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  1. Tickets become available one month in advance. Ticket sales for October will start on the same date in September.
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  2. Hello Susanna, The main ticket office at Kyoto Station is open every day from 5:30-23:00. You can also buy tickets in advance at any JR ticket office in Japan.
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  3. Hello there, The cost of sending baggage from Kyoto Station to a hotel in Kyoto is 1,000 yen per item. You can find more details here: https://handsfree-japan.com/en/service/carry/ To find the baggage room at Kyoto Station check this article (it's towards the end of the article): https://www.kyotostation.com/kyoto-station-lockers-luggage-storage/ I hope that helps. Best wishes, Michael
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  4. Thank you for your help again! I ended up buying a 3-day Kansai Thru Pass for a Osaka-Himeji-Kyoto trip. It was great, particularly because it includes all the local subway so there was no need to keep buying subway tickets. Hope this helps others too.
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  5. The substitute bus will add about 20 to 30 minutes to the trip. If you are planning to stay overnight at Koyasan this shouldn’t affect the transit time significantly.
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  6. If your phone was found it will be turned over to local police. Lost and Found offices in Japan do not ship items overseas. If you know someone in Japan they can pick up your property on your behalf. Please refer to our Complete Guide to Lost and Found in Japan
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  7. Meitetsu Inn Nagoyaeki Shinkansenguchi is on the west side of the station (Taikodori side exit). All platforms have lifts or escalators, or both. Visit this page to familiarize yourself with the station layout: https://www.nagoyastation.com/nagoya-station-map-finding-your-way/ On this page you can find a map with lifts and escalators marked: http://english.jr-central.co.jp/info/station/index.html
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  8. It is a good idea to buy the bus ticket in advance. For more information about Chuo Bus visit: http://teikan.chuo-bus.co.jp/en/
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  9. You will need to buy a ticket for the Chuo Bus. From Sapporo to Otaru you can use a Kitaca card. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitaca
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  10. 1. Nozomi tickets can be bought online using this app: https://smart-ex.jp/en/ (Only several countries are supported at the moment) Nozomi services are very frequent (every 10-15 minutes), you will have no problem buying tickets on the day of travel. 2. Kansai One Pass is sold at the JR ticket office. It is located outside of ticket gates and open until 23:00
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  11. The fastest way is to take the Odakyu Romancecar train from Shinjuku Station directly to Gotemba (95 min). This train is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass and runs only on weekends. The route covered by Japan Rail Pass is: From Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station take shinkansen to Mishima Station, change to JR Tokaido Line to Numazu Station, change to JR Gotemba Line to Gotemba Station. Total travel time with transfers 117 minutes. http://www.hyperdia.com/cgi/en/search.html?dep_node=TOKYO&arv_node=GOTEMBA&via_node01=&via_node02=&via_node03=&year=2018&mon
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  12. You can buy a ticket for Hanayome Noren at any JR ticket office in Japan. This is a popular train. Tickets are often sold out in advance. We’d recommend getting your tickets as early as possible.
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  13. You can find the current schedule on this website: https://www.jr-odekake.net/navi/kankou/hanayomenoren/ Hanayome Noren runs on the days marked pink on the calendar.
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  14. Takayama-Hokuriku Tourist Pass does not cover JR Hida #25 or #36 between Osaka and Takayama. You can use this pass to travel from Osaka to Takayama via Kanazawa only. A full nationwide Japan Rail Pass does cover JR Hida #25 or #36.
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  15. The best way to travel from Kansai Airport to Namba area (close to Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi) is Nankai Airport Express to Nankai Namba station: https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-airport-line-the-airport-express-rapit-services-for-kansai-airport-namba/ There are lots of coin lockers around Nankai Namba station, if your luggage doesn't fit in a locker, there is also a luggage storage facility nearby: https://www.osaka-info.jp/en/facilities/cat37/luggage_storage_osaka_namba.html Going to Kyoto from Namba you will need to take the Midosuji subway line to Umeda (connected to Osaka
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  16. After activating your JR Pass you can make seat reservations at any JR ticket office at any JR station in advance or on the day of travel. At Hakodate station JR ticket office and Twinkle Plaza are next door to each other (green sign is the ticket office and pink is the Twinkle Plaza)
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  17. It is not necessary to buy a Japan Rail Pass if you are taking only one day-trip. You can buy a ticket at any JR ticket office at any JR station in advance or on the day of travel. The trains on this route run very frequently (every 10-15 min). Without a Japan Rail Pass you can take any shinkansen train from Shin-Osaka station to Hiroshima. This includes Nozomi, Sakura and Mizuho trains. One way fare with a reserved seat is 10,440 yen. You may find this article useful: https://www.japanstation.com/guide-to-rail-travel-in-japan/ You can also order shinkansen tickets to
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  18. You can buy tickets for The Rapi:t Airport Express at Namba Station ticket office or ticket machine on your departure date. You can find more information about The Rapi:t Airport Express here: https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-airport-line-the-airport-express-rapit-services-for-kansai-airport-namba/
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  19. Follow the signs to New South Gate. The Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal is located right above the New South Gate. You can find more information here: https://www.shinjukustation.com/new-shinjuku-expressway-bus-terminal-basuta-shinjuku/ The station layout map: https://www.shinjukustation.com/shinjuku-station-map-finding-your-way/
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  20. According to the website http://kloop.jp/en/ it only operates on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Another alternative is the Sky Bus operating every day: https://www.kyotostation.com/kyoto-sky-bus-sightseeing-bus-tour-kyoto/
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  21. Some services run along the Osaka Loop Line for only part of their route. That's why they don't carry the "O" code for the Loop Line, but the code for the line of their ultimate destination. Here is a route map of all the lines with the letter codes: https://www.jr-odekake.net/eki/pdf/ubn.pdf
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  22. Yes, that's right (though your diagrams indicate the opposite). The train bound for Osaka/Kyobashi joins the Osaka Loop Line at Tennoji then continues on to Osaka Station before terminating at Kyobashi. The train bound for the Osaka Loop Line joins the Osaka Loop Line at Tennoji and then traverses the entire line in a complete loop, stopping at Osaka and Kyobashi on the way, before returning to its final destination at Tennoji. I hope that helps. Best wishes, Michael
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  23. Departing from Kansai Airport Station the Kansai Airport Rapid Service follows the Kansai Airport Line to Hineno Station, and then follows the Hanwa Line to Tennoji Station. From Tennoji Station the train then follows a clockwise course around the Osaka Loop Line, stopping first at Osaka Station, before reaching Kyobashi Station. Some trains terminate at Kyobashi Station and others continue on to complete the circle at Tennoji Station. https://www.osakastation.com/jr-kansai-airport-line-kansai-airport-rapid-service/
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  24. South Exit is located on the north side of Koshu-kaido Street. New South exit is located on the south side of Koshu-kaido Street. If you are coming from Shinjuku Station you can take either exit form underground. If you are coming from somewhere else you can just cross the street aboveground.
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  25. If you will be coming from JR Shinjuku underground follow the signs to New South Gate. If you end up aboveground from Toei subway exit follow these directions to the bus terminal: https://goo.gl/maps/GDcLzrr1KXk
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