Forest Inn Showakan

Showa no Mori, Akishima, Tokyo Prefecture, 196 8601, Japan
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How long on train between Tokyo and Takayama?

by williamo

Hello there!

My girlfriend and I have booked our entire Japan adventure only to find that one of the plans we were most excited about - visiting the Studio Ghibli museum in Tokyo - is impossible as it is closed for annual maintenance on PRECISELY the dates we'll be in Tokyo. It reopens the day after we arrive in our second destination, Takayama.

As we were so excited about the museum, we are now thinking that we'll check out of our Takayama accommodation as planned, swing back to Tokyo for the day, see the museum, then swing straight onto our 3rd destination, Kyoto.

Can anybody perhaps tell me how long it would take to get from Takayama back to Toyko, and from Tokyo to Kyoto? We're keen to work out whether or not this day trip back to Tokyo will even work with our other plans!

Thank you very much

Re: How long on train between Tokyo and Takayama?

by GrumpyDiver

I hope you have booked your tickets to Ghibli. We didn't know you had to book months in advance to get a tour, so were unable to visit.

The Tokyo / Takayama route takes about 4+ hours, if your connections are working. You have to take a slower regional train and transfer at Nagoya.

Tokyo / Kyoto takes about 2 hours on the Shinkansen.

I hope you enjoy all three places as much as we did!

Re: How long on train between Tokyo and Takayama?

by Bilimari

As mentioned above, you'll need to book the museum ticket ahead of the time. Make sure that you secure the tickets before you re-arrange your travel plan.

If you leave Takayama early in the morning for Mitaka, you should have plenty of time to enjoy the museum, before you catch the Shinkansen for Kyoto at night. Note that if you are going to use JR pass, it won't work with Nozomi shinkansen. I think that Hikari leaving at 8:03 for Himeji would be the last shinkansen that gets you to Kyoto. Double-check the schedule when you are in Tokyo.

Have fun in Japan! :)

Re: How long on train between Tokyo and Takayama?

by borderbreaker

here's another useful train route finder.

Travel Tips for Tokyo

When on an overnight stopover in Tokyo

by bobinalong

We had an enforced stopover on our way back from Oz. We were exhausted and really just wanted to crash, and being that the airport hotel we were put up in by JAL was miles from the city centre, that was even more tempting...

But - if you can possibly fit it in - GET OUT OF THE NASTY HOTEL and go see something - even if its a local shopping centre (as we did)!!!

Japan, to us, seemed a really crazy place - a real culture shock - and that taste was enough to tell me I'd like to go back and see more... Best memory was the all over multi function auto body massage chair we spent more time testing than the shop assistant clearly felt was necessary!!!

Smoker ? no problem !

by tompt

In tokyo we found the solution to the smoking problem. There are special smoker corners.
This one is in the Akihabara district, on the Chuo- dori.
As we don´t smoke, we didn´t go in. But still i think it is a good solution, smoking where no one has a problem with it.

A good example...

by SirRichard

A good example of shrine not far from the centre, in Asakusa. At the Outer Tori (Gateway) is a long market (selling the usual tourist stuff and a few more interesting articles) along the path leading to the inner tori. Besides the main temple, there are many smaller ones, as well as gardens and other things.
Get There: Take the Toei Asakusa or the Ginza subway line to Asakusa station.

Japanese Noodles

by machomikemd

there are basically three kinds of japanese noodles, the most popular being the ramen (thin, wheat-based noodles with soda water, originated in china in the 10th century), the soba ( the medium, buckwheat-based noodles) and the udon (thick, wheat-based noodles). the ramen noodles being the most popular hence there are many ramen houses in tokyo and japan serving ramen noodles (even udon and soba noodles) whether hot or cold (don't order sushi or sashimi at ramen food stalls since they don't have that in the menu ok, that's why you need to go to sushi restaurants or full service japanese restaurants for it ok!) and most also serve udon and soba noodles. the noodles and the stock soup and ingredients (like deep fried pork, tempura shrimp, seaweeds, kamaboko and others) vary in taste and presentation throughout japan as every town and region in japan has it's own style of udon or soba or ramen with their own flavors from sweet to very spicy. you should try the different japanese noodles while in japan! ramen noodle soup starts from 500 yen an order for a basic ingredients and up to 800 yen if with shrimp or other sea food ingredients. soba and udon noodles are more expensive and start from 600 yen for an order which goes up to 1,000 yen for sea food ingredients. try all of the three if you can while in tokyo.


by kdoc13

Omikuji are fortunes written on slips of paper,sold at temples and shrines all over Japan. You shake a container full of bamboo sticks and then remove one through the hole in the container. It has a number on it, and you take a corresponding slip of paper with fortune written on it from the drawers. At other temples and shrines you simply put your hand in a box full of omikuji and draw one. Omikuji is said to have been imported from China in ancient times, and used as a message medium of the gods on such important occasions as business transactions and marriage. However, nowadays there are omikuji vending machines. talk about taking the fun out of it.


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 Forest Inn Showakan

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Forest Hotel Akishima

Address: Showa no Mori, Akishima, Tokyo Prefecture, 196 8601, Japan