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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Are there high crime areas in Japan that I should avoid?

According to the this link (in the "Crime" section), I should avoid the areas of "Roppongi, Shinjuku (especially the area of Kabuki-cho), Shibuya, and Ikebukuro" in Tokyo, due to them being high crime ...
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Is tourism beneficial to the economies of places affected by natural disasters?

Is tourism to regions that were hit several months ago by natural disasters (for example, the north-eastern part of Honshu, Japan) good for the local economy, and for the people of that area? Just to ...
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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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Where near Kagoshima can I visit a tea plantation?

I'm heading to Kagoshima which I learned is a major tea producing region in Japan. I'd like to visit a tea farm but can't find visits or specific tea growers online, only articles about tea varieties. ...
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Where to eat Suzumebachi (Giant Sparrow Bee) in Japan?

Today I've read a lot about the craziest insect in Japan, the Suzumebachi. It's a kind of giant bee and, apparently, it's the most dangerous animal in Japan: Being stung is extremely painful and ...
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Where do Gamers visit in Tokyo?

Ok, I'm a huge gamer and of course a SEGA fan (played Sonic the Hedgehog since '93) and I be travelling to Japan in December. Any place in Tokyo I can fulfil the inner child in me? Looking for ...
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Do people travel to the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands?

It's probably not the best idea to try to get to the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands. But every time I see a photo, I can't help but think how picturesque and pristine the islands seem: (The Guardian via ...
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Safety [petty crimes, mostly] in Japan

I'm fully aware of the fact that Japan is considered a quite safe country in regards of petty crimes. However, I recently stumbled upon alerts about the Roppongi area where [quoting from wikitravel] ...
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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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Can an original of “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” be viewed in Japan?

According to the Wikipedia article for "The Great Wave off Kanagawa", copies are stored in various places around the world. There are various copies of this work throughout the world. The ...
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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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Japan's crumbling temples and shrines — How can I find them?

I will be staying in Japan for a few weeks late this summer, and would like to find a bunch of back-woods, off-the-beaten-path temples and shrines, especially if they are dilapidated and not "new" ...
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Layover at Narita, Japan. Do I need a transit visa?

I am travelling from Delhi to Chicago and have two stopovers in between, one at Narita, Japan, and the other at Dallas, US; so my trip looks like: DEL - NRT - DFW - ORD. I am an Indian citizen. I do ...
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Cheap way to get around Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka - alternatives to the JR Pass?

Me and my friends are going to Japan 2 weeks from now. We'll stay for 4 days in Tokyo, overnight in Hakone, 3 days in Kyoto (with a side visit to Nara) and 2 days in Osaka (Summer Sonic!!). So my ...
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Internet in Japan

During travel in Japan I would like to have internet in my laptop and Ipad. What is not very expensive solution to do that? Is there any prepaid internet in Japan? I Think I will need 1GB
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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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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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Should you use English or (possibly broken) Japanese in Japan?

So I'm going to Japan next month with friends, and I'm the only one speaking reasonably good Japanese. However, I am really nervous about how to approach people when, say, buying train tickets and ...
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Place to store luggage for the day in Tokyo?

I'm switching airports between Haneda and Narita over the course of 30 hours. As a result I have the day in Tokyo. I'm likely sleeping in the airport, so don't have a hotel in town to store my bags ...
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Bringing a camping knife to Japan

And before you ask, YES, it is for camping. I have travelled to Japan a couple times and enjoyed it. I know Japan law allows knifes of a certain size (under 6cm the last time I checked, but I'll look ...
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Exchanging business cards in Japan

In Hong Kong (and I believe other parts of China as well), one offers his business card by holding it with both hands with the text unobscured and oriented so that the other person can read it. After ...
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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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Gift-giving rules for Japanese dinner host

I'm invited by a Japanese family for a home cooked dinner at their house. I'm wondering, given the Japanese gift-giving culture, what is appropriate to bring with me in this case and if it's any ...
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Airlines refusing check-in without return ticket

I recently heard that some airlines refuse to let you fly to Japan (from Europe), if you don't have a return ticket. Since it is possible to buy one-way tickets, I guess this is utter nonsense, but ...
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Layover at Tokyo Narita airport: can I travel outside, and what kind of visa would I need?

I am traveling from Singapore to San Francisco and an airline which I am choosing has a layover of 7.5 hours at Tokyo Airport (NRT). I am wondering if I would be allowed to go out to experience the ...
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In Japan, what is a “Philippine pub”?

In Japan, what is a "Philippine pub" (フィリピンパブ)? I tried googling for "Philippine pub Japan", but didn't have much luck. The Japanese edition of Wikipedia has a description, but Google Translate ...
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How to avoid having my drink spiked in a bar

How do I avoid being the victim of drink spiking in a bar? (As in spiking to steal money or commit credit card fraud, not for sexual assualt) Presumably I should avoid places promoted by touts from ...
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Accommodation in Tokyo for a party of four

We are going to Japan in the beginning of April and we are looking for good accommodation in Tokyo and Kyoto for two adults and two teenagers. We would like interesting options that take us into the ...
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Abandoned railway stations in Japan

I've just read Japan Keeps This Defunct Train Station Running for Just One Passenger, about a station that'll be closing this year (2016) because its last user, a high school student, will be ...
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Are there any tours into North Korea that depart from Japan or South Korea?

I'm in Japan for 3 weeks, and then looking to go across to South Korea. I'm wondering if there's anyway to organise a tour of North Korea that departs from either Japan or South Korea? Bearing in ...
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Cheapest way to travel from Osaka Kansai airport to Kyoto and back?

I will be travelling to Kyoto for one week and would like to know the cheapest method of travelling from Osaka Kansai to Kyoto and back. I have looked into the JR east pass which costs ¥2060 for one ...
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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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Car rental in Japan

Is it possible to rent a car in Japan with a Swedish drivers license? What is the traffic like? I figure that there is not much use in driving in the Tokyo or Osaka areas. What are the options for ...
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Avoiding human trafficking when getting a massage in Japan

I'm currently unable to distinguish between Japanese, Korean and Chinese ethnicities. How do I avoid exploiting victims of human trafficking while having a massage in Japan? Is human trafficking more ...
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Eating fish eye in Japan

Where can I eat fish eye in Japan? Ideally, they'd be pickled and come with rice, like I've heard it was during WW2, but I'm not sure whether it's available like that nowadays. Is it generally ...
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Snorkeling in southern Japan?

Are there any good snorkeling sites around Kyushu in southern Japan? Is it warm enough to do this in April? (Context: newbie snorkelers... one or two days. Preferably not an island outside of Kyushu.) ...
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Is there any way to get a ride on the new Japanese Maglev train in Yamanashi?

I know it is an experimental test track but was wondering if anyone knew how one might be able to ride the Yamanashi maglev train on one of its test runs?
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Are there any ferry companies operating between Russian East ports and Japan?

I'm interested in visiting the Japan after some Russian Far East trip. I'm searching for the sea ways to the Japan. Can you help me with that? Update: I'm searching some extremal variants not from ...
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Are American Express credit cards widely accepted in Japan, specifically, Osaka?

I'm planning how I'll be bringing my money in my future Japan trip, and I was wondering if I could use a mix of cash and credit cards. Sadly, as of the moment, I only have an Amex credit card. Also, ...
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Does Japan have pubs or bars?

In jmac's answer to "Where can I socialize with young Japanese people?", one suggestion given was bars: For night life, bars tend to be the best choice (over Izakaya or Night Clubs) because they ...
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What are the typical meals in Japan?

I'm going to Tokyo for tourism and I'm wondering what are the typical meals that one tourist may get during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, what are their costs? Notice that I'm a tourist staying ...
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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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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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Options for sending a message while on a Shinkansen

I need to send a message, preferably while I'm on a Shinkansen, to tell someone which Shinkansen I'm on. I tried to find out how I could do this and ended up with ridiculously expensive options like ...
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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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Where can I find Japanese Lacquerware in Tokyo?

I've been racking my brains on this for quite a while now and would like to buy some traditional styled Japanese Lacquerware or shikki (漆器) in Tokyo. I've tried places like Asakusa and some online ...
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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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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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Mastercard in Japan - pay with signature

I'm in Japan and I have a Mastercard, but I forgot my PIN. Do you know if it is possible to swipe and pay?
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Travel to Okinawa from mainland Japan

We are visiting Japan in April and I am thinking about a couple of days of sun, bathing and snorkelling in Okinawa. What are the travel options for this? Flying from Tokyo is probably one. Are there ...