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Hi, i'm doing the Kumano Kodo walk in November. It will be my first trip to Japan, Asia even so would really appreciate any advice where would be good to go to make the most of Autumn and any comments on my rough itinerary below. Kyoto looks stunning, looking forward to visiting there. Tokyo - any recommendations for restaurants, gardens, day trips, old parts of town, architecture. Bit overwhelmed by what to fit in only 2.5 days!

11 November Arrive Osaka
12 November Osaka to start of Kumano…

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Is it worth going there during normal hours- like 10 in the morning?

Not keen on getting up at 4 in the morning when it opens.

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Today’s Thorn Tree Japan branch question is: what is the name in Japanese, for the hop on hop off ferry ticket that is required to be used within 7 days that is available for the Kagoshima – Amami Oshima – Tokunoshima – Okinoerabu-jima - Yoronto- Motobu – Naha route, that A Line and Marix Line ferries sell? Thanks.

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Hi, we're heading to Japan on December 20. We're 2 adults and 3 kids aged 11, 14 and 16(so the older ones may not be "classified" as kids if buying tickets? Current plan is

1 night Tokyo
2 nights Kyoto
3-4 nights kimono Kodo area walking
1 night Koya San
1 night Kyoto
1 night around Magome/tsumago go to do the walk
1 night Matsumoto
6-7 nights nozawa onsen
3 nights Tokyo

The question is what would be the most economical way to get around. I've read that it's cheaper to buy multi day rail passes but…

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Hello there,
Taking care of the last details for our May 25th - June 10th first trip to Japan. Itinerary is Kyoto-Naoshima-Hiroshima-Nara-Kanazawa-Ainokura-Takayama-Tokyo, so nothing out of the ordinary.

Have carefully researched that the combination of a Kansai-Hiroshima and a Takayama-Hokuriko railpass will be more useful (lasts a total of 9 days) than a JR pass (lasts only 7) and was congratulating myself on getting the itinerary sorted out with military precision thanks to Hyperdia. But…

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Hi heading to Japan on December 20, doing some travelling till about 31st then heading probably to nozawa onsen. Only my husband is a skier. Myself and 3 kids (11 to 16) haven' t skied and nozawa has been recommended but would be interested in some other opinions.

Would we be better off booking accommodation/skiing through an agent like nozawa holidays or direct through the individual accommodations?

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hi
am travelling to japan may 13-18
seeking any other traveller to share sightseeing,prefer japanese local
cheers

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Hi, I've got flights booked to Japan (Narita) for the 20th Dec for 3 weeks. Thinking of the following itinerary. Can anyone let me know what they think? I'm travelling with my husband and 3 kids (11 to 16).

20/12/16 Arrive night time so just stay at Narita.
21/12/16 Head down to Tanabe the next day (big day travelling).
22/12/16

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Hi everyone!
We are planning a trip to Japan next February. We are thinking of including the Kiso Valley, near Nagoya for the Magome-Tsumago Trail. Any anyone done that in February? Any idea of how accessible it will be?

Thanks!

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Hi, does anyone know where I can buy a Koyasan Heritage ticket from? I will be travelling to Koyasan from Kyoto. Not planning on visiting Osaka but have to change trains there on the way to Namba for Koyasan. Will I be able to buy the ticket at Osaka station then? Or is there anywhere in Kyoto I can buy it from? Or can I just buy it at Namba subway station?

I've also been looking at the Fuji Hakone Pass. Again, can anyone tell me where in Tokyo I could buy this from? Is it worthwhile? I…