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    • Yukata Purchase

      Narita 2 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?

    • 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 Yesterday

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


    • 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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      Odawara Castle

      by Melanie_Putra Online Now May 4, 2015 at 3:06 AM

      I'll be visiting Odawara Castle on Oct 31 (Saturday) on my way from Hakone Yumoto to Shinjuku. I need some clarification please..

      1. I know that the castle closes at 5pm. Is this just for the entrance into the castle building or the ground as well? I would like to hang around the castle ground until twilight for an opportunity to take photo of the castle during the 'blue' hour. Wondering if the ground remains opened after 5pm?

      2. What time is twilight at the end of October?

      3. I plan to ride the Odakyu Romancecar back to Shinjuku. Can I purchase the Romancecar from Hakone Yumoto to Shinjuku but break the journey and jump off for a few hours at Odawara? Or I need to go from Hakone Yumoto by Hakone Tozan Railway to Odawara and board the Romancecar from Odawara to Shinjuku?

      4. Any recommendation for dinner option near the Odawara Station?

      Tq! Mel

      1 Answer May 9, 2015 at 11:50 PM
    • What to do in Odwara?

      by FriedmanJapan Online Now Feb 23, 2015 at 8:11 PM

      What's the most interesting thing to do in Odawara if you only have a few hours?

      5 Answers Mar 9, 2015 at 3:04 PM
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      More Odawara hotel help please

      by Dean&Vanessa Online Now May 16, 2010 at 3:39 AM

      Hi all again

      A follow up on our previous question regarding the Hotel Orange.

      We have also found the following hotels that are within our budget, but cant find their email addresses either. We dont really want to ring them as it will be to costly, so at least if we could get an email address it might be a start.

      The hotels are:

      a)Hotel Orange
      b)Hotel Tozan
      c)Odawara Terminal Hotel

      If anybody could supply email addresses for these it would be really appreciated as we are really struggling to find a hotel in Odawara.

      Many thanks in advance

      5 Answers May 22, 2010 at 6:51 PM
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      Orange Hotel email address

      by Dean&Vanessa Online Now May 13, 2010 at 2:23 PM


      We are really struggling to find any accomodation in Odawara. But we have found a place called the Orange Hotel near the JR station. As their reservation page is in Japanese it makes it pretty hard for us.
      Would anybody be able to find us a contact email address for this hotel.

      Many Thanks in advance

      1 Answer May 13, 2010 at 7:41 PM
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      Accomodation in Odawara

      by Dean&Vanessa Online Now May 10, 2010 at 3:12 AM


      We think we have decided to have a couple of nights in Odawara. But we are having a nightmare trying to find budget accomodation in Odawara. All the websites are in Japanese. Does anybody know of any budget accomodation near the Odawara JR Station or a good English Website that has Odawara accomodation.

      We also have a similar question for Nikko.

      Many Thanks

      1 Answer May 10, 2010 at 5:03 AM
    • tokyo Frii Kippu pass

      by gloriachua Online Now Jul 12, 2009 at 3:28 PM

      hi. can I use the Tokyo Frii Kippu pass for my ride to odawara station. and pls. furnish me with the train schedule from odawara station to kyoto station. thanks

      1 Answer Aug 2, 2009 at 1:44 AM
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      Could this be done in one day?

      by nizora Online Now Jan 25, 2007 at 4:51 AM

      From Odawara in the morning with hikari shinkansen to Hiroshima and continue with JR local line to Miyajima. short trip there back by JR train and streetcar to Hiroshima Peace Park. o/n Hiroshima

      1 Answer Jan 25, 2007 at 11:24 AM
    • big luggage lockers available for hire at JR Odawara station?

      by fish4wish Online Now Aug 25, 2006 at 1:21 AM

      I have a backpack (slightly larger than school go-ers size)
      and a check-in luggage of about 30kg capacity.

      Does JR Odawara station have lockers big enough for my luggage?
      What are the dimensions of the lockers available?
      How much do they cost?

      I'm just making a day trip from Tokyo to Odawara/Hakone area and will proceed to Kyoto afterwards.

      Thank you!

      1 Answer Aug 27, 2006 at 7:03 AM