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  1. hi takeshi, im going to sapporo and osaka this october.

    im planning to take the new chitose airport limousine bus upon arrival. ill be staying at karaksa hotel, is it right that i alight at minami san jo susukino bus stop and walk around 10-15mins?

    if from karaksa hotel to airport, i saw that there is a bus stop across hotel sunroute. can we use this bus stop instead upon arrival?or the bus stopping here is only going towards the airport?

    can i use my suica/icoca on this bus?or do i need to buy a ticket somewhere?

    i hope you understand, thank you in advance! 🙂

    1. Hi Aa,

      I think you have understood it correctly. But I’m not very familiar with the limousine bus to/from New Chitose. I have never taken it before. I always use the train. If you really want to make sure, please ask the hotel. You can contact them through the hotel website.

      You can use Suica or ICOCA.


      Takeshi /

  2. Dear Takeshi san,

    Would really appreciate your input regarding our plans to stay in 5 lakes for 3 days.

    We are wondering if there are special train rates for going to 5 lakes from Tokyo. As we are only going for two nights, should we just pay ala carte train tickets at the station? We are even thinking of driving in 5 lakes district but only upon arrival to rent a car. We are also confused by the tourist passes available. There is the mt Fuji pass and also one called Fujigoko pass. Are they the same? Thank you so much.

    Kind regards


    1. Hi Samantha san,

      There is no deals available unfortunately. Fuji Pass is bus pass and local train ride pass but you will drive to go round that place. This type of pass is not required for you. Just pay the regular fare to get there from Tokyo.


      Takeshi /

  3. hi takeshi,

    1) can i use suica card when i go to hokkaido (sapporo/otaru/biei) and osaka?

    2) can i use icoca card to hokkaido (sapporo/otaru/biei)?

    thank you!

  4. Hi Takeshi San
    Can you please recommend what pass I have to buy for my trip
    Arriving to haneda
    Staying 4 nights in Tokyo
    Going to hakone 2 nights
    Next Osaka -2 nights
    Kyoto 2 nights
    Back to Tokyo for 3 nights
    Flying back from hakone home

  5. Dear mr.Takeshi

    As i know Genbi shinkansen is cover by jr east ..but is it cover too by jr pass? And how to reserve genbi shinkansen

    Budi nio

    1. Hi Budi,

      It’s covered by JR pass as well.

      If you really want to reserve your seat, you can book it at the reservation window in any JR stations. But I don’t think you need. Because it’s such a short ride. If you see many artworks, you don’t have a time to stay at your seat.


      Takeshi /

  6. Hello Takeshi-san,

    If I purchase my Shinkansen ticket from Mishima to Kyoto online, which station can I pick up my tickets from? During the ticket purchase process, it was informed that the tickets cannot be picked up at the Mishima Station. Do you know if I can pick up the tickets in the Narita Airport or any stations in Tokyo?



        1. Hi Wayne san,

          If you book a seat on JR Kyushu reservation site, you have to pick up a ticket in JR Kyushu and JR West area. The major cities in JR West and JR Kyushu area are Hakata, Kumamoto, Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Kanazawa. Basically all places are located in western part of Japan. You cannot pick up a ticket at Tokyo and other places in eastern part of Japan.

          Smart Ex is other choice to book and it may be available in your country.

          If it’s not available, there is no ways to book a ticket online.


          Takeshi /

          1. Hello Takeshi-san,

            Thanks for your help.

            If I book my Shinkansen ticket using Smart EX, will I be able to pick up my Shinkansen ticket in the Mishima station? How much time should I allocate for picking up the ticket on the vending machine?



  7. Hello Takeshi-san,

    Thank you for helping all of us travelers out with your wealth of information. I have the following itinerary and was trying to figure out if a 7 day JR pass would be most cost effective.

    Sept 14th – take train from NRT into Ueno Stn
    Sept 18th – take train from Ueno Stn to Kusatsu
    Sept 20th – take train from Kusatsu to Kofu (via Tokyo stn)
    Sept 22nd – take train (or bus) from Kofu stn to Kawaguchiko Stn
    Sept 24th – take train from Kawaguchiko Stn to NRT airport stn

    From what I can tell, the pass would be best but I wanted an expert’s opinion! Also, I am having difficulty figuring out if there is a train from Kofu Stn to Kawaguchiko Stn. So far, I’ve only found buses.

    Thank you for your help. It is very much appreciated!



      1. Hello Takeshi-san,

        Thank you very much for giving me all of the information for my trip.

        I do have one question regarding the Tokyo Wide Pass. Will the train get us to Kusatsu? I looked at the map of the train lines but was unable to tell if it did or not.



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