shiga kogen to narita airport

September 17th, 2019

any suggestions as to the best way to travel from ichinose area in shiga kogen to narita airport? this is on 3 January and i have a flight to catch at 605 pm at narita airport. thank you

Matsumoto and Kamikochi in October

September 17th, 2019

I’m planning to go to Matsumoto 18 to 23 October from  Narita Airport. I would like to know how to take bus from Narita airport to Matsumoto. We’re stay at Matsumoto for three night. How to move around in Matsumoto and kamikochi.


Safe to drive to shirahone in late november

September 17th, 2019

I and my friends  plan to visit matsumoto during 24-28 November 2019. We will rent a car for our group.

Is it safe to drive to area near the alps , eg shirahone. ? Our concern is the snow on the road. 

I do not have any experience to drive in snow.  



Day trip to Matsukawa Ravine

September 9th, 2019


I will go to Japan next month (mid-October) to Nagano. Would you be able to advise me the day trip to Matsukawa Ravine. I will stay at Nagano city. I understand that from Nagano, I need to take a train to Suzaka Station. Then take a bus to Yamada Onsen. However from there, how I reach to see Takai bridge and waterfall Kaminari-daki. If I take a taxi, then how to go back to Yamada onsen or Suzaka station. Also does the trail have a place to eat along the way?

Kindly advise.

Thank you.




How do i plan Kawaguchiko – Kanazawa?

September 6th, 2019

Hi all,

I will be travelling Japan for the very first time from Oct 29 to Nov 13


Will be spending 3 nights in Tokyo before heading to Kawaguchiko for 2 nights.


After Kawaguchiko, i would like to do:


1. Kamikochi

2. Kurobe Gorge

3. Takayama Kurobe Trans Alpine


before heading to Kanagawa and then Kyoto and Osaka (flying back from Osaka).


Anyone can help with my plan?

SHORYUDO Bus Pass from Komagane IC to Matsumoto IC

September 6th, 2019



I’d like to travel from Nagoya to Matsumoto with a brief stop to Komagatake Ropeway (in one day) using Shoryodo Bus Pass (Matsumoto-Magome-Komagane Course). I have a question concerning bus ticket reservation from Komagane IC to Matsumoto IC on the Nagano-Iida line bus. Can I make the reservation for this route in advance at Meitetsu Bus Center? Or is there a ticket window at Komagane IC bus stop where I can make a reservation?


Thank you.

Luggage and Sora terrace

August 28th, 2019

Hi, 2 questions:

1. Me and the wife are travelling to nagano and aburaya tousen on Nov 14th from Hamacho hotel in tokyo, I am wondering if luggage delivery service can go from hotel to nagano station same day or does it have to be hotel to hotel?

2. Is there any reason sora terrace is closed november and opens up again in december? (My guess is maintenance)


Help with itinerary

August 26th, 2019

Hi everyone, need some advice for my itinerary for my upcoming trip from 15 to 25 Oct

Will be arriving and departing from Narita Airport.

Day 1 Tokyo

Day 2 Tokyo

Day 3 Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest


Day 4 Kyoto

Day trip to Nara

Day 5 Kanazawa


Omicho Market

Kanazawa Castle

Higashi Chaya District

Day 6 Kanazawa -> Shirakawago -> Takayama

Day 7 Takayama

Day trip to Kamikochi

Day 8 Toyama

Day trip to Kurobe Gorge

Day 9 Toyama -> Dentetsu Toyama -> Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route -> Ogizawa -> Matsumoto

Day 10 Tokyo and Depart

Is the above itinerary feasible? Any suggestions?

8N (Tokyo, Chubu – Kamikochi, Takayama, Yamanouchi)

August 23rd, 2019

Hi would like to know if you recommend any itinerary for a couple travelling to Japan for 8N (Arrive on 12 October) 

So far on my list 

  • Kamikochi
  • Yamanouchi (Snow Money)
  • Takayama (Old town + Hilda Beef)

Do you have any other place to recommend? 

Would like to enjoy onsen (My girlfriend would like mixed gender outdoor onsen, wonder if you have any to recommend?) 

Fruit farm near monkey park or Matsumoto castle

August 5th, 2019

We are planning a day trip to Nagano to see the snow monkeys and Matsumoto castle in late October. We are travelling via train and public transport, is there any recommendated fruit farms near those places or on the way via bus?