having a hard time finding a non-smoking twin room. I am ok with a budget hotel as long as it is clean and in a safe area.

    • 3tt3n3n's Profile Photo

      6-day Osaka, Kyoto, Nara itinerary

      Osaka Apr 28, 2015 at 12:35 AM

      Good day everyone!
      Me and my 2 friends will be spending 6 days vacation in Osaka. A suggestion for a 6-day Osaka, Kyoto, Nara itinerary for late Nov to early Dec 2015 will be highly appreciated taking into consideration the best autumn colors.
      Thanks! And God bless!

    • 8 days in japan

      Japan Apr 21, 2015 at 4:05 PM

      Is it worth my my while to visit Osaka from tokyo for a couple days when I have to get back to tokyo anyway for my return flight? What will be prices and how long on a bus? Also I want to know about doing a day trip to mt Fuji? Should I go with an organised group or is there someway to get there ourselves?

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      First Day Itinerary

      Tokyo Apr 12, 2015 at 5:23 AM

      I will be in Tokyo on a Sunday and will be coming in from Narita airport around 2pm. I would like to maximize my day so after check in I am thinking of going to:

      1) Meiji Shrine - I have read somewhere that it's closed on Mondays but the shrine's website says it's open daily. I also know that I can reach either via Metro (Shinjuku-sanchome station- Meijijingumae station) or JR Line (Shinjuku-Harajuku station). I'm confused on how to reach the shrine after I exit either of the 2 stations. Google shows that it will be a 25 min walk from either stations to the entrance of the Shrine. The website of Meiji Shrine says it will be a 1min walk to the South gate. Which is which? Also, is an hour enough to really enjoy Meiji shrine?

      2) Harajuku/Takeshita Dori - After I exit Meiji Shrine
      3) Omotesando- for Number Sugar/Omotesando Koffee/Crayon House (have their vegetarian buffet for dinner) Japanese food is my favorite! : )

      4) Shibuya - do I still have time? If I don't I can do this the next day.

    • Where to shop and best buy for rolex watches

      Shinjuku Apr 6, 2015 at 1:06 AM

      What and where store we can find best rolex watches that is authentic and cheap prices? I will be in shinjuku this april 9 to 14, 2015.
      Please reply

    • Looking for a cat in Tokyo

      Tokyo Apr 27, 2015 at 12:42 PM

      Where can I buy a reasonable cat or kitten in Tokyo?

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      10 hour at the airport - What would you do

      Osaka Apr 20, 2015 at 8:18 PM

      Long layover at the airport and wanted to see something around the area. What would you suggest to do.

    • Which district to stay in?

      Japan Apr 21, 2015 at 12:13 AM

      Hi, I'm going to tokyo soon for 8 days. I will be on backpackers budget of about au$100 per day so wondering if anyone can recommend a good hostel in a good area with lots of things to see/do and a good nightlife around. Also what would be some good affordable things to see and do in tokyo? how to get around? And what would be the cheapest/easiest way getting from the airport to the city?

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      Narita Airport to Tokyu Stay Shinjuku

      Tokyo Apr 11, 2015 at 1:11 AM

      To reach Tokyu Stay Shinjuku I will take the NEX to:
      1) Tokyo Station - transfer to Metro (Marunouchi line) - Shinjuku-Sanchome station - exit and reach hotel on 1 min walk.

      2) Shinjuku station which I believe is connected to Shinjuku-Sanchome. I am not sure how far a walk this will be. I will be bringing a luggage although wheeled and small size. Tokyo station seems daunting to a first-timer like me.

      Which is the better way?

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      2 Weeks in Japan

      Japan Apr 17, 2015 at 3:22 AM

      Japan has never been on my travel radar so I've never really researched specifics. With 2 weeks to explore, what cities would you recommend exploring? Train travel a must. :-)

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      Hokkaido in July ?

      Hokkaido Mar 17, 2015 at 2:08 AM

      I have a few off days in July, my wife suggest Hokkaido. I think there are more to see Hokkaido in winter compare to summer, what is your opinion ?

      6 Answers Apr 3, 2015 at 5:51 AM
    • 4 nights 5 days in Sapporo

      Sapporo Jan 8, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      Hi guys, I am going to Sapporo from 31st Jan till the 4th Feb and would like to get ideas on what to do, travelling myself and wants to see more on lifestyle/culture than tourist attractions. Also want to experience Japanses food culture as well.


      3 Answers Mar 10, 2015 at 7:09 AM
    • Transport options

      Sapporo Nov 26, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      I am traveling in a party of 9 pax, all adults. We will be in Hokkaido from the 14th to 23rd Dec. Upon arrival in Chitose Airport we will have a coach to transport us to Niseko - 4days. from Niseko we will then go to Noboribetsu - 2 days and then go to Sapporo City - 3 days before flying off to Tokyo for a connecting flight out of Japan. Need advise if it is easier and more efficient to arrange coach transport from Niseko - Noboribetsu - Sapporo given that we have nine adults or we should just rely on the train system? Which is cheaper and more time efficient given that it is winter and the roads maybe laden with snow.

      1 Answer Nov 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM
    • Tokyo to Sapporo by train

      Sapporo Aug 29, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      Hello. I will be traveling to Japan on February to catch the Snow Festival in Sapporo. However, my first stop will be in Tokyo, I will be using the 7 days JR pass. Does anyone here knows where and how to ride bullet train in Tokyo to Sapporo? If possible, I would like to ride bullet train at night to save hotel fees and arrive Sapporo in the morning. It doesn't have to be compartments - which will cost me additional payments. A seat is okay for me to sleep in, but the problem is that I do not know if there will be seats available once I arrive at the bullet train. Please advise. Thank you very much.

      3 Answers Aug 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM
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      Sapporo Aug 5, 2014 at 5:10 AM

      Hi everyone. I'm desperately need some helps , family decided a last minute trip to Hokkaido yesterday and I'm meeting them in Chitose airport as I will most probably travel two days earlier due to 30 hours connecting flight from England-Amsterdam-Osaka- Sapporo. I need to find a cheap hostel or guest house for a day before I meet my family.Does anyone have any suggestions as where should I stay which won't break my banks and easy to get back to airport. Is it anything to see and do in chitose in a day? How to get to chitose? Informations in airport guide doesn't explain how much to get the bus to downtown . Thanks in advance if anyone could share some ideas and tips. 

      4 Answers Aug 15, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      Takinoue Jun 16, 2014 at 3:32 AM

      Is it too late to see the Pink Moss in Takinoue if we are planning to go this weekend?

      1 Answer Jun 16, 2014 at 11:16 PM
    • transport to pier

      Otaru Jun 15, 2014 at 3:00 AM

      I am boarding a Princess cruise ship in September and will be arriving by train from Sapporo.
      What station should I get off the train?
      Can I walk to the pier or should I get a taxi?
      Approximate taxi cost?

      2 fit 67 year olds.


      3 Answers Jun 21, 2014 at 12:31 AM
    • seal watching

      Wakkanai Mar 23, 2014 at 2:24 AM

      Is April a good month for a seal watching?

      1 Answer Mar 23, 2014 at 3:37 AM
    • Costco sapporo

      Sapporo Mar 9, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      Me and my husband will visit in May and would like to go Costco Sapporo. However, we don't have membership. Does anyone can introduce a person to bring us in? Or, a method how to shop there without membership?

      6 Answers Mar 10, 2014 at 9:18 AM
    • tour guides

      Muroran Feb 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      are there any English-speaking tour guides available that could meet a cruise ship and take my wife and I on a 4-6 hour tour of the Muroran area?

      5 Answers Mar 11, 2014 at 7:45 PM
    • Bring a seafood on the fligh

      Sapporo Jan 18, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Hi all, I need advice, I noticed that Hokkaido is famous with seafood, my question is it is possible to buy seafood in New Chitose Airport and bring on the flight as carry-baggage? Since I didn't have much time to stop in other market to buy and I have limited time went I arrived at New Chitose Airport.. Thank You

      2 Answers Jan 20, 2014 at 6:31 AM
    • Anime in hokkaido

      Hokkaido Jan 15, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      Hi, is there any place I can buy anime figurines in Hokkaido? Thank you

      2 Answers Jan 16, 2014 at 1:57 AM
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      Itinerary Check (6D5N)

      Hokkaido Jan 12, 2014 at 7:35 AM

      Hi, I will be travelling to Hokkaido for the first time this coming June, for 6 days and 5 nights. I will be travelling with my mum, and neither of us can drive, so we will have to rely on public transport the entire trip. My current itinerary looks like this:
      Day 1: Arrive in New Chitose at night (8pm) and travel to Sapporo
      Days 2-3: Sapporo (day trip to Otaru)
      Day 4: Furano/Biel
      Day 5: Lake Toya/Noboribetsu
      Day 6: Lake Toya/Noboribetsu in the morning, followed by Rera and New Chitose in the afternoon/evening before a flight to Tokyo at night.

      Will it be too rushed?
      Also, will I be able to make this work by purchasing a 4-day JR Pass? Thank you all so much!!

      11 Answers Jan 16, 2014 at 1:06 AM
    • Should I buy 7 day JR rail pass or buy indivdual train tickets for the 8 days we are staying??

      Hokkaido Dec 6, 2013 at 4:37 AM

      I am planning to stay in Sapporo from 10 Jan to 17 (which is 8 days....), and I am not sure if I would be better off buying 7 day JR pass or indivdual tickets. The problem is I do not have the price list

      Now here's the breakdown

      1st Day
      Sappporo airport to Sapporo

      2nd Day
      From Sapporo to Asahikawa return trip

      3rd Day
      Sapporo around the city, so most likely in city but I am not sure if it can be used for tram??

      4th Day
      Sapporo to Lake Toya resort for 1 night. (The hotel provided free shuttle bus from Sapporo to the hotel and will arrive at resort at 4pm, but we may consider to take by JR rail early in morning to make use of the day and facility there but then again, it depends on the answer here too!)

      5th Day
      Lake Toya to Noboribetsu resort for 1 night

      6th Day
      Noboribetsu to Sapporo

      7th Day
      Sapporo to Otaru return

        • 8th Day

      Because it has passed 7th day, obviously, we will have to buy the train ticket to airport seperately which we don't know how much it cost 1 way from Sapporo to Airport!

      I know for the JR 7 day pass is 25,500 yen but I wanted to know if I break down the price indivdually, how much would it cost or where is the website that shows it?

      Your answer and help will be appreciated!

      3 Answers Dec 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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      Lake Shikotsu to Sapporo via Route 453

      Sapporo Nov 24, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Hi there,

      I'll be staying south of Sapporo near Lake Shikotsu for 2 nights in Dec 2013. We were hoping to be able to visit Sapporo city during our stay here, but we are not sure how long is the road journey gonna take us? we have a rental car to travel around.

      Welcome your advice on our best possible option. Cheers


      2 Answers Dec 8, 2013 at 10:43 PM
    • Winter Clothing For Sapporo.

      Sapporo Nov 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Hi All,

      I am going to visit Sapporo during the snow festival and I was wondering what kind of clothes would be required to visit Sapporo. I am from India ( and a hot city from South) and currently live in Tokyo and I was planning to get a couple of Uniqlo Ultra Light Down for this Winter.( Its damn light)

      But I am not sure whether this will be enough for the Sapporo Climate. I am going to layer myself but still, will it be enough to hold up the heat? Any other recommendations_

      6 Answers Nov 4, 2013 at 10:46 PM
    • Is Nobo worth visiting in winter?

      Noboribetsu Oct 21, 2013 at 7:21 AM

      How many days do I need to see the place without rushing :)

      1 Answer Oct 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM
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      Toya-ko to Noboribetsu Onsen bus over Orofofure Pass

      Hokkaido Oct 12, 2013 at 1:10 AM

      I hope to catch the bus from Toya-ko to Noboribetsu Onsen over Orofofure Pass on Sat 19 April 2014. Does anyone know the timetable (leaving about lunchtime or mid afternoon) or a link to a site for the bus timetable?

      regards, Mnutsy (Australia)

      2 Answers Oct 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM
    • Itineraries Planning

      Hokkaido Sep 29, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      Hi, visiting Hokkaido from 24 Dec to 3 Jan 2014 during Winter Season, will need advise on the places that wanted to visit which is Hakodate, Lake Toya, Niseko and Noboribetsu for Onsen and Ski Resort will be Tomamu and Sohoro. I have been to Sapporo last year thus not visting. I will be arriving & departing at New Chitose Airport.

      Thanks much

      1 Answer Oct 29, 2013 at 7:41 AM
    • Days in Sapporo

      Sapporo Sep 16, 2013 at 6:28 AM

      Is 7 days too long to spend in Sapporo?

      6 Answers Sep 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM
    • Private transportation for VIP s

      Hokkaido Sep 14, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Need some recommendation from any, as I will be arranging a tour in Hokkaido with some VIP . We need a executive mini bus for about 12 pax with English speaking driver and guide
      Thanks. Ish

      1 Answer Sep 14, 2013 at 6:03 PM
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      Travel from Narita airport to Sapporo via bus...

      Sapporo Aug 18, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      Is it possible to travel by express or regular bus service from Narita airport to Sapporo?
      I have lots of free time and would like to see the country side slower than taking a flight or a train.
      Thanks in advance for your time...Yoku dekimashita...

      7 Answers Aug 20, 2013 at 12:03 PM
    • Supermarket in Honkawacho, Hiroshima?

      Hiroshima Jun 30, 2013 at 1:40 AM

      Can anyone tell me if there is a big supermarket in Honkawacho, or where the closest one is (not a convenience store).

      Thanks :)

      2 Answers Jul 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM
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      Run from Hakodate to Lake Onuma

      Hakodate Mar 31, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      im planning to run to lake onuma from hakodate. are there roads that go from hakodate to lake onuma? i would prefer to NOT run on highways if possible.

      5 Answers Apr 11, 2013 at 8:30 PM
    • Good Recommendation for Private Onsen in Hokkaido

      Hokkaido Oct 17, 2012 at 6:19 AM

      Will like to check is there any Ensuite Private Onsen in Hokkiado hotel or Ryokan, again not too costly as understand that for private onsen is already "X" but just want to know the lowest for Private Onsen that anyone can advice or recommend. I will be arriving into Sapporo and prefer not too far away between 1-2 hours away from Sapporo will be great.

      It will also be best if it's near to a Ski Resort.

      Thanks once again.

    • Good Recommendation for Private Onsen with Good View in Hokkaido

      Hokkaido Oct 14, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      Will like to check is there any Ensuite Private Onsen in Hokkiado hotel or Ryokan, again not too costly as understand that for private onsen is already "X" but just want to know the lowest for Private Onsen that anyone can advice or recommend.

      It will be great if it's near to a Ski Resort.

      Thanks once again.

      3 Answers Oct 17, 2012 at 6:08 AM
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      Visit to Sapporo by ship

      Sapporo Apr 11, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      We will be visiting Sapporo from a cruise ship.
      Is the cruise ship whalf reasonable walking distance from the centre of the city?
      What is the 2 main sights/features of Sapporo we should see whilst we are there?
      Many thanks for any info.

      3 Answers Apr 12, 2012 at 6:39 AM
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      Reserved seat on Hamanasu train

      Sapporo Mar 5, 2012 at 7:40 PM

      Hi, I'm hoping to take the Hamanasu night train from Sapporo to Aomori. I understand that I can try to reserve a seat in the Carpet car or Dream car without incurring extra charges if I have a JR Pass. The problem is that we only arrive in Japan about 3 days before this leg of the trip.

      Do you know how difficult it is to reserve those types of seats for a Monday night in mid May? Do you think we'll have trouble getting a reserved seat if we only reserve 3 days in advance? If those seats are not available, is it usually easy to get a regular seat?


      1 Answer Mar 6, 2012 at 6:48 AM
    • Tours Muroran - Sapporo

      Muroran Mar 3, 2012 at 5:22 AM

      We will be visiting Muroran port on cruise ship Diamond Princess on 8th May.
      Interested in seeing native village and volcano attractions near Muroran as well as the cherry blossom in Maruyama Park.
      We understand the distance between Muroran and Sapporo, but can we get a taxi / hire driver to collect us at the ship and provide such a day trip to take in these attractions? If so at what cost?

      Bill and Diane

      1 Answer Mar 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM
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      Takinoue Park and Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park

      Hokkaido Feb 15, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      Hi, my friend and I are going to be in Sapporo(ish) for a few days in May. I saw that it is the season for the Shibazakura and would really like to visit Takinoue Park and the tulip park. However, it looks extremely difficult to reach Takinoue by public transport. (Or it could be easy but I cannot get decent translations of the Japanese webpages online.) If anyone can give me some idea of how to get to Takinoue from Asahikawa or Sapporo, that'll be much appreciated.

      Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone know of any day tours originating from Sapporo to both parks. Alternatively, we may go to Asahikawa the night before and try to join a tour from there. I've emailed Asahikawa Tourism and they said the 2012 tour schedule is not available yet. I know last year they only have these tours on the weekends, so they may not be a viable option depending on our schedule.

      We also considered renting a car, but my friend and I only know how to drive automatic. Would this be a problem? Also, is it difficult to drive in Hokkaido? (road conditions, straight forward directions, etc)

      While we're at it, do you know if there is a reasonably priced ryokan with a private bath in the area? We are a bit shy about using a public onsen and my friend said one option is to book a room with a private bath.


      6 Answers Feb 16, 2012 at 4:42 PM