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    • Melanie_Putra's Profile Photo

      Hakone Yumoto to Miyanoshita

      Hakone 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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    • osaka - kyoto - nara - kyoto

      Osaka May 29, 2015 at 11:45 AM

      Hi!
      I am planning my itinerary for travels from tokyo - osaka - kyoto - nara - kyoto - tokyo.
      As of now, i am considering the overnight express bus from tokyo to osaka and from kyoto to tokyo as i dont mind the long travelling hours and it will save me alot more than getting the JR pass.
      I'm just wondering for travelling within osaka to kyoto/nara, should i get the kansai pass or any other passes?

      places i might want to visit in osaka (2 days):

      - Tenjinbashisuji Shoping arcade
      - Sennichimae Donguyasuji Shopping Arcade
      - Kuromon Market

      the places i might want to visit in kyoto (1.5 days):
      - Fushimi Inari
      - Kinkaku-ji Temple
      - Nishiki Market Alley
      - Arashiyama Bamboo Grove (maybe)
      - Gion

      the places i might want to visit in nara (day trip):
      - Nara park
      -Todai-ji Temple

      Thank you in advance!

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    • Melanie_Putra's Profile Photo

      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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      Quaint Onsen Town 2-3 hours from Tokyo?

      Japan May 30, 2015 at 9:36 PM

      I plan to do a 2 night 3 days trip to Hakone, doing the loop from Gora to Hakone Yumoto and staying in 2 separate ryokans. This will be October 29-31. Now I read that Owakudani and the ropeway are close due to risk of small volcanic eruption.

      In case the situation doesn't clear by my trip date, would anyone be able to recommend a 2 nights side trip out of tokyo to an attractive onsen town with preferably some attractions like canal/stream, waterfalls, quaint shops.. Some place with a traditional and quaint vibe like Kinosaki Onsen.. I don't like it too crammed with modern tall brick buildings. Thus, are not too keen on Kusatsu Onsen.
      Not too far, max 2-3 hours by non Shinkansen
      Tq, Mel

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    • I'm in Tokyo for 5 nights! Help me plan!

      Tokyo May 30, 2015 at 8:19 AM

      Hi All,

      As part of my honeymoon, I am going to be in Tokyo, Japan (Ginza District) for 5 nights. Here is what the tour operator has planned so far, please let me know if I should add/remove things:

      1) Mount Fiji & Hakone Tour (Motorcoach 1 day)
      2) Tokyo full day tour (Tokyo Observatory, Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony at Happoen Garden, Chinzanso Restaurant lunch. Continue on to the Imperial Palace, and then cruise on the Sumida
      River which will take you to Tokyo Bay for a cruise up the Sumida River to Asakusa. You will visit
      the Akasuka Kanon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Arcade and the tour will end with a drive
      through Ginza.)

      I am particularly interested in amazing food!

      We are staying at the Mandarin Oriental.

      Thanks

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

      Hakone 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

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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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    • Luggage/Himeji

      Himeji May 24, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      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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    • 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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      Which Neighborhood to stay in Tokyo

      Japan May 25, 2015 at 3:35 AM

      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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    • 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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    • One-day prive tour guide suggestions please

      Tokyo May 29, 2015 at 8:38 AM

      Hello! We will be in Tokyo for 2 days and then off to Sendai for a week and then back to Tokyo area. I would like to hire a guide for one day to "get the lay of the land" so to speak, have him/her show us the train system, some local things to see. Any suggestions? Has anyone used "Tours by Locals"? thanks for any and all suggestions. (Any suggestions about Sendai, too, but I might put that in another post.)

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      Need advice on Tokyo for 5nights

      Tokyo May 24, 2015 at 7:57 AM

      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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      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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      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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