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    • Melanie_Putra's Profile Photo

      Odawara Castle

      Odawara 2 hours ago

      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

    • 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?

    • 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?

    • 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?

    • 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.

    • 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

      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

    • 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

      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

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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.

    • 3tt3n3n's Profile Photo

      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!

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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. :-)

    • 4 nights 5 days in Sapporo

      by xsdnyd Online Now Jan 8, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      Hi guys, I am going to Sapporo from 31st Jan till the 4th Feb and would like to get ideas on what to do, travelling myself and wants to see more on lifestyle/culture than tourist attractions. Also want to experience Japanses food culture as well.


      3 Answers Mar 10, 2015 at 7:09 AM
    • Transport options

      by kmkhoo Online Now Nov 26, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      I am traveling in a party of 9 pax, all adults. We will be in Hokkaido from the 14th to 23rd Dec. Upon arrival in Chitose Airport we will have a coach to transport us to Niseko - 4days. from Niseko we will then go to Noboribetsu - 2 days and then go to Sapporo City - 3 days before flying off to Tokyo for a connecting flight out of Japan. Need advise if it is easier and more efficient to arrange coach transport from Niseko - Noboribetsu - Sapporo given that we have nine adults or we should just rely on the train system? Which is cheaper and more time efficient given that it is winter and the roads maybe laden with snow.

      1 Answer Nov 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM
    • Tokyo to Sapporo by train

      by nameisgg Online Now Aug 29, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      Hello. I will be traveling to Japan on February to catch the Snow Festival in Sapporo. However, my first stop will be in Tokyo, I will be using the 7 days JR pass. Does anyone here knows where and how to ride bullet train in Tokyo to Sapporo? If possible, I would like to ride bullet train at night to save hotel fees and arrive Sapporo in the morning. It doesn't have to be compartments - which will cost me additional payments. A seat is okay for me to sleep in, but the problem is that I do not know if there will be seats available once I arrive at the bullet train. Please advise. Thank you very much.

      3 Answers Aug 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM
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      by Kateuk Online Now Aug 5, 2014 at 5:10 AM

      Hi everyone. I'm desperately need some helps , family decided a last minute trip to Hokkaido yesterday and I'm meeting them in Chitose airport as I will most probably travel two days earlier due to 30 hours connecting flight from England-Amsterdam-Osaka- Sapporo. I need to find a cheap hostel or guest house for a day before I meet my family.Does anyone have any suggestions as where should I stay which won't break my banks and easy to get back to airport. Is it anything to see and do in chitose in a day? How to get to chitose? Informations in airport guide doesn't explain how much to get the bus to downtown . Thanks in advance if anyone could share some ideas and tips. 

      4 Answers Aug 15, 2014 at 9:22 AM
    • Costco sapporo

      by dada123 Online Now Mar 9, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      Me and my husband will visit in May and would like to go Costco Sapporo. However, we don't have membership. Does anyone can introduce a person to bring us in? Or, a method how to shop there without membership?

      6 Answers Mar 10, 2014 at 9:18 AM
    • Bring a seafood on the fligh

      by Dheenachan Online Now Jan 18, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Hi all, I need advice, I noticed that Hokkaido is famous with seafood, my question is it is possible to buy seafood in New Chitose Airport and bring on the flight as carry-baggage? Since I didn't have much time to stop in other market to buy and I have limited time went I arrived at New Chitose Airport.. Thank You

      2 Answers Jan 20, 2014 at 6:31 AM
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      Lake Shikotsu to Sapporo via Route 453

      by Arthur_c5064 Online Now Nov 24, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Hi there,

      I'll be staying south of Sapporo near Lake Shikotsu for 2 nights in Dec 2013. We were hoping to be able to visit Sapporo city during our stay here, but we are not sure how long is the road journey gonna take us? we have a rental car to travel around.

      Welcome your advice on our best possible option. Cheers


      2 Answers Dec 8, 2013 at 10:43 PM
    • Winter Clothing For Sapporo.

      by crvkumar Online Now Nov 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Hi All,

      I am going to visit Sapporo during the snow festival and I was wondering what kind of clothes would be required to visit Sapporo. I am from India ( and a hot city from South) and currently live in Tokyo and I was planning to get a couple of Uniqlo Ultra Light Down for this Winter.( Its damn light)

      But I am not sure whether this will be enough for the Sapporo Climate. I am going to layer myself but still, will it be enough to hold up the heat? Any other recommendations_

      6 Answers Nov 4, 2013 at 10:46 PM
    • Days in Sapporo

      by Peteding Online Now Sep 16, 2013 at 6:28 AM

      Is 7 days too long to spend in Sapporo?

      6 Answers Sep 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM
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      Travel from Narita airport to Sapporo via bus...

      by Skillmus Online Now Aug 18, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      Is it possible to travel by express or regular bus service from Narita airport to Sapporo?
      I have lots of free time and would like to see the country side slower than taking a flight or a train.
      Thanks in advance for your time...Yoku dekimashita...

      7 Answers Aug 20, 2013 at 12:03 PM
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      Visit to Sapporo by ship

      by Grevil Online Now Apr 11, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      We will be visiting Sapporo from a cruise ship.
      Is the cruise ship whalf reasonable walking distance from the centre of the city?
      What is the 2 main sights/features of Sapporo we should see whilst we are there?
      Many thanks for any info.

      3 Answers Apr 12, 2012 at 6:39 AM
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      Reserved seat on Hamanasu train

      by milliturtle Online Now Mar 5, 2012 at 7:40 PM

      Hi, I'm hoping to take the Hamanasu night train from Sapporo to Aomori. I understand that I can try to reserve a seat in the Carpet car or Dream car without incurring extra charges if I have a JR Pass. The problem is that we only arrive in Japan about 3 days before this leg of the trip.

      Do you know how difficult it is to reserve those types of seats for a Monday night in mid May? Do you think we'll have trouble getting a reserved seat if we only reserve 3 days in advance? If those seats are not available, is it usually easy to get a regular seat?


      1 Answer Mar 6, 2012 at 6:48 AM
    • best way to travel from Cruise ships to Sappor downtown

      by reholford Online Now Sep 14, 2011 at 11:24 PM

      What are the ways that one can travel to the Sapporo downtown and get around while in Sapporo and then return to the cruise ship dock. What is the most economical and which is the most efficient and what are the costs for each? Are there Tour operators that service the port area?

      2 Answers Sep 18, 2011 at 5:08 AM
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      A weekend is enough? What to do/see/where to go?

      by sheherezad Online Now Jul 14, 2011 at 8:20 PM

      I'm finalising my plans to attend a conference in Sapporo in September and should only have a day or two afterwards to see anything other than the 'walking tour' of Sapporo the conference is organising midweek.

      I would appreciate some advice on whether that is enough to see anything outside of Sapporo? What I can do/see and where I can go on a day trip? Or if I need to get out of Sapporo at all? I heard about the Ainu (?) people? Can I go to where they are on a day trip and does it require an organised trip or can I do it by myself? Will language be a problem since I don't speak Japanese other than the basic greetings!

      10 Answers Sep 17, 2011 at 5:42 AM
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      Ground transportation from CTS

      by sheherezad Online Now Jul 14, 2011 at 8:14 PM

      I should be arriving in Sapporo (CTS) on September 10 at either 10.55am or 4.25pm (depending on which flight I manage to get from NRT) with at least 2 pieces of baggage (a large suitcase and a hand baggage) or with the 3 pieces of baggage I travelled into Canada with (one large suitcase and 2 hand baggage sized smaller pieces).

      Though all are on wheels, I have only one pair of hands and can drag only two at a time! ;-) So, I need some form of convenient ground transportation to a hotel in town (which I have yet to select/book).

      Appreciate information on all possible options and possible costs. Thank you! :-)

      15 Answers Sep 13, 2011 at 3:18 AM
    • Sapporo to Kotan Village (near Lake Akan)

      by geminimoai Online Now Jul 14, 2011 at 4:05 AM

      I'm interested in going to the Ainu Kotan Village that's near Lake Akan from Sapporo.

      Could you tell me how to do so via train or bus.

      If there's a website that includes schedules and prices, please let me know.

      2 Answers Jul 15, 2011 at 10:13 AM
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      Besides Otaru

      by cheesecake17 Online Now Jun 15, 2011 at 9:02 PM

      what are other option for "day trips " from sapporo.
      thanks for any help.

      5 Answers Jun 29, 2011 at 1:33 AM
    • New Chitose Airport to Sapporo in late night

      by lp6367 Online Now Jan 3, 2011 at 9:00 AM

      I would arrival New Chitose Airport after 11 pm in Jan. Would there still be train or Bus departure from airport to downtown Sapporo? The taxi fare is very expensive.

      1 Answer Jan 3, 2011 at 2:17 PM
    • Kyocera ceramic kitchen knives

      by g.suyen Online Now Aug 15, 2010 at 4:12 AM

      As I will be in Sapporo next week, I am interested to know if I can buy Kyocera ceramic kitchen knives from Tanukikojo Shopping Street? or do I have to go to a supermarket to buy this item?
      Where is the nearest supermarket located from Hotel Royton Sapporo?
      I will be staying at Royton Sapporo Hotel.

      2 Answers Sep 7, 2010 at 11:12 PM
    • 1972 olympic venues

      by oznztofro Online Now Aug 1, 2010 at 5:29 AM

      If my brain serves me right the winter olympics were first held in japan in 1972 in Sapporo.

      From any Olympics games it leaves venues for future generations and Olympics fans to visit.

      I was wondering if anyone has ever visited any olympic sights in Sapporo or if anyone knows any websites with some more information?

      Or have they all be pulled down meaning i should visit Nagano.

      Just plan to goto Sapporo for a few days in winter. Willl be good to have some snow fun in japan

      3 Answers Aug 1, 2010 at 12:21 PM
    • Sapporo Travel

      by gsuyen Online Now Jul 20, 2010 at 9:29 PM

      I am will be staying in Sapporo in mid Aug 2010. The accom. arranged by my host is at Hotel Royton Sapporo. I would like to know whether it is possible to access public transportation to places of interest such as:
      Tanukikoji Shopping Street
      Sweet Factory Outlets at Mitsui Park
      Central Wholesale Market
      Ishiyiya Chocolate Factory
      Historical Village? Is this worth visiting?

      As this is a business trip, I am unable to sign up for the Chuo bus sight-seeing trips and would need to rely on public transport.
      I would appreciate if someone can advise me of a website showing map of Sapporo, that outlines the location of my hotel to the abovementioned places.
      many thanx.

      1 Answer Jul 21, 2010 at 6:17 AM
    • Snowboarding in Niseko - Accommodations advice

      by micmik Online Now Feb 23, 2010 at 6:32 AM

      Hi all,

      Going to Sapporo for 5D in last wk of March and probably gonna head to Niseko slopes then.

      - Suggestion for cheap airport transfer/ski lift pass package?
      - Suggestion for good accomodations in Hirafu : preferably near base station or SeicoMart? Or is there a better place to stay? (I remember the last time we stayed there, didnt know how to use the shuttle bus!)
      - Any accomodations with onsens?
      - As always, any restaurant recommendations?

    • Long Term Accomodations

      by hawaiianmakule Online Now Oct 19, 2009 at 1:35 PM

      Interested in long term fully furnished mansion/apartment/hotel for a month in Sapporo in mid-June to mid-July, 2010. Could be a studio or 1-bedroom. Would like western type accommodations with washer/dryer, ice box, microwave, stove, AC/heater, etc. Not interested in luxury accommodations, but something clean, safely located, near super markets, transportation, etc. Budget around 100,000 Y/month including utilities. No "key" money. Any suggestions? Mahalo and Aloha.

      3 Answers Oct 21, 2009 at 12:27 AM

      by kmiami Online Now Oct 16, 2009 at 6:22 AM


    • confused...

      by veranda83 Online Now Jul 5, 2009 at 9:56 AM

      I will be traveling to Sapporo in December and have come up with a list of places to go:
      - Otaru
      - Sapporo Beer Garden
      - Ishyiy Chocolate Factory
      - Sapporo Central Wholesale Market
      - Old Hokkaido Govt Building
      - Clock Tower
      - Sapporo Brewery
      - Historical Village
      - Odori Park
      - Genghis Khan
      - Susukino

      My problem is I don't know where exactly these places are and have problem grouping them according to convenience in movement. e.g. I should visit which places at the same time because they are within the same region etc...

      Also, are there anymore must-go places that I should include?

      Can someone help? Thanks!

      3 Answers Aug 1, 2009 at 2:59 PM
    • Weather like

      by Ahyi_72 Online Now May 25, 2008 at 4:22 AM

      Hi all,
      I will be going to Sapporo on 7th June. From the website the temperature is range between 20'c - 15'c.. Is it very cold?

      2 Answers May 12, 2009 at 5:28 AM
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      osaka to sapporo , by night train of fly

      by SHARKFIN Online Now Apr 2, 2008 at 2:34 AM

      Hi all ,

      need to know if flying is cheaper or by night train is cheaper ?

      i see on JR site is that the night train we have to pay for the accomodation .. dont look cheap to me ...

      what are your thoughts

      thanks in advance

    • Traveling by train in January..

      by Hansode Online Now Dec 16, 2007 at 6:10 AM

      I have 3 days open during my trip to Japan next month. I’ve never been to Sapporo and was thinking about using the last 3 days of my Rail Pass to go there from Tokyo and back but I have concerns about the train service during winter. Are the scheduled train services affected by winter storms if so, how often?

      4 Answers Dec 16, 2007 at 7:56 AM
    • Genghis Khan

      by Westnut1 Online Now Aug 7, 2007 at 8:13 AM

      I am very interested in purchasing bottles of the Genghis Khan sauce. I saw it in Sapporo. Any idea how I can order it?

    • Hotel in Sapporo

      by Chimira Online Now Feb 26, 2007 at 1:56 PM

      In April I and two other students will arrive to Chitose airport in Sapporo and will need to spend one night in a hotel, have you anything to recommend? Since we cannot afford anything too expensive, the price is the main issue but I also want it to be close to transportation. Any suggestions?

      2 Answers Mar 1, 2007 at 7:20 AM