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Just wondering how long the journey is (in hours) from Orkhon waterfall to White Lake.
We are unsure where to go. We would definitely like to spend some time in Tokyo and Kyoto but is anyone able to recommend anywhere else to visit that isn't more than 5(ish) hours away? Maybe a day trip? We are fairly open and enjoy most things but would like to get as much out of trip as possible whilst still having time to explore. How much time would you set aside for both Tokyo and Kyoto? We were thinking about 3 to or 4 days in each? Is this realistic?
Is it best to get the train or bus to these places? Are we able to buy the rail pass in Tokyo (sounds a silly question but i've heard that you need to purchase it before you arrive).
*Can you recommend anywhere nice and convenient to stay in Tokyo and Kyoto*? What can we expect to pay? I... more »
Hi guys. I have a 9 day trip in Japan. A rough itenary i have sketched out as below. What do you guys think?
Day 1 Arrive KIX (Kansai Internation Airport) 9A.M------>Osaka . Spend rest of day leasuirely and explore Osaka. Travel using 4 day Kansai Wide area pass
Day 3 Osaka------>Kinosaki (using the same Kansai WIDE area pass as above)
Day 4 Kinosaki------>Kyoto (hit Northern Higashimaya)
Day 5 Kyoto (Explore Southern Higashimaya). Use Kansai Thru Pass.
Day 6 Kyoto------>Nara (stay the night in Nara)
Day 7 Nara------->Kyoto (Visit Arashimaya and Sagano area)..... more »
I'm heading for a 16 day trip to Japan in March. I'll be visiting Kyoto, Onomichi, Koya, Kiso, Nikko, Tokyo and Kamakura. I'm just making my plans but am struggling for somewhere to stay in Kiso...
I want to walk Magome-Tsumagome and explore both towns, staying overnight in the area before heading to Tokyo. I am a vegan and so want to stay somewhere with a kitchen, but the only hostel I can find is Magomechaya Minshuku Guest House and I have read some negative reviews due to bed bugs. I've had bed bugs from hostels in the past and am not really looking forward to it again! If anyone has a recommendation, I'd really appreciate it. Would it be possible to cater for my diet in a ryokan?
Also, any tips on things to see and do there? I like history, art and craft, but am mostly looking forward to wandering and relaxing in the Kiso Valley.
Thank you in advance!
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Hi guys. Just checking. I'm thinking of travelling to Kinosaki (onsen) from Kyoto. However there are a few questions getting there on the trains. Is it cheaper to get there using this Kansai WIDE area pass
which is 7000 yen for a 4 day pass.
or using the tokkyu on the JR san-in line which is about 4710 yen one way?
from hyperdia it seems the times for the Kansai WIDE area pass is about 2 hours 40 minutes.
This being i can use it to get from KIX to Kyoto etc as well as use it to travel to kinosaki provided its within the 4 days.
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I had flights booked for Lhasa,Tibet before the Chinese government ruled that you could only enter with groups of 5 or more. Our travel agent, Woeser Phel offered to take us on an adventure around Chengdu,China traveling along the chinese/tibetan border. This area once belonged to Tibet and still retains much of its
Tibetan culture. So we changed our flights and took Woeser's advice. It was an amazing experience! We stayed with the Nomadic people, experienced a number of monasteries and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. I highly recommend checking out Road to Tibet, Woeser's travel company. He is Tibetan himself and only employs other tibetans who are passionate about their country. http://www.roadtotibet.com/RoadtoTibet/Road_to_Tibet.html
Hello! A few weeks ago, I posted a preliminary itinerary for a 20 days trip to China, starting on November. After reading all suggestions posted by fellow travelers (which was very, very helpful!), I changed my itinerary considerably. But I still have some questions about the train tickets. According to my new plans, I will take three long distance trains on that trip: first, the night train from Beijing to Datong. Then, later on the same day, another night train from Datong to Pingyao. And, finally, a train from Pingyao to Xi’An.
As you all mentioned on my post, it seems to be very difficult to get tickets on those night trains, especially on short notice. And as I have read on this forum, it is not possible to buy tickets in advance from the official website using the internet (I would need a Chinese credit card, which I don’t have).
So, what I would like to know, is if it wou... more »
so i am off to china for 5 weeks in January and basically have very loose plans starting from beijing and finishing in hong kong.
I am looking to travle by any means and would like to hitch hike where possible so i guess i am looking for anyone who will be in china around then and is interested.
I know it will be cold up north so heading south is at the top of my agenda!
I went to China earlier this year. I had a 1 month tourist visa. According to the Chinese Consulate in London, you needed a return flight ticket and proof of accommodation while staying in China. My reason for going to China was to study (not Mandarin but this is not important) and the school which I went to study with were then going to change my visa to a student visa once there. I knew the school was well known so I trusted them and indeed everything worked out fine and in all I spent almost five months in China. On my visa it actually says 'Residence Permit For Foreigner in PROC'.
I found that the 'problem' I had was with the Air ticket. I had to book an Air ticket with a return flight showing a date within a month of my outward flight. I got around this by finding a ticket which I was able to change at a fee. The fee was £100.
OK....I'm thinking of going back to Ch... more »
Alright, so I just cancelled my reservation at Shirakawa-go given the way my trip so far has been going. I'm traveling solo, and I move rather quickly. I finished my night in Mount Koya, and decided that a night in Shirakawa-go might not be my thing. Cancelled. That leaves me with one day/night open.
I could go:
Takayama - (one day open) - Kanazawa - Tokyo as it currently is
Takayama - Kanazawa - (one day open) - Tokyo as I think it will end up
I will have already seen/been to: Kyoto (2day), Nara, Mount Koya, Osaka, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Tokyo (3day), Nikko, Matsumoto, and Nagoya.
Where else could I go? I've been scouring for options, and the only one I've found that wouldn't be too time-consuming on travel was Kamakura/Yokohama combined. Anything else?
Love y'all, thanks.
We'll arrive to Osaka Kansai and will be based in Nara for a week.
What are the options of travelling most economically between those places.
Is ICOCA valid for Nara too? It time validity limited?
As I've read on earlier threads Nara is good for a day or two. We're leaving Kyoto for the next week of our stay, as I expect travelling Nara-Kyoto 3 or 4 times back and forth would be too costly.. What else can we do being based in Nara for a week?
What are the prices of cigarettes? Marlboro, Camel or domestic brands.
We plan to do a 20 day tour of the main sights of inland China and would like a few days of rest and relaxation at the end in a nice beach area close to Shanghai. Any suggestions please.
Or we have thought about Hainan and wonder how easy it is to get there from Shanghai and maybe return to Hong Kong for flight back to UK
I'm not a regular poster on this branch, so if this has come up here before please forgive, but I came across something the other day about applications for Chinese visa, from the Philippines.
9) Non-Philippines Nationals – You must submit valid proof of residency, employment or study in the Philippines. Temporary visitors should apply for Chinese visas in their own countries. For special cases and if the applicant can provide valid proof of ID and employment, the visa officer will make the final decision on a case-by-case basis. A Supplementary Visa Application Form of the People's Republic of China is also needed."
it looks like the rules were updated on 14th August 2012. People in the Philippines, on tourist via-exempt stamps, as opposed to foreigner residents, cannot get a Chinese visa in the embassy in Manila. ... more »
Hi, I have itinerary questions about a 2 week trip through western Sichuan. So far my itinerary looks something like this:
(Spend the first few days in Chengdu/jet lag/sight seeing/etc.)
1- early bus from Chengdu to Emei Shan, hike for the day, sleep on mountain.
2- sunrise/early bus down, bus to Leshan, see Buddha, sleep in Leshan
3- early bus to Kangding, sleep in Kangding
4-Kangding (acclimate to altitude)
5- Travel to Litang, sleep in Litang
7- Bus from Litang to Daocheng
8- hiking in Yading Nature Reserve
9- hiking in Yading Nature Reserve
10- bus from Daocheng to Zhondian
11- Fly from Zhondian back to Chengdu
So far I have a few questions:
1. Are there buses directly from Leshan to Kangding? I've read that there are and that there aren't. Has anyone made this trip recently?
2. Is Hailuogou Glacier Park work trying to cram in? We're more of trying... more »
I am currently teaching english in South Korea. I have duel citizenship therefore I have two passports- a South African and an Irish passport. I want to go to Japan on holiday and use my Irish passport because then I dont need a visa for Japan ( if you have a South African passport, you need a visa for Japan). But my Korean visa is in my South African passport.
I know in Japan it is illegal to have duel citizenship but in South Korea is is not.
So my question:
Can I leave South Korea with my Irish passport and enter and leave Japan with my Irish passport ( So I don't need a visa) but then use my South African passport to enter Korea again (because it has my Korean visa in).
Also do i book my flight with my Irish passport details?
What is your opinion?
Thank you for the advice.
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