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  1. The name of the red sculpture in front of Hakodate station is "Oyako" or "Parent and Child".
  2. You can find a map of platforms and exits here: https://www.shinjukustation.com/shinjuku-station-map-finding-your-way/ Map of Shinjuku station area here: https://www.shinjukustation.com/shinjuku-station-area-map/
  3. Hi Penny, This brochure lists all the train lines covered by Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass : http://touristpass.jp/common/pdf/forGeneral/gen_alpine_en.pdf There is some additional information in this brochure: http://touristpass.jp/common/pdf/forUser/user_alpine.pdf You can find schedules and connections using English language route planning sites like http://www.hyperdia.com/en/
  4. There is one daily direct service from Osaka to Takayama. You can find more details here: https://www.osakastation.com/limited-express-hida-gifu-gero-takayama/ The alternative is to take Shinkansen from Osaka to Nagoya and take an express train from there: https://www.nagoyastation.com/the-limited-express-hida-for-gifu-gero-takayama-toyama/ For traveling around Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe consider getting a JR Pass that covers all JR lines (including Takayama) or Kansai Thru Pass that covers all private lines in the area. https://www.japanstation.com/japan-rail-pass-discounted-travel-on-japan-railways/ http://www.surutto.com/tickets/kansai_thru_english.html
  5. There is a Lavender Farm station in Hokkaido, but it's not connected to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto. http://www.farm-tomita.co.jp/en/access/station.asp In this case it's probably used to indicate a section of the platform to simplify navigation.
  6. Looks like lavender. Can you tell us where you tell us where you found this sign?
  7. Hello Joy, You can purchase a rapit economy ticket for 1,130 yen at the Kansai Airport station ticket machine or ticket counter. You can also take regular Airport Express train for 920 yen. See the details on this page: https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-airport-line-the-airport-express-rapit-services-for-kansai-airport-namba/
  8. Here is the lost and found contact number for Kyoto bus (Japanese language only): Traffic Bureau Inquiry Office (bus) : 075-801-2561
  9. Hi TweetyBird, The fastest and most convenient way to get from KIX to Kyoto is Haruka Airport Express. The best pass for you itinerary is probably a combination of: Haruka ICOCA (for KIX to Kyoto and local in Kyoto): https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/ticket/icoca-haruka/ and Kansai Thru Pass (for local in Osaka and Osaka to KIX, can be used on non-consecutive days): http://www.surutto.com/tickets/kansai_thru_english.html
  10. There is no manned baggage storage office at Sapporo Station, but there are plenty of lockers of various sizes. If you are staying in a hotel in Sapporo, most hotels will keep your luggage on the day of your check-in (if you arrive early) or after your check-out. You can also use luggage delivery service to send your bags to your next destination.
  11. We are not associated with Nankai Railways and, unfortunately, cannot help you in locating lost items. If you handed the bag to a station employee there is no doubt that he transferred it to lost and found. The person who lost the bag should have no problem retrieving it from lost and found at Nankai Namba Station. Beware of strangers in internet communities.
  12. Hi Rachelle, You will find lockers of various sizes in most train stations in Japan, especially the major stations. Very few stations have manned left luggage service counters (Tokyo, Kyoto, Shinjuku). In some places the service is operated by travel agents or delivery companies. There is no left luggage counter at Shinagawa, but there are plenty of lockers. https://www.shinagawastation.com/shinagawa-station-building-facilities/#Coin_Lockers
  13. The voltage is slightly different (100V in Japan vs. 120V in the US), most phone/camera/laptop chargers will work fine. Some heating appliances, like hair dryers, irons, etc. will not work properly. The plugs are the same as in the US with two flat pins. Most power outlets will fit two flat pins, but not the third round pin.
  14. Hi Rachel, the sightseeing trains in Japan are in very high demand and are usually booked months in advance, especially in high season. Kintetsu website shows real time availability. You can find the next available date there. http://www.kintetsu.co.jp/foreign/english/blue_symphony/reserve.html
  15. Yes, with a JR Pass you can travel free of charge on all JR lines.
  16. There are lots of food shops in the terminal area, but they are not near the station. You will have to go to the departures area. It's accessible for arriving passengers (before check-in).
  17. Hi Peggy, With a JR Hokkaido Pass you can reserve seats when you arrive at the JR station right at the New Chitose Airport. When you arrive at Sapporo station you can go directly to the other train, no need to exit the ticket gates. You can see the arrival and departure platform numbers on Hyperdia, but it's also a good idea to confirm the display at the platform when you arrive in Sapporo. http://www.hyperdia.com/cgi/en/search.html?dep_node=NEW CHITOSE AIRPORT&arv_node=ASAHIKAWA&via_node01=&via_node02=&via_node03=&year=2017&month=05&day=04&hour=10&minute=14&search_type=0&search_way=&transtime=undefined&sort=0&max_route=5&faretype=0&ship=off&lmlimit=null&search_target=route&facility=reserved&sum_target=7 Have a good trip!
  18. Hi Fred, The nationwide Japan Rail Pass can be used from Utsunomiya to Sapporo. You will need to change the trains twice: SHINKANSEN YAMABIKO (Utsunomiya to Sendai) SHINKANSEN HAYABUSA (Sendai to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto) Limited Express HOKUTO or SUPER HOKUTO (Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to Sapporo) The whole trip will take around 8 hours. You can see the details on Hyperdia: http://www.hyperdia.com/cgi/en/search.html?dep_node=UTSUNOMIYA&arv_node=SAPPORO(JR)&via_node01=&via_node02=&via_node03=&year=2017&month=06&day=11&hour=09&minute=00&search_type=0&search_way=&transtime=undefined&sort=0&max_route=5&faretype=0&airplane=off&ship=off&lmlimit=null&search_target=route&facility=reserved&sum_target=7
  19. There are many areas with lockers and a left luggage office in Shibuya station. Check this article for details: https://en.kikou.io/entries/164 Romancecar from Hakone goes to Shinjuku station. You will need to take another train from Shinjuku to Shibuya.
  20. Sunroute Plaza Hotel Shinjuku is within walking distance from Shinjuku station (around 3-5 minutes). You can find directions on the hotel website: http://en.sunrouteplazashinjuku.jp/en/location.html If you have a lot of luggage and prefer to take a taxi, the taxi stand is on the 3rd floor at the New South Exit (Expressway Bus Terminal) or ground floor at other exits. Ask at any information counter to point you to the closest taxi stand.
  21. You certainly can direct your taxi driver to the New South Exit (NEWoMan building). After ticket gates there is an elevator that takes you directly to Narita Express platform.
  22. 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.
  23. Yes, you are able to take your luggage on the train.
  24. Unfortunately, you cannot reserve seats prior to your arrival. Trains on this route run every few hours. You should have no problem reserving seats when you arrive. You can check the departure times here: http://www.hyperdia.com/cgi/en/search.html?dep_node=NEW CHITOSE AIRPORT&arv_node=KUTCHAN&via_node01=&via_node02=&via_node03=&year=2017&month=02&day=06&hour=10&minute=24&search_type=0&search_way=&transtime=undefined&sort=0&max_route=10&faretype=0&ship=off&lmlimit=null&search_target=route&facility=reserved&sum_target=7 There is also a luggage delivery service at the airport that will send your luggage directly to your hotel. Ask at the airport information counter.
  25. Unfortunately, we cannot assist you in delivering your backpack. We suggest that you ask someone who speaks Japanese to contact JR Hokkaido: Please contact <JR Hokkaido> Phone: 011-222-6130(9:00-17:00)