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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One night in a traditional temple in Japan

I'm planing to go to Japan in April. After some research I decided to sleep just in Tokyo and Kyoto. My wife and I are planning to stay in a hotel similar an IBIS or Formule 1, a simple place only ...
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Best time to see cherry blossoms in Japan?

Where are the cherry trees blooming in Japan? My problem is that I cannot find out when the cherry trees are blooming in Japan. I have searched the internet and cannot find when the cherry trees are ...
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Alternative to public hot water bath in Japan for a tattooed person

I'm going to Japan in a of couple months. I've got 80% of my back tattooed and I would really like to try the experience of a public bath in Japan. Many people have been telling me that it is not ...
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Getting visa to Japan from Shanghai

I'm going to stay in Shanghai on a student visa from February to June. I want to travel to Japan while I'm in Shanghai. I'm a citizen of Kazakhstan, how can I apply for a visa to Japan in Shanghai? Is ...
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15 hrs layover in Narita Tokyo [duplicate]

Im a Canadian Citizen im going home to Toronto Canada and i have 15 hrs layover to Narita Airport Japan. Can i go out the airport and visit The Disneyland? Is there any Package Tour for this? Do i ...
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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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Where to buy zafu (can be secondhand) in Tokyo or Kyoto

Tomorrow I will be travelling to Tokyo, and later to Kyoto. I am interested in buying a new or secondhand zafu, which is a special cushion for zazen meditation. I already asked a similar question ...
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Where to buy cheap secondhand samue and yukata in Tokyo?

I will be next few days in Tokyo (Shinjuku area) and I want to buy secondhand samue and a yukata. Anyone can recommend something?
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Going to gyms in Japan

I'm planning a trip to Japan and was wanting to do a Gold's Gym there and am curious how it'd compare to a gym in the USA. So with gyms in the USA I'll often go there with a drawstring backpack with ...
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Cheaper alternatives to travel to Hokkaido?

I have looked up on ways to get to Hokkaido from within Japan (particularly from Tokyo or Osaka) or even directly to Hokkaido first before travelling to other parts of Japan, but they all seemed ...
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Theme parks about Japan outside of Japan

What theme parks in countries other than Japan are there about Japan? They should be in countries that are accessible to Japanese people, so easy visa access to Japanese citizens, and support for ...
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Zazen meditation and stay in Tokyo Japan (shukubo)

I have seen similar question here: Zen meditation in Kyoto, Japan so I decided to ask for almost the same, but in Tokyo. What temples can be recommended for temple lodging (shukubo) perhaps for 2 - ...
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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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Touring G-Cans in Tokyo

Quoting Wikipedia's entry on Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel, The G-Cans facility is also a tourist attraction and can be visited for free; however, as the tours are ...
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Japan: Car rental vs public transport

I'm planning a trip through Japan at the moment and stumbling over the question of transport. I read that I (from Germany) need a translation of my driver's license (which should not be a problem), ...
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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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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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15 Hours Layover in NRT [closed]

My situation: My plane lands in NRT(Terminal 2) at 8pm Sunday night. My departure for my connecting flight departs at 11am(Terminal 2) Monday morning. This is a looooong 15 hours layover. I'm a US ...
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Is public transport in Naha, Okinawa good enough for day trips?

I am planning on staying 3 nights in Naha and was hoping to get to see a lot of the island and possibly other islands on day trips. Is the public transport frequent and accessible enough to venture ...
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What are the Phone, Data, and SMS service options for a foreigner in Japan?

I recently arrived in Japan and have been having a very difficult time trying to find a suitable mobile service. For short stays, SIM and phone rental services are a good option (1,500 JPY/day). I'm ...
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Tourist maps online for Japan?

Are there any Japan tourist/hiking maps with marked trails and POIs online? E. g. here is a tourist map like that for my country. Is there something like that for Japan? I know just about some OSM ...
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Motorbike rental in Japan

Where and what price to rent a motorbike in Japan to travel around independently. What are normal prices? Based on the price I am thinking either a 5 to 20 day period. I have no special expectation ...
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Kyoto guide service [duplicate]

Does anyone have contacts for a guide in Kyoto? I have heard that there is a free guide service available. We are arriving in a few weeks and our time is short so thougt a guide would be worthy.
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Transit visa for Narita [duplicate]

My girlfriend and I are travelling to the Philippines in November of this year 2013. We fly with Air Canada to Narita Tokyo from there we fly with ANA airlines to Manilla. We have a 2:20 minute ...
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Is it possible to travel the route Kamchatka-Kurils-Hokkaido alone at the end of Sept-Oct?

I would like to travel, alone, Kamchatka-Kurils-Hokkaido at the end of Sept-Oct. I speak Russian and have done quite some extreme travels before. Most of the sites refer to the non-Hokkaido route: ...
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Documentation for one parent traveling with infant, Australia to Japan

My wife may soon have to travel from Australia to Japan solo with our child, probably on Qantas or JAL. She has a Japanese passport in her own last name, our son has an Australian one with mine. ...
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Singapore transit visa

I have upcoming business flight between Seattle and Shenzhen, China, This flight has a 9-hour layover in Singapore, and a quick stop in Tokyo (No plane change here). Do I need additional visas beyond ...
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U.S. passport holder to travel in the Philippines with expiring passport

We are residing in Japan but is it OK to leave Japan and visit the Philippines for an emergency reason on Aug. 19, 2013 if my son's U.S. passport will expire on Sept. 16, 2013?
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How widespread is sailing between Japanese islands in private yachts?

In some places of the world where there are large bodies of water there are many people who sail their private boats between villages or islands. Often a traveller can befriend or pay these people to ...
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Are there any ferry tickets /passes in Japan that cover multiple ferries between multiple islands?

I know you can buy JR Rail passes for travel by train all over Japan. But Japan also has many islands and I assume quite a few of them are serviced by ferries. What I'm wondering is whether there is ...
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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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Are there any ferries between Okinawa and China?

I know there are ferries between China and Japan and I know there are no ferries between Okinawa and Taiwan. But I'm not sure whether I'm missing something when I try to look for ferries between ...
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What do they drink in Japan for breakfast, lunch and dinner? [closed]

What do Japanese drink for daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)? I need to know.
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How to mange finances for an international student in Japan [closed]

Let's say I am the prospective student in Japanese University (international student). I have never lived in Japan before and never even travelled there. I am going to the university for a year and I ...
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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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Are inexpensive ryokans inauthentic?

A lot of people I talk to, including Japanese and non-Japanese, claim that ryokans are expensive. Once, when I discussed this further and said that some places that I've been to describe themselves ...
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How can I book the plane schedule I want from the USA to Japan?

I want to buy a plane ticket from Portland, Oregon (PDX) to Fukuoka, JAPAN (FUK). The most obvious schedule is to take the direct flight from Portland to Tokyo (NRT) on Delta airlines and then a ...
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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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Is it possible to rent camping tent in the Iya Valley or Yagen Valley, Japan?

I'm thinking about spending couple of days hiking in Iya Valley, Shikoku or Yagen Valley, Honshu. I've read that there are awesome places for camping in which you can have a patch of grass for ...
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Should I make reservations at a bar in Japan?

In Chapter 93 (part 3 of "Class Reunion") of the manga, Bartender, a customer who walks into Eden Hall informs Sasakura that he doesn't have a reservation. IIRC, I've seen this happen before too. Is ...
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Talking to Tohoku earthquake survivors as volunteering

When I was in Fukushima prefecture, a Japanese person I was talking to said I should volunteer to speak with people affected by 3/11, as I'm not a local, and some people want to talk to non-locals ...
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Zen meditation in Kyoto, Japan

A while ago I've read that in the Engaku-ji or in the Kencho-ji in Kamakura everyone is welcome to try zazen (seated zen meditation) and that the zazen session is really noob-friendly. Since I'm a ...
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Celebrating birthdays without family in Japan [closed]

I'll be celebrating my birthday during my trip (solo) to Japan. Apart from special year birthdays (eg 3, 5, 7 years of age), is there anything special or unique to Japanese birthdays compared to ...
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Authentic Ainu in Hokkaido

During my next trip to Japan I may end up in Hokkaido. I've read something about this mysterious indigenous group called Ainu/Aynu/Aino/Ezo, but I must admit my understanding of the whole thing is ...
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Dressing up as a Geisha/Maiko in Japan

While visiting Kyoto and Tokyo, I would like to dress up as a Geisha/Maiko and have professional photographs taken (I will be a solo traveler). So far I have found two studios in Kyoto (one and two) ...
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How to avoid the the multitudes during Obon week in Japan?

We're currently planning a trip to Japan. As we realize just now, it will cover the Obon week completely. To avoid getting stuck in the multitudes we try to shift our activities cleverly. What is the ...
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Cat Tourist Attractions In Japan

For some reason, the Japanese are really fond of cats. For example, recently I found out that a station master in Japan is a cat named Tama! Are there any other tourist attractions in Japan ...
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Alternative to trains in Japan

So we all know about these pretty amazing trains they have in the "Land of the Rising Sun". They are always on time, clean, comfortable. But they are somewhat expensive for the average backpacker. ...
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Can you still buy used panties in vending machines as a souvenir from Japan?

In 1999 I came across a vending machine of used panties while hiking through Japan. Apparently it was made illegal in 1993, but still in 1999 they seem to be wide spread. Is this still the case, or ...
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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 ...