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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?

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

      Tokyo 17 hours ago

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


    • 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.

    • public transport from Haneida Airport to City Centre of Tokyo

      Tokyo Sep 25, 2016 at 8:06 PM

      Hi everyone, I will arrive Haneida airport very late evening almost 1am. Is there any public transit bus to the hotel in city centre?

      Any budget hotels recommend to stay for 2 people

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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!!

    • Stop to Mt Fuji on the way from Tokyo to Osaka

      by sicilianboy79 Online Now Aug 22, 2016 at 4:33 AM

      Hi everyone,
      I am planning to spend most of my time in Japan (early September) in Tokyo and Osaka and then do day trips from the two cities.
      In the case of Mt. Fuji , I am only interested at seeing it and taking some photograph. Now considering that this might not happen due to the weather, I would not like to take a day only to find out that the nice Volcano is behind clouds.
      I would like then to try my luck only on my way from Tokyo to Osaka and stop somewhere where the Mountain could visible.
      What would be the best route I should take by train and where should I stop for a few hours ?
      Thanks ,

      1 Answer Aug 22, 2016 at 4:29 PM
    • 1 day to Hakone and Gotemba with Hakone Free Pass

      by Kayerraga Online Now Aug 21, 2016 at 5:16 AM

      I will be going to Tokyo in Dec. Will be staying at Shinjuku. I am planning for a one day trip to Hakone with the Hakone free pass. I will also be going to the Gotemba outlets. Will that be possible?

      2 Answers Aug 29, 2016 at 5:21 PM
    • Hakone Onsen & Accommodation

      by Lunajapan Online Now Aug 7, 2016 at 12:09 PM

      Dear all,
      I will be visiting Japan in October for 14 days, and I would like to spend one night in Hakone (arriving early Tuesday, leaving Wednesday midday to Kioto)
      I read there is plenty to visit and see, however, my main goal is to experience a nice outdoor onsen where I can relax and enjoy beautiful views. Then I can run around and visit Gora and the Hakone Open Air Museum for example.
      Could you recommend a nice (affordable) outdoors onsen?
      Considering that I will arrive in Hakone Yumoto, should I look for accommodation in that area? If so, can you recommend?
      Is it easy to move around from this area?
      Sorry for all the questions, I have been seating behind the computers for few hours and am more confused than when started!
      Thank you very much in advance!

      1 Answer Aug 18, 2016 at 8:35 PM
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      Help on getting to Hakone and around from Narita (Feb 7 -11)

      by crewrower Online Now Feb 2, 2016 at 2:06 AM

      Please advise.

      Until 2 hours ago, I had never heard of Hakone. Now I'm seriously thinking of going with my 4 year old. We'll arrive at Narita on Feb 7th (Sunday) at 3:25pm.

      Getting to Hakone from Narita: take the train to Tokyo station, then to Shinjuku station. At Shinjuku station, purchase the "Hakone Freepass", which includes (for an extra fee that can be paid at the same time?) Odakuyu Romancecar to Hakone-Yumoto station).

      I plan on getting the 3 day pass, which also takes care of all transportation in Hakone and the ride back to Shinjuku.

      I'd appreciate any knowledgeable advice or tips. I saw something that the Odakuyu Romance car requires an advance online reservation?

      Will we be able to make it to Hakone -- i.e. does all transport operation normally on Sunday?

      3 Answers Feb 2, 2016 at 3:59 PM
    • Tour of Hakone despite volcanic activity reported

      by eodeguzman Online Now Oct 6, 2015 at 10:27 AM

      Since there was a volcanic activity detected sometime in May of this year in the Hakone area, I would like to ask if it is safe to take a two-day tour of the Hakone area, which includes the Hakone Ropeway, Lake Ashi tour, and an overnight stay in a hotel resort with hot spring on November 28, 2015. There was an available tour that we can avail of but I am hesitant to book for that tour because of the warning message to tourists that I read recently.

      2 Answers Oct 6, 2015 at 6:22 PM
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      Hakone Yumoto to Miyanoshita

      by Melanie_Putra Online Now May 28, 2015 at 11:34 PM

      On my final day in Hakone I plan to c/out from my ryokan (Hoeiso) and travel from Hakone Yumoto to lunch at Iroriya which is near Sokokura. I read that I should take the "Hakone-machi line" bus from Hakone Yumoto Station (Bus H), to "Sokokura". Then walk for 5 minutes. Map of bus stop only shows "Kami-Sokokura" though..
      Is it the same stop?
      Iroriya: Local name いろり家. Local address 〒250-0404宮ノ下296

      This bus from Hakone Yumoto passes Miyanoshita Station. Would it be faster to grab the train from Hakone-Yumoto Station to Miyanoshita Station then the bus rather than sit on the bus all the way from Hakone-Yumoto Station?

      Tq, Mel

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      Hakone Tozan Bus "K" from Moto Hakone-ko to Kuzuhara

      by Melanie_Putra Online Now May 27, 2015 at 5:20 AM

      I will be doing the Hakone Loop from Gora to Owakidani, Lake Ashi, Motohakone then to Hoeiso Ryokan near Hakone Yumoto. This will be on the 30th of October (Friday). I read that the Hakone Tozan Bus "K" passes the ryokan (Bus stop - Kuzuhara) on its way from Moto Hakone-ko to Hakone Yumoto.

      1. Would anyone be able to provide the time-table for Line "K" from Moto Hakone'ko to Kuzuhara please?
      2. Would you know how long will this journey between Moto Hakone-ko to Kuzuhara takes?

      I read that there is an express bus Line "R" which even though doesnt't pass Kuzuhara on its way to Hakone Yomoto, but being express, will be fast. However, this only operates on weekends and holidays?

      Tq, Mel

      2 Answers May 29, 2015 at 5:25 AM
    • Night bus travel from Hakone to Tokyo

      by AhYong Online Now 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?

      2 Answers Apr 29, 2015 at 10:29 AM
    • Where to stay in Hakone?

      by trucstar Online Now 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

      2 Answers Apr 21, 2015 at 4:44 AM
    • Hakone Free Pass... to buy or not to buy

      by jyotserrao Online Now 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?

      1 Answer Apr 14, 2015 at 12:00 AM
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      Stay in Hakone Yumoto or Gora area?

      by phingy Online Now Jul 28, 2014 at 11:05 PM


      I will be visiting Hakone 2 days 1 night in October this year and would like to stay in a ryokan. Just wondering which area is better to stay at?

      I have also identified a few ryokan I would probably book:

      Hakone Yumoto:
      Ryokan Fukuzumiro

      Fujimien Hotel
      Ashinoko Ichinoyu Hotel
      Hatago Ichinoyu Hotel
      Gora Ichinoyu Hotel

      Appreciate any advice! Thanks!!

      2 Answers Jul 31, 2014 at 9:47 AM
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      Which Pass

      by jwpotter Online Now Mar 9, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      We are stopping for one night in Hakone to do the loop on the cable cars, lake, etc. We have our JP rail pass and are staying in Hakone at the Fujiya Hotel. So, we arrive about noon, spend some time in Hakone, next day do the loop, and then go back to Tokyo using our JP pass. Which of the passes is best for us, the Hakone free pass or the Fuji/Hakone pass? I thought I knew, but all the comments now have me confused. I do believe I purchase it there at the train station, right?

      1 Answer Mar 10, 2014 at 9:04 AM
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      Is one day sufficient or should we spend a night in Hakone?

      by rohita67 Online Now Feb 5, 2014 at 6:14 AM

      I plan to travel in June and will be visiting Hakone area from Tokyo. I will buy the Hakone pass which is valid for 2 days as I believe there is no single day pass. How much time would it take to do the roundtrip of all the activities from Shinjuku station and return to the same station? As per the website the recommended route is Shinjuku-Tozan train-cable car-ropeway-cruise-bus-Tozan train-Shinjuku.

      3 Answers Feb 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM
    • JR Pass and Fuji/Hakone Pass

      by IreneChiew Online Now Oct 5, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      Hi, I would like to know whether it is worthwhile to buy Fuji/Hakone 3 days Pass from Shinjuku when I already bought a JR Pass. Or would it be more worthwhile buying the Hakone Free Pass?

      I shall be in Tokyo on 25th Oct, planning to stay 1 night in Kawaguchiko, then another night in Hakone before heading back to Shinjuku.


      2 Answers Oct 6, 2013 at 8:18 AM
    • Transportation for people with mobility problems

      by lpcho9 Online Now Sep 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      I have restricted mobilityand walk very slowly and have difficulty walking long distance. Is it possible for me to use the public transport such as cable cras and trains etc. in Hakone or can i get a taxi, if so, what are their charges.

      3 Answers Sep 9, 2013 at 5:15 AM
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      Hakone Freepass

      by sheherezad Online Now Sep 20, 2011 at 7:07 AM

      Am I the only sucker who fell for the 'Hakone Free Pass' and felt taken for a ride when my 3day 'free pass' ticket was swallowed by the exit machine at Sinjuku Station,, to my disbelief?? Coz I thot I had bought a 3day pass that would allow me to go back to Hakone tomorrow (the third day) since I had to go to the CA Embassy in Tokyo today!

      The lady did protest to the station official, just to be told that the 2-3day passes are meant tof 2-3 day stays in Hakone! And only entitled me to go from Shinjuku to Odawara once! So, when I came back yesterday I've used that trip and my next 2days' 'free pass' went down the drain!

      They even showed me an English translation to demonstrate they were right! But I was never told this by the Tourist Information lady at NRT! Anyone else fell for the same trick? Or was I the only fool? :(

      12 Answers Sep 27, 2011 at 3:21 PM
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      hakone free pass vs Fuji hakone pass

      by autumn918 Online Now Jan 29, 2011 at 9:13 AM

      Hi fellow VTs,

      Have anyone used these 2 passes in Hakone before? What's the difference & which is better?

      I would also be travelling from tokyo to hakone, & then to hamamatsu to visit my friend. So I will only need 1 way transportation from Tokyo to Hakone.

      Does anyone know whether it will be worthwhile to buy the pass?

      4 Answers Sep 20, 2011 at 7:27 AM
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      Can't decide which Royakan to stay?

      by panda.s Online Now Apr 29, 2010 at 1:02 AM


      I was wondering if anyone stayed at any of these Ryokans before? I can't make up my mind between these two. This one seems to have a better access for doing Hakone circle.

      This one looks like a real traditional Japanese style but someone from tripadvisor said that the food is a bit sweet and the rooms are dated.

      1 Answer Apr 29, 2010 at 1:11 AM
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      Hakone to Kyoto

      by panda.s Online Now Apr 27, 2010 at 2:50 AM


      Does anyone know the traveling time and how to get from Hakone to Kyoto? I will have a JR pass. Is it worth while getting a Hakone free pass when you already have a JR pass? Where can you buy a Hakone pass when staying in Shibuya or Ginza area?

      Thank you

      16 Answers May 9, 2011 at 9:36 PM
    • Hakone Ryokans

      by marivicsanjuan Online Now Apr 16, 2007 at 7:37 AM

      Hi. Im travelling to tokyo 2nd week of May, and would like to go to Hakone and spend a night there. Would you have any recommendations on where to stay? I just need clean, private toilet and bath in my room, and would like to stay in a typical japanese inn. I hope to get a nice view of mount fuji, and the lake. im willing to spend 15-20 thousand yen for the overnight stay.

      Thanks in advance!

    • Hakone Hotel Kowakien or Yumoto Fujiya Hotel?

      by jungjoora Online Now Apr 13, 2007 at 1:08 PM

      I am arranging a 2-day package trip through JTB Sunrise agency and trying to decide between the Hakone Hotel Kowakien ($263) and Yumoto Fujiya Hotel ($408). The latter is more expensive since dinner and breakfast is included.

      Both hotels offer onsen, but I am not sure which one to stay at. Your comments and guidance would be much appreciated. Food, location, quality are all considerations.

      4 Answers Apr 13, 2007 at 3:01 PM
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      Kamaboko tourist in Odawara

      by nuppe Online Now Dec 18, 2006 at 7:31 AM

      I'm actually going to Odawara the of December to buy kamaboko. Is there a nice place to stay in Odawara or should I go to Hakone? Is there a place to eat kamaboko as well? Is the fishing port active?

      2 Answers Dec 21, 2006 at 11:25 AM
    • mt fuji, hakone and lake ashi

      by conniecha Online Now Oct 8, 2006 at 9:51 PM

      i will be travelling to tokyo at the end of this mth and will be staying in a hotel in shinjuku. from various website, i found out that there are some day tours for mt fuji+hakone+lake ashi day trips. was wondering if i should go separately for these places? seems that hakone is a big place and mt fuji is just the 5th stn?

      in summary:
      1) can i manage to go mt fuji & hakone on the same day w/o the day tour package?
      2) if so, can hw can i travel from mt fuji to hakone?
      3) is lake ashi at mt fuji or hakone?

      3 Answers Sep 20, 2011 at 7:37 AM
    • Food finds in Hakone

      by tubaguy50 Online Now Aug 17, 2006 at 1:59 PM

      Anybody have restaurant favorites for Hakone?

    • Where to stay in Hakone?

      by kitsya Online Now Mar 13, 2006 at 8:31 AM

      My husband and I will spend a night in Hakone on April 7 - I know it's late to be looking, so this why I'm having trouble booking a room
      Here are the options I have found so far:
      Matsuzakaya Honten
      32,220yen total
      Japanese style room ( Equipped with Hot Spa.Bath & Toilet)
      33600 yen
      Hotel Senkei
      27,600 yen
      Japanese style room with bath (onsen?)
      Hakone Sansui
      does not look like it has hot spring bath in room, but nice looking outdoor one available for private charter
      has a lot of history
      Hakone Elegance
      No Japanese style room, but close to lake - good location?
      price - unsure - 8,650*2? probably without meals
      Fujiya127 special
      Fuji Hakone Guest House
      11850 yen, meals not included
      I'm really confused as to which location is most advantageous and which is the best value
      any advice/experiences appreciated
      Thanks in advance!

      10 Answers Jun 30, 2006 at 9:35 AM
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      B&B Pansion Hakone

      by vincentf Online Now May 3, 2004 at 10:25 PM

      Hi, I have a few questions with regards to this hotel and its accessibility. How do I get there from Shinjuku Station (assuming I'll take the Odakyu Railway)? How do I get to the main natural attractions from the hotel (eg. ropeway, sightseeing ship, etc.)? Does the hotel provide soap, shampoo, towels, toothpaste, toothbrush? Are the hotel's onsen located on the premises or do I need to go to Yunnesan for hot springs? Thanks.

      6 Answers May 6, 2004 at 10:00 PM