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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Do Indian citizens need a visa for Okinawa? [closed]

I m holding a Indian passport. And I m going to jeju(south korea). My flight is from Mumbai to jeju. Jeju to Okinawa. Okinawa to mumbai. Do I need visa for Okinawa. Jeju visa is on arrival. I don't ...
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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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How to get from Nagoya Airport to Matsumoto by bus

I will be arriving at Chubu Centrair International Airport (Nagoya Airport) and I would like to take a bus to Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. I have seen these pages: http://www.centrair.jp/...
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Dogs in public spaces in Japan: law for leash?

Is there a law in Japan that dogs on public spaces must be leashed at all times? All dogs I've ever seen here were on leash but this of course doesn't mean that there is a law. My Japanese is not ...
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How early should I reserve Shinkansen tickets during April?

Is it enough to buy Shinkansen tickets at the day of departure or should I buy them several days in advance if I want to secure a seat? I'll be travelling between Osaka and Hiroshima during early ...
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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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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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Visiting Japan as an Indian citizen - visa requirements?

I am an Indian citizen. I want to visit Japan for tourism purpose. I don't have any income proof. I have 300,000 INR in my account. I have new passport. What I have to do to get visa. What is the ...
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I have refugee status and I got my travel documents from Italy. Can I travel to England or japan without visa? [duplicate]

1- I am in Italy. I got refugees status in Italy. From Italy I got my travel documents but I want to know that can I travel to England or japan without asking visa ?? 2- Can I work in any other ...
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Hokkaido night trains after Shinkansen introduction

In march 2016 the Shinkansen will link Honshu to Shin-Hakodate. According to JP Rail's website the Hokutosei is already discontinued and Japan Guide says the overnight Cassiopeia and Hamanasu services ...
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Better to buy HKD with USD than with other currencies?

In a lot of places, the exchange rate for buying their currency with USD, is significantly better than buying with any other currency. Relative to the "inter-bank exchange rate" you see on Google ...
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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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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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Public transporation from Kansai Airport to Osaka

What is the public transportation from Kansai Int'l airport to Minami district of Osaka?
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Claiming on registered international mail in Japan

So I'm sending a lot of items back to the UK from Japan, and am paying about triple the standard cost to register my mail (kakitome; 書留). However, I've yet to find a portal where I can actually claim ...
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Tickets to the Koshien Bowl

I'm looking to attend the Koshien Bowl final on December 13th. Does anyone know how I'd go about getting tickets? I'll be in Japan for a few days before the game (but not in Kobe/Osaka.)
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Re-entry to Japan within 90 days period as a tourist?

I am a European citizen with Spanish passport and therefore I needed no visa for tourism in Japan. I was given a 90 day period (Sep 16 to max. Dec 15) and within that period I must go to the US for an ...
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Can I get a transit visa for Tokyo travelling from Shanghai?

South African travelling to Shanghai for holiday, I'd like to go to a show in Tokyo only for the day ...then fly back to Shanghai... will that be allowed at all ?
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How should I wash clothes in Japan?

I'm going backpacking for a month in Japan and I plan to pack lightly. So I have couple of questions about how I can wash my clothes in Japan. I expect laundromats to be quite common in big cities ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to buy Japanese baseball tickets from the US?

What's a good way to buy Japanese baseball tickets from the US? I'm trying to get tickets to the 4/13 Tigers game at Koshien stadium in Osaka. I can read Japanese, and would love to buy from the ...
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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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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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Is free camping permitted in Japan?

I'm planning to go to Japan this summer, and after visiting a relative, I'm planning to go on a hike for 5 to 7 days. I was wondering if camping out in the wild is permitted anywhere in japan, like ...
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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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Visiting Japan as US permanent resident

A friend of mine is planning a trip to Japan on short notice. He is not a US Citizen, but a permanent resident. Is there a Visa on Arrival or an easy way to get a visa that applies specifically to US ...
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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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Japan tourist visa without ticket for expat in Shanghai, China

I'll be in Shanghai under a business visa for 5 months. During the third month, I would want to travel to Hokkaido, Japan for one week break. I'm a Malaysian and I'll need to obtain a short-term ...
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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 - ...