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Old 12-06-2018, 12:40 PM   #8941
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One thing to note: direct hotel website mostly won't allow free cancellation. I encountered it. Coz it was a few dollars cheaper than agod... Now I am stuck with that hotel - can't even change plan... Best is to pay a few dollars more and go for bookingDOTcom or similar sites. Of coz, if you are 100000% confirm, then book direct.
What I found out from experience is that if you book direct that allows cancellation (book now pay at hotel), the prices offered are the same as third party booking sites that allow cancellation (don't just look at the price that came up after search, the price usually doesn't include taxes). Any cheaper prices found on third party sites are usually prepaid - and prepaying is sometimes not even an option at some hotel websites when it comes to Japan.

Unless you have direct discount codes to apply for the third party booking sites, the prices actually are more or less the same with direct hotel website, under the same booking condition. Any considerably cheaper prices offered by third party booking sites are prepaid, while the higher price you saw at direct hotel website will be cancellable. (That's how it is 90% of the time when I do my research for hotels in Japan.)
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Old 12-06-2018, 01:15 PM   #8942
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Yes. It depends on hotels too. But in general, I feel that after going thru 1st filter sites like trivage, the rate is compatible. You can then go to hotel direct website to compare. Mostly it is not much cheaper. Free cancellation is important for me. As I tend to change plan base on feedbacks received, etc. Of coz, for price diff like $120, it is wise to book the cheaper option even without no free cancellation after you have selected and reviewed this hotel from tripadv, etc.


Another advantage of free cancellation: you can pre-book this hotel and change later. You don't feel pressure when you click that "BIG BIG" button of "Pay Now"!. Ha.
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Old 12-06-2018, 01:44 PM   #8943
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My preference is to book direct with hotel as long as terms are equal - if any problem with the rsvn when you are there if using third party booking engine you gotta deal with their CS hotline if they even have one!

But sometimes the online sites have better inventory than the hotel’s own site.
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Old 12-06-2018, 01:52 PM   #8944
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During my first trip, I book thru hotels.com for my first night. End up realise that if I sign up online member with the hotel direct, price is cheaper. Went ahead and book my last 4N directly.

Proceed to screenshot that first night direct Hotel price and chat with hotels.com cso, they refunded me the difference of about s$35.
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:15 PM   #8945
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hi folks

intending to get the Takayama-Hokuriku Area, but wanna ask if its sufficient to explore Takayama and Kanazawa mainly. Any interesting place to go?

Also which area to stay overnight as the base to explore?



thinking to follow this person itinerary, but open to suggestions
http://kampungboycitygal.com/2017/12...nce-itinerary/

thanks in advance
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:37 PM   #8946
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hi folks

intending to get the Takayama-Hokuriku Area, but wanna ask if its sufficient to explore Takayama and Kanazawa mainly. Any interesting place to go?

Also which area to stay overnight as the base to explore?

thinking to follow this person itinerary, but open to suggestions
http://kampungboycitygal.com/2017/12...nce-itinerary/

thanks in advance
How many days do you intend to visit? And when? I had 4N in Takayama but that was during Takayama Spring Festival and 2N in Kanazawa, with a visit to Shirakawago. Plus 4 more days in Toyama and Noto area, including a visit to Kurobe Alpine Route.
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if can squeeze into the 5 days will be good
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:07 PM   #8948
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if can squeeze into the 5 days will be good
You mean youíre just simply doing the trip entirely just on these two locations?
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You mean you’re just simply doing the trip entirely just on these two locations?
Open to the places recommended, shirakawago trip is quite confusing. Traveling around late Nov /Dec

https://www.japan-guide.com/bus/shirakawago.html

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Old 13-06-2018, 01:39 AM   #8950
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Thks which bus better?

Night bus lor or willer express

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where can i go for selfdrive in hokkaido for 3-4 days?
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Old 13-06-2018, 12:29 PM   #8952
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where can i go for selfdrive in hokkaido for 3-4 days?
3-4 days u shud b able to cover Furano, Biel, Lake Toya, Noboribetsu. assuming u fly in to Sapporo.
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hi folks

intending to get the Takayama-Hokuriku Area, but wanna ask if its sufficient to explore Takayama and Kanazawa mainly. Any interesting place to go?

Also which area to stay overnight as the base to explore?



thinking to follow this person itinerary, but open to suggestions
http://kampungboycitygal.com/2017/12...nce-itinerary/

thanks in advance
Depends on your schedule and if tight choose either Takayama or Kanazawa but do make a day trip from either one of these bases to visit Shirakawa-go. The Nouhi bus from Takayama which goes to Shirawaka-go also continues onto Kanazawa. After visiting Shirawakago you can take the bus towards Kanazawa instead of going back to Takayama. So technically you need 3 days & 2 nights to cover these sights if that is the barest minimum you can spare. 1/2 day of sightseeing is sufficient to cover the main sites in Takayama and Kanazawa. The maximum I would stay in both places (Kanazawa & Takayama) would be 2 days each if I opt for an easy pace.
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actually 1 day stay at shirakawa is sufficient
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Old 14-06-2018, 10:45 AM   #8955
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Depends on your schedule and if tight choose either Takayama or Kanazawa but do make a day trip from either one of these bases to visit Shirakawa-go. The Nouhi bus from Takayama which goes to Shirawaka-go also continues onto Kanazawa. After visiting Shirawakago you can take the bus towards Kanazawa instead of going back to Takayama. So technically you need 3 days & 2 nights to cover these sights if that is the barest minimum you can spare. 1/2 day of sightseeing is sufficient to cover the main sites in Takayama and Kanazawa. The maximum I would stay in both places (Kanazawa & Takayama) would be 2 days each if I opt for an easy pace.
Thanks mate, read the nohi bus need to book in advance, would it be non Japanese speaking friendly to do so?

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