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    • Melanie_Putra's Profile Photo

      Odawara Castle

      Odawara Yesterday

      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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    • 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?

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    • 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?

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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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    • 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.

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      Where to change yen?

      Tokyo 18 hours ago

      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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    • 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

      Hi,
      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
      Tony

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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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      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

      Hi,
      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
      Tony

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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.

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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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    • 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.

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    • 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

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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 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.

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    • 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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    • full day tour of Kanazawa

      by richardjmorgan Online Now 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
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      Better area to stay - Korinbo vs Omicho Market?

      by Melanie_Putra Online Now 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
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      Kanazawa Light-Up Bus Pick-Up & Drop-Off Points

      by Melanie_Putra Online Now 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

      by junta421 Online Now 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

      by luckysamurai Online Now 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 ??

      by elpistolero Online Now 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 ?

      by vmarjorie Online Now 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

      by Orn Online Now 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

      by kevarms Online Now 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