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      Odawara Castle

      Odawara May 4, 2015 at 3:06 AM

      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

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    • Luggage/Himeji

      Himeji 23 hours ago

      Hey, on the way from Osaka to Hiroshima I'm planning to spend the day at Himeji.
      I'm wondering what to do with luggage though.
      I've read the station has a few lockers but I was wondering about a backup plan if they are all full, other than forwarding luggage.
      Any ideas? So far my brother only has "leaving cases around so they get taken into lost property and then collecting them later". Inventive but risky.
      Thank you!

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    • 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?

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      Which Neighborhood to stay in Tokyo

      Japan 11 hours ago

      Hi Everyone, seeking your thoughts on the best neighborhoods to stay in Tokyo. Would like to stay in a trendy area that is known for good bars and restaurants. Happy to jump on the train to go where we need to go during the day time, but really like to walk around of an evening and try different bars and eateries of an evening and walk home if possible.
      Be keen to hear peoples suggestions on the best areas to look for accomodation in Tokyo and the pros and cons of various neighborhoods. Thanks all!!

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      Tengu Izakaya branch at Tennozu Isle/Shinagawa

      Shinagawa May 15, 2015 at 10:07 AM

      I've been to Tengu Izakaya branch at Shinjuku Minami Guchi and quite like it. I read that there are many branches but I can't find the store locator. Would like to find one near my hotel which is located at Tennozu Isle. I even read somewhere that there is a branch at Shinagawa. However, not a detailed description of the exact location.

      Would anyone be able to help, please?

      To, Mel

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    • Transport from airport to hotel

      Okinawa May 14, 2015 at 1:16 AM

      My daughter is on the way to kinawa. She forgot her international License

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      Need advice on Tokyo for 5nights

      Tokyo Yesterday

      Will be travelling (2pax) to Tokyo Dec 6-12...or 11..still fixing itinerary.
      1. Can anyone recommend a hotel that is convenient for subway travel?
      2. We plan to visit disneyland and disneysea???...will two days be enough? How do we get to these resports from the city?
      3. Would there be time to get to Osaka universal studios as well and catch an afternoon flight from Tokyo maybe on the 11th then stay at an airport hotel in tokyo for a morning flight leaving Tokyo on te 12th?

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    • Help with Climing Mt Fuji translation

      Japan May 21, 2015 at 8:11 PM

      Hi all - I've booked a place to stay while climbing Mt Fuji (8th Station). So far a combination of bad high-school Japanese has got me through - but I'm a little stumped with the translation on one bit of the site. I think it is talking about being quiet for those who want to sleep - but I just want to make sure it doesn't prohibit us from getting up at 1am to start the trek for the top.

      富士山の山小屋は旅館や民宿とは違い、富士山山頂を目指すための登山基地で、夜中に出発される方は早い時間からお休みになっています。館内で宴会を行い、騒ぐような行為は、他のお客様の安眠を奪ってしまいますし、3100mの高所での飲酒は高山病の危険性を高くし、お客様自身の登頂の可能性を低くしてしまいます。そのような理由から、太子舘では館内禁酒とさせて頂いております。

      Thanks!!!

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      Fushimi Inari Shrine and Nara from Kyoto with JR pass?

      Kyoto May 20, 2015 at 2:47 PM

      1)can we combine Fushimi Inari Shrine with Nara as a daytrip from Kyoto?
      2)we stay next to Kyoto station so what is the best train choice from considering we will have JR pass? (is it valid for this line?)

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      3 Week Itinerary

      Japan May 17, 2015 at 8:04 PM

      Hi There. We are trying to lock down our 3 week holiday itinerary for Japan. We love food, mixing with the locals and the culture and seeing the different "styles" of any country we visit. This is what we are thinking:
      5 Nights in Tokoyo (with perhaps days trips to Hakone / Yokohama)
      3 Nights Takayama + 3 Nights Kanazawa + 3 Nights Kyoto + 3 Nights Osaka + 1 Night Koyosan (Buddhist Temple Stay) + 3 Nights Kobe
      I dont like to stay anywhere for less than 3 nights as we like to soak up the atmosphere and culture of a place
      Id love your thoughts on this current itinerary (proas / cons) or any alternate suggestions
      Thanks very much!
      Rachel

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    • Where to sleep

      Japan May 15, 2015 at 3:24 AM

      I'll be 24 days in Japan from 12/09 to 4/10.
      I plan to split it into 2 parts, staying half in Tokyo and half in Osaka or Kyoto or Kobe or Nagoya.
      Which place is the best for the second half?
      TIA.

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    • 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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      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!

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      Food supplements

      Tokyo May 9, 2015 at 10:04 PM

      Wil there be no problem at the airport if I bring my food supplements?

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    • 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 days in Japan for the first time

      Japan May 18, 2015 at 8:43 AM

      we plan to visit Japan for the first time, most probably in late september for 10 full days but I'm confused a)how to create a good itinerary and b)how not to break the bank (I know japan is expensive so any reliable budget advise is highly appreciated)
      so,
      1)high on my list are TOKYO, KYOTO, NARA, HIROSHIMA, should we add more to those or 10 days is very pushing?
      how to do this starting from Osaka?
      2)we're flying into OSAKA(KIX, Kansai Intl) and fly out from TOKYO(NRT, Narita)
      does this make any sense or should we fly in/out from the same city?
      3)are those cities connected by the fast train?
      4)should we buy a Japan Rail Pass? it costs 29,110 yen (more than 210euro) for 7days. Or single tickets for train/buses will be cheaper for us?

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      Where to change yen?

      Tokyo May 5, 2015 at 5:59 AM

      I'll be bringing some yen when I go to Japan this month and just exchange my currency to yen when I'm already in Tokyo. Will this be easy to do? Or should I exchange more yen now? What about withdrawing from ATMs? I don't want to bring so much cash. Can I also use a debit card in paying for hotel, etc?

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    • full day tour of Kanazawa

      Kanazawa Apr 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      We arrive in Kanazawa on June 14th by cruise ship.Are there any Goodwill guide services that we can book for our day in town ? ..... we arrive early morning and we are in port for 12 hours.
      If possible we would love to experience any of the local markets including Omi-Cho market and also the geisha district.....We are seafood and sushi lovers so would love to experience a local non-tourist restaurant that specializes in these foods.
      Richard Morgan

      2 Answers Apr 27, 2014 at 7:51 PM
    • Travel by train from Tokyp to Nanau

      Nanao Jun 29, 2013 at 5:50 AM

      Hi, Can someone please advise the best way from Tokyo to Nanao by train, we have a JR rail pass.
      Thank you
      Paula

      2 Answers Jun 29, 2013 at 9:36 PM
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      Better area to stay - Korinbo vs Omicho Market?

      Kanazawa Jan 19, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Four of us ladies will be visiting Kanazawa for 3 nights and deliberating between staying at either the Toyoko Inn Korinbo or a ryokan near the Omicho market (Sumiyoshiya). Would anyone be able to tell me which location is better in term of accessibility, surrounding places to eat in the evening, prettier, etc? We plan to visit most of the attractions from the Higashi Chaya District down to the Nishi Chaya District.

      Toyoko Inn is cheaper at ¥3433/pax/night with breakfast (Sumiyoshiya charges ¥4900/pax/night w/out breakfast), and is in a modern shopping district with easy bus access. However, its room is really small in comparison to the ryokan. The ryokan also of cause has more charm. I would like to know whether it is worth the additional cost of the ryokan? Wouldn't want to spend more for the ryokan just to discover that the immediate vicinity in the evening has nothing to offer and the surrounds aren't as nice as Korinbo.

      Secondly, Read that the bus services stop pretty early. How is the walk between Toyoko Inn Korinbo and Kazuemachi Chaya District at night? Is it an interesting walk or we go pass dark, quiet and dull places? This is in incase we decide to stay at Korinbo. One of the days we plan to visit Kazuemachi Chaya District at dusk since I heard that it is beautiful at that time. If we have dinner around there we may miss the last bus back to Korinbo. Thus, wondering if it is ok to walk? I know the distance is only something like 10 minutes but is it a pleasant walk for women? Are there many places for dinner around there or we better off looking for dinner at Korinbo?

      Thanks!
      Mel

      2 Answers Feb 13, 2013 at 9:23 PM
    • Melanie_Putra's Profile Photo

      Kanazawa Light-Up Bus Pick-Up & Drop-Off Points

      Kanazawa Sep 16, 2012 at 3:33 AM

      Hi Guys,

      I will be visiting Kanazawa for 3 nights April 20-23rd. I researched the Kanazawa Light-Up bus and found its schedule and all the bus stops. The website mentions that it starts from Terminal #1 at East Gate of Kanazawa Station and takes 32minutes. My question is can we get on and off this bus from any of the stop or only from the station? Ie, if I stay in Korinbo it will be easier for me to start and end the tour at the Korinbo Stop (No7).

      Thanks!
      Mel

      2 Answers Sep 17, 2012 at 12:01 AM
    • Viva Antipolo

      Kanazawa Aug 5, 2011 at 11:08 PM

      Is this bar still exist in Katamachi area,, Can someone guide please.

      Thanks

      2 Answers Jan 2, 2012 at 7:34 AM
    • Green tea in Kazawa

      Kanazawa Dec 22, 2010 at 2:45 AM

      Hello everybody!
      Does anyone know about Kanazawa green tea with gold leaf?
      I'd be very thankfull if anyone gave me an information on where to buy in Kanazawa as I'm planning to travel there or are there any webshops?
      Thank you all.

      5 Answers Dec 24, 2010 at 6:58 AM
    • wi-fi ??

      Kanazawa May 23, 2010 at 7:51 AM

      does the acty have a wi-fi it is a great hotel I stay there frequently however this time I would like to take my laptop if they have a wi-fi system I am going this month

      thanks for any reply

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      reservation necessary for Ninja temple visit ?

      Kanazawa Feb 24, 2010 at 11:36 PM

      hi everyone,
      just wondering if it was really necessary to phone and book in advance to make that visit... my Japanese being somewhat limited, it would be easier if i could just show up. I am staying for 2 days in Kanazawa so maybe i could also stop by on my first day to book the 2nd day ?
      thanks in advance,
      Marj

    • Day Trip from Kanazawa to Gokayama

      Kanazawa Nov 8, 2007 at 11:05 PM

      How long does it take from Kanazawa to Gokayama by bus?
      How is the bus schedule?

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      New Year's Eve in Kanazawa

      Kanazawa Dec 16, 2006 at 5:46 AM

      Hi, I'll be in Kanazawa for New Year's Eve. Anything special going on? Where do people go to celebrate?

      1 Answer Dec 30, 2006 at 5:44 AM
    • Ishikawa nightlife

      Ishikawa-ken May 20, 2003 at 9:42 AM

      What is there to do in Ishikawa, What is the night life like in any of the main cities?

      2 Answers May 21, 2003 at 4:52 AM