[Help] Japan, Gifu- Helpful guide for winter Shirakawa-go Light up

Getting to the annual winter light up event has been a huge challenge every year.  Shirakawago is the must go to place for its famous traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses which looks like a praying hand and the architectural creation which can withstand the heavy snowfall during winter, The roofs are built without nails and there is a large attic space being used to cultivate silkworms. People flock to Shirakawago to see the light-up annually during winter to have a glimpse of the beautiful traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses being light-up and winter picturesque.

However, due to its overwhelming popularity, Shirakawago has been facing overcrowding and a new system is implemented every year. To limit the visitors visiting it, we are lucky that we got a chance to visit the 2018 event and it was not easy during the planning stage trying to understand the rules. Thus, I have put up the information here so that it will be easier to understand.

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The ticket system has changed in 2019, advance reservation is required and only limit visitor numbers are allowed during the light-up event.

Scroll below to know more details for 2019 Schedule and information.

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[Move] Travelling between Nagoya and Central Japan International Airport

After arriving at Central Japan (Chubu) International Airport, we hop onto the airport express train which took last than 30 minutes for us to start touring around this mesmerising Nagoya city.

A simple consolidation of the airport express train, here are some information and things to know when getting the ticket. Hope that this could be a guide to help friends who are going there soon.

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[Move] Using the 5 Day JR Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass

A trip we had from Nagoya to Osaka via the Hokuriku Arch. As there are a few stops and places that we hope to visit, for instance, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa and Osaka, this pass actually works well for us.

I will be putting down the important details on where to get the ticket, how to exchange your voucher, comparing the cost for different agencies, some of the terms and conditions the pass has, and points that we have to take note of.

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[Move] Germany – Getting to Fussen, Hohenschwangau

Fussen, Hohenschwangau where the famous Neuschwanstein Castle sits above the small village of Hohenschwangau in the South West of Bavaria in Germany, close to the Austrian border. The nearest railway station is 5 kilometres away in the town of Fussen. For easy understanding, I will put down the necessary transport information, example: train, bus and cab duration, cost and what ticket to buy in order to save cost.

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[Move] Germany Train Transportation guide

A detailed and yet simple to understand train guide for travellers planning their trip to Germany. I will be covering the different types of tickets available (only in places I covered), things to note when boarding the train, different classes. As we only travelled within Germany, I cannot help much if you are planning on a Europe rail trip. (more…)

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[Help] Japan-Booking your Shinkansen seats using SmartEX (Update: 2018)

With the latest upgrade of Shinkansen system, the Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen has opened up their online Shinkansen ticket reservation for foreigners.

I will introduce and provide a step by step guide for registration. And pick up some of the important things to note before you register, and how do you collect your tickets and more.

All information provided below can be found at https://smart-ex.jp/en/.

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