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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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      Where to change yen?

      Tokyo 16 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Money changer

      Nagano Dec 30, 2014 at 5:57 AM

      I'm meita . Indonesian. Now i'm living in fujimi city nagano-ken. I want to change my money from rupiah to yen. But it's hard to find money changer near from here. Can you help me.

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      Visiting this week end ( Early October )

      Matsumoto Sep 29, 2014 at 1:46 PM

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      Cherry blossom?

      Matsumoto Mar 27, 2013 at 6:18 AM

      Hi, I am interested to view cherry blossom in Japan, but I am told it is kind of late for some of the popular areas like the cities, Tokyo and Osaka, by the time I visit in 2nd week of April. I am told Nagano would be a good place, got chance, I checked Japan-guide.com and realized Matsumoto is one of the places for viewing cherry blossom even in April. I intend to travel to Nagano via Tokyo and I will make short trips to Matsumoto during the my stay at Nagano, does this sound good enough? I come from Singapore. Thanks.

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    • Tsumago/Magome

      Nagano Feb 1, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      My husband & I would like to spend a few nights in the Tsumago/Magome area en route from Kyoto to Tokyo at the end of May. Any suggestions of places to stay, eat and things do for a reasonable price (we plan to hike the trail between the two towns)? We are very open minded, flexible and are seeking a peaceful, traditional experience to end our rather whirlwind trip. We are also open to any suggestions of alternative places to go between K&T which would have an old Japan feel with a possibility for a hike in the countryside. All responses a very much appreciated.

      1 Answer Feb 3, 2013 at 1:21 AM
    • Looking for someone to share a room with, snowboarding hakuba, nagano

      Nagano-ken Dec 25, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      Hi all!

      Firstly I apologise if this isn't the right forum to post this sort of question, if you can give any advice or direct me where to go for this it would be much appreciated.

      So I'm travelling to Japan (for the first time!) and am planning to go snowboarding for a few days, from Jan 26th-30th, in Hakuba, Nagano. However now I'm stuck with a 2 person room to myself, the cancellation fees are very high and it's a bit late to start trying to find new accommodation, else I would have gone to a backpackers, and so now I'm asking around to see if anyone would like to share the room with me and split the costs.

      I'm a 22 year old Australian male and am not too picky about room mates and would be happy to share with about anyone, and also I'll be staying at the Hakuba-Allure.

      If anyone would like further details, feel free to message me.

      Sorry again if this is the wrong place! I wasn't sure whether or not this fell under advertising/solicitation.

    • Can we still snowboard in mid March?

      Nagano-ken Dec 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM

      Few of us are planning a ski trip to Japan, and would like to explore other resorts outside Niseko. Flights to Tokyo are always easier to organise, so somewhere on honshu will be good.

      - Which resorts will still have decent snow/powder by early to mid March?
      - Preferably with good runs for both beginners to advanced snowboarders (ie no long flat runs please!)

      Thanks!

      2 Answers Oct 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM
    • Driving from Nagano to Kyoto

      Nagano Sep 22, 2012 at 3:13 AM

      I'm wondering if it's feasible to drive from Nagano to Kyoto, in a day, perhaps to see a bit more than I would see on the train.

      2 Answers Sep 23, 2012 at 9:25 PM
    • Melanie_Putra's Profile Photo

      Chuo Taxi Shuttle b/w Matsumoto and Tokyo’s Airports

      Matsumoto Sep 18, 2011 at 3:01 AM

      Chuo Taxi Shuttle b/w Matsumoto and Tokyo’s Airports
      Hi Guys,
      Would anyone know how long will the journey take from Matsumoto to either Narita or Haneda with this shuttle service?
      Also, what is their schedule?
      Are they reliable?
      Any other shuttle service between Matsumoto and Tokyo’s airports?

      Thanks,
      Mel

      4 Answers Sep 18, 2011 at 11:53 PM
    • Melanie_Putra's Profile Photo

      Alpico and Keio Bus b/w Matsumoto & Tokyo

      Matsumoto Sep 18, 2011 at 2:59 AM

      Alpico and Keio Bus b/w Matsumoto & Tokyo
      Hi Guys,
      Anyone know for sure whether these buses have toilet on board?
      Is reservation required for these buses?

      I mananaged to get Alpico Bus' English page for Matsumoto route's schedule but nothing else...

      Thanks,
      Mel

      8 Answers Sep 22, 2011 at 12:39 AM
    • New Year skiing

      Nagano Dec 18, 2010 at 8:26 PM

      Travelling all on my lonesome... Will be in Nagano from 30th Dec to 5th Jan... anyone around for a good time?

    • Toyoko Inn Ueda Ekimae

      Ueda Nov 25, 2010 at 4:27 AM

      Again, I am having trouble finding an email contact for this motel in Ueda, Nagano. Can anyone assist? I have been on their website and although I can make reservations on-line my accommodation query is a little complicated and I need to see what's possible before I book. Also just checking - I have heard this chain offers "no frills" western style accommodation at reasonable prices - as does U-Inn Ueda. Has anyone had any experience with either of the motels and have any recommendation for either one of them? Cheers!

      2 Answers Nov 28, 2010 at 7:41 AM
    • U-Inn Motel

      Ueda Nov 16, 2010 at 3:27 AM

      Does anyone know how I can contact (preferably by email) U-Inn for accommodation enquiries?

      2 Answers Nov 25, 2010 at 3:49 AM
    • Nagano in February

      Nagano Oct 20, 2010 at 8:39 PM

      Will it be snowing heavily there in Feb? I'm planning a short trip to Nagano with some friends and wonder whether heavy snow will make many places unaccessable by public transport. Will be based around Yudanaka to see the snow monkeys.

      1 Answer Oct 20, 2010 at 11:08 PM
    • valle's Profile Photo

      Snow monkey park to Shiga Kogen Ski resort

      Nagano Feb 2, 2010 at 4:27 PM

      I am going to visit Snow Monkey at Jigokudani Yaen-koen.
      After Jigokudani Yaen-koen, I want to go to your Shiga Kogen ski resort.
      How do I get there from Jigokudani Yaen-koen to Shiga Kogen? Is there a bus that I can take?
      How many kilometers is it from Jigokudani Yaen-koen to Shiga Kogen?
      You can email me at cayuga@gmail.com

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      Nagano Dec 9, 2009 at 8:44 AM

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      3 Answers Dec 9, 2009 at 10:33 PM
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      Nagano-ken Oct 20, 2009 at 2:18 AM

      please help me, I'm trying to find a night bus that goes from Tokyo to Nozawa-Onsen in Nagano and I can't find anything, would prefer night bus instead of having to take shinkansen,
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      2 Answers Oct 24, 2009 at 1:44 PM
    • Train from Karuizawa to Nikko Possible?

      Nagano-ken Jul 5, 2009 at 4:14 AM

      Hi

      We will be in Karuizawa and will travel to Nikko after.

      Is there any possiblity of getting a train from Karuizawa through to Nikko?

      Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

      Thanks in advance.

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      HELP URGENT NAGANO

      Nagano May 20, 2009 at 11:30 PM

      Trying to find a really nice (traditional?) Ryokan in Nagano or close to monkeys for 24th May - has to be really clean and nice want some luxury if poss - willing to pay up to 22000 yen - single room - can anybody help please

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      Need help with acommodation/spending the night!!!

      Nagano Mar 17, 2008 at 4:51 AM

      Hi! Me and my girlfriend are travelling to Japan in May. On May 1st we want to go from Tokyo to Nagano to attend a concert. The problem is that the last Shinkansen runs at 21:40 and we´re likely not making it; but we can´t afford spending 10000 yen in a Business Hotel. Is there any alternative?? Anything is valid, from a Love Hotel to a Capsule (it has to accept a man and a woman), to a 24 hour internet place, to a Youth Hostel (with no curfew, obviously); better if near JR Nagano Station, as the venue of the show is near it.
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      Nagano Feb 11, 2008 at 3:42 AM

      Is any body able to help me with advice re parkinging at or near the Nagano
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      Thanks.

      1 Answer Feb 11, 2008 at 12:54 PM
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      Matsumoto and the Alps

      Matsumoto Sep 3, 2007 at 9:00 PM

      My wife and myself will travel from Tokyo to Matsumoto (via Nagano) by train. We want to stay in Matsumoto or nearby for three days, hire a car and explore the area, going to Kamikochi, the Alps and to Kiso Valley. Then we go to Kyoto by train.

      Would be helpful to hear from someone who knows the area or traveled there. We would like to find some nice (not too expensive) accommodation in Matsumoto or in the area, as a base. We would also welcome some tips on what to see within this time limit. We'd like to do some walking trips, but no longer than a few hrs.

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      Whats the deal with the samurai frogs????????

      Matsumoto Nov 17, 2006 at 4:20 PM

      When I visited Matsumoto to see the amazing Crow Castle I also got a look at a very weird statue indeed. Two samurai frogs fighting a huge toad!

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      Takato Aug 23, 2006 at 2:12 PM

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      going from Nagoya airport(chubu) to nagoya station

      Nagano-ken May 28, 2006 at 3:38 PM

      what is the easiest and fastest way to get from nagoya airport(chubu) to nagoya station..
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      Nagano-ken

      Chino May 10, 2004 at 8:36 AM

      I will soon be moving to the Chino-Suwako region of Nagano-ken and was wondering if there are any members living nearby? I'm interested to find out if there are any gyms with aerobics and any good places to hang out. I'll have my touring bicycle with me and wonder if the whole area is rolling hills or steep climbs. Thanks . Tellme@virtualtourist.com