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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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      Where to change yen?

      Tokyo 5 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Events in May

      by amiya12 Online Now May 10, 2014 at 4:29 AM

      I am planning a trip to Nara next week sunday (19th).. I was informed there will be a few things going there at Kofukuji-temple.
      1) at around 4pm
      2) at night

      My question is, what are the events going on there? do we need to pay entrance fee to see it? At night, what time would it start? Would it be better to stay a night in nara?

      Thanks in advance.

      1 Answer May 10, 2014 at 4:55 AM
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      taxi to Horyuji

      by SallyD10 Online Now Jun 25, 2013 at 1:59 AM

      I don't have much time in Nara so i wonder if a taxi to Horyuji is time effective. What do people think please

      3 Answers Jun 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM
    • How long roughly should I be spending here?

      by Yathushan.Sivarajah Online Now Mar 11, 2010 at 1:54 PM

      Hi, just wondering by looking at the following how many days should I spend here? Also, could anyone help me out on finding some cheap hostel accommadation?

      Todaiji Temple
      Isuien Garden
      Kasuga Taisha

      2 Answers Mar 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM
    • Nara English Guided Tour

      by Sao23 Online Now Dec 9, 2009 at 9:23 PM

      Any suggestions for goodwill English guided tour in Nara?
      I only have half a day (in the morning) to spend there, should I join a tour or tour by myself?

      2 Answers Dec 10, 2009 at 10:25 AM
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      Transportation from Kyoto to Nara and distances once in Nara

      by nomad7890 Online Now Aug 19, 2009 at 6:43 AM

      I was looking in the keihan train page and saw that there is a train that goes from Kyoto to Nara, however, it seems you need to take a bus after the train drops you off.

      Is there any other transportation from Kyoto to Nara that does not involve a transfer?

      Once in Nara, is the area walkable - so would this make a good day trip from Kyoto?

      5 Answers Aug 19, 2009 at 6:25 PM
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      Shrine sales/ Flea markets

      by patsouthwood Online Now Jun 18, 2009 at 2:26 PM

      Are ther any Shrine Sales or Flea markets in Nara in July or August please?

    • shukubo?

      by dilaurorn Online Now Feb 17, 2008 at 12:05 PM

      I am looking for Shukubo within close distance to Kyoto or Nara that does not object to americans,we plan to learn whatever we can so as not to offend by our ignorance. We really want to experience the prayers & meditations as well as shojin ryori.
      Because of our itinerary;(we have one day available before we go to Nara -for one night- via Kyoto, and then back to Kyoto for a few nights before returning to Tokyo)
      Nara would be best but I cannot find mention of any temples offering shukubo either in Nara (or Uji, I don't know other areas between to search)
      In Kyoto I've found only names of a few places but no real information, reviews or contact details.
      I find copious amounts of information about Koyasan- However, we don't really have enough time to make it worthwile.

      2 Answers Feb 18, 2008 at 6:31 AM
    • From nara to himeji

      by budiks Online Now Nov 15, 2007 at 8:29 PM

      Hi, is there any available transportation from Nara to Himeji or vice versa?. Thanks

      2 Answers Nov 17, 2007 at 8:45 PM
    • Camping in Nara

      by NamasteTraveler Online Now Aug 3, 2006 at 7:37 AM

      I am traveling with my partner to Nara next week, and our accommodations backed out on us at the last minute -- so, we thought it'd be nice to go camping. We have our own gear, and would like your info about the places to camp! We will also have JR Rail passes, so places we could access without extra travel costs are preferable.

      Thanks!
      Millie

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      Big BBQ in Nara

      by MoogieCha Online Now Apr 21, 2006 at 7:53 AM

      Hi,

      This is a shot in the dark, but has anyone heard of a huge barbecue that's held every once in awhile somewhere in the countryside of Nara-ken? Apparently it's a huge bash where you pay one lump sum and eat as much as you like. If anyone has any information on this or knows where I can find some information, please leave a reply here. Thanks!

      Moogs

    • Please I need some help if possible

      by QLR Online Now Sep 19, 2005 at 1:19 PM

      Hi I'm going to Nara for 5 days in October,
      and I have some question, which I hope some of you can help me with.

      a) I have heard that there is a temple where you can stay in the city of Kamo close to Nara. Can you get me a telephone number for this place?

      b) There should be a bus from Nara to Osaka airport. At what time does it depart from in the morning?

      c) Can you recomend a one day hike in the Nara area. Maybe where you both see nature and temples?

      And finaly I have heard that there in Japan should be some gigant mazes (see my question in the Kyoto forum). Do you know of one of these in the kyoto / Nara area?

      I know it is a lot of questions but I hope you can help me. Or maybe you have an email adress for the yourist information?

      Yours sincerely

      Mads Blom

      1 Answer Sep 25, 2005 at 3:56 AM
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      Travel from Nara to Kobe

      by Sealady Online Now Jun 27, 2005 at 5:31 PM

      Hi
      I am planning a day trip to Nara, but need to get to Kobe from Nara that evening. Could anyone tell me the best way to do this?
      Is there a direct train or bus? And how much would it cost?
      Many thanks in advance!
      Sally

      3 Answers Jul 4, 2005 at 9:19 PM
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      accommodation in nara

      by EllenMorg Online Now May 17, 2005 at 2:03 PM

      Planning to visit Kyoto in July/August. Have heard that Nara is just as interesting but less touristy. Can anyone recommend fairly cheap places to stay, preferably Japanese style in a good location? Any other advice/information greatfully received.
      Thanks
      Ellen

      2 Answers May 31, 2005 at 5:01 AM