3 nights in Nagano early December

August 15th, 2019


We have kids and would like to see the snow monkeys and bring the kids for a ski experience.

Do you have a suggested itinerary and would it be advisable to rent a car and drive as we are will arrive in Nagano from Osaka/Kyoto and might be staying near Zenko-ji temple?



Thank you!

3-4 days Nagano itinerary suggestion in early-Nov’19

August 13th, 2019

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am planning to Nagano for 3-4 days trips in 1st week of November, from Tokyo or Nikko. It will be the solo female trip and it’s 1st time for me to visit Nagano. Can you please help to suggest the itinerary? Karuizawa is one of the place that I would like to visit too. 

Fruits picking in Early December

August 13th, 2019

Hi, I will be visiting Nagano during early December and i am hoping that i could do some fruit picking. Is there any farm that allows fruit picking in early December, and how do I get there by public transport?

Thank you.

Roadtrip from Tokyo to Hakuba and back to Haneda or take a train (Traveling in Dec 2019)?

July 29th, 2019


My husband and I and our three children (7, 11 and 14) are planning on going to Hakuba in Dec for 8 nights. The last time we went to Hakuba, we took the 5 hour bus from Tokyo. This time, we are thinking of renting a car and driving from Tokyo to Hakuba, spending two nights along the way before reaching Hakuba.  Would anybody recommend a good route and towns to stop? A friend recommended Hakone but I’m not sure if it’s along the way. 

Or would it be easier to just take the train and not drive? 

Thank you. 


Onsen and tattoo rules

July 23rd, 2019


my friend and I (both females) will be travelling to Japan for our 50th birthday celebrations and spending 3 nights in Nagano (approximately 6-9 December 2019). We would very much like to have a full Onsen experience (including accommodations and meals). I have received information (and searched the Internet) that tattoos are banned in many Onsens (my friend has one over her shoulder and arm). I was wondering if you can give me some direct information on this and then let me know which Onsens will be available to us during our stay in Nagano.

thanking you in advance for any advice and assist you are able to provide.

 Kind Regards


Where to experience snow in late November 2019?

July 23rd, 2019


I’m currently seeking opinion or suggestion on where should I go if I wanted to experience some snow? I’m planning for a trip to Japan late November 2019. Can you suggest a place or a resort that will enable us to experience snow? Is there any resort operators that will be open in November?

Thank you very much!

Driving from Haneda Tokyo to Gunma end of November

July 22nd, 2019

Dear Blair,

I hope all is well and that you are having a great day.

We are a family of three and will be traveling from Haneda (Tokyo) to Ikaho onsen, Minamiuonuma, Shibu onsen, Karuizawa, then finally Kusatsu onsen, returning to Haneda, from 11/29 to 12/3 (roughly 5 days in total).

We plan to rent a car at the airport and wonder if renting a basic or compact car such as Vitz will be fine during this time of year?  Is it necessary to rent 4W drive and request for snow tires?

Many thanks,



Shuttle bus to hakuba

July 2nd, 2019

What is the shuttle time table from hakuba station to hakuba iwate and hakuba tsugaike in July 2019?

From Nagano to Shizuoka

July 2nd, 2019

Hi, may I know what are the possible ways to travel from Nagano to Shizuoka?

I will be having a one week trip and intend to travel from Nagoya to Takayama, then Toyama, Nagano and ending at Shizuoka. What will be the best way to organise my trip around these cities? (Note: I have to start from Nagoya and end at Shizuoka due to flight arrangements.)

Thank you!

Bus to Suwa taisha upper shrines

July 2nd, 2019

Hello. Is there a bus timetable from Chino station to the Suwa Taisha upper shrines Kamisha-honmiya and Kamisha-maemiya?