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      Anyone traveling to Kyoto in November?

      Kyoto Aug 11, 2015 at 2:53 PM

      Hello fellow travelers!
      I am going to be traveling solo from USA to Kyoto from November 29th through December 5th (leaf peeping) and I wonder if somebody else is going to be traveling in the area to say hello and share some tea. I already have my hotel booked (that was many hours online, high season in Kyoto) and I am building my itinerary.

      Pleasant trips and arigato!

      Isabella

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    • 4 days in Kyoto - Any Free Onsen Experience, & Which onsen- Kinosaki, Kurama or Yunohana?

      Kyoto Aug 6, 2015 at 6:40 PM

      Hello,

      I've be traveling in Sep 15 to Kyoto & Osaka For an 8-day trip, so i'm pretty confused about which onsen experience to do. Firstly, any free onsen outdoor experience? And should i stay 2 days Kyoto & doing an outward trip to Kinosaki for a 2 nights stay before going to Osaka? Or should i just base in Kyoto Kawaramachi area, then do half day travel to either Kurama or Yunohana? Any suggestions for anywhere else nearby in Kyoto perfecture?

      Thank you! Appreciate your kind advice & tips as i am now planning the itinerary :P

      Leafie

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      Clubbing friends in tokyo?

      Tokyo Aug 7, 2015 at 3:23 AM

      Good way to make friends, while clubbing tokyo?

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      how to reach Oak Hostel Zen from JR train station

      Tokyo Aug 27, 2015 at 11:47 AM

      we will take the train from Kyoto (9.33am) arriving at Tokyo at 12:10.
      Any idea at which station we have to get off?
      and how will reach OAK HOSTEL ZEN from there?
      address of the hostel: 110-0003 Tokyo Prefecture, Taito-ku, Negishi 3-3-3

      have in mind we will have JR pass.

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      The Icoca prepaid card for Kyoto area and the all day ticket to Arashiyama

      Kyoto Aug 26, 2015 at 10:36 AM

      Hi Kyoto experts !

      What are the benefits of the prepaid Icoca card if I use it while I am in kyoto. ?

      Will it save money on trains going from kyoto to nearby cities? Is it limited in time ?
      Also: What is the all day discounted ticket to Arashiyama ?

      Thanks

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    • mindcrime's Profile Photo

      from Kansai airport to Kyoto by train

      Japan Aug 27, 2015 at 11:07 AM

      we arrive at Kansai aiport at 21.35.
      1)how much time we need to go through customs, take luggage and catch the train to Kyoto.
      2)Will it run at that time? (on saturday night)
      3)will we be able to exchange our JapanRail voucher with the pass at that time? where?

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      where to buy JR pass?

      Japan Aug 27, 2015 at 6:43 AM

      what is the official site for buing the JR pass?
      or buing it from other online sellers is the same? (same price? are all of them reliable?)

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    • How much money will i need to bring for 25days?

      Japan Aug 21, 2015 at 2:03 PM

      Hi, i'll be in Japan mid December -

      I'll be in Osaka 7 days, Kyoto 3 days, Tokyo 7 and Yuzawa 3. We are still deciding on our last location. Everything else has been booked and paid for.

      I was just wondering how much i may spend each day on food and transportation. A friend of mine lived in Tokyo for a year and she said i could survive on $20aud a day but i'll be most likely looking at $60-$100.

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    • Tenguyama Ropeway in the Nov/Dec period

      Otaru Aug 6, 2015 at 9:41 PM

      Hey, I will be in Hokkaido for the period 26 Nov to 3 Dec. I'm planning to visit Otaru and thereafter go to Mount Tengu via the ropeway on Sunday, 29 Nov. Just wondering whether the ropeway is available for service and the opening hours.

      Thank you very much.

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      A day in Takao Japan

      Kyoto Aug 5, 2015 at 7:39 AM

      Hi Kyoto experts
      I will be spending a month in Kyoto in November this year.
      Would like to make a day trip to Takao and visit these 3 temples :
      高山寺石水院 - Kozanji Sekisuiin
      Jingoji Temple - 神護寺, じんごじ
      and 京都 高雄)西明寺Saimyoji Temple
      I saw on Google map that there is a walking distance between temples but I wonder about public transportation between them.It looks on the map like I will have to walk on the main road, not very comfortable.
      Any ideas or tips for this day, where to start and how to make this trip easy

      Thank you

      Naomi.

      I am not sure about the Japanese names - Can you correct them ?

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    • What should i pack for a 25 day trip in winter Osaka, Tokyo and Yuzawa

      Tokyo Aug 21, 2015 at 1:52 PM

      Hi, i'll be in Japan mid December - January and have no idea what to pack. I'm a girl from Australia, so i've never really been in cold weather before.

      I'll be in Osaka 7 days, Kyoto 3 days, Tokyo 7 and Yuzawa 3.
      I'm hoping to start buying clothing soon so and i have no idea where to start.

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      Ekiben sold at New Chitose Airport?

      Hokkaido Aug 2, 2015 at 8:41 AM

      We are arriving into New Chitose Airport at 8:20am and hoping to catch the 10:33am train to Shintoku. Where in the airport can we buy ekiben to have as lunch on the train? Would prefer to get here rather than at Minami Chitose Station since the transit time is only 10 minutes.

      Tq, Mel

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    • mindcrime's Profile Photo

      4 day itinerary

      Tokyo Yesterday

      day1:
      arriving from Kyoto, check in at 13.30 (we're near Uguisudani Station) and then:
      Meiji Shrine > Takeshita Dori > Shibuya Crossing & Hachiko Statue > Shinjuku

      day2:
      Tsukiji Fish Market > Hamarikyu Gardens > Akihabara / Ginza

      day3:
      Asakusa > Sensoji temple > Ueno Park

      day4:
      ????

      day5:
      flying back home

      1)what do you think about the itinerary? should we skip something or add more?
      2)should we use single tickets, day pass or Suica card? the first day we will use JR line as our JR pass will still be valid, but what about the 3 days after?
      3)any suggestions for 4th day? no long day trips as we will do a lot of them the previous days around Kyoto

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      cost for budget traveller

      Japan Yesterday

      what prices should I expect in Kyoto & Tokeyo on daily base?
      how much is coffee/cappucino/beer in a regular cafe

      some food prices on budget eateries? fast food options? bakeries? anything on supermarket maybe? I've heard about some nuddle cups, any idea what's the cost for them?

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    • Help with 3.5 day Tokyo/Kyoto itinerary

      Japan Aug 23, 2015 at 3:56 AM

      Hello

      I have an upcoming 3 and a half day trip to Japan, and it will be mu first trip to Japan. I am flying into Tokyo, though am flying out of Osaka three days later.

      Day 1 - (Arrive Tokyo 4.05am)

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Day 4 - (Depart Osaka 4.20pm)

      I am trying to put together an itinerary. I would like to see Tokyo, and so envisaged spending day 1/evening 1 in Tokyo. However, I feel that I would like to spend the remaining time in Kyoto (the reason I booked the return flight from Osaka). I realise that this is a very short trip and that it is going to be very on-the-go. I envisaged catching one of the early bullet trains from Tokyo to Kyoto on the morning of Day 2, and then spending the rest of day 2, day 3 and the morning of day 4 exploring Kyoto. Does this seem feasible? I realise that the one day in Tokyo is a push, but as I won't have another opportunity to visit Japan for a very long time, I'm wanting to try fit in both cities.

      I would really appreciate some thoughts on this itinerary. I also have a few questions regarding the logistics of the itinerary. As I will be flying out of Osaka, it does not make sense to get a Japan Rail Card as I will only be taking the bullet train one way. What is the best way to arrange this one-way train ticket? Is it worth booking the JapanICan 3-day Kyoto train + hotel package from Tokyo, or is it preferable to book the accommodation in Kyoto independently and then purchase a one-way bullet train ticket by other means? Is it possible to buy a one-way bullet train ticket online?

      I look forward to receiving some thoughts on this, and thanks in advance for your time!

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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