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    • Drifting ice

      Sapporo Oct 19, 2016 at 12:40 PM

      Is it worth to plan walking on drifting ice or is it just a tourist trap?

    • Yukata Purchase

      Narita 15 hours ago

      I am laying over in Narita Saturday and want to buy my wife a silk Yukata ,any ideas where I might go?

    • Drifting ice

      Sapporo Oct 19, 2016 at 12:40 PM

      Is it worth to plan walking on drifting ice or is it just a tourist trap?

    • Need some advice on where to go for Tokyo and Osaka (26 October to 6 November 2016)

      Japan Oct 17, 2016 at 12:54 AM

      Hi, a group of 8 of us (4 kids from 7 - 15 years old) are travelling on 26 October to 6 November 2016 to Tokyo and Osaka. We will fly in to Tokyo till 1 November and therefore Osaka. Some of the places we would like to visit are :-
      Tokyo - Asakusa, Disney Sea, Mt. Fuji, Aquarium, Ginza & Harajuku shopping streets
      Osaka - Universal Studios, Instant Ramen Museum

      Can anyone of you advice/suggest where else can I visit or plan any itinerary please....thank you in advance :)

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      Transit at Sengakuji Station

      Tokyo Oct 13, 2016 at 7:19 PM


      I need to go from Asakusabashi Station to Haneda Airport. I have already checked Hyperdia and see there are direct as well as some that require 1 transit at Sengakuji Station, ie:

      Can anyone help to clarify about the change of train at Sengakuji please? I see only 1 minute wait. Is the change at the same platform or the platform across?
      I would try to catch the direct train from Asakusabashi to Haneda of cause, but just in case..

      Thanks, Mel

    • Luggage storage at Nagoya Train station

      Nagoya Sep 26, 2016 at 6:19 PM

      I need to store my luggage for 5 days in Nagoya station. May I know is this service available in Nagoya station?

    • Suggestions on Itinerary

      Hokkaido Oct 4, 2016 at 5:50 PM

      Hi fellow VTs,
      I need help in your views. I be travelling with grp of 4 (2 couples). We be travelling to Japan nxt yr late march - early April (14 days). This will be our 1st trip to Japan. We have booked a return flight to New Chitose Airport, Hokkaido. Our plan was to travel to Tokyo first then head up back north to Hokkaido. I understand that the Japan Rail Pass is valid for the Shinkanse from Hakodate to Tokyo. As we are most likely to purchase the 7 days pass, we will only be in Tokyo for 7 days then head back up to Hokkaido where we plan to base ourselves at Sapporo.
      (1)Once arrived, how do we travel from New Chitose Airport to Hakidote? Via train/bus.. how long & how much?
      (2)For Hokkaido, is there any similar travel pass like Japan Rail pass? Is it well connected.. If yes, how much?
      (3) Any suggestion on places of interest for Hokkaido. We are nature loving people. We love sightseeing around mountains, villages etc. I heard that Hokkaido has one of the beautiful villages in Japan. Is it true..? If yes is it easily accessible via bus/train.

      Sorry to trouble u with these question. We are open to any suggestions and can't wait to hear from u guys.
      Thank you in advance.

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      from Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Sapporo-eki Kita-guchi to NHK Bldg by Toho Subway Line

      Sapporo Oct 2, 2016 at 1:00 PM


      We need to travel with heavy luggage from Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Sapporo-eki Kita-guchi to NHK Bldg by Toho Subway Line.

      Sapporo Toho Line Subway Station
      I know the nearest exit at Sapporo Station to the hotel is exit 16. However, that just has stairs. Is there any route via Paseo or JR Tower Hotel Nikko which we can use whereby we won't be encountering any stairs on the way to the subway station?

      NHK Bldg
      When I searched Google Street View I saw an exit very near the TV Tower with an elevator (Northwest corner of the Odori Park section where the tower stands). However, I can't seem to find the exit number.. Thus, I won't know which exit to use from within the station.

      Would anyone be ably to assist by directing us to the nearest Toho Line's exits with escalator/elevator at both the Sapporo Toho Line Subway Station and Odori Toho Line Subway Station, please?
      Secondly, would appreciate if anyone can post the links to the layout maps of Toho Line Sapporo and Odori Stations, please?
      We are hoping to be able to travel between these two places easily and quickly with our trolley bags, without encountering any stairs..

      Tq, Mel

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      Seven days by rail in Japan

      Japan Sep 26, 2016 at 12:39 PM

      My wife and I are spending seven days in Japan, the last week in October. We arrive at Tokyo Haneda early morning on 25 October and fly out of Fukuoka (to Seoul) on 1 or 2 November. In between we'd like to travel with a rail pass and visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima, but we'd also like to see some unspoilt and perhaps less visited parts of Japan's countryside, assuming we would have time. Any suggested itineraries?
      We have both been to Tokyo before, separately and briefly, but have not seen anything of the rest of the country.

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      Day trip to visit snow monkey Park near Nagano from Kyoto or Tokyo?

      Tokyo Oct 23, 2016 at 7:46 PM

      I will be staying in both places.I s it possible to visit the park as a day trip from either or Tokyo?


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      11 visiting days How much time in Tokyo and Kyoto?

      Tokyo Oct 22, 2016 at 11:18 AM

      Hi, this will be my first trip to Japan. I would like to stay primarily in Tokyo, I think, in a hostel, but want to see Kyoto. I want to see old architecture and gardens, as well as museums, etc. I also want to see Modern Tokyo too, but am not sure how much time I should spend in each city, as I am limited on time.

      Also, any suggested day trips? I like to visit large cities, but then contrast them with a day trip to a smaller more traditional place.


    • Tokyo to Kyoto

      Tokyo Oct 4, 2016 at 8:27 AM

      I will be arriving in Japan first week of November. Our travel plans include seeing Tokyo, Yokohama, Hakone and Kyoto.
      I have been reading about the JRPass. Which pass should be purchased? Would it be worth it?
      Also, are there any apps that you would recommend downloading prior to our trip? Any Maps? To help get around

    • Japan Winter Trip Itinerary 2016 Help

      Japan Sep 29, 2016 at 8:50 AM

      Hi All!

      I would like to visit japan on mid february 2017 for 10 days with my BF.
      And i want to visit Tokyo, Fuji Q, Shirakawa-go, Zao onsen in yamagata for snow boarding, and will fly back to my hometown from tokyo.
      I still confused to arrange the itinerary. But I will buy JPrail pass for 7 days, so to go to that place i will use shinkansen.

      Day 1: arrived at haneda in the morning, tokyo sightseeing
      Day 2: go to fuji Q and heading back to tokyo
      Day 3: Tokyo disney sea
      Day 4: Shirakawago, I dont think its possible to do return trip from tokyo to shirakawago (or it is possible?)
      Day 5: Heading to Tokyo
      Day 6: Yamagata - Zao, return to tokyo
      Day 7: Kyoto
      Day 8: Kyoto, return to tokyo
      Day 9: Tokyo
      Day 10: Going back home

      I think my itinerary is messed up, isnt it?
      Any suggestion for this winter trip?

    • Itinerary & general cost of living

      Tokyo Oct 1, 2016 at 1:39 AM

      Thinking of doing a stop over in Japan Dec/Jan 207/2018 - going via Japan to New Zealand with NZ airlines - on the bucket list for 2 wrinklies!!

      Want to see Narito/Hanenko/Kyoto and was thinking of remaining in Tokyo and doing day excursions even though they're long and expensive - Not into hiking/walking cable cars/ropeways excludes many of the Mt Fuji Haven't got the confidence to explore on our own given the language probs - just want to see and experience some of the culture - but definitely no reptiles/snakes as I've got a big phobia - don't mind doing a reasonable amount of walking. Looking at Viator & City Discovery Tours ? - used Viator before

      We've also heard horror stories about the cost of living - so we thought that by booking hotels a year out on a free [cancellation basis we'd do a reasonable price - will only stay in hotels with ensuite, but what about food? Anything food that is simple and cheap would be acceptable - quite happy to eat in McDs for a few days to keep prices down

      All suggestions much appreciated - know it's a long way off but there is so much planning to do which I will find loads of fun - hoping to slot in Singapore & Hong Kong - kids watch your inheritance disappear!!

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      Mt. Fuji ascent

      by stamporama Online Now Jun 10, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      I plan to climb Mt. Fuji on the 4th week this July. As I'll arrive from Kyoto, I read that the closest jump off point is the Fujinomiya 5th station. Just a few questions for those who've climbed from here:

      1. I read that there are stores that rent out any gear (raincoat, walking poles, etc.) that you might need for the climb. Where exactly are they -- at the 5th station, or near the bus/train station?
      2. The Fujinomiya trail is said to be the shortest but steepest route. How steep -- the approximate grade or angle?
      3. After descending, I suppose anyone would be tired and dirty. Since none of the stations or huts have baths, where would be the nearest place to take a shower before riding back on the train? Or is there an onsen in the vicinity?

      Thanks for any replies!

      1 Answer Jun 12, 2014 at 11:55 PM
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      Fuji five lakes / Mount Fuji in five days

      by matjung Online Now Mar 26, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      I would like to explore Fuji five lakes / Mount Fuji area for about five days in July or August.
      Most travel companies offer one, two or three day trips from Tokyo to Fuji and back.
      I am looking for an itinerary that spends some more time in that area.
      What are your ideas to spend five days in that area?
      Do you remember any budhist temples in that area where one can stay over?
      Are there any good will guides available in that area?

      3 Answers Jun 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM
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      January is it possible to visit Mt.Fuji

      by drsivakumark Online Now Dec 28, 2011 at 10:35 AM

      Hi friends,we are planning to visit Tokyo and Mt.Fuji in the third week of january12.Is it possible to go up to Kawaguchiko station or 5th station?Planning to take JR KANTO pass to travel to fuji.Please give some information regarding transport,local sight seeing during that period.Thanks in advance.---drsivakumark

      11 Answers Jan 2, 2012 at 5:37 AM
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      by jkmalison Online Now Nov 12, 2010 at 12:06 AM

      I plan to go to mount Fuji by use "FUJI-HAKONE PASS". I've book hostel at "K's house mt Fuji hostel" at Kawaguchiko lake.The question is..
      1."FUJI-HAKONE PASS" cover unlimitted bus such Retro bus around the lake Kawaguchigo.? Or I have to buy 2-day pass of Retro bus also.?
      2.From Gotemba Station to Kawaguchiko lake.I have to take a bus from Gotemba to Fujiyoshida station first and then take a fujikyu train to Kawaguchiko.Is that right?

      Thank you so much

    • Mt Fuji

      by agentpp Online Now Jul 16, 2010 at 6:44 PM

      What is the best way to get from Mt Fuji area to Osaka? Any suggestions please?

      5 Answers Jun 23, 2013 at 10:02 AM
    • Mt Fuji

      by agentpp Online Now Jul 16, 2010 at 5:32 AM

      What's the best way to get from Tokyo(Shinjuku) to Mt Fuji 5th Station. Would a day trip be sufficient for sightseeing?

      2 Answers Jul 16, 2010 at 6:40 PM
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      accommodation/food help please !

      by Dean&Vanessa Online Now May 7, 2010 at 1:59 AM

      We are 2 adults and a 4yr old travelling to Hakone for 2 nights. Can anyone suggest budget accommodation that is close to the JR station?
      We also want to do the Hakone round course.

      We are also worried we will not have a selection of places to eat in Hakone. Will this be a problem, especially for the 4yr old?

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      transportation in mt fuji area

      by fostera Online Now Mar 27, 2010 at 7:36 AM


      My cousin and I will be traveling to Japan from August 12-22, 2010. We are staying in Tokyo for the first 4 nights and then heading to the Mt Fuji area for a few nights. We plan on climbing to the top via the Kawaguchiko 5th station. After the climb, we are looking into staying in Hakone for a night to rest our sore legs in a nice hot spring. Can anyone provide me with information on how to get from the Kawaguchiko 5th station to Hakone? In addition, any recommendations you may have on places to stay in the Hakone area are welcomed.

      Thank you for your help!

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      Hakone 2days trip

      by blossom28 Online Now Feb 15, 2010 at 3:40 PM

      Hi travelers,

      I will be traveling alone in Japan and would like to stay 2 days in Hakone on March 24th or 25th 2010. Any female travelers interested to join booking a package deal together (Hakone freepass & accomodation), traveling from Tokyo to Hakone vv?

      Or does anyone has any advise to get a good deal for accomodation with hotspring at an inn/hotel?


      4 Answers Feb 16, 2010 at 7:17 PM
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      fuji san off season

      by thegerald Online Now Apr 26, 2008 at 12:03 PM

      i d like to ask if it is very dangerous to climb on mt. fuji in mid-may. in lonely planet it is said, that the paths are not open and the mountain huts are closed as well. is this true?

      thanks in advance,

      3 Answers May 12, 2008 at 7:34 AM
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      Is my Fuji Schedule Ok?

      by blacksnail Online Now Jun 11, 2007 at 7:11 PM

      Hi VT,

      I've drafted my Fuji schedule, Would like you all to comment it. thank you!!

      Mt Fuji
      Accomodation: K's House

      Day 1 ( arriving at 12:30pm)
      Drop Luggage at K's House
      Saiko Iyashi no sato (Healing village) (How long will i need to spend here?)
      40min by bus from hostel

      Onsen (Natural hot spring)
      Open everyday

      Day 8
      Ice cave and Wind cave (Saiko lake area)
      30min by bus from our hostel

      Cable car to the view point (Mt.Kachi-Kachi) (When is the best time to go here?)

      Any other places that i should visit, my train leaving at 8pm. thank you

      3 Answers Jun 14, 2007 at 10:01 PM
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      Yamaguchiko or Hakone?

      by sunset_gal Online Now Jun 3, 2007 at 6:50 AM

      We would like to visit the surrounds of Mt. Fuji as a overnight trip from Tokyo, max 2 nights.

      Have read different sites recommending different towns, particularly Hakone and Yamaguchiko. Which is a better town in terms of transportation from Tokyo, getting to 5th station on Mt Fuji, inexpensive accommodation and good views?

      Will there be other sites of interest in these towns to keep us occupied for 2 days?

      Appreciate any input. Thanks.

      8 Answers Jun 7, 2007 at 7:23 AM
    • Hakone - Kai Resort

      by annayeo Online Now Oct 10, 2006 at 6:53 AM

      After a long time, I managed to find a picture of Kai Resort in Hakone. Wonder if anyone knows how to book the hotel and how to get there.

      1 Answer Oct 12, 2006 at 5:25 AM