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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Is a passport required for transit through Narita, Japan (NRT)?

I am a Vietnamese Refugee and do not carry a Vietnamese passport. I do however carry a Vietnamese Certificate of Visa Exemption (permission to enter Vietnam) and a greencard(to re-enter USA). I have ...
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What can I do to make sure I don't get sick eating fish in Japan (as a 11-year vegan)?

I'm planning to visit Japan next month and am a bit concerned about eating. I've been a vegan for 11 years and I'm going to try my best to avoid meat, fish, eggs and dairy while I'm there, but because ...
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What to do with cash money? [closed]

This is a first world's problem question. The thing is I thought it was a good idea to carry cash. But I'm realizing that I'm not spending as much as I thought , so I have to be carry this money, and ...
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Dress code in Tokyo Station Hotel

I might be staying a night in Tokyo Station Hotel It seems to be a conservative, high class hotel. Should I dress in business casual clothes or are normal (clean) clothes fine? I realize there is no ...
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How do I pay for something via a konbini kiosk without actually being in Japan?

I'm looking to purchase a ticket for a concert in Japan. The ticket is vended by Pia. For this particular concert, two payment options are offered: Seven-Eleven and Econtext. Both of these appear to ...
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Can transit in Japan or korea [closed]

I am traveling to Vladivostok from India. I have a flight from India to Japan to Korea to Vladivostok. Can I transit in Japan or Korea? I hold an Indian passport.
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My old passport expired and was unused. As an Indian citizen, would I need it while applying for a visa to Japan in Taiwan?

I am an Indian citizen. My old passport was valid till about 10 years back. I never used it for any travel or document proofs at all. My current passport is valid till another 3 years with two visits ...
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Japan: Hamanasu night express train service status

I'm a little confused with this. I know it will be discontinued in 2016 after Shinkansen arrives to Hokkaido but I'm not sure if it's running now or not, and if so, how reliably it's running. JR ...
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Culture Day in Osaka/Kyoto

Culture Day is a Japanese national holiday held on November 3. Are there some special events related to this day in Osaka or Kyoto? Is it also suggested to avoid main attractions like the Osaka ...
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Are there any restaurants in Tokyo that serve Sannakji?

I know that Sannakji is originally Korean food, but I've seen on TV they've eaten that in Tokyo as well. Update: It was on a Finnish TV show called Madventures. You can find the clip on Youtube: ...
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In Japan, is English more likely to be understood and spoken by young people than old people? [closed]

Some tourist guides suggest that young people may be more suitable than older people for communicating in English, such as Wikivoyage's section on communicating in Japan. While I understand the ...
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What is the most common transmission type for rental cars in Japan?

What's the prevalent type of gear transmission on rental cars in Japan (Hokkaido specifically), manual or automatic ? If it's manual, are there restrictions ? Assuming I have an International Driving ...
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Do “Magic Bars” exist outside of Japan? [closed]

Do "Magic Bars" (マジックバー) (is there a more common term for it in English?), bars at which magic is performed, exist outside of Japan? Examples: EM Power Magic Another example Magic Bar 10 o'clock
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When are azaleas blooming in Sendai?

Sendai (North Japan) has a temple which is said to be splendid when azaleas are in full bloom. What is the good season to see this? If not full bloom, at least from what month to what month are they ...
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Christmas time in the Kansai area

Are there any festivals/events/traffic jams that I have to be aware of during the last week of December in Osaka/Kyoto? My family's planning to go to Japan for this year's holidays, and I'm assigned ...
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Are trains from Narita Airport running on New Year's eve?

The trains from Narita Airport to Asakusa station runs normally on January first?
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South Korea vs. Japan. Which gets cold earlier in autumn?

I will finally arrive on the Chinese east tomorrow, over three month behind my original schedule. My plan was to take a ferry to South Korea spend a month there and then take a ferry to Japan to ...
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Coordinates of the Matsushima castle (松島城)?

Google Maps and Wikimapia don't know about 松島城 (Matsushima castle). I would start to doubt its existence if it were not for the numerous pictures available: CC-BY-SA-3.0 Kumamushi It has a view on ...
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What's the cheapest way to get around from and to Mainland China, Taiwan, and Japan? [closed]

I'm a student trying to go from Canada -> China -> Taiwan -> Japan -> China -> Canada while staying in each place for at least 2-3 weeks. I've been using Google flights and rome2rio but I'm having ...
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Name change in reservation ticket [closed]

Me and my husband want to go Darjeeling. When we done our reservation there is a problem: in the ticket I reserved to my husband's name and my Aunty's name. Can I change the Aunty name to my name?
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Tour to Fukushima closed area?

There are several travel agent in Ukraine which organise Chernobyl tour and visited the Closed Area. Is there any travel agents in Japan organising similar trips to Fukushima Closed Area?
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Where can I find a map of the whole Japan railway system?

I can't seem to find a map that includes every railway in Japan (it's very very difficult, actually). Is there a map (as photo) that includes every single railway, except google map?
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Where to get data-only SIM in Japan

I have an unlocked North American (Canada) iPhone 5s, where can I buy a data only SIM card in Japan ? I'm not interested in renting nor in a voice plan, I'll be staying for 4 weeks. I'll be landing ...
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Camping in Hakone (I bring my tent)

Is it possible to camp in Hakone? Most Google results for "camping hakone" are lodges, not the tent thing. I am looking for real camping, it should be free or cost less than 1000 yen. In case ...
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Importing shells from a US beach into Japan

Can someone take sand dollars found on a U.S. beach to Japan in their suitcase? Do they have to be treated to get through customs?
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Matsushiro Underground Imperial Headquarters

Nagano has a big network of underground bunkers built during the Second World War. It was meant to contain an imperial palace, and the central organs of government. It was built semi-independently by ...
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Where is a good/interesting place to go outside of (but not too far) from Osaka? Looking for an overnight trip [closed]

I will be in Osaka for 8 days and everywhere is booked out for the last weekend. Thought I might head out of the city so I am looking for something a little different and not ridiculously expensive - ...
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Non-seafood food options in Tokyo?

I don't eat a lot of seafood but will eat pretty much anything else. I know a lot of Japanese cuisine is based on seafood - but are there other Japanese meat or vegetable dishes I should try? I'd like ...
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Owl Cafe in Tokyo where English is spoken?

I'm visiting Tokyo in late September and really want to visit an owl cafe. I've heard that it is best to go with someone who speaks Japanese as they usually give instructions etc only in Japanese. Are ...
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Do I need a Japan visa? [duplicate]

I am an Indian passport holder. I am planning to travel from Delhi to Vancouver, Canada with Japan Airlines and there is a layover of 11 hours in Narita, Tokyo. So do I need any kind of visa from ...
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How much cash should I give my daughter for month long Japan trip? [closed]

My daughter is traveling to Japan for a month. How much cash should I send with her? She has housing and 2 meals per day, but likely will be paying for a couple of meals per day. So her main costs ...
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Proof of onward travel in Japan?

UPDATE: I just found out about a service called "flyonward.com". Apparently, they book a real ticket on your behalf for $10 and cancel it 24 hours later. Has anyone ever used that service? I am ...
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Japanese visa issued in Rome, would I have problems passing by the Philippines first?

I just got my Japanese visa in Rome, would there be any problem if I come to Manila first?
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May I swim in a direction parallel to the width of a swimming pool in Japan?

I am talking about a rectangular swimming pool. In my country, we are allowed to swim in a direction parallel to the width of the pool when there are too many customers come. It is usually done ...
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Exit rules before visit to Schengen country after studies in another Schengen country [duplicate]

My friend is a Japanese citizen and was studying in Sweden for around a year (August-June), having a temporary residence permit. He left Sweden in June and would like to visit Greece in July. Entry ...
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I have a Layover in Japan, Going to stayfor a month, Do I need a Transit Visa?

I am a citizen of the US and I will be leaving to go back to the states after a long time overseas. I've been living in the Philippines and I will have a connecting flight from the Philippines to ...
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How do I get Japan tourist visa?

I am an Indian holding US green card and want to stay in Japan for 3-4 days on my way to India from the USA. What are the requirements?
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Is lack of toilet paper a common occurrence in Japan?

Lonely Planet advises people to carry tissues with them in case there isn't any toilet paper Toilet paper isn't always provided, so it is always a good idea to carry tissues with you. You may ...
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Always possible to pay for taxis in Japan with a credit card?

Much to my surprise, I was able to pay for a taxi ride to Narita Airport using a Visa card. While I'd always want to pay cash, is using a credit card always an option for paying for taxi rides in ...
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Why is homelessness not an issue in Tokyo? [closed]

I saw this article talking about impressive Japanese innovations in which having (almost) no homeless people in Tokyo was listed as one of them. Given the fact that Tokyo is the most populated ...
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Should I carry my passport everywhere I go in Japan?

Because of this question, I remembered that I read somewhere that some places or bars in Japan ask for your passport for identification (Old article, can't find it now). Should I bring it with me ...
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Bringing only cash to Japan - Any tips on how I should protect the money?

I'll be bringing cash for a 20 day trip, and I'm changing it all to my port of departure (Australia). So now, I have lots of yen in my wallet. Any tips on how I should handle the money while ...
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Where can I try konoko and konowata in Japan?

Apparently sea cucumbers are quite a delicacy in many Asian countries. I was wondering if anyone knows of good places to try konoko (dried sea cucumber gonads) and konowata (salted intestines) in ...
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3 weeks trip from Zurich to Japan and South Korea [closed]

I'm planning to travel alone to Japan and South Korea for 3 weeks (20. June to 12. July 2015) and I'll depart from Zurich, Switzerland. My main question is about getting to both places, which is a ...
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Going to USA on B1/B2 visa when on a business visa in Japan

I am going on a business visa to Japan. When in Japan, can I get a B1/B2 visa to go to USA for a short personal trip? Thanks for your help
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What is the cheapest/safest way to ship a box to Japan from USA

I am not sure if this is the right group to submit this question to. I feel like this is a travel question because it involves mailing souvenirs and other things that will not fit in to a suitcase. ...
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Is advanced booking required for ferries from South Korea to Japan

We already have a question about ferries from South Korea to Japan, but my question is can I just show up at the port and buy a ticket for the same-day ferry or do I have to book it in advanced? I ...
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Non-commercial long 7 day retreats in Japan?

I'm looking for long and serious meditation retreats in Japan, at least 7 days (to 15/30 days). I know about Shukubo's but they appear more like a holiday with 2-3 hours of meditation, and most I ...
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Communicating in Tokyo without Japanese

I'm going to Japan soon. (Like my previous question.) And I'm going to Tokyo. I'm not at all good at communicating in Japanese. A beginner, not even able to use it for basic purpose. How can I ...
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Looking for information on Nachi-no-Hi Matsuri 14 july

I am looking for information regarding this Matsuri. I takes place in Nachisan, Nachi-Katsuura-cho, Wakayama Prefecture I am only 20mn far from this Matsuri on July the 14th. More info : ...