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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Can I converse with Japanese travellers on the Shinkansen or is it rude?

I'm planning to travel from Osaka to Tokyo and back, and since the ride will be long, I think it's the perfect time to make friends. However, I'm unsure how the Japanese see this kind of behaviour - ...
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Discounts for Universal Studios Japan when it's your birthday?

I've heard this from my Japanese friend but I can't find any announcement or official ad regarding this discount. Can anyone confirm if this is true or not?
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Is it usual for Japanese sentos to offer cheap overnight stays like their Korean counterparts (jjimjilbangs) do?

Japan and Korea both have similar concepts of communal bath houses. In Japan they are called sentos and in Korea they are called jjimjilbangs. In Korea it is usual that jjimjilbangs offer very cheap ...
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Japanese train etiquette: Is it acceptable to take a baby in the Shinkansen Green Car?

The green carriage is of course first class. This would be our first preference with our 5 month old baby in lap, because of the presumably larger toilets for changing and whatnot. However, the baby ...
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“Romantic Road” Japan, including rental car and trains

we're hoping to drive the Japan "Romantic Road" to Nikko in late Feb/early March 2015, starting and finishing by train. E.g. Tokyo to Sakudaira via Shinkansen One-way rental car from Sakudaira ...
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The rate is for 2 guests when making online hotel reservations

What does it mean "the rate is for 2 guests" does it mean multiply by 2 the advertised hotel rate?
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Can I use a power adapter designed for USA in Japan?

I'm about to travel to Japan (from UK) and can't seem to buy a mains adapter that specifically says it can be used in Japan. However, the internet (e.g. Wikipedia) tells me that Japanese power sockets ...
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Is Nogi's house original or rebuilt?

Nogi's house and shrine (乃木神社) in Roppongi is a nice place but I am not sure whether it is an original building or a reproduction. In what year was it built?
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Is it culturally acceptable for an American to visit the memorials in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

The title says it all. Is it culturally acceptable (to the Japanese) for an American to visit the memorials to the victims of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? I realize that a Japanese ...
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Philippine passport holder, Pass holder in Singapore (work), applying for a Japan tourist visa, but Port of Origin is Philippines

I am a Filipino currently working here in Singapore (pass holder). I have a flight to Japan booked on July, 2015, but my port of origin will be in Philippines. I will be on a vacation in my home ...
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Cell phones in Japan

What are the options for getting a smart phone up and running when travelling for a couple of weeks in Japan?
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Do any temples or palaces in Japan have a dress code?

In Thailand it was common for temples to require that you wear pants or scarves to cover your shoulders. Japan has many ancient places; if you wear shorts to a temple or a palace, are you risking ...
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Booking a JR Shinkansen train ticket in Seoul

I want to book a Kyoto-Tokyo Shinkansen ticket for a trip in 10 days, because Shinkansen will be very crowded and probably impossible to board without a reservation. How can I book it from Seoul? ...
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Is it possible to go from South Korea to Hong Kong by sea?

More specifically from Busan (but other sites also possible). My plan is to do Japan - South Korea - Hong Kong by sea.
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Should I give my Japanese host omiyage/gift when meeting them first or when I'm leaving?

I'll be visiting Japan soon and I'll be meeting a friend there. I was wondering if the etiquette there was to give a gift when you first arrive or when you'll be leaving. When should I give the ...
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From Haneda airport to Narita with same airlines

We will arrive in Haneda airport at 7:10am and connecting flight from Narita is 11:15am to US. Is there enough time to catch my next flight? I've confirmed with UA that we don't need to pick up our ...
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Camping near a beach, not far from Tokyo

I am looking for a place to camp (tent, coming by bicycle or train), at walking distance from a beach, and not far from Tokyo. Any recommendation? I have found a few lists of camping addresses, but ...
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Fast public transport from Kusatsu to Jigokudani Monkey Park during winter?

Kusatsu and the Jigokudani Monkey Park (Yamanouchi) are only 46 kilometers away by road, but Google Maps only suggests taking the Shinkansen all around the Kagonotoyama mountain, taking 4.5 hours and ...
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Visiting Lake Kawaguchiko, how to get there?

I plan to visit Lake Kawaguchiko on the 24th of Februari. I'm looking for transportation going from Tokyo to Lake Kawaguchiko, and then from Lake Kawaguchiko going to Osaka. What are my options?
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A question about work life in Japan [closed]

I've recently been offered work in Japan. I love Japan for the food, people and techno-logical advancement. Besides the challenge of learning a new language, I have concerns about the work culture ...
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Best connection Tokyo - Kyoto

I'll travel to Tokyo during the first 2 weeks of November. What's the fastest and not too much expensive way to reach Kyoto from Tokyo? As reported here: a Shinkansen ticket form Tokyo to Kyoto is ...
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US green card holder, do I need a transit visa in Japan [duplicate]

Is it true that Manila will not let me leave to go back to Narita to New York without a Japanese visa or a confirm ticket? I'm a green card holder.
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How can I discover what time of the year hotels will be cheapest for a given city, e.g. Tokyo?

I'm interested in visiting Tokyo in 2015, and am trying to figure out what time(s) of the year will likely be cheapest for hotel stays, since it is a notoriously expensive city. Short of using a hotel ...
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What equipment is required to traverse Daisetsuzan in Hokkaido at the end of April? [closed]

It looks like there is still snow at Daisetsuzan in Hokkaido at the end of April. I prefer hiking with snow and ice, and have the appropriate equipment, but want to know what to bring (do I need ...
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Climbing Mount Fuji

I'd like to trek to Mount Fuji. Some of my colleagues at work tell me that it takes about 10 hours and there's a pit stop I can stop at and rest before I go up to the peak. I've heard that it's ...
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What to do in Haneda, Tokyo for both a night and day 13+ hour layover

I have two layovers in Tokyo in April, and it will be just me and my daughter. The first leg out we have a 13 hour layover during the night, from 10:30 PM until 11:45 AM. I'm not sure if I should ...
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How, specifically, can I travel between Taiwan and Okinawa by sea?

This is a followup to a previous question of mine where we established that it is possible to travel between the Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan. So now that we know that it's possible, and because ...
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Is it safe for a commercial flight to have Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan on its flight route?

This September I will have a flight from Qatar (Doha) to Japan (Haneda) with Qatar Airways on the very new route code QR810. By checking its flight route I've noticed that it flies over south Iran, ...
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Travelling to Japan from Korea on a UK passport

I have a UK passport and an E2 Visa for living and working in Korea. Will I encounter any difficulties if I want to travel to Japan, or will I need to get a visa when I get there or before I go (i.e. ...
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I have a tattoo. Can I visit a public swimming pool in Japan?

A friend of mine is currently traveling in Japan. She has a small tattoo on her neck. Now she wanted to visit a public swimming pool but was denied entry. It was difficult to understand the reason ...
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Delhi, Beijing or Japan for sightseeing in May with a teenage daughter?

I will have about 15-20 days in May to travel with my daughter (who will be 14). We are from Brazil and she has never been abroad, so I thought I would like to bring her to some place with unique ...
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Japanese homestay gifts?

I am an American and I will be going to Japan for a study abroad program to Japan. I will be having 3 host families. I want to give gifts to my host Families and I am having trouble coming up with ...
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How to find public trashcans in Japan?

A recent, now deleted question asked why there was so few public trashcans in Japan. It was probably deleted due to a not-so-nice comment opining that it was not a travel question, but I'd hazard a ...
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Buying a second hand Fujinon lens in Osaka

I am Going back for the third time in Japan next summer. I am looking for shops recommendation to buy another lens for my Fujifilm digital camera. Are there shops to buy reliable second hand ...
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How to make Japanese friends while backpacking in Japan? [duplicate]

I'm planning to travel in Japan alone, but for me, the majority of the worth of the travel is in the socializations I make. Friends, conversations, and such. Tourist spots and popular sites are ...
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Booking a bus in Japan to catch early morning flights at Narita airport

The online booking website for Access Narita and Keisei both require my name in Japanese katakana. Is the name really required for verification or I can make up any name Japanese name?
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Can a foreign tourist attend Okinawan language class in Naha?

I arrived in Naha, Okinawa yesterday and took an interest in the local language as usual since languages are one of my hobbies. Okinawan is a dying language separate from Japanese that is not ...
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Can we travel from Japan to USA with Indian US visa?

I am an Indian. I have a tourist visa for visiting USA and Japan. Can I travel to Japan first, tour there for a month and then travel to USA directly from Japan?. Or Should I come back to India after ...
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Where can I socialize with young Japanese people?

One of the things I like about travelling to Japan is that it's possible, if you know some Japanese, to travel to destinations where your fellow travellers are predominantly domestic travellers, ...
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Leave the airport during a connection in Japan?

I bought a one-way ticket (JAL) from Bangkok -> Tokyo (Haneda), and the other leg Tokyo (Haneda) -> San Francisco. This was bought in one transaction. Do I have the option to leave the airport during ...
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What are family-friendly places to visit in Hiroshima with young kids?

I'm planning a trip to Kyushu (from Osaka) and may be passing by Hiroshima for one night. We're considering a stop there, but I am wondering what I can take a couple of toddlers (4 and 2) in November. ...
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Japanese food “best before” codes

I've noticed some Japanese food products (particularly snacks?) use some sort of non-standard code for their "best before" dates. Not all codes seem to be of the same type, so I suspect there may be ...
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How do you know if a Japanese person means no when they say yes?

I have come across a few situations when a Japanese person will extend themselves beyond what they probably should to help people. I am often worried when asking them to do something that they will ...
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How can I find a good school to learn Japanese in Tokyo?

So I'm trying to live in Tokyo, and would like to learn japanese. I'm looking for an immersion school that will teach me Japanese starting from the basics to intermediate level (JPTL4-JPTL2). I used ...
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Are most flights to Japan staffed by hosts with good Japanese?

Are most flights from Australia to Japan staffed by hosts with good Japanese language skills? I assume that Australian based airlines would, but I'm not sure about airlines that are based in ...
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How do I book a one-way rail ticket from Tokyo to Toyota City?

I will be in Japan next week for a business trip to Toyota City. I will be there for three weeks, and while I'm actually in Toyota City I'll have no need for transportation other than my feet. I've ...
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Do Indian citizens need a transit visa for a 3 hour layover at Tokyo, Japan? [duplicate]

I'm traveling to Singapore from San Francisco through Tokyo, Japan. I'm an Indian citizen and have a 3 hour layover at Tokyo, both ways. Would I need a Japanese transit visa?
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What options exist to get to Aogashima, Japan from Tokyo?

My understanding from Wikitravel is that you can get a helicopter or ferry from Hachijojima. However, it's unclear what time this ferry is, or whether you'll have down time after the morning arrival ...
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Is it rude to give up your seat in Japan?

I heard that in Japan it may be considered rude to give up your seat for someone else while you are on a train or bus, because it would make the other person feel in debt with you. Is this true? (Of ...
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How does one respectfully greet someone in Japan?

Every country has different cultural greetings. I was wondering if handshaking is ok in Japan? Or do they have their own cultural greeting. I'm not talking about greeting in their language but more ...