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  1. During normal operations you can use a Suica card to go all the way from Shin-Imamiya to Koyasan. Unfortunately, some areas of the railroad service between NAMBA station and KOYASAN station are temporary unavailable. There is a substitute bus which bring passengers from HASHIMOTO station to KOYASAN station. More details about the substitute bus service: http://www.nankaikoya.jp/en/ http://www.nankaikoya.jp/en/images/pdf/for_passengers_201801.pdf We'd recommend getting a paper ticket that can be used for the bus as well. The regular fare covers the train and the substitute bus.
  2. The Umeda Sky Building is an 11 minute walk north of Osaka Station. https://www.osakastation.com/umeda-sky-building/ The Floating Garden Observatory is open from 10:00 until 22:30 but last entries are at 22:00. Because the observatory stays open till fairly late, you can also enjoy a night view of the glittering city. You can take the Midosuji Subway Line from Namba Station to Umeda Station (near Osaka Station).
  3. Limited Express tickets go on sale at the Kintetsu website one month in advance. https://www.ticket.kintetsu.co.jp/vs/en/e-ticket/ It appears that the Blue Symphony is not operating on April 12th. There is a regular express train operating at 10:10 instead, and a Sakura Liner at 10:40. Blue Symphony is listed on the website after April 23rd.
  4. Both Suica and Pasmo can be used and reloaded in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and in all other major cities. You can use one city’s cards for transport in another city, but they can’t be used to travel long distances from one metro area to another, Tokyo to Osaka for example. The only difference between Suica and Pasmo is if you decide to return your card for a stored value refund, Suica has to be returned to JR East and Pasmo to Tokyo Metro. You can find more information about IC cards in this article: https://www.japanstation.com/japans-prepaid-transportation-cards-ic-cards/
  5. At Kansai Airport you can buy the Koyasan World Heritage Ticket at the Nankai Ticket counter located in the Kansai Airport Station.
  6. Department stores in Tokyo are usually open from 10 am to 8 pm. Some close later (8:30 pm - 9 pm) on Fridays and Saturdays. Restaurant floors usually open at 11 am and close 10 pm to 11 pm.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. An IC card from Kyoto can be used and topped up in Tokyo and other locations in Japan. https://www.japanstation.com/japans-prepaid-transportation-cards-ic-cards/ Kansai Thru Pass covers all your destinations (on non-JR lines), as well as subways and buses in Osaka and Kyoto. You can find the full list here: http://www.surutto.com/tickets/kansai_thru_english.html JR Kansai Area Pass covers all your destinations on JR only lines. If you’d like the flexibility of using both JR and non-JR lines an IC card will work well.
  10. Most room packages include access to some or all Spa World facilities. Please check room package details when making a reservation.
  11. Kansai Wide Pass doesn’t cover Shinkansen from Kyoto to Shin-Osaka. You can take an express train instead. All other JR trains from Osaka to Uno are covered. All JR trains between Uno and Osaka are covered. Rapi:t Airport Express is not operated by JR, so it’s not covered.
  12. Seibu Shinjuku Station is located about 500 meters north of the main Shinjuku Station (JR lines, Odakyu, Keio, subway). You can travel to your destinations from the main Shinjuku Station. Seibu-Shinjuku Station 1 Chome-30-1 Kabukichō, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0021, Japan https://goo.gl/maps/XUGtc4HdsVK2
  13. If you are coming on this day trip from Osaka we would recommend getting a Kansai Thru Pass that covers transportation between Osaka and Kyoto, as well as Kyoto subways, buses, non-JR railways to Arashiyama (Hankyu) and Inari (Keihan). http://www.surutto.com/tickets/kansai_thru_english.html Otherwise, we would recommend getting a prepaid IC card that can be used on any transportation in Kyoto. https://www.japanstation.com/japans-prepaid-transportation-cards-ic-cards/
  14. To travel from Nagoya to Shirakawa-go you will need to take a train (Limited Express Hida) to Takayama and a bus from Takayama to Shirakawa-go. It takes about 3 and a half hours. The regular Japan Rail Pass covers Limited Express Hida (Nagoya-Takayama), but not the bus. Limited Express Hida information: https://www.nagoyastation.com/the-limited-express-hida-for-gifu-gero-takayama-toyama/ Bus information (route bus): https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/route_bus/takayama-shirakawago-line-en/ (tour bus): https://japanbusonline.com/en/CourseDetail/index/12102010001 Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass covers both Limited Express Hida and the bus to Shirakawa-go: http://touristpass.jp/en/takayama_hokuriku/ There is also a direct bus from Nagoya to Shirakawa-go that may be faster, but it's not covered by any pass: http://www.gifubus.co.jp/highway/shirakawa/
  15. Shinkansen (bullet train) services between Shin-Osaka and Tokyo are very frequent (every 10-15 minutes). You will have no problem buying a ticket on the day of travel or a few days in advance after your arrival in Japan. You will find more information about buying shinkansen tickets on this page: https://www.osakastation.com/buying-shinkansen-tickets-at-shin-osaka-station/ Please note that you can buy shinkansen tickets at any JR ticket office in Japan, not only Shin-Osaka station.
  16. As far as we know, there is no luggage delivery counter right at the cruise ship pier. There is one at the nearby JR Sakuragicho Station: http://www.global-yamato.com/en/hands-free-travel/facilities/sakuragicho_station.html It is open from 9am to 9 pm.
  17. Yes, you can use the same ticket to take any JR train from Tennoji to Osaka station, as long as you don't exit the station when you make the transfer. We would recommend taking Kansai Airport Raid all the way from the airport to Osaka station. This way you don't need to make a transfer at Tennoji and it costs about the same. https://www.osakastation.com/jr-kansai-airport-line-kansai-airport-rapid-service/ You can get an ICOCA card from any JR ticket office or ticket machine in Osaka for the same price.
  18. The calculator suggests the cheapest option to cover the distance compared to the full cost of shinkansen trip. There is some room for improvement there. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
  19. "Kansai Area Pass" you are referring to is only valid for: - Non-reserved seats on Kansai-airport Express HARUKA - Special Rapid Services, Rapid Services, and Local trains on JR-WEST Conventional lines It is NOT valid for any Shinkansen or Limited Express trains. You can take a Special Raid train from Kyoto to Himeji with this pass, it takes 92 minutes one way. https://www.kyotostation.com/jr-kyoto-line-for-osaka-sannomiya-himeji/ The nationwide "Japan Rail Pass" is valid for all trains, including Shinkansen (except Nozomi). https://www.japanstation.com/japan-rail-pass-discounted-travel-on-japan-railways/ If you plan to visit other places in Japan then nationwide Japan Rail Pass may be a good deal for you. If you only plan to visit Kyoto and Himeji by shinkansen a single ticket may be a better deal. This article explains the difference between shinkansen, limited express and rapid trains: https://www.japanstation.com/guide-to-rail-travel-in-japan/
  20. The bus stop for bus 205 is on the north side (Central Gate - Karasuma) of the station. You can find the bus stop layout map and bus routes on Kyoto City website: https://www2.city.kyoto.lg.jp/kotsu/webguide/en/bus/busstop_bunsetu.html Select "Kyoto Sta." from the drop down at the bottom.
  21. Tokyo Metropolitan Government disaster preparedness site is a good starting point: http://www.metro.tokyo.jp/ENGLISH/GUIDE/BOSAI/index.htm
  22. We don't have an estimate when the Nankai Koya line will be operational again. Please check Nankai Railway website for updates: http://www.howto-osaka.com/en/top.html
  23. Business Inn Sennichimae Hotel is near Nippombashi subway station, but this station is not on Midosuji line that is connected to Nankai Namba station. It will be easier to walk or take a taxi than to transfer to subway from Nankai Airport Express. Here are walking directions from Google maps (10 minutes): https://goo.gl/maps/rtz5i3HQzxC2
  24. You can visit the Lost & Found office at Sapporo station or any other JR Hokkaido station to inquire about your lost item. If it was found you can pick it up on your way back at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto station. http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/english/faq/faq09.html Contact JR Hokkaido Phone: 011-222-6130(9:00-17:00)
  25. Business Inn Sennichimae Hotel is located a few blocks north-east of Nankai Namba Station. https://goo.gl/maps/8TqjtHo1H132 Take Nankai Airport Express from Kansai Airport directly to Nankai Namba Station. https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-airport-line-the-airport-express-rapit-services-for-kansai-airport-namba/ Walking to the hotel from Nankai Namba Station will take around 15 minutes. If you have heavy luggage and prefer to take a taxi it will cost around 1000 yen.