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First time in Japan for 14days - Help Itinerary

Hi there,

We are 2 friends who are going to Japan for the first time between 31 of March and 13 of April.
It was decided just now and we already have the flight tickets (fly in Osaka - Fly out Tokyo).
But we are having problems finding places to stay because it's Cherry Blossom season and we don't quite know what's the best.

So far we came with this:

31 - Fly in Osaka - go to Miyajima see the Torii of Miya Jima - sleep in Miyajima or Hiroshima
1 - Explore Hiroshima - Kobe - Himeji Castle -…

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Hokkaido Winter

I had serious doubts about a winter trip to Biei area in Hokkaido as a solo women traveler due to the road conditions and limited public transportation options. I am so glad that I still decided to go and wanted to share my blog post about this recent trip here as I found out not much discussion took place here in relation to solo travel to Hokkaido, Japan in winter.

Photo gallery: http://www.burcubasar.com/travel-photos/asia/nggallery/galleries/travel-photos-asia-japan

Post: http://www.burcub

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Kanagawa to Shirakawa-Go to Takayama

Would it be feasible to travel by bus from Kanagawa to Shirakawa-Go, stop there to sightsee, and then continue to Takayama? If so, where would I find the bus schedules?

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When do Japan retailers have their "big" sales / clearances?

Would like to coincide a trip to Japan with the clearances / sales of the shops.

Something similar to the Boxing Day sales in the UK / Australia or mid year clearances?

Do Japanese retailer run such clearances? If so do they different retailers have sales at the same time? If yes when are these held?

Thank you

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JR-pass and getting around in Japan

I´m in Japan nearly 3 weeks, thinking I should probably buy a JR-pass, and maybe something else in addition.
Tokyo 6 nights, getting around as much as possible, staying in Asakusa and Shinjuku
Train to Nara, staying 7 nights going to Kyoto and around every day.
One night in Naoshima (ferry?)
2 nights at Miyajima (ferry?)
Train to Kanasaki, two nights there
Train back to Tokyo, 2 nights and getting around
Plus train Narita airport-Tokyo-Narita

  • JR-pass covers most of this?
  • Read somewhere that…
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Shimonoseki and the West of Honshu

Hi,

I'm likely to be arriving in Japan for the first time at the port of Shimonoseki. Is there a tourist information office, either at the port or at the nearby train station? Will it be easy for me to find an ATM that accepts international cards? Is Shimonoseki pedestrian-friendly (I plan on walking all over the city, and also across the straights to whatever the sister city on Kyushu is)?

Shimonoseki doesn't seem to have a reputation as the most interesting place in the world. Other than…

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Japan Hostels

Hi,

I'm going to Japan soon, and I'm wondering what the best way of going about booking hostels there is. Here in South Korea, it's winter, and as such hostels seem to be rarely full, except sometimes on the weekend. I'm in the habit of calling up hostels a day or two before I arrive somewhere, and making reservations on the phone. Is this likely to work in Japan, or will hostels insist that I book (and pay) online in order to accept my reservation?

Also - how does one generally get the best…

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Suitcase in Tokyo subway

Would it be a problem to go by subway with a suitcase (not in rush hour) ?

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Itinerary help needed: Tokyo Kanazawa Noashima

Hi. Planning 10-day trip to Japan in May, right after Golden Week. We arrive/leave from Tokyo and want to go to Kanazawa and Naoshima. What is the most efficient way to see these 3 places, and are there any other day or overnight trips we should do along the way? Thank you!

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Sending a parcel within Japan?

Can anyone living Japan give me the price of sending a parcel the size of a shoe box 3 kg in weight.I want to send on arrival at Narita Airport post office. I want to send and pick up from Kyoto Station Post office and another from Nagoya Station Post office 5-7 days later.
The reason is they are gifts of 1Kg tubs of Honey.I fly to Sapporo then Kyoto and train to Nagoya and don't want to carry extra to keep my flight carry on luggage only.
Cheers Eamonn