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Answered almost 1 year ago

Hi. I have a 15hr layover in Tokyo June 9, sunday. Im wondering if there’s anyone from the meet& eat I could meet for coffee/breakfast in Shibuya area ?

Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

Well, if I had 15 hours, I'd be going to every last great place in Tokyo I could. There are over a dozen beautiful traditional gardens, like Koishikawa Korakuen, Rikugien, Kiyosumi, Kyu-Shiba Rikyu, Hamarikyu, Shinjuku Gyoen, and many more. There are also many great places for city views - the To...

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Answered about 1 year ago

I am traveling to Japan for the first time and will be staying in Tendo. What's the best way to get around Tendo and even venture to sights outside Tendo?

Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

I presume you mean Tendo in Yamagata.It's next to Yamagata Airport and has the Yamagata bullet train running through. But that's it. Within the city, your only options are buses, walking, and taxis. As far as going to some other city or town, unless you give more specific info, it's impossible to...

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Answered about 1 year ago

Advice for buying rail passes (JR pass and resort shirakami)

Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

You don't give your full schedule, but if it fits in your plans, you should also consider the JR East Tohoku Area Pass. It is way cheaper, and you might find it a better choice. More details of it are here.Nearly any major travel agency that sells air tickets to Japan can also sell rail passes. I...

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Answered about 1 year ago

What Sights should I see if I go to Japan?

Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

That depends entirely on what season you are going to Japan, as well as your own interests.What interests you that you’d be going there? There are many aspects - arts, temples/shrines, castles, nature, hot springs, hiking, festivals, shopping, museums, gardens, folk crafts, pop culture, cuisine, ...

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Answered about 1 year ago

Do you need to book for cherry blossom viewing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto in April? If so, how? Can’t see how to book online and I’ve asked in the Facebook page but not had a response. Thanks, Alix

Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

There is nothing to book - you just go there.But Kiyomizudera is not the best place to see cherry blossoms in the area. There are far better places in Kyoto. The thing is, all are pretty popular, so you might see more people than petals.If you really want to see cherry blossoms, you really need t...

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Answered over 1 year ago

How to get from place to place in Japan / Tokyo

Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

You don't write where you are going to in Japan - you might save a lot of money on a Japan Rail Pass if you are doing a lot of long-distance traveling, but if you don't, you could lose a lot of money on a rail pass too. If you are only staying in one area like Tokyo, then you would probably save ...

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Answered over 1 year ago

Where can I pat deers in Tokyo or not too far from it?

Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

There are only about 2 places, neither of which are close to Tokyo. One is in Nara Park. It has some of the best places to see in Japan. You can buy crackers to feed them, which they love. As for petting them, at best they'll tolerate it but not particularly like it.The other place is on Miyajima...

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Answered over 1 year ago

Is there a place near Tokyo or Kyoto where I could pet foxes?

Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

The only place I know in the whole country is the Zao Fox Village in Miyagi. There was another place I visited in Hokkaido about 30 years ago, but I don't even know if they are still there. Nevertheless, at the Zao Fox Village, you are not allowed to touch the foxes - they are not pets and they c...

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Answered over 1 year ago

Is there a difference between Pasmo and Suica?

Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

Usage-wise there is virtually no difference. The only real difference is that if you choose to refund yourPasmo card, there is no refund charge. Suica and other cards will pickpocket you up to 220 yen refund the balance.

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Answered over 1 year ago

How can I get Shinkasen tickets online ahead of time?

Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

I believe you have your question answered, but just to be clear, there are no train tickets with the rail pass. There are seat reservations you can make with an activated pass, and you can reserve seats up to a month in advance. You can easily check rail schedules, transfer info and fares on Hype...

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Answered over 1 year ago

Me and my family are planning to go to Japan in mid January. Mostly we'll be staying at Tokyo, other than Tokyo are there any side trips near Tokyo that you suggest ? (maybe smwhere that has ryokans/onsen)

Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

There is no shortage of places for day trips - Nikko, Hakone, the Fuji 5 Lakes area, Karuizawa, Kusatsu, Izu, Kamamura/Enoshima, Kawagoe, Takao, Okutama, Yokohama, the Ushiku Great Buddha, Nokogiriyama, Minakami, Showa Kinen Park, and more. There are regional rail passes you can get for nearly al...

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Answered over 1 year ago

Hey, I'll be visiting Japan for the first time in 13-18 March. Where should I go if I am just going to use Tokyo Wide Pass?

Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

The Tokyo Wide Pass is an excellent regional pass - if you use it to go as far as you can every day for its 3 day validity, you can save about ¥20,000! As to where to go, there are many day trips you can take on one, including Nikko, Hakone, the Fuji 5 Lakes area, Karuizawa, Kusatsu, Izu, Kamamur...

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Answered over 1 year ago

I am going to oirase gorge from Aomori for a day trip. The first bus would reach oirase gorge at abt 10am and the last bus leaves at 4pm. Is it sufficient to enjoy oirase gorge and lake towada? Should I stay the night?

Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

The Oirase walk is about 13.5 km long - which is about 8½ miles. Even if you were to walk it one way and take the bus back, that would leave next to no time to see Lake Towada. So if you are going to take the trouble to go there, an overnight would make more sense.You also don't say anything abou...

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Answered almost 2 years ago

Hello....on Sept, i'm planning to tokyo, for the first time, around 5days. What place do you recommend to me, especially near Tokyo, where not really "busy", like central Tokyo, but still I can easily reach from Tokyo in one day trip?

Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

A day trip outside of Tokyo would give you a great experience out of the big city - Japan is not all Tokyo. Some places are Nikko, Hakone, the Fuji 5 Lakes area, Karuizawa, Kusatsu, Izu, Kamamura/Enoshima, Kawagoe, Takao, Okutama, Yokohama, the Ushiku Great Buddha, Nokogiriyama, Showa Kinen...

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Answered almost 2 years ago

Looking for recommendations for Guides in Japan

Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

Hi, Well first, you really don't need any guides at all - you can do it yourself and avoid a lot of problems by doing your research ahead of time and knowing where to go. The Matsushima area near Ishinomaki is known as one of Japan's traditional Top 3 most beautiful places. Ishinomaki was per...

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Answered almost 2 years ago

DO I need a 3 days Subway Pass or Pssmo better for 3 days in Tokyo visiting shrines 7 Gardens and temples

Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

You don't "need" a pass or IC card. The question is if it is worth it or not. The 72 hour pass is 1500 yen - that is 500 yen a day, which is very easy to make worthwhile if you are going around the city. The 48 hour pass is also possible, but harder to justify. The 1 day pass is nearly impossible...

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Answered almost 2 years ago

I am traveling with a friend to japan for 2 weeks in October. We are trying to go to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Is there any must do's for a first time traveler in these cities, as far as sights, or places to eat etc.

Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

You need to make an itinerary for what you want, and only you know what you like best. Japan has many different aspects - its many temples/shrines, castles, shopping, arts, museums, gardens, hot springs, hiking, folk crafts, festivals, nature, pop culture, cuisine and so on.So what interest...

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