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- Let's admit that if you're a stranger in a foreign country, language barrier can spoil your holiday.
I can not speak the Japanese language, much more to read theirs. In this situation, we seek the assistance of the tourist information to find the places of interest to us. They are very informative and accommodating.
We enjoyed our stay so much.Written July 10, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- My buddies and I stopped by Tonbori Base Cafe for travel information. The staff was very nice and informative. Come check out this place especially for Osaka Nightclub Pass and other discounted tickets and things to do in Osaka!! :) Bring your passport!Written February 16, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- There is a legend that Morino Ishimatsu boarded a ship at Hachikenya for Shikoku to visit Kotohira Shrine. That is this place. Kawanoeki Hachikenya is however nothing special. There are just two restaurants and ticketing office for sightseeing boat. If you expect something like Michinoeki, it should be somewhat disappointing.Written November 30, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Osaka has a multitude of different day, two day, three day passes.
One covers JR only. Another non-JR only but in a limited area. One covers some non-JR only and so forth. Some require a PASSPORT with a recent entry stamp.
THEY WILL RECOMMEND AND GO THROUGH THE VARIOUS options with you.
You tell them what you want to go see, do, eat, where etc if you have those somewhat planned. They will then sell you those passes, and THEY TAKE CREDIT CARDs. Other Tourist Info places may not (HANKYU and KEIHAN Tourist Offices DO NOT, so be careful - just find the JR one.)
We opted for the KANSAI 2 day pass for NON-JR buses, trains etc. The pass work for ITM monorail, Hankyu, Keihan, Hanshin, etc, and most way out of the area trains and buses (for example the pass covered fees all the way to OHARA, 3000-In Temple, and vicinity). Be careful because a lot of the passes are area limited.
The more you pay, the more you get, but if you are just going to hang around Kyoto proper, then all you may need is a day-pass Kyoto (selective non-JR).
So having said all that, you kind of have to have some plan on what you want to do.
Examlpe is if you want to go to Himeji Castle, just buy a HIMEJI-EXPRESS train for JR roundtrip. It will be cheaper than getting day passes. You will only have time to get to HIMEJI and back in one day anyway.
I AM HAPPY WITH JR TOURIST INFORMATION (ANYWHERE - KYOTO, UMEDA, NAMBA).Written October 15, 2019
- We visited twice looking for the way to Minoh falls. The lady is very helpful and her English is very good. We went back on the same day in the afternoon to purchase the Osaka Amazing Pass. We spoke to the same lady again. She provided us more information that we expected, especially the value of using the pass on certain day. She also served you with smile :) .... so different to the tourist centre in Kawaguchiko that looked overworked.Written November 18, 2019
- We went in to getinformtion on restaurants and bars showing the rugby (during the world cup), and we got that and more. We were told about discounts, various bars, where they were, when they opened and more.
Later in the holiday we went in to see if the people there could make some phone calls for us (my spoken Japanese is not brilliant and I would struggle on the phone, especially to the more rural areas). They did. They made a reservation on the Toba to Irago ferry for us and also spoke to a campsite in Toba (which was unfortunately closed but not problem), so for places not in Osaka.
I cannot fault their helpfulness and their friendliness. They were wonderful and another shining example of the friendliness of the Japanese. Thank you so much.Written October 19, 2019
- We have needed to ask about travel issues a few times and everyone has been very helpful - especially these guys.Written January 8, 2019
- The exchange rates here were about mid range at time of visit, not always the best, so best to shop around if you have the time.Written July 25, 2018
- Very helpful folk at the counter explained what we needed to know. One had English which was very handy.Written January 7, 2019
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