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Shinobu Sato



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NZ lover, snow boarder, angler(fly fishing), trekker,,,  lazy, foodie, 

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Shinobu's Activity

ATokyo: Best Onsen Ryokan in/near Tokyo?

There are countless "onsen ryokans" and I recommend Hakone​. This is a very popular destination where many tourists visit and I think it should be a good option in terms of the access from Tokyo and the quality. Have a nice trip! See More

ATokyo: Favorite things to do in Tokyo

Fortunately or unfortunately, Tokyo is getting busy in terms of the number of tourists. Need to take a train, but what about Kawagoe​? Enjoy your journey! See More

AWhat is your favorite thing about traveling?

Fresh things start to paint my new memory white canvas. :) See More

AWhat is your first action when plan a overseas trip?

Looks like we directory book airs, hotels and etc, NOT through OTAs. Generally speaking, we don't need travel agencies especially for a budget travel. :) Interesting this is that the business is OTAs are still growing. Any comments on why? Cheers, See More

AWhat is your first action when plan a overseas trip?

Hi friends, Thank you very much for informative updates!! :) Looks like the truth is that we don't book anything through OTAs any more and we visit them just to refer to various reviews, right? Also the role of travel agencies is changing because their role is(was?)... See More

QWhat is your first action when plan a overseas trip?

Thanks to OTAs, now we can do almost everything on the internet such as flight and hotel bookings. What do you do when planning your overseas trip? just go to or expedia?  visit your local travel agency? Me? I feel sometimes that jumping around multiple... See More

ATokyo: 2 nights in Tokyo, 2 in and around Mt. Fuji

Yes, you are right, Kelly. It's late.. Have you checked or  See More

QThailand: Best season to travel in Thailand?

Hello, What do you think about the best season & length & area to travel in Thailand?  See More

AFiordland: Good walking tracks in Fiordland?

If I remember correctly, Kepler Track​, Routeburn Track​, and Milford Track​ are options, but you have only a limited time (two days?), right? Not sure, but you may be able to complete Routeburn (3 days walk) within... See More

ANew Zealand: Christchurch and Queenstown - advice on best things to do?

Enjoy "star-watching" at Lake Tekapo​ where you can see Southern Cross with massive Milky Way. Also, I recommend visiting the Otago Peninsula​, Dunedin. Colonies of Yellow-Eyed-Penguins and Royal Albatross are great places to... See More

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