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Old 18-02-2019, 05:09 PM   #736
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Anybody ever tried doing a day trip from Osaka/Kyoto to Shirakawa-go? I read that it takes at least 3 hrs one way to Shirakawa-go!!! Is it advisable? The place was mentioned in yesterday's ST life as one of the must-go places in Japan (the other being Himeji-jo, which I intend to include in my itinerary).
My trip to Shirikawa-go was via a bus from Nagoya station which was nearer.
heres the link.
many buses to choose from.
its very beautiful during the winter.
their winter lighting event is very famous.
however you have to take note of your tickets.

the one that i bought only allows me to stay in Shrikawa-go for a few hours and you need to board the bus back to nagoya station.

http://ml.shirakawa-go.org/en/access/

so take note and have fun.

himeiji is good. i just brought a friend there last month.
its famous for the white castle and during the night theres lighting too.
however, i feel the trip is only for the castle, nothing much else in Himeji though.
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Old 18-02-2019, 05:14 PM   #737
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Anybody ever tried doing a day trip from Osaka/Kyoto to Shirakawa-go? I read that it takes at least 3 hrs one way to Shirakawa-go!!! Is it advisable? The place was mentioned in yesterday's ST life as one of the must-go places in Japan (the other being Himeji-jo, which I intend to include in my itinerary).
If you want a more relaxed trip, I suggest you stay at least 1-2N in Kanazawa and do a day trip to Shirakawa-go. It’s a small place, do take note the round trip of the bus journey is long.
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Old 18-02-2019, 05:23 PM   #738
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Anybody ever tried doing a day trip from Osaka/Kyoto to Shirakawa-go? I read that it takes at least 3 hrs one way to Shirakawa-go!!! Is it advisable? The place was mentioned in yesterday's ST life as one of the must-go places in Japan (the other being Himeji-jo, which I intend to include in my itinerary).
Shirakawago is in Chubu region, and will require train and bus to get there if u planning to go from osaka. will be expensive and time consuming to head there just for one attraction. will be better if u can spend a few nights in the regions and explore other attractions in the area.

there are many "must-go" places in japan and it is not possible to cover everything in a trip unless u are planning to spend months there. for a first trip, i suggest u focus on just 1 or 2 regions
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Old 18-02-2019, 08:16 PM   #739
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Thanks luishoon, thwysg, evilerniex for sharing!

So conclusion is, not a good idea to do a day trip to Shirakawa-go from Osaka/Kyoto..

Oh well, perhaps another time then.
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Old 18-02-2019, 08:20 PM   #740
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My trip to Shirikawa-go was via a bus from Nagoya station which was nearer.
heres the link.
many buses to choose from.
its very beautiful during the winter.
their winter lighting event is very famous.
however you have to take note of your tickets.

the one that i bought only allows me to stay in Shrikawa-go for a few hours and you need to board the bus back to nagoya station.

http://ml.shirakawa-go.org/en/access/

so take note and have fun.

himeiji is good. i just brought a friend there last month.
its famous for the white castle and during the night theres lighting too.
however, i feel the trip is only for the castle, nothing much else in Himeji though.
Which means for the itinerary, just set aside half a day (say afternoon) for Himeji will suffice? Will it be too late to go back to Osaka (eg no more train service) if we stay until it lights up at night?
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Old 18-02-2019, 10:31 PM   #741
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Which means for the itinerary, just set aside half a day (say afternoon) for Himeji will suffice? Will it be too late to go back to Osaka (eg no more train service) if we stay until it lights up at night?
from Osaka to himeiji, i took the JR super rapid train or 新快速.
Takes about an hour from osaka station or 60 plus mins as per the link below you can see the timing.

https://www.navitime.co.jp/diagram/d...00085&updown=1

my bad. the light up for this year is only in November it seems.
Me and my friend did not stay till late when we went though so we did not view the lightup.
https://japancheapo.com/events/himej...ht-exhibition/

however if you stay late, there are jr trains running to 11 plus to osaka station.
but i dont think the local subway like midosuji-line or etc runs till so late.
might have but it will be very rush to catch the connecting train.

https://www.navitime.co.jp/diagram/d...ate=2019-02-18

what i would recommend is take a morning train to himeiji, walk till noon.
Have lunch there or go to kobe to have lunch. then walk walk in kobe.
theres really noting much in Himeiji except the castle in my opinion.

in kobe which i went few months back and last week, you can try taking the Kobe City loop bus.
it brings you too almost all the attractions in kobe.
like kobe port or the foreigner house etc. theres also a an pan man museum if you know what character is that. lol
theres china town in kobe if you are intrested
you can have kobe beef too if you eat beef.
I cant post pic. if you need the map about the bus, i can send to you email.
just drop me a pm. thanks

http://www.kctp.co.jp/outline/car/cityloop/

just fyi on the jr super rapid stops. I live in kyoto so I will start from kyoto.

Kyoto- takatsuki- shin osaka - osaka - amagasaki - ashiya - sannomiya - kobe - akashi- nishi akashi - kakogawa - himeiji

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Old 19-02-2019, 08:26 AM   #742
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from Osaka to himeiji, i took the JR super rapid train or 新快速.
Takes about an hour from osaka station or 60 plus mins as per the link below you can see the timing.

https://www.navitime.co.jp/diagram/d...00085&updown=1

my bad. the light up for this year is only in November it seems.
Me and my friend did not stay till late when we went though so we did not view the lightup.
https://japancheapo.com/events/himej...ht-exhibition/

however if you stay late, there are jr trains running to 11 plus to osaka station.
but i dont think the local subway like midosuji-line or etc runs till so late.
might have but it will be very rush to catch the connecting train.

https://www.navitime.co.jp/diagram/d...ate=2019-02-18

what i would recommend is take a morning train to himeiji, walk till noon.
Have lunch there or go to kobe to have lunch. then walk walk in kobe.
theres really noting much in Himeiji except the castle in my opinion.

in kobe which i went few months back and last week, you can try taking the Kobe City loop bus.
it brings you too almost all the attractions in kobe.
like kobe port or the foreigner house etc. theres also a an pan man museum if you know what character is that. lol
theres china town in kobe if you are intrested
you can have kobe beef too if you eat beef.
I cant post pic. if you need the map about the bus, i can send to you email.
just drop me a pm. thanks

http://www.kctp.co.jp/outline/car/cityloop/

just fyi on the jr super rapid stops. I live in kyoto so I will start from kyoto.

Kyoto- takatsuki- shin osaka - osaka - amagasaki - ashiya - sannomiya - kobe - akashi- nishi akashi - kakogawa - himeiji
Saw the photo in your link; The light-up scene is magnificent! Too bad I'll only be there a month later (Dec)..

Thanks for sharing the train stops! So Kobe is along the way.. ya could jolly spend the afternoon there.. no idea what to do there except perhaps to try the world famous Kobe beef (provided it won't break my bank haha), so really appreciate your suggestions!

BTW I read that 有马 onsen is worth going, and it's located in Kobe also? Do you think we can also go there while at Kobe? I feel that it'll be a waste going all the way to Japan (in winter!) without trying out their onsen. Since you are famiilar with Kyoto, other than 有马, is that any onsen we can try out in Kyoto (if there's any)? TIA!
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Old 19-02-2019, 08:30 AM   #743
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Checking jalan.net in native japanese + google translated pages for car rental, are other smaller car rental shops other than toyota/nissan/honda direct rental trustable?
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Old 19-02-2019, 08:51 AM   #744
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Saw the photo in your link; The light-up scene is magnificent! Too bad I'll only be there a month later (Dec)..

Thanks for sharing the train stops! So Kobe is along the way.. ya could jolly spend the afternoon there.. no idea what to do there except perhaps to try the world famous Kobe beef (provided it won't break my bank haha), so really appreciate your suggestions!

BTW I read that 有马 onsen is worth going, and it's located in Kobe also? Do you think we can also go there while at Kobe? I feel that it'll be a waste going all the way to Japan (in winter!) without trying out their onsen. Since you are famiilar with Kyoto, other than 有马, is that any onsen we can try out in Kyoto (if there's any)? TIA!
for kobe, u can have the night view of the city from mt rokko. it is known as one of the top 3 night view in japan.

i find the view of akashi kaikyo quite nice. it is a few stations from kobe city
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Old 19-02-2019, 09:03 AM   #745
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for kobe, u can have the night view of the city from mt rokko. it is known as one of the top 3 night view in japan.

i find the view of akashi kaikyo quite nice. it is a few stations from kobe city
Thanks for the suggestion! OK I just did a google search and saw this: https://www.rokkosan.com/en/. From info in the link, it seems there are quite a lot of things we can see/do over there (can ski even!!!). Not sure if half a day for Kobe is enough..
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Old 19-02-2019, 09:15 AM   #746
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For Kyoto and osaka where i am currently living and working August was
Nightmare last year. Temp went as high as 39.8 for a day in Kyoto.
Many people was down with 熱中症 or heat sickness. Ambulance were over
Worked. Coming from sg i also find the heat unbearable. Imagine hot wind
Blowing at you at 39 degrees.

My advice. Bring portable fans and hydrate yourself.
I hate it when i wear suits and reach office all wet.

For typhoon last year was a record high 20 plus. The most serious
Was number 23 if i rem correctly.
Typhoon is normally sep or oct here.
Strong wind, heavy rain. Some part of my neighbours roof flew off and some part of
The glass ceiling at kyoto station dropped of.

Take cares if you plan to come during this period
I see, thanks for the info.

What about tokyo? Do u know
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Old 19-02-2019, 12:49 PM   #747
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If let say my flight is to KIX, what would be the best way to travel to Nagano?

Looking to revisit Osaka/Kyoto and wife is interested in Nagano..
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Old 19-02-2019, 02:06 PM   #748
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If let say my flight is to KIX, what would be the best way to travel to Nagano?

Looking to revisit Osaka/Kyoto and wife is interested in Nagano..
KIX -> kyoto -> nagoya -> nagano is probably the faster way, and cheapest also.
KIX -> Kyoto -> Tokyo -> Nagano is another way, but more expesive and slower.

or u can take Hokuriku Arch pass and travel up through kanazawa. cost slightly less than then nagoya route, but will take longer.
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_arch.html
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KIX -> kyoto -> nagoya -> nagano is probably the faster way, and cheapest also.
KIX -> Kyoto -> Tokyo -> Nagano is another way, but more expesive and slower.

or u can take Hokuriku Arch pass and travel up through kanazawa. cost slightly less than then nagoya route, but will take longer.
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_arch.html
Hmmm, thanks..

With a kid in tow, maybe skip Osaka/Kyoto..Just do a Tokyo+Nagano for autumn.

Or perhaps land in Tokyo, do trips to Nagano then shinkansen to osaka rather than straight from Nagano to Osaka.

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Nagoya has the new Legoland so might be worth a night stop there on the way to Nagano? You're heading to Shirakawa also?
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