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Ginzan Onsen evening transportation 2022/10/19 22:55
I am planning to go to Ginzan Onsen at the end of January but all accommodations are full already, so all I can do is a day trip, but I want to take the evening photos, buses finish pretty early, I think the last bus is about 6:00pm, is the bus schedule stable? I am worrying if I missed the last bus, or the bus is cancelled for some reason, I will choose taxi as a backup, is it easy to catch taxi there back to Shinkansen station? I can't speak Japanese so it is very hard for me to book a taxi. I am also thinking about renting a car but worry about the heavy snow on roads, I have only tiny experience to drive on snow, is it safe to do so? Is there any other options?

It s a bit funny but really worry if I can't get back to train station, I will need stay on the street under snow overnight
by Kalawuf  

Re: Ginzan Onsen evening transportation 2022/10/20 15:51
I've never been there, so I don't know the details.
If you have never driven on a snowy road, I do not recommend driving.
You can contact the taxi company here. (Obanazawa Taxi)
http://www.obanazawataxi.net/call_taxi/
http://www.obanazawataxi.net/
https://www.taxisite.com/cal/profile/1981.aspx
Taxi fare: Oishida Station to Ginzan Onsen, small 4-seater, 5,300 yen, but there is a possibility that it will fluctuate slightly.
https://www.obane-kankou.jp/%E3%82%A2%E3%82%AF%E3%82%BB%E3%82%B9/
The bus from Ginzan Onsen is scheduled to depart at 18:21, but the schedule may be disrupted due to bad weather.
http://www.hanagasa-bus-taisei.co.jp/base.html
by haro1210 rate this post as useful

Re: Ginzan Onsen evening transportation 2022/10/20 18:29
@Kalawuf
By 17:00 , very likely ealier, all the street ligntings will be on, you will have at least one hour to take photos, and catch your bus at 18:21. If you are planning to stay longer, just prebook a taxi at a scheduled time. Hopefully, it is snowing during your visit. Enjoy the trip!
by liem (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Ginzan Onsen evening transportation 2022/10/21 07:45
I can't speak Japanese, pre-booking taxi by phone call is very hard for me, and can't find any taxi app that covers Yamagata, that's my main concern
by Kalawuf rate this post as useful

Re: Ginzan Onsen evening transportation 2022/10/21 09:21
You haven't seen the page I linked to.
The e-mail address is written here, so please check it in advance.
http://www.obanazawataxi.net/call_taxi/
It says here that it is also available in English. However, I don't know how many staff can speak English.
(Please use translation software to read)
https://www.taxisite.com/cal/profile/1981.aspx
In google translate, voice translation function and alphabetical notation are displayed.
For example, I'd like a taxi please
タクシーをお願いします(Takushī o onegaishimasu)
is displayed.
by haro1210 rate this post as useful

Re: Ginzan Onsen evening transportation 2022/10/21 12:56


I can't speak Japanese

No problem, just go to the Tourist information centre, 2 minute walk from Fujiya Ryokan, and the lady in the office will book a taxi for you. If the office is closed, visit the reception of the Fujiya Ryokan, most of the staff there speak perfect English, and will definitely assist you in booking a taxi.
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Re: Ginzan Onsen evening transportation 2022/10/21 13:21
Thanks everyone, very helpful information, although I have been to Japan several times, but this time is in heavy snow season, just worried if I have been trapped there without accomodations, will have stay overnight under snow, haha
by Kalawuf rate this post as useful

Re: Ginzan Onsen evening transportation 2022/10/21 15:32
End of January sunset will be around 17:00. Ginzan onsen is small. So if the bus only is at 18:00 you have quite some time for pictures
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