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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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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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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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 - ...
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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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How to choose a foreigner-friendly bar in Shinjuku Golden Gai

I see from other sites that some of the bars in Shinjuku Golden Gai only welcome local Japanese, so how do I know if they don't welcome foreigners? Should I pick those bar with cover chanrge to play ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I find out what type of train is used for a Shinkansen service?

One of my kids' favorite destinations near Tokyo is the Railway Museum, which as a bonus can be visited by taking the Shinkansen bullet train two stops from Tokyo to Omiya. This particular section of ...
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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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How accurate is Google Maps for travel times?

I have this route planned in Google Maps as a rough plot for travel times to 4 locations from Tokyo Tower, it's by no means finished. Now I am well aware that there are other factors such was road ...
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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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What is wrong with eating while walking in Japan? It doesn't seem to be an issue in other Asian countries

I have seen on many etiquette questions about Japan that this is a no no, but I can't seem to find what the reason for this is. I know that in countries like Taiwan or China it doesn't seem to be an ...
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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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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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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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Japan transit visa for a Filipino who has just acquired Canadian citizenship but has no Canadian passport

My girlfriend and I want to buy a bargain flight to Thailand from Toronto. We would be saving over $1,000 between the two of us. The return leg stops over at Narita for 11 hr and 50 minutes. There are ...
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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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JR (Japan Rail) Pass - Get exchange order without it being physically delivered to me?

Is there any way to get a JR Pass exchange order, without it being physically delivered to me? Ideally in electronic form (like a simple email). But if not, could I perhaps pick it up somewhere (...
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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 : http://...
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No-pictures buildings in Japan (shooting from street forbidden by law)

I often take pictures of buildings. Usually without knowing what the building is. QUESTION: Are there buildings in Japan that it is forbidden by law to take pictures of? If yes, which ones? Bonus ...
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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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Ski rental for Mount Gassan

I'm visiting Japan in late May, early June, and I hope to go skiing. Mount Gassan (月山, literally "moon mountain") in Yamagata prefecture seems to be my best bet - it has a ski season of April to July, ...