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      japan rail pass

      Japan Jun 16, 2015 at 8:01 AM

      hi, is this pass advisable if my itinerary is tokyo-kyoto-osaka?
      thanks

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    • Aoshima Tour Guide

      Japan Jun 11, 2015 at 6:29 PM

      Dear Friends
      I am looking for a English speaking tour guide who can show me Aoshima cat island . I am not able to find the guides for this trip. I need this guide for 1 day. Please help.

      - Varun

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    • cheap hotel near Hakata star lane

      Fukuoka Jun 4, 2015 at 1:43 AM

      the bowi m for a tournament at hakata star lane, i m loking for cheap reasonable hotel near the bowling centre. can anybody give some advice thank you

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      From Haneda airport to Tokyo

      Tokyo Jun 30, 2015 at 3:54 AM

      How to get to tokyo from Haneda airport after 12:00 PM

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      transportation

      Japan Jun 16, 2015 at 7:43 AM

      hi, i plan to travel from Tokyo to Osaka one-way, which ticket or rail pass is best to use in terms of cost and travel time?
      thanks

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    • 7Day self-drive hokkaido

      Hokkaido Jun 14, 2015 at 11:34 PM

      Hi,

      Need some help with my programme. My partner and I are planning our 1st self drive trip to Hokkaido in end Aug. We're into scenery (photography), food and shopping. Here's what we came up with:

      Option A
      Day 1: Sin – Tokyo – Chitose (pick up car at 17:00). Chitose-Noboribetsu. Overnight Noboribetsu.
      Day 2: Noboribetsu – Lake Toya - Otaru. Overnight at Otaru
      Day 3: Otaru - Furano. Overnight at Furano
      Day 4: Furano - Biei - Asahikawa - Sapporo.
      Day 5: Sapporo
      Day 6: Sapporo. Total 3N at Sapporo.
      Day 7: Sapporo - Chitose (Return car at 18:00)

      1) Are the plans too rushed or ok? Especially for Day 2 and 4.
      2) Should I overnight around Lake Toya at Day 2, or go directly to Otaru?
      3) Any place I should skip/visit for better route plan?
      4) Any better route to be taken?

      Thanks so much for your help!

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      summer sale season

      Tokyo Jun 11, 2015 at 2:39 AM

      hi! when does the sale season begin ?

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    • Suggested Itinerary - First time in Japan snowboarding

      Japan Jun 8, 2015 at 12:28 PM

      uggested Itinerary - First time in Japan.

      Im looking for some advice for my first trip to Japan in search of pow. I am a strong intermediate however have never had much experience of riding powder

      I have three weeks in total and I was thinking about breaking up my time between resorts to get the most out of the trip as well as seeing some of Japan. I am going from the 26th of Dec 2015. , does the itinerary below look good? I want to make sure I am making the most of my time boarding but also seeing as much of Japan as I can

      7 Days - Niseko

      2 Days - Hakkoda

      2 Days - in Kyoto

      3 Days - Hakuba

      3 Days - Nozawa Onsen

      2 Days - Tokyo

      I have considered dropping Hakkoda from the trip to give myself more time in niseko or Nozawa Onsen or skipping Hakuba in favour of more time in one of the other places.

      Thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated

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    • Weather in November

      Okinawa Jul 1, 2015 at 4:41 AM

      Hi,

      I´m going to HongKong in Novermber and was thinking about doing a trip to Okinawa. My questions is if it is easy to travel between HK and Okinawa and how is the weather in mid November? What can I expect? Is it a good time to visit?

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    • Help to find a guide and plan a trip

      Tokyo Jun 11, 2015 at 8:20 PM

      Dear friends
      I am coming to Tokyo on 24 Sept (reaching Narita at 9pm) and leaving on 4 Oct at 10am. So I have 9 full days. Can u suggest a plan for this trip for 2pax.

      My wish list include
      Tokyo
      Kyoto
      Mt.fuji (no need to get near) I need to click pic from far
      Jigokudani monkey park
      Aoshima cat village
      Zao fox village
      Sagano bamboo forest
      Kokogen garden,himeji

      Regards
      Varun

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      Direction within Tokyo Station

      Tokyo Jun 9, 2015 at 2:21 AM

      Hi everyone!

      I really need help regarding Tokyo Station.

      I will arrive into Tokyo Station at track 3 (Keihin-Tohoku Line) or track 4 (Yamanote Line) from Hamamatsucho. I will give myself an hour at Tokyo Station before boarding the Joetsu Shinkansen for Jomo-Kogen, departing from platform 22.
      In this one hour I would like to go buy ekiben from Ekiben-ya Matsuri which I read is at Tokyo Station City's Central Street. I also read that it is inside the paid section of the station.

      Would anyone be kind enough to give me a clear direction, please? Do I need to go to another level? I am a bit confuse about the 'paid section'.. Does it mean I don't exit from the Yamanote/Keihin-Tohoku area but just head towards the Shinkansen gate? I see in the map the shop is in between the tracks 3/4 and 22. But I am not sure if I need to go to a different floor..
      tokyostationcity.com/pdf/yub...

      Tq, Mel

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      Tattoo onsen?

      Hokkaido Jun 30, 2015 at 11:30 AM

      Hi All, I have a sizeable back tattoo but would still like to onsen (preferably outdoor) on our trip around Hokkaido during the next two weeks. Does anyone know any onsen (anywhere in Hokkaido) that don't care and will let me bathe? From previous experience years ago I know most places have signs up prohibiting entry to tattooed folk. Have the times changed? I was last there about 4yrs ago and was able to hide a smaller tattoo under strapping tape, but I won't be able to hide this new back one. We have a car and no set itinerary - will just end our trip in Kushiro, so any recommendations, anywhere at all, would be appreciated. Thanks, Terry

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    • drop baggage

      Kamikochi Jun 23, 2015 at 8:39 AM

      Hello, does anyone know if there is any place that I can drop my baggage in Kamikochi? I plan to visit Kamikochi from Hirayu, then travel from Kamikochi to Matsumoto, I don't want to travel back to Hirayu from Kamikochi to pick up my luggage for Matsumoto. Thanks.

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    • How to travel around in Japan

      Japan Jun 19, 2015 at 12:43 AM

      hello everybody,

      i will be travelling to Japan from July 5-15. I need help with the JR pass. do you thing it would be advisable to buy it?
      My itinerary is as follows:
      Arrive at Tokyo on July 5.
      july 6- 7- Disney Land and Disney Sea from Tokyo
      July 8-9 Explore Tokyo
      July 10 day trip to Mt Fuji
      July 11 trip to kamikochi. Stay at kamikochi.
      july 12 - july 14 trip to kyoto
      july 15 leave for narita airport to catch flight at 9:35 am.

      Also, what would be the best way to get to Narita Airport terminal 2. I have a morning flight to catch back at 9am.

      thank you so much!
      aurica.

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    • Tour guide for cat island

      Tokyo Jun 11, 2015 at 8:24 PM

      I am not able to find the tour guides for Aoshima Cat Island. Can anyone help me out. I need the English speaking guide for 1 day to show around Aoshima

      Regards
      Varun

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      To TOKYO or OSAKA first?

      Japan Jun 10, 2015 at 3:31 AM

      For a firstimer to visit Japan (soon), which one should come first to visit? Tokyo or Osaka?
      NO preference place yet to visit, i think all places in Japan are great.
      Option A: April 5-16, 2016 > April 5- 10 Tokyo, April 10-13 Kyoto, April 13-15 Hiroshima, and April 15-16 Tokyo
      Option B: April 10-20, 2016 > April 10-15 Osaka, April 15-20 Tokyo
      Option C: April 4-12, 2016 > April 4-12 TOKYO only
      If family would tag-along (sister, nieces, mom, etc.) should i choose Tokyo to visit first and come back next time for Osaka (and Kyoto) or, should I visit Osaka first and vice-versa ... If noone will come, i will surely go for Option A ...

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    • Getting around Osaka

      Osaka Jun 6, 2015 at 5:50 PM

      Hi
      I will travelling to Osaka on 18 June and returning 23 June (5 days). This is my first time travelling to Osaka and but sure how to get around. I read about the 1 and 2 day passes which I am think of getting one. Is this a good idea? If so, where can I get one? Are they available at all stations? I read you can get one at airport, however I don't arrive until around 10pm and the info centre will be shut.
      Also the the rails run 24 hours? If not, when is their last run usually?

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      narita or haneda?

      Tokyo Jun 16, 2015 at 7:40 AM

      hi! i plan to book a hotel around Tokyo Station, which is the better airport in terms of travel time and cost?
      Narita to Tokyo Station or Haneda to Tokyo Station?
      thanks!

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    • Best Last Meals: Where to Eat and Visit on a Final Trip to Japan?

      Japan Jun 16, 2015 at 1:07 AM

      We're a small group of close old friends taking one of our own on what will, for health reasons, almost certainly be his last trip to Japan. Our friend studied in Tokyo and Kyoto more than 40 years ago and hasn't been back since. Because seeing Japan once again is one of the few things he'd like to do in the time he has left, we want to make this trip as wonderful as possible. Of all the tremendous things Japan has to offer, our friend especially enjoyed Japanese cuisine.

      We're not as much concerned about budget as we are finding what's best, most interesting, most surprising, most unusual. So are questions are basically the following:

      • Outside the obvious such as Tokyo and Kyoto, does Japan have what the Japanese would consider "gastronomic capital"? if so, where is it?
      • Is there a city or region in Japan famous for having the country's best sashimi and sushi?
      • If you were to choose one or two small cities in Japanese that were little-known or not often visited by tourists, but which were unusually interesting or beautiful or in some other way especially significant, what would they be?

      Please know that we're quite willing to visit out-of-the-way areas, and to make the necessary transportation arrangements for getting to them. So, please, don't confine your suggestions to what's most readily accessible. We're looking for places that particularly touched your heart, imagination, and appetite.

      I very much thank you in advance for whatever responses you might have to this somewhat out of the ordinary query.

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      Where can I find the best Hida beef?

      by heydelin Online Now May 18, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      Hi everyone,

      Can you guys recommend me a nice affordable place that serves Takayama's best Hida beef?

      Thanks!

    • Driving to Takayam in April

      by hykee Online Now Feb 17, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      We are driving to Takayama, Okuhida onsen village and Shiragawa-go in mid April 2014. May I know what the road condition will be ?

      Do we need to get the car fixed with snow tyres, or just get snow chain for standby, or better to hire a SUV / 4WD ?

      Thanks.

      3 Answers Mar 1, 2014 at 7:12 PM
    • Takayama coming from Matsumoto going to Kanazawa

      by Donnalaura20 Online Now Jan 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Hi,

      Curling our Japan Tour we also want to see some more rural areas. Coming from Tokio we want to go to Matsumoto, then Takayama and then Kanazawa. To Matsumoto and from Kanazawa we will take a train.

      First I was thinking of renting a car, but the dropoff at another location is very expensive.

      Alternatively there is the Bus option, which has two Main downsides for me: 1.we have all our luggage we always have to carry arround and have to store somewhere. 2. we cannot stop when we want Ort do sidetours (i.e.S-go).

      Do you think this Tour is possible by Bus?
      Ort any ideas where to get a rental Car without High dropoff fees.

      Thanks,

      2 Answers Jan 7, 2013 at 1:41 AM
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      Shin Hotaka Ropeway Bus Terminal's Lockers?

      by Melanie_Putra Online Now Oct 1, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      1. Are there any locker or luggage storage facility at the Shin Hotaka Bus Terminal?
      1. Would anyone know whether taxi fare is reasonable around there? Four of us plan to stay the night at Yarimikan, which is 10 minutes by bus from the ropeway. Wondering whether it is cheaper to share a cab vs taking the bus...

      Tq, Mel

      1 Answer Oct 5, 2012 at 5:19 PM
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      Toilet in Bus running Matsumoto-Takayama-Kanazawa?

      by Melanie_Putra Online Now Sep 14, 2011 at 8:04 PM

      Hi Guys,

      May I check with you whether the highway buses have toilet onboard? If not, how often do they stop? I am considering Tokyo-(maybe Matsumoto)-Takayama-Shirakawago-Kanazawa-Toyama-Alpine Route-
      Matsumoto-Tokyo. Still deliberating which mode of transport to use in term of cost, scenery and timing... But should be taking the bus between Takayama and Kanazawa at least, and perhaps from Matsumoto to Takayama. So specifically, does the Nohi Bus between Matsumoto, Takayama and Kanazawa have toilet?

      Thanks,
      Mel

      2 Answers Sep 15, 2011 at 7:09 AM
    • Faster route?

      by vivispy Online Now Aug 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      Hi guys,

      We are interesting in visit Takayama coming from Tokyo or Kyoto.
      Wondering witch way would be faster. We are planning on visiting the three locations. The idea is to take the Shinkansen to-from the locations.
      Any alternative fast route?
      Thank you!

      1 Answer Aug 29, 2011 at 3:25 PM
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      Takayama Night Markets

      by arianne_1504 Online Now Feb 17, 2010 at 2:23 AM

      I've heard that there are night markets in Takayama. Does anyone know about this, or has anyone been? Are they open every night and if so, whereabouts?
      Thanks!

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      Takayama AND Kanazawa?

      by piglet44 Online Now Nov 3, 2009 at 6:30 AM

      Should we visit both Takayama and Kanazawa or only one and if so which? we will only have around 17 days for our trip , and otherwise will be in Tokyo, Kyoto and HIroshima.Travelling by train its doable but maybe better to spend more days in one location.. thanks

      3 Answers Nov 3, 2009 at 7:57 AM
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      Takayama Accomodation

      by Muralidharan09 Online Now Jun 2, 2009 at 7:40 PM

      I am travelling to Takayama and am looking for a place to stay ( budget guest houses, Not hotels pl) in November of 2009 ( 4th, 5th, and 6th)

      2 Answers Aug 1, 2009 at 1:24 AM
    • Places to see in Takayama

      by hortaleza Online Now May 19, 2009 at 10:46 PM

      What are the must-see places in Takayama?

      Anyone? Please post your faves here so I may have initial ideas
      on where to start my trip. Thanks!

      Would two days and two nights be enough to explore Takayama? I'm basically after the folk village, and seeing more of nature this side of Japan.

      5 Answers May 24, 2009 at 6:17 PM
    • Budget Traveler Need Advice

      by hortaleza Online Now May 18, 2009 at 11:07 PM

      Hi! I'm planning a trip to Takayam sometime in October 2009. I would like to spend some time in Tokyo first, then on to Takayama. As I've never traveled to Japan before, and I hear everything is just so pricey, around how much do I have to prepare if I wanted to stay for about 3 days in Tokyo and two days in Takayama?

      Also, anybody got some advice on budget places to stayin both Tokyo and Takayama? And least expensive routes to Takayama from Tokyo and back?

      Thank you so much!

      5 Answers May 24, 2009 at 12:19 AM
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      VT Meeting in Takayama on april 9th 2009 ?

      by Nathy-Paris Online Now Mar 17, 2009 at 5:57 AM

      Hello everybody

      I travel on my own to japan for the first time, and I will spend a night in Takayama on april 9th 2009.

      I would be pleased to meet local people for a drink, and discovering the city by night.

      Hoping you will have a little time to meet me,
      Thank you,

      Nathalie

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      Sanno Festival (14-15Apr) 2009

      by Maxiediva Online Now Feb 24, 2009 at 7:14 AM

      Hi fellow VTs,
      I'm heading to Takayama for the Sanno Festival 2009.

      1. Which of the 2 days are more festive and when do the puppets make their appearance? Will it be daytime on the 1st day or night-time? Is there anything spectacular on the 14th night and 15th? I want to enjoy the whole experience but I can't get a room on the 14Apr (unless someone here lives in Takayama and don't mind lending a sofa / futon / pillow for the night :-))

      2. Is the train station safe to spend the night (as a last resort)? else I have to catch the last train out to Osaka at 8pm.

      3. Anyone else making their way to the festival?

      Thanks all.

    • Sanno Matsuri Spring Festival PLEASE HELP!

      by lois164 Online Now Feb 1, 2009 at 10:33 AM

      Hi, my friend and I are planning to go to Takayama on 15th April to catch the festival. Actually we are pretty much clueless about how to get there. Would it be better to go on the 14th? We are thinking of staying in Tokyo then taking the train with the JR pass to get to Takayama. Or is it better to stay in Takayama. Also, what is the timing and location of the festival? I have searched online that it is associated with the Hie shrine, but I don't really know where we should head. Please help us with this :D Your help would be greatly appreciated!

      1 Answer Feb 24, 2009 at 6:57 AM
    • Takayama April festival

      by debbie08 Online Now Nov 19, 2008 at 1:30 PM

      Hello, we will be in Takayama for 1 day either 14 or 15 April 2009. We want to see the Spring Festival. Could anyone please tell me whether it is best to be there late on the 14th for the evening festival and spend the 15th in the town, or whether all the events are focused on the 14th April and therefore we should arrive early on that day? I have heard there are 2 parades - what are the dates and times of these? Any help is appreciated.
      Thank you.

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      Must see places in Takayama

      by pepemorris11 Online Now Oct 13, 2007 at 2:50 AM

      Hi there. We will be in Takayama on 6 and 7 Nov. We are not young and energetic so please tell us what are the must see places and must eat places. we are also budget travellers but we would like to taste the local cuisine. we love nature and we do not mind walks or hikes rather than to temple hop.so much to see and do. so little time, money and energy. PLEASE HELP! tHANK U

      5 Answers Oct 17, 2007 at 2:43 AM
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      Weather in late September

      by akikonomu Online Now Sep 2, 2007 at 8:46 PM

      Dear fellow VTers

      I'll be in Takayama/Kanazawa/Shirakawa between 20 Sep to 26 Sep. Check of the weather report history shows rainy weather. As we'll be driving from Takayama towards Gokayama, I notice some roads are closed in the event of heavy rain.

      Any advice on some good routes and whether the weather will clear up by then?

      Thanks in advance

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      When do the leaves turn red in Takayama?

      by masha286 Online Now Aug 30, 2007 at 4:05 AM

      Those who visited Takayama for the October Festival, or those who just happen to live in the area: do the leaves turn at the beginning of October or later? Takayama's tourist page says "early Sept- early Oct". I think it's BS. No way it can start so early. Or can it?

      1 Answer Aug 30, 2007 at 8:05 AM
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      Accomodation for the October Festival

      by fogcat Online Now Jul 7, 2006 at 12:50 PM

      I'm making my first visit to Japan in October and when I found out the festival was on I decided I should see it. But it must be very popular because all the accomodation I've found (via the web) is booked out for 9th Oct.

      Can anyone suggests any alternative lists that I (non-Japanese speaking) can use to try and locate some more obscure or less obvious accoummodation that just might still be available for 9th Oct.

      3 Answers Jul 7, 2006 at 7:16 PM
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      Oct.9-10 festival

      by FreeCloud Online Now May 14, 2006 at 3:09 PM

      What will happen during Oct.9-10 festival? Will there be any float parade on the street? If so, where will be the usual path/route for the parade? Where will be the best place (and when the best time) to experience the event in Takayama?

      If we arrive at Takayama in the early afternoon of Oct.9, will we miss something important of that morning? Our original plan is to arrive on Oct.8, but just wonder if there is any other option.

      Thanks for any info/advice/suggestion!

      2 Answers May 17, 2006 at 9:44 AM
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      How many days in Takayama (Gifu ken)?

      by FreeCloud Online Now Apr 16, 2006 at 5:19 PM

      We would like to see the Oct.9/10 festival - IF I can book a hotel, so far it seems all hotels are fully booked! :(

      Q1: How many days would it take to see the festival (2 days) and tour the small town?
      Q2: Is there any other day trip one can take from Takayama? E.g., is there any bus tour taking us to "Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go or Gokayama", going by ourselves seem to be rather time consuming (need multiple transfers)?
      Q3: Any suggestion on booking a hotel for the time?

      Thanks in advance for any advice!

      2 Answers Apr 25, 2006 at 3:22 AM
    • Earliest/fastest way from Tokyo to Takayama, and back

      by alexpalmer Online Now Mar 28, 2006 at 2:44 AM

      Hello,

      I need to get from Tokyo to Takayama, on friday, 14th of April. What is the earliest and fast way i can get there, and what is the latest time i can leave in order to get back to Tokyo?

      I heard the bus at 5.5 hours is the best way - but the website is in japanese, so i cant tell what's the earliest time the bus departs tokyo, and the latest time a bus departs Takayama back to tokyo!

      I hope you can help,

      CHeers,
      alex

      1 Answer Mar 28, 2006 at 5:45 AM
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      Suggestions for a ryokan or minshuku in Takayama and Kananzawa?

      by Phantasm Online Now Feb 21, 2006 at 12:33 AM

      Planning on visiting both Takayama and Kananzawa and was hoping that somebody could recommend a good ryokan or minshuku. Would like to have a Japanese room and use an onsen. Would like to have meals there as well to have the full experience. Thanks in advance for the help!

      5 Answers Feb 25, 2008 at 2:09 AM
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      Kanji reader

      by hareron Online Now Feb 17, 2004 at 8:06 AM

      I need to translate a Kanji inscription. From what I've seen it looks incredibly complex.

      3 Answers Feb 19, 2004 at 11:32 PM