Michael Lambe

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  1. Michael Lambe

    Meaning of "山区" on JR East station signs (Tokyo)

    Hello there, Yes, you are right that the 区 designates a station that is a destination or starting point within the 23 special wards of Tokyo. The 山 designates any station within the Yamanote Line area (東京山手線内). Of course Tokyo Station is also on the Yamanote Line as well as on the Chuo Line. However, there are also Chuo Line stations that are not on the Yamanote Line itself, but because they are within the Yamanote loop they are also included in this area. I hope that helps. Very best wishes, Michael
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    Time Limit in Baggage Room at Kyoto Station

    Hello there, You can actually leave your luggage at the Kyoto Station baggage room for up to 15 days. Here is the information on their official website: http://carry-s.com/wp/?page_id=74 For a guide to finding the baggage room check our article: https://www.kyotostation.com/kyoto-station-lockers-luggage-storage/ I hope that helps! Best wishes, Michael
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    Destination of Kansai Airport Rapid Service.

    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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    Randen Pass

    Hello there, Thank you for asking as we now need to update that information! The footbath at Keifuku Arashiyama Station now costs 200 yen. If you have a One Day Randen Pass the footbath at Keifuku Arashiyama Station is no longer free, but it will be discounted to 150 yen. The One Day Pass still costs 500 yen. Best wishes and I hope you enjoy your trip, Michael
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    sending luggage from kyoto station

    Hello there, I'm afraid that you cannot send luggage to Kyoto Station Carry Service. Your best option would be to send your luggage directly to your hotel in Kyoto using the Yamato Transport Company mentioned above. You might actually be able to do that directly from your hotel in Kanazawa, as some hotels do include that service. Here are the links for Yamato Transport: http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/hands-freetravel/index.html http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/tourist/hotel/ And here is their office in Kanazawa: http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/hands-freetravel/chubu/index.html#ishikawa_wrap I hope that helps. Best wishes, Michael
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    Lockers at Horyuji Station

    Hello there, JR Horyuji is a small station, so it won't have a luggage storage room, but it does have some lockers. There are two large lockers priced at 600 yen each, three medium sized lockers priced at 400 yen each, and 15 small lockers priced at 300 yen each. Attached is an image of the lockers to give you an idea of the size. I hope that helps. Best wishes, Michael
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    Confusion about Kyoto passes

    Hi there, Thank you for your questions. There is a "Kyoto City Bus & Kyoto Bus One-Day Pass" which costs 500 yen. I don't know of any similar passes to this, so probably the "one day pass" and "all day pass" you mention are the same. You can find information about this pass here: https://www2.city.kyoto.lg.jp/kotsu/webguide/en/ticket/regular_1day_card_bus.html This pass only covers buses inside the flat fare zone of central Kyoto. If you want to go outside this flat fare zone (if you want to go to Ohara for example) you will have to pay extra. However, the Kyoto Sightseeing Pass covers buses outside the flat fare zone too. That's why it costs a little bit extra. You can find more detailed information at these links: http://www2.city.kyoto.lg.jp/koho/eng/access/img/pdf/ENG150321(map)0309.pdf http://www2.city.kyoto.lg.jp/koho/eng/access/img/pdf/ENG150321(omote)0309.pdf I hope that helps! Best wishes, Michael
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    sightseeing pass

    Hello again, I'm afraid you can only pay for the Kyoto sightseeing passes with cash. The age range for children's sightseeing passes is elementary school age (6 -11). Best wishes, Michael
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    nara bus pass

    Hello there, I'm afraid you can only pay cash for the Nara One Day Pass. Best wishes, Michael
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    How to use alphanumeric ID system for stations in Tokyo

    Hello there, I think it is unlikely that you will be able to do route searches with just the alphanumeric codes. Because the various private rail companies and the JR lines that operate in Tokyo (and the rest of Japan) are not integrated, they wouldn't recognize each other's codes. I don't know what online route finders you have been using, but we generally recommend Hyperdia and Jorudan. For both of these you will need to input the station name. In the case of Hyperdia, after you have typed a few letters the route finder will automatically bring up a list of suggestions from you to choose from, so you rarely need to type out the full name. Hyperdia also allows you to narrow down your search terms to different types of train, JR or private etc... I hope that helps! Best wishes, Michael
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    Going from Kyoto Station to Yura Station

    Hello there, The San-In Line is operated by JR West so it is completely covered by the Japan Rail Pass. However, the Super Hakuto runs along the private Chizu Line for part of its journey and so that train is jointly run by JR West and the Chizu Express Company. This means that the Super Hakuto is not completely covered by the Japan Rail Pass and you would have to pay a supplementary fee of 1,300 yen. Best wishes, Michael
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    Blue Symphony on April

    Hi Rachel, You are very welcome! Have a good trip! Best wishes, Michael
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    Blue Symphony on April

    Hello Rachel, Sorry about the confusion. I just had a look at the Japanese version of the Blue Symphony website, and they have a schedule on there that isn't on the English website. They have a special schedule in April and unfortunately the Blue Symphony isn't running on April 22nd. Dates available in April are from the 3rd to the 21st, the 24th and 25th, and then the 27th - 30th. If you click on the following link and scroll down the page you can see the calendar for April. http://www.kintetsu.co.jp/senden/blue_symphony/timetable.html The pink dots between the 3rd and 21st mean there is a special timetable during the cherry blossom season. Where the dates are colored blue the train is running normally, and where the dates are white the train isn't running. I hope you can find an alternative date to ride this train! Best wishes, Michael
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    Carry luggage through Kyoto City Buses

    Hello there, It might be possible to take your luggage on a bus, but I wouldn't recommend it. Kyoto City Buses are quite narrow, and can get very crowded. Also they don't have any luggage space, so you will feel very uncomfortable with luggage I think. If you take a taxi from Kyoto Station it shouldn't cost too much. Maybe around 1,000 yen. I'm not sure where your hotel is, but if it is near Tambaguchi Station, you could take the JR Sagano Line there from Kyoto Station and it would only cost you 140 yen. If it is not close to that station then I would recommend a taxi. I hope that helps! Best wishes, Michael
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    Travel to tokyo

    Hello there, If you want to go directly from Kansai International Airport to Tokyo, taking a domestic flight is probably the best way. You can get cheap domestic flights from Kansai International Airport to both Haneda and Narita airports in Tokyo. Airlines like Vanilla Air, Spring Japan, Peach, and Jetstar, operate flights to Narita that take about 1 hour and 25 minutes. Airlines like Starflyer, JAL, and ANA operate flights to Haneda that take about 1 hour and 10 minutes. The price ranges from around 3,000 yen to around 10,000 yen depending on when you book the flight. If you wish to take the train, you can take the Haruka Airport Express to Shin-Osaka Station (50 minutes for 2,330 yen) and then take the shinkansen bullet train to Tokyo Station. A non-reserved shinkansen ticket to Tokyo costs 13,620 yen and if you want to reserve it, it will probably cost about 510 yen more. Shinkansen travel times vary according to the type of train, so it could take between 2 hours and 30 minutes or 3 hours. For more details please check our article on the Tokaido Shinkansen. For more information about transport between Osaka and Tokyo please see this link: https://www.osakastation.com/traveling-from-osaka-to-tokyo/ I hope that helps! Best wishes, Michael