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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 14, 2016
personal meds; doctor's letter  (8 Answers)

I am traveling to Japan this spring, taking less than 30 days supply of personal medications. One website says that Japan requires a letter from a doctor, listing the meds and their purpose. Is there a form for this list? Anyone have any experience with this issue?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 05, 2016
Mixed sex onsen?  (4 Answers)

Are there any onsens which are mixed sex in or near Kyoto or Tokyo?

I thought I ran into one online but can't find it now. I believe it said there's a women's onsen there and a mixed onsen (which are mainly men).

My wife and I will be there Dec 9 till 17th.

If you can't think of these types of onsens, please let us know of any which are outdoors and natural.

Thanks! 

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 30, 2016
walking directions  (5 Answers)

don't know if anyone knows walking directions from KAMATA station to URBAIN hotel,(havee mailed hotel several times, no response, google maps don't tell u what road to turn lleft/right etc, thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 28, 2016
traveling to Osaka in January  (2 Answers)

I am planning a trip to Japan to arrive around the 5th or 6th of January. Is this a good time to go there because i was informed by a friend that the 1st to 4th/maybe the whole week is a Holiday in Japan? Any problems riding trains at that time?

thank you for any info you can provide.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 25, 2016
kamakura advice  (5 Answers)

is it possible to see the sight by bike(as i don't know the distances involved)likekencho ji,kotoku ji, big buddha,hasedera and others?,thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 24, 2016
Mt Figi - 5th staton  (1 Answer)

In early April, can u get the bus to 5th station,or is Mt fugi closed till climbing season. thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 22, 2016
from Nara to Mt Fugi  (4 Answers)

what is best/easiest way to get from Nara to Mt Fugi??,thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 21, 2016
what must i not miss in kyoto  (4 Answers)

there are alot of shrines/temples and alot more, i have 2 half days, what would u say i must see and do, thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 15, 2016
tour operators; any recommendations?  (7 Answers)

My wife and I want to visit Japan in the spring of 2017. Possible destinations are Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. Looking for recommendations for great tour operators. Also willing to hear stories of the not-so-great, but are really looking to have a fun and interesting time. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 15, 2016
hakone (help with where to start)  (6 Answers)

can i have advice where to start seeing the sights, ithink there is a way to do them without backtracking, ive read a book,but it was no help?thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 14, 2016
on hyperdia help  (7 Answers)

when calculating fare, (total price) if u want to reserve seat , is that included in seat fee or do u pay extra?, if u have JRpass do u reserve before boarding train or day before,thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 06, 2016
Kansai Area Tour (7 nights)  (1 Answer)

I am traveling for the first time with my family and friends (15 persons in total).

For 7 nights, we will sleep at Kashihara, Nara.

We are planning to have a two-day tour in Kyoto, one day tour in Kobe and Himeji, one day tour in Nara, and the rest in Osaka. Is Kansai Area Pass and Osaka Amazing Pass a good idea?

Any suggestions for the best PASS (or passes) to avail (or cheapest travel expense plan) for this itinerary?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 03, 2016
what's the name of this eatery in Kyoto?  (14 Answers)

I wonder what's the name of this eatery in Kyoto. It is located just above Highball Bar at Shijo Dori street

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 16, 2016
Need some advice on where to go for Tokyo and Osaka (26 October to 6 November 2016)  (4 Answers)

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 :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 29, 2016
Japan Winter Trip Itinerary 2016 Help  (8 Answers)

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?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 26, 2016
Seven days by rail in Japan  (4 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 15, 2016
Japan Itinerary Recs - 2 weeks- April 2017  (6 Answers)

I am traveling to Japan for the first time with one friend in the first 2 weeks of April next year for cherry blossom season (we are both in our 30s FYI)

We are flying in/out of Tokyo and have 14 days in Japan. We want to do 4-5 days in Tokyo and 3-4 in Kyoto (with da trips) but open to other suggestions

Would love some ideas/suggestions for the following to help plan our trip

1) Tokyo recommendations (incl day trips outside of town)- not sure if too cold then to see Mt Fuji in April?
2) Kyoto recommendations (incl day trips outside of town)
3) Kanazawa - worth seeing?
4) Any ryokan suggestions for Tokyo/Kyoto ?
5) Hot Springs in or near Tokyo/Kyoto ?
6) Any other things we shouldn't miss?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 04, 2016
Japan & Hong Kong: Nov, Dec or Jan?  (11 Answers)

What month would be your favorite time to explore some of Japan, Hong Kong & Macau?

We're thinking of about 3 weeks combined. Any month jump out at you more than the other?

We do like the Christmas season and snow but we aren't snowboarders/skiers.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 02, 2016
Centrair Nagoya to Osaka  (2 Answers)

Hi all! I will be traveling to Japan in February 2017 with family of 5 (no young kids, all adults). Osaka is our final destination but we will be flying in to Centrair Nagoya and flight will arrive past 8pm. I am thinking we will go straight to Osaka from the airport and the cheapest option seems to be the bus. The time spent on travel is not a concern since it's already late in the evening so there's no hurry to reach Osaka. I just want to ask those who have done this by bus. Is it a good option?

Also, do we need to travel to the city center before we can take the bus as I have read on the internet? Is there a bus at the airport that goes staright to Osaka?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 27, 2016
Transport from Haneda Airport to Asakusa  (2 Answers)

Hello everyone.

Next week I'm visiting Japan. I'll arrive at Haneda airport at 23:00 and then I'll have to reach my hotel in Asakusa.

Which is the best way I can I reach Asakusa from Haneda?which are the possibilities? Do you think I will have troubles in finding transportations at that time?

Thank in advance for your help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 24, 2016
Advice Needed on Itinerary: Tokyo > Nagoya > Osaka  (5 Answers)

Hi Everyone!

I need help. We'll be travelling to Japan during winter in Jan 2017 with our 2 kids aged 10 and 6.
We are flying into Narita and out of Kansai for a total 10 days with bases in Tokyo and Osaka for the most parts.

Need advice on our draft itinerary. I do not know if I’m planning it correctly. Not too sure if it’ll be too much with the kids and luggage (2 check-ins and 2 hand carry).

Here is the draft itinerary:-

D1 - Arrive Narita late afternoon > check-in hotel (not sure where to stay yet) > leisure in Tokyo city
D2 - Chiba > Disneyland
D3 - Tokyo City > Shibuya/Shinjuku, Harajuku, Tokyo Tower & Yokohama (by evening) > Ramen Museum > Art Rink at Red Brick Warehouse
D4 - Tokyo > Hakone or Kawaguchiko > Tokyo
D5 - Tokyo > Nagoya > Kuwana for Nabana no Sato (Winter Illumination) > stay one night
D6 - Nagoya > Osaka > check-in hotel > walk around Kuromon market, Minami (Namba) - Dotonbori canal
D7 - Osaka > USJ > Osaka Castle – night for Winter Illumination
D8 - Kyoto > Arashiyama area, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizudera Temple, Kinkakuji, Otagi Nenbutsu Ji Temple, Gion
D9 - Osaka > Hiroshima > Miyajima >Hiroshima > Osaka
Miyajima : Itsukushima Shrine - floating Torii Gate
Hiroshima : Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome), Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
D10 - Osaka > walk around hotel area before heading to airport

1.What would be the most economical way to travel around each city? Advisable to purchase any Passes i.e.7 or 14 Days Rail Passes?
2.Does it make more sense to travel to Osaka from Kawaguchiko or Tokyo
3.Which train line should i take from Osaka to Kyoto?

This will be our first time so any advice that you have would be appreciated
Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 19, 2016
Budget Traveling to Japan ?  (8 Answers)

It's my first time traveling alone. I think my budget is way too low. And it's unrealistic. Just want to get ideas.
Sorry if it's a mess. I never traveled alone and I lack so much knowledge. Even the basics.
I can speak English and Japanese pretty well so I don't think I'd have any communication problem.
Might not understand some words quite often though.

770.9 U.S Dollar / 77239.865 Japanese Yen

is the amount I'm gonna spend. I searched on google for exchange rate.
Exchange rate could be different by dates and locations of bank etc though.

I'm thinking of booking up by peach airlines for cheapest ticket.
But seems like the price for the ticket goes 2 to 4 times higher than it is by date.
For example . 4th will be only 66.33 u.s dollars. while 6th will be 198.22 u.s dollars.

I was thinking of if I could go to Japan, Tokyo at August 28th and come back at September 2nd.

August 28th , I'd stay at tokyo just roaming. Go to karaoke and net cafe to experience, and check the city.
August 29th , I want to go to the Japan's best beach. Was thinking if I could sleep at a little better place
this day since it's my birthday and it's my main purpose of visiting besides that I can also get to visit Japan.

August 30th, I want to go to the best water park. Water slides , aritificial water waves, and stuff like great wolf lodge.

August 31st. Would just go to Tokyo Akihabara for sight seeing for anime stuff, eating dessert at shops. I know they
have nice desserts.

September 1st Check out Shinjuku or other nice places. I don't think I can but visiting osaka while I visit Japan would be good too.

September 2nd. Pack up and go back home.

I'd prefer to ride the plane at night and arrive at night since I don't wake up early and don't like that feeling when
I get on the plane at morning and arrive at another country and feel like, "wait I'm already here and it doesn't have
that traveling feeling." It's only 30 minutes or 1 hour to Japan from my country.

I love getting on a big cruise ship (not those luxury expensive ones with shops,pools,movie theater,like freedom of the seas but huge ship with less luxury. like 1 room for 8 people to sleep on floor.
I did some research and those were actually more expensive and complicated.

The hotels though..
I searched and found out that hotels insanely expensive. I thought 100$ is probably enough for most hotel
that are huge but I found hotels that cost 600$ per night, that sounds like dubai's best hotel.
I know it looks cool but 600 $ for just one night stay there ? I'd rather spend on actually having fun.

Then I found some places at 100$ that looks not worthy enough for it's cost.
50$ hotels looked like the best. It was not too bad. There was a bedroom (some are really small to even walk around.), bathroom (that looked like a normal house bathroom). The view outside was terrible when I searched
on youtube. Smile hotel okinawa I think. I'm not even sure if that place was near the beach of okinawa.

I think it all differs by the place. Even cheap hostels are so much luxury than these cheap hotels.
Maybe okinawa area is all expensive than Tokyo with a worse facility.
I remember sleeping in Tokyo hostel with 2 beds that have another bed on top so 4 single beds. (Sorry I don't know what these are called.) and the place was so beautiful. The view and the window was like the hotel.

I'm thinking of sleeping at the cheapest since my budget is too low.
Net cafe (probably the cheapest, some call it manga cafe instead of internet cafe but I think Japanese call it neto cafe) Can I go out whenever I want to after buying the 7 hour sleep room ?
16$ a night ?

Capsule hotels clean and nice. The only difference from cheap hotels would be you are sleeping in a small capsule.
I wonder if I can get outside after checking in if I need to or want to go out when I want to when feeling like it.
Could feel like I want some fresh air. 20$ a night ?

Hostels , there are good ones like the one I've visited before but some are bad.
Ryokan they say Tokyo don't have good Ryokan so probably I'll pass.

Love hotel, could be just a beautiful luxury place to stay with cheap price is what I think. 50$?

Then there is tax that I don't how to count.
Mobile renting ? Those are cheaper than making my own phone work by changing chips ?
It's not like I really need to use a phone though.
Visa and master card will be enough to buy everything ? I never use cash in my life.
Only need passport since I don't need visa ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 12, 2016
Baby in Japan  (3 Answers)

My wife is also expecting and we came in Japan two weeks ago on my business trip, and will be staying for two to three months. Is it worth to have pram for baby while traveling within the cities by train or something?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 05, 2016
Help to advise and check itinerary  (2 Answers)

Here is our plan in Tokyo for 8 days:

19 Nov: Arrive Narita Airport at 7:15 a.m. Stay in Keio Plaza Hotel. Explore shinjuku. Is there any tourist attraction near the hotel?

20 Nov: Shibuya, Harajuku, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Yoyogi Park, Shinjuku

21 Nov: Ground tour: Tokyo Tower, Imperial palace, Asakusa

22 Nov: Disneyland

23 Nov: Ground tour: Mt fuji, Hakone

24 Nov: Tsukiji, Tokyo station, Ginza
(Where to visit first and how to go?)

25 Nov: Havent decide yet. Might visit Kawagoe

1. Can i reach those places by using wifi?
2. Where to buy subway pass?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 30, 2016
Has anyone ever heard about iVideo travel pocket wifi?  (5 Answers)

This summer , I am going to Japan. I checked the websites talking about pocket wifi, and most of people talking about iVideo pocket wifi for access internet abraod. Has anyone ever heard of it or used? Please give me some suggestions. Thanks a lot!  

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 29, 2016
japan help  (6 Answers)

Hi :)

what do you think of my itinerary? would love to hear some feedback since it is my first trip abroad. also, do you think I should get the JR pass?

13th tokyo
14 tokyo
15 tokyo
16 tokyo
17 tokyo
18 tokyo
19 tokyo
20 takayama
21 takayama
22 kanzawa
23 kanzawa
24 kyoto
25 kyoto
26 kyoto
27 kyoto
28 kyoto
29 osaka
30 osaka
2 heroshima
3 heroshima
4 mt koya
5 mt koya
6 tokyo
7 hokkaido
8 hokkaido
9 hokkaido
10 tokyo

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 29, 2016
Google maps, or an app, that works in Japan shows directions in English  (6 Answers)

We are going to Japan and are wondering if anyone knows if google maps, or an app, we can use to get around in Japan that shows directions in English.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 27, 2016
Which rail passes should i purchase  (4 Answers)

Hi, i plan to visit Japan, Tokyo in November. May i ask which rail passes should i purchase if I am just visiting Tokyo. If I plan to visit Osaka and Kyoto, should i purchase a different rail pass?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 26, 2016
How to plan our itinerary in tokyo  (5 Answers)

Hi, my family plan to visit Japan in November. This is our first time travelling to Japan. Plan to visit the places below . need advise on the travel train pass and if can, how to plan our itinerary. Tqvm

1. Mt fuji

2. Disneyland

3. Tokyo tower

4. Tokyo skytree

5. Shinjuku

6. Shibuya

7. Ginza

8. Asasuka

9. Harajuku

10. Tokyo station, marunouchi

11. Tsukiji

12. Imperial palace

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 24, 2016
ATMs and Visa  (5 Answers)

I'll be traveling to Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe. How prevalent is ATM and Visa use in these areas? When I traveled to Europe I didn't use currency exchange. I payed through Visa at restaurants and major stores and took out cash for the day at an ATM/Bank for small shops and snacks. Is this feasible in Japan?

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