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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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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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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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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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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Curfew - Is walking on the street in Tokyo legal after 11.00 pm if you're under 18?

I am soon visiting Japan. I have a son who is not yet 16. Is it okay if I go shopping with him, or for a walk with him on public streets, after 11pm, which is the period the Japan government imposes ...
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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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Traveling fom the US to Japan, could I bring my own phone?

I'll be traveling from the US to Japan soon for vacation, and I'm wondering if I should be bringing my iPhone 6 Plus (Verizon, LTE). Will my phone be compatible with the network there, and will the ...
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Japanese ryokan with a baby of 20 month

I am travelling with a baby of 20 months. Is there a specific etiquette to respect when staying at a Japanese traditional ryokan?
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Is it legal to bring Hentai/Yaoi from Japan to Europe (EEA)?

Last year my friends and I visited Japan and naturally we wanted to bring some souvenirs for our friends and family. We were looking for some yaoi/hentai manga books for one of our friends, who is ...
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Camping grounds accessible by public transport in Japanese Northern Alps

On 17 August I will be leaving for a trip to Japan. After spending a week in Tokyo, I want to go to the Japanese Alps to escape the heat. My initial plan was to go on a hike for one and a half weeks, ...
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Japan - buy unlocked phone [closed]

I am thinking about buying a smartphone while in Tokyo. Do you have any physical store (I leave on Monday morning) to recommend? I've already been to Yodobashi, where they showed me about 15 models. ...
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Finding sleepover spots in internet cafes in Japan?

The last time I was in Tokyo without a place to sleep, an incredibly helpful japanese couple guided me to an internet cafe that offered single rooms with a bed-couch for a far cheaper price than any ...
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Single parent entering Japan with 16 year old minor

Are there any special documents needed to enter Japan as a single, fully custody, parent of a 16 year old minor? We will only be in Japan for 7 days on a tourist visa. I've checked here and can't ...
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Should I buy the Suica & N'EX package to go from Narita to Tokyo?

I read in this post that maybe it's a good idea to buy this package to go from Narita to your hotel and have get some subway credit. This page states that for ¥3500 I can get a one-way trip plus some ...
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Travel from Europe to Asia tickets

my family will be visiting me in Japan soon and we plan to make a trip to South Korea too. So they would be coming from France to Japan, then from Japan to Korea, then Korea to Japan and from Japan ...
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Can I use my Pasmo and/or Suica from Tokyo when traveling Fukuoka?

I have a couple of Pasmo and Suica stored-value travel smartcards purchased in Tokyo several years ago kicking around. Can I use these on an upcoming trip to Fukuoka?
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Can you buy a 3-day metro pass (for tourists) in Tokyo center?

I know it's possible to buy a 3-day metro pass at Tokyo airport but I missed that opportunity. Is it possible to still buy it in the center, preferably in the Asakusa area?
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Are there public bath etiquette to be aware of in Japan for foreign women? [duplicate]

I'm in Japan now and it is simply awesome. I'm thinking of visiting a public bath. Is it separate for the two genders? Can I go in with a swim suit (after my mandatory shower, of course) or do I have ...
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When traveling to Japan, which problems can one encounter for not speaking any Japanese when it comes to reaching all major tourist attractions?

I ask this because I need to decide whether to hire a circuit with a guide or not. I prefer to travel by myself, but I'm not sure if it will be too difficult to move around and get to visit the major ...
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Nightlife in Tokyo Roppongi neighborhood [closed]

What is the nightlife like in the Roppongi neighborhood of Tokyo, Japan? I'm going from the US where indoor smoking has been banned for a while but (as far as I know) it is not in Japan. Would it be a ...
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Is it generally true that Japanese people are more reluctant to help Asian compared to Western foreigners? [closed]

I had the feeling while travelling in Japan that Japanese people in general (apart from those working at shops or public transport or accommodations) seem to show a little bit more reservation and ...
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Hong Kong to Japan by sea

I want to travel to Japan from Hong Kong on a budget, so I thought maybe by sea. Are there any ferries or tour operators? By air is also fine but so far looks quite pricey... or maybe I'm looking at ...
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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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Discounts for Universal Studios Japan when it's your birthday?

I've heard this from my Japanese friend but I can't find any announcement or official ad regarding this discount. Can anyone confirm if this is true or not?
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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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Japanese train etiquette: Is it acceptable to take a baby in the Shinkansen Green Car?

The green carriage is of course first class. This would be our first preference with our 5 month old baby in lap, because of the presumably larger toilets for changing and whatnot. However, the baby ...
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“Romantic Road” Japan, including rental car and trains

we're hoping to drive the Japan "Romantic Road" to Nikko in late Feb/early March 2015, starting and finishing by train. E.g. Tokyo to Sakudaira via Shinkansen One-way rental car from Sakudaira ...
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The rate is for 2 guests when making online hotel reservations

What does it mean "the rate is for 2 guests" does it mean multiply by 2 the advertised hotel rate?
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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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Is Nogi's house original or rebuilt?

Nogi's house and shrine (乃木神社) in Roppongi is a nice place but I am not sure whether it is an original building or a reproduction. In what year was it built?
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Philippine passport holder, Pass holder in Singapore (work), applying for a Japan tourist visa, but Port of Origin is Philippines

I am a Filipino currently working here in Singapore (pass holder). I have a flight to Japan booked on July, 2015, but my port of origin will be in Philippines. I will be on a vacation in my home ...
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Do any temples or palaces in Japan have a dress code?

In Thailand it was common for temples to require that you wear pants or scarves to cover your shoulders. Japan has many ancient places; if you wear shorts to a temple or a palace, are you risking ...
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Booking a JR Shinkansen train ticket in Seoul

I want to book a Kyoto-Tokyo Shinkansen ticket for a trip in 10 days, because Shinkansen will be very crowded and probably impossible to board without a reservation. How can I book it from Seoul? ...
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Is it possible to go from South Korea to Hong Kong by sea?

More specifically from Busan (but other sites also possible). My plan is to do Japan - South Korea - Hong Kong by sea.
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Should I give my Japanese host omiyage/gift when meeting them first or when I'm leaving?

I'll be visiting Japan soon and I'll be meeting a friend there. I was wondering if the etiquette there was to give a gift when you first arrive or when you'll be leaving. When should I give the ...
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From Haneda airport to Narita with same airlines

We will arrive in Haneda airport at 7:10am and connecting flight from Narita is 11:15am to US. Is there enough time to catch my next flight? I've confirmed with UA that we don't need to pick up our ...
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Camping near a beach, not far from Tokyo

I am looking for a place to camp (tent, coming by bicycle or train), at walking distance from a beach, and not far from Tokyo. Any recommendation? I have found a few lists of camping addresses, but ...
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Fast public transport from Kusatsu to Jigokudani Monkey Park during winter?

Kusatsu and the Jigokudani Monkey Park (Yamanouchi) are only 46 kilometers away by road, but Google Maps only suggests taking the Shinkansen all around the Kagonotoyama mountain, taking 4.5 hours and ...
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Visiting Lake Kawaguchiko, how to get there?

I plan to visit Lake Kawaguchiko on the 24th of Februari. I'm looking for transportation going from Tokyo to Lake Kawaguchiko, and then from Lake Kawaguchiko going to Osaka. What are my options?
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A question about work life in Japan [closed]

I've recently been offered work in Japan. I love Japan for the food, people and techno-logical advancement. Besides the challenge of learning a new language, I have concerns about the work culture ...
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Best connection Tokyo - Kyoto

I'll travel to Tokyo during the first 2 weeks of November. What's the fastest and not too much expensive way to reach Kyoto from Tokyo? As reported here: a Shinkansen ticket form Tokyo to Kyoto is ...
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How can I discover what time of the year hotels will be cheapest for a given city, e.g. Tokyo?

I'm interested in visiting Tokyo in 2015, and am trying to figure out what time(s) of the year will likely be cheapest for hotel stays, since it is a notoriously expensive city. Short of using a hotel ...
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What equipment is required to traverse Daisetsuzan in Hokkaido at the end of April? [closed]

It looks like there is still snow at Daisetsuzan in Hokkaido at the end of April. I prefer hiking with snow and ice, and have the appropriate equipment, but want to know what to bring (do I need ...
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Climbing Mount Fuji

I'd like to trek to Mount Fuji. Some of my colleagues at work tell me that it takes about 10 hours and there's a pit stop I can stop at and rest before I go up to the peak. I've heard that it's ...
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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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Is it safe for a commercial flight to have Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan on its flight route?

This September I will have a flight from Qatar (Doha) to Japan (Haneda) with Qatar Airways on the very new route code QR810. By checking its flight route I've noticed that it flies over south Iran, ...
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Travelling to Japan from Korea on a UK passport

I have a UK passport and an E2 Visa for living and working in Korea. Will I encounter any difficulties if I want to travel to Japan, or will I need to get a visa when I get there or before I go (i.e. ...
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Delhi, Beijing or Japan for sightseeing in May with a teenage daughter?

I will have about 15-20 days in May to travel with my daughter (who will be 14). We are from Brazil and she has never been abroad, so I thought I would like to bring her to some place with unique ...
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Japanese homestay gifts?

I am an American and I will be going to Japan for a study abroad program to Japan. I will be having 3 host families. I want to give gifts to my host Families and I am having trouble coming up with ...
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How to find public trashcans in Japan?

A recent, now deleted question asked why there was so few public trashcans in Japan. It was probably deleted due to a not-so-nice comment opining that it was not a travel question, but I'd hazard a ...