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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 8 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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      Shoryudo 3-day pass

      by sunny_koh Online Now Feb 8, 2016 at 12:16 AM

      I'll be arriving in Chubu Centrair International Airport and will be staying in Takayama for 2 nights before going back to Nagoya. I'm thinking of purchasing the Shoryudo 3-day pass. May I check if the pass covers airport transfer from Chubu Centrair International Airport to Nagoya? Do I take the highway bus from Nagoya station to Takayama? I will be travelling with a big luggage. Can the highway bus accomodate the luggage? May I also check if the pass can be used on the buses in Takayama and also on the bus to and fro Shirakawa-go from Takayama. Thanks

      2 Answers Mar 7, 2016 at 3:01 PM
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      How to get to Takayama from Tokyo with JR Pass

      by JosefadeMerlo Online Now Oct 13, 2015 at 9:44 AM

      Can anyone tell me how to get to Takayama from Tokyo using the JR Pass, and also, how to get from Nara to Hiroshima using the Pass aswell?

      thank you for any help given!

      4 Answers Oct 14, 2015 at 2:20 PM
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      How many days in Takayama and Nara?

      by JosefadeMerlo Online Now Oct 13, 2015 at 8:12 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!

      3 Answers Oct 14, 2015 at 2:13 AM
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      Where can I find the best Hida beef?

      by heydelin Online Now May 18, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      Hi everyone,

      Can you guys recommend me a nice affordable place that serves Takayama's best Hida beef?


    • Driving to Takayam in April

      by hykee Online Now Feb 17, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      We are driving to Takayama, Okuhida onsen village and Shiragawa-go in mid April 2014. May I know what the road condition will be ?

      Do we need to get the car fixed with snow tyres, or just get snow chain for standby, or better to hire a SUV / 4WD ?


      3 Answers Mar 1, 2014 at 7:12 PM
    • Takayama coming from Matsumoto going to Kanazawa

      by Donnalaura20 Online Now Jan 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM


      Curling our Japan Tour we also want to see some more rural areas. Coming from Tokio we want to go to Matsumoto, then Takayama and then Kanazawa. To Matsumoto and from Kanazawa we will take a train.

      First I was thinking of renting a car, but the dropoff at another location is very expensive.

      Alternatively there is the Bus option, which has two Main downsides for me: 1.we have all our luggage we always have to carry arround and have to store somewhere. 2. we cannot stop when we want Ort do sidetours (i.e.S-go).

      Do you think this Tour is possible by Bus?
      Ort any ideas where to get a rental Car without High dropoff fees.


      2 Answers Jan 7, 2013 at 1:41 AM
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      Shin Hotaka Ropeway Bus Terminal's Lockers?

      by Melanie_Putra Online Now Oct 1, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      1. Are there any locker or luggage storage facility at the Shin Hotaka Bus Terminal?
      1. Would anyone know whether taxi fare is reasonable around there? Four of us plan to stay the night at Yarimikan, which is 10 minutes by bus from the ropeway. Wondering whether it is cheaper to share a cab vs taking the bus...

      Tq, Mel

      1 Answer Oct 5, 2012 at 5:19 PM
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      Toilet in Bus running Matsumoto-Takayama-Kanazawa?

      by Melanie_Putra Online Now Sep 14, 2011 at 8:04 PM

      Hi Guys,

      May I check with you whether the highway buses have toilet onboard? If not, how often do they stop? I am considering Tokyo-(maybe Matsumoto)-Takayama-Shirakawago-Kanazawa-Toyama-Alpine Route-
      Matsumoto-Tokyo. Still deliberating which mode of transport to use in term of cost, scenery and timing... But should be taking the bus between Takayama and Kanazawa at least, and perhaps from Matsumoto to Takayama. So specifically, does the Nohi Bus between Matsumoto, Takayama and Kanazawa have toilet?


      2 Answers Sep 15, 2011 at 7:09 AM
    • Faster route?

      by vivispy Online Now Aug 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      Hi guys,

      We are interesting in visit Takayama coming from Tokyo or Kyoto.
      Wondering witch way would be faster. We are planning on visiting the three locations. The idea is to take the Shinkansen to-from the locations.
      Any alternative fast route?
      Thank you!

      1 Answer Aug 29, 2011 at 3:25 PM
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      Takayama Night Markets

      by arianne_1504 Online Now Feb 17, 2010 at 2:23 AM

      I've heard that there are night markets in Takayama. Does anyone know about this, or has anyone been? Are they open every night and if so, whereabouts?

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      Takayama AND Kanazawa?

      by piglet44 Online Now Nov 3, 2009 at 6:30 AM

      Should we visit both Takayama and Kanazawa or only one and if so which? we will only have around 17 days for our trip , and otherwise will be in Tokyo, Kyoto and HIroshima.Travelling by train its doable but maybe better to spend more days in one location.. thanks

      3 Answers Nov 3, 2009 at 7:57 AM
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      Takayama Accomodation

      by Muralidharan09 Online Now Jun 2, 2009 at 7:40 PM

      I am travelling to Takayama and am looking for a place to stay ( budget guest houses, Not hotels pl) in November of 2009 ( 4th, 5th, and 6th)

      2 Answers Aug 1, 2009 at 1:24 AM
    • Places to see in Takayama

      by hortaleza Online Now May 19, 2009 at 10:46 PM

      What are the must-see places in Takayama?

      Anyone? Please post your faves here so I may have initial ideas
      on where to start my trip. Thanks!

      Would two days and two nights be enough to explore Takayama? I'm basically after the folk village, and seeing more of nature this side of Japan.

      5 Answers May 24, 2009 at 6:17 PM
    • Budget Traveler Need Advice

      by hortaleza Online Now May 18, 2009 at 11:07 PM

      Hi! I'm planning a trip to Takayam sometime in October 2009. I would like to spend some time in Tokyo first, then on to Takayama. As I've never traveled to Japan before, and I hear everything is just so pricey, around how much do I have to prepare if I wanted to stay for about 3 days in Tokyo and two days in Takayama?

      Also, anybody got some advice on budget places to stayin both Tokyo and Takayama? And least expensive routes to Takayama from Tokyo and back?

      Thank you so much!

      5 Answers May 24, 2009 at 12:19 AM
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      VT Meeting in Takayama on april 9th 2009 ?

      by Nathy-Paris Online Now Mar 17, 2009 at 5:57 AM

      Hello everybody

      I travel on my own to japan for the first time, and I will spend a night in Takayama on april 9th 2009.

      I would be pleased to meet local people for a drink, and discovering the city by night.

      Hoping you will have a little time to meet me,
      Thank you,


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      Sanno Festival (14-15Apr) 2009

      by Maxiediva Online Now Feb 24, 2009 at 7:14 AM

      Hi fellow VTs,
      I'm heading to Takayama for the Sanno Festival 2009.

      1. Which of the 2 days are more festive and when do the puppets make their appearance? Will it be daytime on the 1st day or night-time? Is there anything spectacular on the 14th night and 15th? I want to enjoy the whole experience but I can't get a room on the 14Apr (unless someone here lives in Takayama and don't mind lending a sofa / futon / pillow for the night :-))

      2. Is the train station safe to spend the night (as a last resort)? else I have to catch the last train out to Osaka at 8pm.

      3. Anyone else making their way to the festival?

      Thanks all.

    • Sanno Matsuri Spring Festival PLEASE HELP!

      by lois164 Online Now Feb 1, 2009 at 10:33 AM

      Hi, my friend and I are planning to go to Takayama on 15th April to catch the festival. Actually we are pretty much clueless about how to get there. Would it be better to go on the 14th? We are thinking of staying in Tokyo then taking the train with the JR pass to get to Takayama. Or is it better to stay in Takayama. Also, what is the timing and location of the festival? I have searched online that it is associated with the Hie shrine, but I don't really know where we should head. Please help us with this :D Your help would be greatly appreciated!

      1 Answer Feb 24, 2009 at 6:57 AM
    • Takayama April festival

      by debbie08 Online Now Nov 19, 2008 at 1:30 PM

      Hello, we will be in Takayama for 1 day either 14 or 15 April 2009. We want to see the Spring Festival. Could anyone please tell me whether it is best to be there late on the 14th for the evening festival and spend the 15th in the town, or whether all the events are focused on the 14th April and therefore we should arrive early on that day? I have heard there are 2 parades - what are the dates and times of these? Any help is appreciated.
      Thank you.

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      Must see places in Takayama

      by pepemorris11 Online Now Oct 13, 2007 at 2:50 AM

      Hi there. We will be in Takayama on 6 and 7 Nov. We are not young and energetic so please tell us what are the must see places and must eat places. we are also budget travellers but we would like to taste the local cuisine. we love nature and we do not mind walks or hikes rather than to temple much to see and do. so little time, money and energy. PLEASE HELP! tHANK U

      5 Answers Oct 17, 2007 at 2:43 AM
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      Weather in late September

      by akikonomu Online Now Sep 2, 2007 at 8:46 PM

      Dear fellow VTers

      I'll be in Takayama/Kanazawa/Shirakawa between 20 Sep to 26 Sep. Check of the weather report history shows rainy weather. As we'll be driving from Takayama towards Gokayama, I notice some roads are closed in the event of heavy rain.

      Any advice on some good routes and whether the weather will clear up by then?

      Thanks in advance

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      When do the leaves turn red in Takayama?

      by masha286 Online Now Aug 30, 2007 at 4:05 AM

      Those who visited Takayama for the October Festival, or those who just happen to live in the area: do the leaves turn at the beginning of October or later? Takayama's tourist page says "early Sept- early Oct". I think it's BS. No way it can start so early. Or can it?

      1 Answer Aug 30, 2007 at 8:05 AM
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      Accomodation for the October Festival

      by fogcat Online Now Jul 7, 2006 at 12:50 PM

      I'm making my first visit to Japan in October and when I found out the festival was on I decided I should see it. But it must be very popular because all the accomodation I've found (via the web) is booked out for 9th Oct.

      Can anyone suggests any alternative lists that I (non-Japanese speaking) can use to try and locate some more obscure or less obvious accoummodation that just might still be available for 9th Oct.

      3 Answers Jul 7, 2006 at 7:16 PM
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      Oct.9-10 festival

      by FreeCloud Online Now May 14, 2006 at 3:09 PM

      What will happen during Oct.9-10 festival? Will there be any float parade on the street? If so, where will be the usual path/route for the parade? Where will be the best place (and when the best time) to experience the event in Takayama?

      If we arrive at Takayama in the early afternoon of Oct.9, will we miss something important of that morning? Our original plan is to arrive on Oct.8, but just wonder if there is any other option.

      Thanks for any info/advice/suggestion!

      2 Answers May 17, 2006 at 9:44 AM
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      How many days in Takayama (Gifu ken)?

      by FreeCloud Online Now Apr 16, 2006 at 5:19 PM

      We would like to see the Oct.9/10 festival - IF I can book a hotel, so far it seems all hotels are fully booked! :(

      Q1: How many days would it take to see the festival (2 days) and tour the small town?
      Q2: Is there any other day trip one can take from Takayama? E.g., is there any bus tour taking us to "Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go or Gokayama", going by ourselves seem to be rather time consuming (need multiple transfers)?
      Q3: Any suggestion on booking a hotel for the time?

      Thanks in advance for any advice!

      2 Answers Apr 25, 2006 at 3:22 AM
    • Earliest/fastest way from Tokyo to Takayama, and back

      by alexpalmer Online Now Mar 28, 2006 at 2:44 AM


      I need to get from Tokyo to Takayama, on friday, 14th of April. What is the earliest and fast way i can get there, and what is the latest time i can leave in order to get back to Tokyo?

      I heard the bus at 5.5 hours is the best way - but the website is in japanese, so i cant tell what's the earliest time the bus departs tokyo, and the latest time a bus departs Takayama back to tokyo!

      I hope you can help,


      1 Answer Mar 28, 2006 at 5:45 AM
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      Suggestions for a ryokan or minshuku in Takayama and Kananzawa?

      by Phantasm Online Now Feb 21, 2006 at 12:33 AM

      Planning on visiting both Takayama and Kananzawa and was hoping that somebody could recommend a good ryokan or minshuku. Would like to have a Japanese room and use an onsen. Would like to have meals there as well to have the full experience. Thanks in advance for the help!

      5 Answers Feb 25, 2008 at 2:09 AM
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      Kanji reader

      by hareron Online Now Feb 17, 2004 at 8:06 AM

      I need to translate a Kanji inscription. From what I've seen it looks incredibly complex.

      3 Answers Feb 19, 2004 at 11:32 PM