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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 9 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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      Places to stay near Sendai

      by acloud Online Now Jan 23, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      My mother is originally from the Sendai area (Shiogama) and the area was ravaged by the tsunami. She would like to visit her sister in the next year. I've heard that finding a place to stay is difficult/expensive because of the rebuilding. Staying with her sister is not a possibility. Any ideas of longterm apts or rentals?

      5 Answers Jan 24, 2014 at 5:53 AM
    • Map of bus routes throughout Sendai

      by Fredbel6 Online Now Aug 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Hello,

      I am trying to figure out the bus system in Sendai. There are a few places that have a website describing how you can get there from Sendai station, but it would be much easier for me if I would simply see all routes on a map of Sendai, to have som idea which routes are best to get from A to B (I can't read Japanese so that is probably why I can't find it)

      I plan on using busses for commuting so I can't always take the Loople,and it seems the subway won't be of much use to me.

      So does anyone know where I can find such a map?

      Many thanks!

      5 Answers Aug 29, 2013 at 9:03 AM
    • Autumn leaves season in Sendai

      by jnogen Online Now Aug 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      Hello:I'd like to know when the season of Autumn Leaves starts in Sendai.Is late October too early? Thanks a lot for any
      information.

      4 Answers Aug 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM
    • Is it possible to rent a bicycle for a few weeks in Sendai, Japan?

      by Fredbel6 Online Now Jul 30, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      Hello everyone I am planning to spend a few weeks in Sendai, Miyagi-ken, in Japan, and I was wondering if it is possible to rent a bicycle, which would give me some more freedom to explore the city and its surroundings. Is it also true that you cannot just park your bicycle wherever you want, that you need to use designated parking lots for bicycles? (I am used to riding bicycles in cities, but I am a (continental) European so I'm used to driving on the right side.) All suggestions or ideas are welcome!

      4 Answers Jul 31, 2013 at 7:19 AM
    • Bus to Oritate

      by IbizaDave Online Now Feb 20, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      I am arriving in Sendai on Saturday morning on the Willer Express. I need t get to Oritate to see a friend. Am I right in thinking its bus bay 10 and that there are quite a few buses that head that way? Like the 840, 843, 844, etc. I can't find any useful info online and I have been looking for HOURS. Thanks.

      4 Answers Feb 25, 2013 at 5:38 PM
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      Lake Kawaguchiko to Miyagi, Yamoto town

      by moonbead Online Now Sep 18, 2012 at 4:58 AM

      Hi, what is the fastest / easiest way to travel from Lake Kawaguchiko to Miyagi, Yamoto town.

      Travelling with children - preference for trains.

      Thanks in advance for your replies!

      1 Answer Sep 19, 2012 at 6:15 AM
    • Sendai to Ishinomaki transport

      by heberer Online Now Dec 11, 2011 at 7:21 AM

      I heard that the trains are still not running between Sendai and Ishinomaki. Can anyone send me bus information (Company & contact info)
      Thanks! (in Japanese is OK)

      2 Answers Dec 15, 2011 at 12:47 AM
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      Craft and Fabric Stores in Sendai

      by onaquest Online Now Jul 28, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      Hi there everybody~~
      Im looking for fabric and craft stores in Sendai, does anyone have any suggestions?
      Thanks, Doomo, Gracias!!

      2 Answers Jul 30, 2011 at 12:59 AM
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      Sendai's Jozenji Street Jazz Festival Sept 2011

      by onaquest Online Now Jul 23, 2011 at 11:14 AM

      Hi there everyone~~
      Im looking for the band/stage schedule for the Jazz fest.
      I have looked all over the internet, and the festival website is not well manicured.
      Does anyone know anything about ticket prices, band schedules, etc?
      Thanks for your help!

      2 Answers Jul 26, 2011 at 9:56 AM
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      SALSA DANCING IN SENDAI

      by onaquest Online Now Jan 12, 2011 at 2:26 PM

      Hello
      Im looking for a place to go salsa dancing in Sendai.
      If anyone knows of a salsa club, latin jazz club, please let me know.
      Thankyou in advance!!

    • What's it like?

      by russ_jones2k Online Now May 22, 2005 at 12:24 PM

      Okay, so I know it's a broad question, but what is Sendai like to live in? I'm moving there for a year or more in July and don't have any insider information as such. Particularly just whether people enjoy it there? What's the general standard of living etc? Sorry for being so broad but i'm asking as a total Sendai novice!

      7 Answers May 10, 2006 at 10:14 PM
    • Jazz Clubs in Sendai

      by tonytong Online Now Oct 11, 2004 at 7:21 PM

      We will be in Sendai in mid November staying at the Holdiay Inn, please recommend nice cosy place to enjoy JAZZ near the Holiday Inn. Thank You. Tony

      2 Answers Oct 16, 2004 at 12:48 AM
    • Advice before going to Sendai.

      by BlueIce21 Online Now May 25, 2004 at 2:54 PM

      I'll be visiting a special friend of mine, and before I go I would like any advice that may be useful to me. I will be traveling alone, this is my first time out of the country, and my first time flying. I am twenty years old.

      9 Answers May 10, 2006 at 10:20 PM
    • chitra restaurant

      by whatdoyouwant Online Now Mar 9, 2004 at 7:59 PM

      Can you tell me the location of Chitra restaurant in sendai and how to there from the sendai station. Any other indian/pakastani/nepali restaurant in Sendai?

      4 Answers May 12, 2006 at 6:39 AM