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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?

    • 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 Yesterday

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


    • 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!!


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      How many days in Nara and Takayama?

      Nara Oct 13, 2015 at 8:14 AM

      Hi. I have 3 days left on my trip to Japan and was thinking of Nara and Takayama. We are taking the train from Tokyo and after those 3 days we head to Hiroshima for 2 nights.

      My 2 questions are:

      1) How many nights in Nara or Takayama (we only have 3 altogether)
      2) are 2 nights enough for Hiroshima?

      Thank you for your feedback!

      1 Answer Oct 14, 2015 at 5:18 PM
    • Events in May

      Nara May 10, 2014 at 4:29 AM

      I am planning a trip to Nara next week sunday (19th).. I was informed there will be a few things going there at Kofukuji-temple.
      1) at around 4pm
      2) at night

      My question is, what are the events going on there? do we need to pay entrance fee to see it? At night, what time would it start? Would it be better to stay a night in nara?

      Thanks in advance.

      1 Answer May 10, 2014 at 4:55 AM
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      How to go to Shirakawago from Kyoto

      Shirakawa Mar 28, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      Hi everyone! For the first time, I am going to Japan. I only have 4 days to spend and my IT would include:

      Day 1 and 2: Kyoto
      Day 3: Shirikawa
      Day 3: Osaka

      How to go to Shirakawa-go from Kyoto? Is it cheaper to take a bus? I am a budget traveler and would love your suggestions! I found a tour from J-Hoppers for 11, 900 Yen for 1 night and 2 days tour from Kyoto to Shirawaka-go. Is it expensive or should I do it myself and instead spend half day in Shirakawa and stay the night back in Kyoto.

      Thank you!


      2 Answers Mar 29, 2014 at 2:39 AM
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      taxi to Horyuji

      Nara Jun 25, 2013 at 1:59 AM

      I don't have much time in Nara so i wonder if a taxi to Horyuji is time effective. What do people think please

      3 Answers Jun 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM
    • How long roughly should I be spending here?

      Nara Mar 11, 2010 at 1:54 PM

      Hi, just wondering by looking at the following how many days should I spend here? Also, could anyone help me out on finding some cheap hostel accommadation?

      Todaiji Temple
      Isuien Garden
      Kasuga Taisha

      2 Answers Mar 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM
    • Nara English Guided Tour

      Nara Dec 9, 2009 at 9:23 PM

      Any suggestions for goodwill English guided tour in Nara?
      I only have half a day (in the morning) to spend there, should I join a tour or tour by myself?

      2 Answers Dec 10, 2009 at 10:25 AM
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      Transportation from Kyoto to Nara and distances once in Nara

      Nara Aug 19, 2009 at 6:43 AM

      I was looking in the keihan train page and saw that there is a train that goes from Kyoto to Nara, however, it seems you need to take a bus after the train drops you off.

      Is there any other transportation from Kyoto to Nara that does not involve a transfer?

      Once in Nara, is the area walkable - so would this make a good day trip from Kyoto?

      5 Answers Aug 19, 2009 at 6:25 PM
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      Shrine sales/ Flea markets

      Nara Jun 18, 2009 at 2:26 PM

      Are ther any Shrine Sales or Flea markets in Nara in July or August please?

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      Bus or other transport ?

      Nara-ken Oct 24, 2008 at 9:38 PM

      Is there a bus service from Kansai airport to Nara directly ? and how much for the fare ? if no, what else can i choose ? thanks.

      2 Answers Oct 31, 2008 at 11:20 AM
    • shukubo?

      Nara Feb 17, 2008 at 12:05 PM

      I am looking for Shukubo within close distance to Kyoto or Nara that does not object to americans,we plan to learn whatever we can so as not to offend by our ignorance. We really want to experience the prayers & meditations as well as shojin ryori.
      Because of our itinerary;(we have one day available before we go to Nara -for one night- via Kyoto, and then back to Kyoto for a few nights before returning to Tokyo)
      Nara would be best but I cannot find mention of any temples offering shukubo either in Nara (or Uji, I don't know other areas between to search)
      In Kyoto I've found only names of a few places but no real information, reviews or contact details.
      I find copious amounts of information about Koyasan- However, we don't really have enough time to make it worthwile.

      2 Answers Feb 18, 2008 at 6:31 AM
    • From nara to himeji

      Nara Nov 15, 2007 at 8:29 PM

      Hi, is there any available transportation from Nara to Himeji or vice versa?. Thanks

      2 Answers Nov 17, 2007 at 8:45 PM
    • Camping in Nara

      Nara Aug 3, 2006 at 7:37 AM

      I am traveling with my partner to Nara next week, and our accommodations backed out on us at the last minute -- so, we thought it'd be nice to go camping. We have our own gear, and would like your info about the places to camp! We will also have JR Rail passes, so places we could access without extra travel costs are preferable.


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      Big BBQ in Nara

      Nara Apr 21, 2006 at 7:53 AM


      This is a shot in the dark, but has anyone heard of a huge barbecue that's held every once in awhile somewhere in the countryside of Nara-ken? Apparently it's a huge bash where you pay one lump sum and eat as much as you like. If anyone has any information on this or knows where I can find some information, please leave a reply here. Thanks!


    • Please I need some help if possible

      Nara Sep 19, 2005 at 1:19 PM

      Hi I'm going to Nara for 5 days in October,
      and I have some question, which I hope some of you can help me with.

      a) I have heard that there is a temple where you can stay in the city of Kamo close to Nara. Can you get me a telephone number for this place?

      b) There should be a bus from Nara to Osaka airport. At what time does it depart from in the morning?

      c) Can you recomend a one day hike in the Nara area. Maybe where you both see nature and temples?

      And finaly I have heard that there in Japan should be some gigant mazes (see my question in the Kyoto forum). Do you know of one of these in the kyoto / Nara area?

      I know it is a lot of questions but I hope you can help me. Or maybe you have an email adress for the yourist information?

      Yours sincerely

      Mads Blom

      1 Answer Sep 25, 2005 at 3:56 AM
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      Travel from Nara to Kobe

      Nara Jun 27, 2005 at 5:31 PM

      I am planning a day trip to Nara, but need to get to Kobe from Nara that evening. Could anyone tell me the best way to do this?
      Is there a direct train or bus? And how much would it cost?
      Many thanks in advance!

      3 Answers Jul 4, 2005 at 9:19 PM
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      accommodation in nara

      Nara May 17, 2005 at 2:03 PM

      Planning to visit Kyoto in July/August. Have heard that Nara is just as interesting but less touristy. Can anyone recommend fairly cheap places to stay, preferably Japanese style in a good location? Any other advice/information greatfully received.

      2 Answers May 31, 2005 at 5:01 AM
    • Things to do in Kawai

      Kawai Jan 7, 2005 at 7:51 AM

      We like to hike and are big into geocaching. We are staying for 9 days. Will be have enough things to do? Suggestions are greatly appreciated.