I need to gather information about hotels in and around certain areas
of some Japanese cities.
CITY 1: Kitakyushu
ARRIVAL POINT: Kokura station
CITY 2: Sendai
ARRIVAL POINT: Sendai station
CITY 3: Osaka
ARRIVAL POINT: Osaka/Umeda Station
1. I need a link to a street map of each city. Each map must be a
close-up of the immediate streets around each ARRIVAL POINT listed
above. The area of the map should encompass the hotels you select in
point 2 below. If it has street names in English, that?s great, but
I?ll accept without too or even with Japanese writing.
2. I then need the names and URLs of four hotels within that area. All
hotels must be within walking distance (max. 15 minutes, preferably
less) of the arrival point. The 4 hotels break down like this ?
- two inexpensive hotels (eg. 1 or 2 star)
- one moderate (eg. 3 or 4 star)
- one expensive (eg. 4 or 5 star)
(note: the hotels do not have to have star ratings; they just have to
fall within those categories)
An important factor in choosing a hotel is that each one must have a
website with some pages in English for their prospective guests. Their
main website can be in Japanese, but they do have to have English
pages. I need the link to the start of those English pages. This, for
example, is the main website URL for the Grand Intelligent Hotel in
?and this is where the English pages start
..and that?s the link to the English pages which I need!
EXAMPLE OF ALL THE ABOVE
Here?s an example of a map which doesn?t satisfy my needs for
Hiroshima. It?s not detailed enough, although it was useful as an
initial springboard in coming up with some hotel names to google.
Here?s an example of a street map that is just what I need. It?s in
PDF format (although the map you find doesn?t have to be. A jpeg file
or whatever is OK too)?.
?when the pdf file comes up, increase the enlargement to 400% and move
it across so you see the north east, the immediate area around the
train station. This is the scale of detail I need?being able to see
streets. On this map you see that many hotels are already indicated.
This is great if you can get this (and it?ll save you effort if you
hit on just such a map which includes hotels)! In this case, after
this, I googled those hotels in and around walking distance of the
station area until I came up with the following three, all of which
have an own website including some pages in the English language for
their prospective guests:
Grand Intelligent hotel http://www.intelligent-hotel.co.jp/en/index.html
Hotel Granvia http://www.hgh.co.jp/english.htm
Central Hotel http://www.central-hotel.to/english/english.htm
(Tip: I found the website wcities.com pretty useful for this. They
often give out the hotel?s own website, if they have one. Other
websites like precisionbooking, I think they were called, don?t give
out the website, presumably because they want you to book through them
and not do business directly with the hotel)
I needed one more hotel however and none of the other hotels listed
had English web pages, so some further research on google unearthed
the ?Hiroshima Eki-mae Green Hotel?
By doing some detective work on their website, testing both the
English and even the Japanese links (even though I couldn?t understand
them), I was able to find a map and although it?s in Japanese, I could
work out from the surrounding rivers that it is situated also near the
station. Bingo! I was able to place it on my street map! (FYI: I had
to go to their link above and then roll over the Japanese characters
and click on ?Access? and when the overall map came up (which wasn?t
detailed enough!), then I clicked on the link to the top right of
that. It looks like ?ü?Ó?n}?Í?±?¿?ç>> which is of course garbage
and is only because I don?t have Japanese characters installed on my
So, if your street map doesn?t show the hotels, that?s OK. Just so
long as the hotels you provide me with have a map in there on their
website (please list it for me) or some visual way I can pinpoint
where they are on that street map from point 1 above. A mere address
however is not enough.
Request for Question Clarification by
05 Jul 2005 10:32 PDT
I have researched your question in as much detail as I can, and I
believe I can satisfy your requirements for Osaka. I have selected 4
hotels which meet the criteria you specified. Two of those 4 hotels
are already on the map you provided. I also found another two
inexpensive hotels that I have marked on the same map with red dots.
Other than these three maps,
I was unable to find anything more detailed, so I have used the one you provided.
I have selected four hotels that fit your criteria, but unfortunately
I haven't found a workable map that shows where they are all situated.
Therefore I can only offer you links to the 4 hotels (which are all
within walking distance from Kokura station), but no map.
Let me know if you are happy for me to post an answer based on the
above. If you are not happy to pay $100 for this information, then you
can lower the price of the question (by clicking on "Edit Question
Parameters") and then add a tip with the amount you consider adequate
for the results of my research.