An island nation in East Asia known for many aspects of its unique culture and having one of the world's largest cities, Tokyo as its capital.

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Male alternatives to dressing up as a geisha in Kyoto [on hold]

In Kyoto, there are plenty of maiko henshin studios where (presumably) female tourists can pay to be made up and dressed to look like a maiko (apprentice geisha). What options are available for men ...
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Can a US citizen work remotely for a US company while in Japan for sightseeing?

Assume a US citizen works for a US company remotely and that this person has a passport, but no visa. Let's say they want to go spend some time in Japan for leisure/tourism/sightseeing - no more than ...
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Do I need a transit visa for a layover in Tokyo airport? [duplicate]

My trip will be from Vietnam to Canada. I will have a 4 hr layover in Tokyo. I am a Bangladeshi passport holder and permanent resident of Canada. Will I need a transit visa for Tokyo airport?
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On the Peach Aviation website, is there a way to set the currency?

On the Peach Aviation website I keep getting prices quoted in either Taiwanese or Hong Kong dollars or Japanese yen. I am actually looking up prices for flights from Taipei and Hong Kong so it makes ...
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Is there an irregular transportation service between Hualien, Taiwan and Yonaguni, Japan?

The Wikipedia article for Yonaguni, Okinawa states: Yonaguni is much closer to the capital of Taiwan (Taipei) at approximately 100 mi (160 km) than its own capital(Tokyo), which is about 1,250 ...
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Why do Japanese ATMs dispense money stacked differently to those in the west? [closed]

I recently went to Japan (specifically Osaka and a few other places around Kansai) for the first time in my life, and had an amazing time. One of the many cultural differences I noticed was that ...
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Where can I rent 90's sports cars in Japan?

Disclaimer: I am not advocating or planning on breaking any traffic laws, lots of fun can be had within these limits. As an Initial D fan, I would like to do a roadtrip to the various mountain ...
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Does a JR pass or even a regional pass make sense for Kansai?

I'll be in the Kansai region for eleven days (September 5 to 15). I'm flying in and out of Kansai International Airport, will spend a couple of days attending a conference at the Kyoto International ...
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Stay in Osaka, Kyoto or both [closed]

I am planning to stay around Osaka, Kyoto for 4 nights. Is it a good idea to stay 2 nights in each place or I should pick one as a base and move back and forth? I bought the Japan Rail Pass, so moving ...
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How can I pay tolls on Japanese expressways?

I'm renting a car soon in Japan and am planning to travel on the expressways. What's the best way to pay tolls?
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Can I enter Haneda Airport without a ticket?

Is it permitted to enter the Haneda Airport without actually flying? I know that Narita Airport has a checkpoint right after the train station, but is it same for Haneda? To be specific, I'm ...
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What are the legal restrictions on SIMs in Japan?

eConnect says that there's legal restrictions on SIM cards: Data Only SIM Our SIM card does not support voice call and SMS. It is currently prohibited by law to provide SIM card with a ...
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Credit cards being charged more than once in Japan

When I gocto a shop in Japan, whenever I pay for something with a credit card, I am always asked if I want to charge my purchase more than one. My Japanese isn't very good, so I may be ...
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Where to see traditional but everyday Japanese architecture

When travelling to Japan, I enjoy seeing things that are Japanese but everyday just as much as the big-ticket attractions such as the grand castles and temples. However, when it comes to architecture,...
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Prepaid SIM with voice & data at Haneda Airport

I'm looking to pick up a prepaid SIM with both voice and data at Haneda Airport soon. Do I understand correctly that my only choice, meaning offers data, voice & has a booth at Haneda, is ...
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Did the Wakkanai-Sakhalin ferry definitely cease operations in 2015, and is there going to be another ferry in its place this summer (2016)?

Since I first became aware of the existence of the large island, Sakhalin, in the Russian Far East that used to belong to Japan, and the fact that a ferry operated between the two countries at that ...
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Meet a master swordsmith in Japan

I will be in Japan in October (10th to 29th), we will start our tour south (Fukuoka) and we will go north up to Tokyo. We would like to see a katana making demonstration (or maybe just a blade ...
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Can I remove receipts from imported products from my passport?

I have recently imported books into Canada from Japan. As I bought in excess of 5000¥, the purchase was tax free and the receipt was stapled to my passport and stamped. Since I've now come back to ...
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Forgot old passport with schengen/student visa

I am a Japanese full-time student in the UK now on a trip to Paris. I have two passports: one new and valid, one old and void. However, my student visa/Schengen visa is in the old passport, which I ...
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Where are the melody roads located in Gunma prefecture?

I've heard many times that in Gunma prefecture, roads that play music when you drive over them can be found. However, I've not been able to find a clear location for these roads. Supposedly, there is ...
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In Japan, should rental cars be reserved in advance?

Is it acceptable to show up unannounced to a car rental shop and rent a car for ~5 days? Is it better to reserve in advance via a website? I speak decent japanese and should be able to explain the ...
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What is this “nekoya” shop advertising?

Image source: http://tokyo-oasis.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2009-10-13, used without permission I've seen on twitter a photo of a cat carrying a shamisen, with the text ねこや ("nekoya", literally "cat shop"). ...
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Will I have difficulty booking seats on a JR train from Tokyo to Kyoto during Obon?

My husband and I will be in Japan (for the first time) arriving August 10 and staying through the 18th. We will spend the first 3 days in Tokyo and then will take the train to Kyoto on the 13th. I ...
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What differences are there between Minshukus or Doyas and youth hostels in Kyoto?

I'm attending a conference in Kyoto at the Kyoto International Conference Center. I'm looking for accommodation that has quick public transport to the ICC, is inexpensive (but probably not a monastery,...
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Wi-fi at airports in Japan and Korea

Just want to know whether there is free wi-fi available at the major airports in Japan and Korea, and if not then what's the best way to get access to the Internet while waiting for flights to kill ...
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Can I take pickled plums (umeboshi) through USA customs?

I am living in Japan and my host mother is offering to give me her homemade umeboshi or pickled plums and I was wondering if USA customs would allow them through. The plums do have a seed in the ...
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Passport expiry date for entering Japan [duplicate]

I hear some countries require that you have at least 6 months before the expiry date on your passport from the date you enter (or possibly the date you intend to leave). Is there a limit on passport ...
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Is there anything like “Epcot World Showcase” in other parts of the world?

I recently looked up whether there are Epcots at other disneylands/worlds and nothing came up on the internet, but I am curious as to whether there are other facilities similar to Epcot where there ...
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Leaving belongings in a capsule hotel

I am considering staying at Hotel Asakusa & Capsule for a few days. I know I have to leave the hotel during the day for cleaning, I don't mind this as I will be going around town anyways. ...
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Is it safe for a pregnant lady to go to Hokkaido in 2016?

Fukushima incident causes a lot of fears among people, as to whether it's safe for tourists to go to Japan or not. While I understand that the radiation is not a problem for normal people, what about ...
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Geting a data plan in Japan as a tourist [duplicate]

I will be visiting Japan for two weeks as a tourist. I would like to have Internet access on my phone at all times, and found that there are some mobile data options for tourists. How do they actually ...
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Cheapest way to sleep in central Tokyo?

What would be the cheapest way to sleep in Tokyo without having to travel far away from the city center? Some basic comfort level is expected so sleeping in a back alley is excluded. By "city center",...
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Minimum passport validity for travelling to Japan

I'm planning to travel to Japan and I just realised my passport will have less than six months validity at the time I travel. I know some countries require at least 6 months validity for entry. Is ...
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Where is this statue?

Where is this statue? I couldn't locate it via Google or TinEye: Also, is the Arabic text in the article an accurate translation of those characters? Japanese wisdom - Zarif statue in Japan .. ...
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Last name is first on a JR Pass voucher

Recently I purchased a JR Pass, and the voucher came in the mail. I am an American with a first, middle, and last name. Suppose my name is Samuel Nathan Clemens, which shows up on my passport as: ...
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Where in Kyoto can I visit a traditional wood workshop?

I'm taking my dad (an avid hobby wood worker) for a few days to Japan, specifically the Tokyo and Kyoto region. Would anyone have some recommendations or know of a traditional Japanese wood workshop ...
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Do I need a Japanese visa for a layover in Osaka? [duplicate]

I want to know if i need a Japanese visa for long hours layover at Osaka Japan. I'm a legal resident at Hawaii but a Filipino Citizen. I have a flight from Honolulu going to China and I have a layover ...
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Should I convert all of my remaining Yen in Japan or at my next destination?

I am Canadian and have been working in Japan for the past year. I am leaving Japan next week and travelling to New Zealand. I have wired most of my money home to my Canadian bank account, but will ...
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Visiting Japan, what foreign proofs of ID are acceptable (for non-official purposes)?

Possibly related to this question about carrying passports everywhere. In preparation for my first trip to Japan, I have my UK passport, which is of course kept on hand at all times when I'm ...
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What discount options are available for domestic air travel in Japan?

In order to visit some faraway places like Okinawa or (northern) Hokkaido, but also because the Shinkansen can be very expensive (especially without a rail pass), one sometimes needs or wants to book ...
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Male using change tables in female restrooms in Japan

Next month I'll be traveling to Japan with my wife and two children. Our youngest (1yo) is still in diapers. I read a few guides about traveling in Japan, and saw mention that change tables are ...
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Traveling to Japan from the USA avoiding air travel? [duplicate]

This may be a bit of an odd question, but is it possible to make it to Japan without using an airplane. I have an inner ear disease and the last time I flew, it literally left me incapacitated for a ...
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When are stopovers permitted on Japan Railways (JR) trains?

Regarding this question: in general, what are the rules governing stopovers for JR trains if one does not use a rail pass? A stopover means you have a ticket from stations A to B (say, Tokyo to ...
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How to reserve a seat with Japan Railways (JR)?

Especially for all-reserved trains, but also for others, one sometimes needs or wants to reserve a seat on a JR train, even with a rail pass. When and how can one do so?
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Can you use a JR Pass to travel between Sapporo and Tokyo?

I guess the title pretty much sums up the question. This would be my first time out of the country, and so I'm a little unexposed to things like this (and will not have anyone with me). Will a JR ...
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Showing tax refunded items at customs in Japan

I'm on a vacation in Japan and I've bought some items tax-free in different stores (Bic Camera, Isetan, some smaller shops). Everytime the rules that they have told me are a little different, and my ...
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On which trains in Japan is reservation mandatory?

The vast majority of Japanese trains have so-called non-reserved (or unreserved) seats (自由席, literally "free seats"), which do not allow reservation and are available on a first-come, first-served ...
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Will I fit or need an extension?(first time flyer) [duplicate]

I am 5'5" tall and weigh 250 lbs. I have never flown before but am flying to visit my son who is in the Navy serving in Japan this month. I will fly American AirlinesExpress to Chicago and then ANA ...
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Japan pocket wifi that uses NTT Docomo

Are there any pocket wifi options that use NTT Docomo as the cellular provider? We will be travelling to a rural part of the Wakayama Prefecture and, based on our research, NTT Docomo has the best ...
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How to book accommodation in Japan when all websites are fully booked?

Japanese people tend to all take their holidays at the same time, so some periods (Golden Week, Obon, Silver Week) are extremely busy, with zero availability for most touristic cities on all booking ...