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  1. Normally traveling from Kansai Airport to Koyasan takes about 2 hours via Nankai Airport Express and Nankai Koya Line Express. Some areas of Nankai Koya Line and the cable car are currently not accessible because of typhoon damage in 2017 and there is a substitute bus service running from Hashimoto to Koyasan station. Taking the substitute bus can extend the journey time by 1 to 2 hours. You can find more information about the substitute bus service here: http://www.nankaikoya.jp/en/images/pdf/for_passengers_201711.pdf Traveling from Osaka to Mount Koya (Koyasan) https://www.osakastation.com/traveling-from-osaka-to-mount-koya-koyasan/ Returning from Koyasan you can take the substitute bus to Hashimoto Station and Nankai Koya Line to Namba Station, which is close to Dotonbori.
  2. If you are not taking Shinkansen the easiest will probably be to take a bus from Disneyland to Shinjuku (about 1 hour) and take a Spacia Kinugawa Limited Express to Nikko. However, Spacia Kinugawa from Shinjuku only runs four times per day (7:30, 10:30, 13:00 and 17:30 on weekdays) Full schedule If this does not fit your schedule you can take a local train with two subway transfers to Tobu Asakusa station (about 30 minutes but will involve some walking to make the transfers) and take a limited express train from there. http://www.hyperdia.com/cgi/en/search.html?dep_node=MAIHAMA&arv_node=ASAKUSA(TOBU%2FSUBWAY)&via_node01=&via_node02=&via_node03=&year=2018&month=04&day=06&hour=16&minute=00&search_type=0&search_way=&transtime=undefined&sort=0&max_route=5&faretype=0&ship=off&sprexprs=off&sprnozomi=off&lmlimit=null&search_target=route&facility=reserved&sum_target=7 Express trains from Tobu Asakusa station to Nikko run more frequently. Returning from Nikko to Shinjuku Spacia Kinugawa Limited Express is the best option. https://www.japanstation.com/traveling-from-tokyo-to-nikko/
  3. 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)
  4. Shinkansen fares consist of base fare, express surcharge and reserved seat charge. Base fare and express surcharge are mandatory for all shinkansen rides, reserved seat charge is optional. Base fare covers point-to-point travel on local trains (slow commuter trains). It is possible to travel from Osaka to Hiroshima on local trains, but it will take significantly longer than shinkansen and involve several transfers. Faster limited express and shinkansen train fares require an express surcharge to be added to the base fare. For more details please refer to the "Reserved seats and tickets" section of our Guide to Rail Travel in Japan: https://www.japanstation.com/guide-to-rail-travel-in-japan/
  5. There is a substitute bus running between Hashimoto and Koyasan stations. If you buy a Nankai ticket to/from Koyasan or have a rail pass that covers Nankai Railway then the bus is free. Take a train from Nankai Namba to Hashimoto and follow the signs to substitute bus to Koyasan. Taking a bus may prolong your journey by up to one hour. When returning from Koyasan take the same bus back to Hashimoto and continue on Nankai Koya line to Osaka Nanmba. More details about the substitute bus service: http://www.nankaikoya.jp/en/images/pdf/for_passengers_201711.pdf and about Nankai Koya line: https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-koya-line-for-koyasan-mount-koya/
  6. Yes, this is correct - Shinkansen bullet train reserved seats fare from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima round-trip is 20,880 yen per person. 7 days unlimited Japan Rail Pass is 29,110 yen. If you plan to take any other trips Japan Rail Pass may be a good deal. It is also possible to travel from Osaka to Hiroshima by bus for less than Shinkansen. https://www.osakastation.com/traveling-from-osaka-to-hiroshima/
  7. 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 be delivered to your hotel from Voyagin
  8. It may be a little more crowded than usual with tourists around Christmas, but it will be most crowded around local New Year holidays (Dec 29 to Jan 3)
  9. It covers Osaka and Kobe bus, but not Nara. There is a list of train and bus services covered by the Kansai Thru Pass on the official website: http://www.surutto.com/tickets/kansai_thru_english01.html
  10. Yes, visitors from overseas can get a Kansai Thru Pass (also called the Surutto Kansai Pass) for two or three days. This covers not only Kyoto City Bus and Kyoto Bus services but also the Kyoto Municipal Subway Line, and many of the private railway and bus companies in Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara and Shiga. https://www.kyotostation.com/taking-a-bus-in-kyoto/
  11. 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/
  12. The best way to travel from Kansai International Airport to Osaka Station is the Kansai Airport Rapid Service: https://www.osakastation.com/traveling-between-osaka-and-kansai-international-airport/#the-kansai-airport-rapid-service-for-osaka-station-and-tennoji-station From Osaka Itami Airport to Osaka Station: https://www.osakastation.com/osaka-monorail-for-osaka-itami-airport-and-osaka-expo-park/#traveling-from-osaka-station-to-osaka-itami-airport
  13. Hi Mike, Yes, you will be able to use your Suica cards in Osaka. Suica cards are valid for 10 years after last use. IC cards from one region in Japan can be used in other regions as well. You can find more information about IC cards in this article: https://www.japanstation.com/japans-prepaid-transportation-cards-ic-cards/
  14. You can check seat availability on the Sagano Romantic Train website: https://sagano-kanko.co.jp/en/kuseki.php Tickets can be bought on the day of travel, but during peak periods, the trains are very busy, so it is a good idea to reserve tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. You can do this up to one month in advance at an JR West ticket office. It is also possible to reserve tickets for the train at major travel agencies throughout Japan. https://www.kyotostation.com/the-sagano-romantic-train/
  15. Will you be traveling from Osaka station, Shin-Osaka station or Namba station? There are several different services going from Kansai Airport to Osaka. You can find more information about Traveling Between Osaka and Kansai International Airport in this article: https://www.osakastation.com/traveling-between-osaka-and-kansai-international-airport/
  16. The station nearest to Yokohama cruise port is NIHON-ODORI on Minatomirai Line. From this station you can take a train to Yokohama station and from there take JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line directly to Shinjuku. Alternative route is to take Minatomirai Line all the way to Shibuya and then take Yamanote line from Shibuya to Shinjuku. You can see all the possible connections on Hyperdia site (enter your travel date and time): http://www.hyperdia.com/cgi/en/search.html?dep_node=NIHON-ODORI&arv_node=SHINJUKU(JR)&via_node01=&via_node02=&via_node03=&year=2017&month=11&day=28&hour=09&minute=16&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 From Shinjuku station go out of JR South Exit to the street level, turn right and walk along the Koshu Kaido street. The Washington Hotels will be on your right (around 8 minutes walking distance).
  17. Osaka Amazing Pass doesn’t cover the Nankai lines, it only covers Osaka municipal subway and bus lines. https://www.osaka-info.jp/osp/en/about/about_2day.html We would recommend a Kansai Thru Pass instead. It covers Nankai, Subway and many other lines in the region. http://www.surutto.com/tickets/kansai_thru_english.html Please note that this Pass covers Airport Express train from Kansai Airport to Namba. Rapi:t train requires seat reservations and additional charges. https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-airport-line-the-airport-express-rapit-services-for-kansai-airport-namba/
  18. There is a substitute bus service between Hashimoto and Koyasan station. You can still make a trip to Koyasan, but it will take a little longer, around 2 and a half hours. This route can also get busy on weekends and during the holiday season. More information from Nankai Railway: http://www.howto-osaka.com/global/pdf/notice/171101/furikae_en.pdf
  19. Special Rapid services to Kyoto and Kansai airport are not reserved seating. https://www.osakastation.com/jr-kansai-airport-line-kansai-airport-rapid-service/ It may be crowded around the holidays, but you don't need to reserve a seat. For shinkansen we recommend that you make reservations as soon as you arrive in Japan. Christmas is not as busy as New Year, but it's a good idea to make reservations a few days in advance.
  20. The official JR regulation is each passenger is allowed up to two pieces of luggage onto trains, not including smaller bags. Each piece of luggage may not weight more than 30kg and its three dimensions (length, width and depth) may not add up to more than 250cm, while its length may not exceed 200cm. If you have oversized luggage you can use a luggage delivery service that will safely deliver your luggage to your next destination.
  21. From Kyoto Station you can take bus number 28 to Arashiyama. From Kawaramachi take bus number 11 to Arashiyama. Here you can find more information about taking a bus in Kyoto, including maps and destinations: https://www.kyotostation.com/taking-a-bus-in-kyoto/ You can also go to Arashiyama by train: https://www.kyotostation.com/traveling-from-kyoto-station-to-arashiyama/
  22. Isetan at Kyoto Station will close at 6:00 pm on December 31st and reopen at 9:30 am on January 2nd. Aeon mall is open every day during the new year holidays. The souvenir shops within the station will be open every day, most other shops in the city usually close on January 1st, but are open on all other days around New Year.
  23. If your luggage will fit in locker you can access the station lockers as soon as the station opens (before 7 am). Another possibility is to keep luggage at your hotel or send for next day delivery. Most hotels will hold your luggage after you check out or before you check in.
  24. Here is lost and found information for Osaka subway: http://www.kotsu.city.osaka.lg.jp/foreign/english/FoundCenter.html and JR West: https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/howto/service_02.html
  25. For oversized luggage you can use the baggage room on the fist floor at Shin Osaka Station. Here is a map: https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/sc/timetable/pdf/station_shin-osaka.pdf https://www.osakastation.com/shin-osaka-station-facilities-transfers/