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    • mk taxi osaka

      Osaka Aug 16, 2014 at 4:03 AM

      I wish to know wether mk taxi in osaka is really cheap and how much roughly the mk taxi fare from hotel new hankyu to shinsaibashi arcades..thank you

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      Kawaguchiko VS Hakone

      Kawaguchi-ko Aug 15, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      this is an old question that usually appear from somebody would like to see the Mt. Fuji.
      Need some info from VT members, I will be there on earlier of October this year.
      1. Kawaguchiko or Hakone for enjoying the Mt Fuji scenery
      2. any recommended budget hotel? Is it pretty good to stay overnight at hotel nearby the train station or near the lake Kawaguchiko or the if Hakone the hot spring
      3. what should we do for nightlife if we stay at Kawaguchiko or if we stay at Hakone.
      VT member experience info could be appreciated.

    • Travelling to Asahi Beer Factory and Nissin Noodle Museum in Osaka

      Osaka Aug 25, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      Please advise how should I go about to the two places from Kansai Airport. Should I go Asahi first then Nissin or the other way round. Planning to go upon arrival on 24/12 ( I will make online reservations first for Asahi as being told)

      Thank You.

    • Sumo Meuseum

      Tokyo Aug 25, 2014 at 6:47 AM

      Which is the best museum to visit ? Is the one in Asakusa interesting ?

    • 24/12-03/1/15, Itinerary help needed

      Osaka Aug 14, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      We will be travelling to Saka with 2 teeagers 12 and 14 ( 24/12/14-3/1/15). We have confirmed our hotel near Universal and plans for the first three days - 24 Aquarium, 25 Universal, 26 Rinku Outlet.

      26-27 Stay at Wakayama ( go to watch the tuna cutting session, sample oranges, and visit amusement park, )

      Plan A

      Stay at Ehime , cultured pearls and sample more local food like Tai ( Is it worth a visit and safe to go as KOchi just had a flood recently?)

      Should we stay at Kobe, my family loves beef. My friend also recommended me to visit a Sake museum there. Or I can still revisit Kobe another day since it is a short train ride and my family will be getting the Kansai JR pass

      Plan B 27/12-3/1? Just stay at a hotel Osaka Shinbashi area. Do day trips to Naran Kyoto , Kobe

      Finally, where is a good place to go/hotel to stay for 31 to see the fireworks . Or should we go Ehime, to avoid the crowd?

      We will be including Osaka Castle, Asahi Beer Factoy and Nissin Museum in our trip.

      We place food as our first priority, we love sashimi , soba, barbecue skewers. Please advise a good okonomiyaki restaurant too.

      What will the weather be like usually?

      Thank you.


    • Does it snow?

      Beppu Yesterday

      When does it snow in 2015? and when is the start of spring in 2015?

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      what to expect in weather

      Osaka Sep 7, 2014 at 7:15 AM


      I just want to ask those locals or been to Osaka/Kyoto, how was it during mid January? I know it's still winter, but can you advised me about the expected weather when we get there... the temperature approximately, the snow fall, can we still enjoy going around during that period...

      thanks much

    • Tokyo to Sapporo by train

      Sapporo 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.

    • 01/01/2015 Osaka

      Osaka Aug 22, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      Please advise if the shops and the big departmental store like Takashimay, Hankyu Hands etc will be closed on 31/12/14 and 01/01/15?

      Thank You.

    • kyoto by bike or scooter??

      Kyoto Aug 20, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      Hi, we will only be 1 day in kyoto and want to see al the main sites by bike or by motorcycle.

      Is it,possible and is it better to use the bike or the scooter?
      We will be in kyoto on september 19th.

      Thank you

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      Best Location to stay for a geeky couple

      Tokyo Aug 16, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      Hi. We're heading to Tokyo next year (I know... a year to plan is being OCD). We plan on hitting Disneyland and Disney Sea, Studio Ghibli Museum, and Akihabara. We also plan to go to Osaka for Universal Studios...

      May I please know where the best location is to find a hotel that is a) easy access to the trains, b) can easily access all the places I mentioned (at least, the one with the most minimal train changes)?

      I'd like to search for hotels but don't know which area to search in... maybe those of you who have had experience can help me pls?Thanks :)

    • travel agency

      Japan Sep 8, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      We are a senior couple and would like to visit Japan and have 12-14 days private tour. We are looking for a reliable travel agency to help us with the arrangement. Any recommendations?
      Thanks Tzur

    • distance from cruise terminal

      Yokohama Sep 12, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      what is the distance from the cruise terminal in Yokohama Bay to the Kirin Beer Village, Ramen Museum and China Town? What is the best method of transportation to these locations?

    • Need help to plan a trip to Osaka and Kyoto

      Kyoto Aug 17, 2014 at 6:19 AM

      Hi! Me and my wife are planning a trip to Osaka and Kyoto for about 5-6 days late November or early December. We would like to visit a lot of tourist spots in our short time there.

      - Any recommended hotel we could stay at? If possible, near the stations for JR pass or Kansai Thru Pass. (I was told that getting travel passes would really make it easy for us to go around)

      - We are planning to go to Kyoto first for half our stay and the rest in Osaka.

      - We would also like to stay at least a day in a Ryokan.

      - We also love Japanese food.

      I would really appreciate your suggestions and recommendations. THANKS!

    • tour in Tokyo

      Tokyo Aug 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      need several things. The best way to get from Tokyo to Otaru. The best way to gt from Narita to Tokyo and a good deal on a hotel in Tokyo for two to three nights starting on August 29th. Should I get a private guide to take me around Tokyo. Should I book in advance or should I depend on a guide from the hotel. Does anyone kno a guide?

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      itinerary for osaka, kyto, nara and tokyo

      Osaka Aug 16, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      hi. i am travelling with my husband to osaka on nov 6-12. we want to include tokyo, kyoto and nara to our sidetrips. can anybody here could help me on our itineary?

      thanks in advance.

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      To buy a camera

      Tokyo Aug 20, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      During a trip to Japan, do you recommend to buy there a photo camera ?
      May I have guarantee problems in Spain ?
      Can I get the interface and instructions in Spanish or if not in English ?
      Are special shops to buy cameras for export ?
      May you recommend a place to buy it ?
      Thank you !!!
      Gracias !!!


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      Where to buy a real Japanese Katana?

      by Bastet_Baby Online Now Mar 17, 2009 at 12:12 PM

      I will be visiting Utsunomiya again in the fall and I have always wanted to get a real Japanese Katana, but with so many cute shops to explore, I have not found one yet that sells them and/or i run out of time to look. Also how much can I expect to send - I imagine it depends on the katana and do any of the place offer shipping, as in shipping it back home to the States?

      2 Answers Mar 19, 2009 at 5:00 AM
    • regarding accomodation

      by mudit_ag1 Online Now Dec 3, 2008 at 10:49 PM

      i want to know about having accomodations in weekly mansion kind of rooms. r they sufficient and safe to live there with family? And also if u can suggest any furnished accomodation inutsonomiya, i will be thankful to you.

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      hey hey

      by funbags Online Now Jun 3, 2006 at 12:38 AM

      Just moved to utsunomiya to teach english. Looking for people who are into the nightlife and like to party.

    • Dance Clubs in Utsunomiya

      by woundeye Online Now Oct 23, 2005 at 10:54 PM

      I am in Utsunomiya for the next two weeks and I've heard that there are some bars/clubs that locals like to visit as well as some that have dance clubs like Roppongi. I've also heard about a good bar called Lion's Head. Can anyone help me out? I would love to go to the dance club this week, if it's open.

      2 Answers Oct 24, 2005 at 8:18 AM
    • Life in Utsunomiya

      by nicbub Online Now Jan 19, 2003 at 4:07 PM

      Hi, I'm moving from Scotland to spend a year in Utsunomiya teaching English. What's life like there? also,what are the best web pages to look at for information on things to do, maps, etc... Cheers

      2 Answers Jan 19, 2003 at 6:33 PM