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Q: hotels in japan ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: hotels in japan
Category: Reference, Education and News > Consumer Information
Asked by: tom2000-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 27 Jun 2005 20:14 PDT
Expires: 27 Jul 2005 20:14 PDT
Question ID: 537664

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!

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
Hotel Granvia
Central Hotel

(Tip: I found the website 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  ???n}????>>   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.

Clarification of Question by tom2000-ga on 30 Jun 2005 20:16 PDT
could a researcher please let me know why no one is interested in answering this Q?

Request for Question Clarification by czh-ga on 01 Jul 2005 02:16 PDT
Hello tom2000-ga,

You asked for some feedback on why no one is answering your question.
There are several possible reasons.

1) This search will be very hard to complete if you don't know
Japanese. There are a few researchers who know Japanese but they may
not have noticed the question or avoided it for other reasons.

2) You would have much better luck if you posted a separate question
for each city. Researchers are reluctant to take on multi-part
questions because even if they could answer 2 out of 3 parts they
couldn't post an answer.

3) For each city you have a difficult, complex, multi-part question
that will require a lot of digging and the likelyhood of success is
not certain. Researchers might take a look and decide the question is
too hard considering the price you've offered.

4) The pricing is not appropriate for the complexity of the question.
I notice this is the first question you've posted. I recommend that
you review the links below and modify the scope and price of your

Good luck.

~ czh ~

Clarification of Question by tom2000-ga on 03 Jul 2005 15:10 PDT
Please note: no one needs to be able to speak/read Japanese to
complete this. I have myself found the information already for
Hiroshima and for Fukuoka and have no idea of Japanese.

Re: breakign down my Qs. That is a good idea but am I now allowed to
do this, having already posted all 3 cities for $100?

Request for Question Clarification by jackburton-ga on 03 Jul 2005 15:34 PDT
You can reduce the fee of this question by clicking the "Edit
Parameters" button, and just make it clear to researchers that you are
prepared to accept an answer that focuses on one of the three cities.
You can then post two separate questions for the other two remaining

Clarification of Question by tom2000-ga on 04 Jul 2005 19:47 PDT
OK, folks. I have now sourced the information for Sendai myself. It
was about 90 minutes work. I'll pay $50 for similar info for Osaka and
$50 for Kitakyushu (ie. you may do one city and not the other if you
wish). Let me list here some useful links I found...

Hope this all helps.

Clarification of Question by tom2000-ga on 04 Jul 2005 19:53 PDT
This map should get people started for Osaka! The hotel names are listed...

Request for Question Clarification by jackburton-ga on 05 Jul 2005 10:32 PDT
Hi Tom,
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.
RE: Kitakyushu
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.

Clarification of Question by tom2000-ga on 07 Jul 2005 18:22 PDT
Hi Jack

that seems fine. Please go ahead and post your answer. If I need you
to do similar work for some other Japanese cities like this, can I
have you be the specific researcher who takes this on or how does that
work with google?

Thanks for your help 

Subject: Re: hotels in japan
Answered By: jackburton-ga on 08 Jul 2005 04:31 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear Tom,
I have posted the information below in separate chunks.
For your reference, here are the URLs for the hotels that appear on
the Japan National Tourist Board map:
Hotel Granvia Osaka
(most of the site is in Japanese - reservation page is in English)
Hearton Hotel Nishi Umeda
(in English)
Hilton Osaka
(in English)
Hotel Kitahachi
(in Japanese)
(in English)
Hotel Monterey
(in Japanese)
Hotel New Hankyu
(in English)
KKR Hotel Umeda
(in Japanese)
Osaka Dao-ichi Hotel
(in English)
The Ritz-Carlton Osaka
(in English)

Clarification of Answer by jackburton-ga on 08 Jul 2005 04:32 PDT
Here are the 4 hotels which I selected for you:
- Two inexpensive hotels (eg. 1 or 2 star) : 
Hotel Kinki (1 star)
Address:17-8 Kita-ku Douyama, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu, Japan
Osaka 530-0027 Japan
Access: 10 mins from station
Rate: from 4500+ JPY
Map / Directions
Hotel Landmark Umeda (2 stars)
Address: 2-3-22 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0012, Japan
Access: 3 mins from station
Rate: from 6,000 JPY
Map/ directions
As these two hotels do not appear on the map, I have marked their locations here:
(The red dot at the top of the page is the Hotel Landmark Umeda, and
the red dot on the right is Hotel Kinki.)
- One moderate (eg. 3 or 4 star) :
Hearton Hotel Nishi Umeda  (3 Stars
Address: Umeda 3-3-55, Kita Ku, Osaka 530-0001
Acess: 4 mins from station
Rate: from 8,900+ JPY
- One expensive (eg. 4 or 5 star) :
The Ritz-Carlton Osaka
Address: 2-5-25 Kita-ku, Umeda, Osaka ,530-0001, Japan
Access: Adjacent to JR Osaka Station
Rate: from 30,000 JPY
Map / directions

Clarification of Answer by jackburton-ga on 08 Jul 2005 04:34 PDT
Here are the 4 hotels I selected for you:
- Two inexpensive hotels (eg. 1 or 2 star) : 

Sunsky Hotel
Address: 2-1 shinko-cho, kokurakita, kitakyushu, FUKUOKA 802-0038 JAPAN
Access: 7 minutes by car JR Kokura station
Rate: from 5250yen
(click on "English" in the left navigation bar)
Kokura Tokyo Inn
Address: 8-5, Konyamachi, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka802-0081
Access: 8 minutes walk from JR Kokura Station
Rate: from 7,350yen
- One moderate (eg. 3 or 4 star) :
Tokyo Dai-ichi Hotel Kokura
Address: 1-2-1, Bashaku, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka 802-0077
Access: 8 min. from JR Kokura Station.
Rate: Single from 9,240 yen
- One expensive (eg. 4 or 5 star) :
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kokura
Address: 2-14-2, Asano, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 802-0001, Japan
Access: 1 minute on foot by elevated walkway from Shinkansen exit of
JR Kokura Station.
Rate: Single from 15,000 yen

Clarification of Answer by jackburton-ga on 08 Jul 2005 04:44 PDT
I hope this information meets your requirements. If you have a problem
with a link, or something is unclear, please request clarification
before rating the answer.
If you are happy with my research and you would like me to do similar
work for you again, you can assign the next question to me. To
specifically request my services, just include my username,
JACKBURTON-GA, in the subject title of your question. E.g. "Hotels in
Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by tom2000-ga on 11 Jul 2005 04:44 PDT

I'm very happy with your answer and the useful links etc you've
provided. Great work! Thank you.

I do have one query though: under Kitakyushu, you list the Sunsky
Hotel which is 7 minutes by car JR Kokura station. This would not
qualify as "walking distance (max 15 minutes or less)". Can you help
out here with an alternative?


Clarification of Answer by jackburton-ga on 11 Jul 2005 05:40 PDT
I apoligize for that.  Don't worry though, I managed to find another
inexpensive hotel that is in walking distance of JR Kokura Station...
Asano Hotel
Address: 2-9-6, Asano, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu 802-0001
Access: Three-minute walk from JR Kokura Station
Rates: Singles start from 6,300Y
I used these sources:
I hope this is okay for you!

Request for Answer Clarification by tom2000-ga on 11 Jul 2005 07:03 PDT
Great. Thanks, Jack. I am entirely happy and can certainly recommend
your services and indeed this whole google answers service. I'll post
your rating now.

Clarification of Answer by jackburton-ga on 11 Jul 2005 07:11 PDT
Thanks for the rating, and the kind words! See you again soon.
tom2000-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Good service here from this researcher jackburton-ga. Was very satisfied.

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