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  1. 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.
  2. Nankai Airport Express is expected to resume service on September 18th.
  3. Yes, this is the correct entrance. You may find this Google StreetView of the Odakyu entrance useful: https://goo.gl/maps/YYoJCJZou1G2
  4. The Tokaido Shinkansen is currently operating on normal schedule. You can check Tokaido Shinkansen status on the JR Central Website: http://english.jr-central.co.jp/index.html
  5. The other modes of transportation are going to be buses and ferries. You will probably need to get a refund for train tickets if trains are not in operation by October 6th. We will be posting updates regarding train service availability.
  6. At the moment Nankai Airport Express trains are not operating because of damage to the bridge connecting Kansai Airport to mainland. There is no firm estimate when it will be fixed. We expect that other modes of transportation will be available in October. We will post updates about Nankai line when they become available.
  7. 22 minutes is more than enough to transfer at Shin-Osaka station from Shinkansen to JR Lines, as long as you don't stop anywhere along the way. Follow the signs to "Transfer to JR Lines". You can familiarize yourself with the station layout and the signs on this page: https://www.osakastation.com/shin-osaka-station-facilities-transfers/ Here is a map of the station with Shinkansen tracks at the top and JR lines on the right: https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/timetable/pdf/station_shin-osaka.pdf
  8. 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
  9. Kansai Thru Pass covers most local trains, subways and buses, but not JR Lines. It offers unlimited rides for a fixed price for fixed amount of time. ICOCA IC card can be used on any transportation system. It's like a debit card. You make a deposit and then every time you tap the card a fare is deducted from the balance, and you can add more funds to the card whenever you want. Because you are planning to use various transportation systems, including JR, ICOCA is probably the better option for you. More information about ICOCA and IC Cards: https://www.japanstation.com/japans-prepaid-transportation-cards-ic-cards/ Kansai Thru Pass: http://www.surutto.com/tickets/kansai_thru_english.html
  10. You can use Hyperdia (http://www.hyperdia.com/ to plan your route. Select "More Options" and uncheck "Shinkansen", "Limited Express" and "Private Railway".
  11. The fee for one item of luggage is 420 yen per day. You can leave luggage there for up to 15 days, but after 5 days the daily fee is doubled. The weight of the luggage doesn't matter.
  12. The baggage room doesn’t accept credit cards. Japan Post ATM may be accessible even when the post office is closed. 7 Bank ATMs located in 7-eleven stores also accept overseas cards. https://www.osakastation.com/shin-osaka-station-facilities-transfers/
  13. Going from JR East Travel Service Center to Odakyu Service Center is about 5-10 minute walk. You don't need to enter the station or pass through ticket gates. Turn right as you exit the JR East Travel Service Center, then turn right again, cross the street and walk around the station on the left side until you see Odakyu entrance. On this map you can find JR East Travel Service Center at the top and Odakyu entrance on the right: https://www.shinjukustation.com/shinjuku-station-map-finding-your-way/
  14. The last trains depart around 0:30. The walkway between north and south sides will be open until that time. If your bus arrives later you can still walk around the station.
  15. The Kansai airport bus arrives at the bus stop on the south side of the station. http://www.kate.co.jp/en/busstop/detail/1823 Is will take about 5-10 minutes to walk to Kyoto Tower (north) side. You can ask the bus stop attendant for directions. It is not a problem to walk in this area around midnight.
  16. 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
  17. Please take a look at our Japan Rail Pass Value Calculator: https://www.japanstation.com/japan-rail-pass-value-calculator/ Add the locations on your trip and click “Calculate Value” to find out if getting a JR Pass is worth it.
  18. Japan Bus Online offers an overnight bus from Katsuura Onsen to Tokyo: https://japanbusonline.com/en/CourseSearch/11100120002 There are several other online booking companies listed on this page: https://highway-bus.jnto.go.jp/en/
  19. Yes, you will need to exit at manned gate in Kanazawa and show your un-stamped pass together with Kyoto-Tsuruga ticket.
  20. Hello Kitty Shinkansen operates as "Kodama 730" from Hakata to Shin-Osaka. Departing Hakata at 6:40am and arriving at Shin-Osaka at 11:13am. You can buy tickets at any JR ticket office in Japan. It's a good idea to make ticket reservations as soon as you arrive in Japan because this train is very popular. You can find the details, including operation days, in this news release: https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/pdf/press_20180601.pdf
  21. When you enter ticket gates for the first time using your pass it gets stamped. If you use a regular ticket at Kyoto station, remain on board at Tsuruga and exit at Kanazawa you may be questioned why you don't have a stamp. Keep the Kyoto to Tsuruga ticket in case of any questions. It shouldn't be a problem as long as you can show the Kyoto to Tsuruga ticket.
  22. Nankai Airport Express is the cheapest, fastest and easiest way to travel from Osaka Namba to Kansai Airport: https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-airport-line-the-airport-express-rapit-services-for-kansai-airport-namba/
  23. We cannot predict whether a seat will be available or not. The tickets on this train are frequently sold out in advance. We recommend making alternative plans in case the tickets are not available on the same day.
  24. You can make a reservation at any JR ticket office in Japan. We recommend making a reservation as soon as you arrive in Japan. The tickets are frequently sold out in advance.
  25. The Sunrise Seto & Sunrise Izumo – overnight sleeper trains from Osaka to Tokyo. Some basic compartments are covered by JR Pass. Private cabins require additional payment. https://www.osakastation.com/the-sunrise-seto-sunrise-izumo-overnight-sleeper-trains-from-osaka-to-tokyo/