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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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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Carrying large amounts of cash in Japan

Is it, generally speaking, safe to carry large amounts of cash (US$4000) in Japan?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Leave the airport during a connection in Japan?

I bought a one-way ticket (JAL) from Bangkok -> Tokyo (Haneda), and the other leg Tokyo (Haneda) -> San Francisco. This was bought in one transaction. Do I have the option to leave the airport during ...
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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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Safety and practicalities of eating dolphin meat in Taiji, Japan

At a recent Japan festival, amongst the various tourist brochures I got, one was for Wakayama prefecture, which included a page for Taiji. If I visited there, I'd have to decide whether or not to eat ...
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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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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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Using a quad-band phone in Japan?

I've got a Nexus 4, but was told that despite it being quad-band, it won't work in Japan. Do they have a different network there? I've answered a question before on getting up and running in Japan ...
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Taking photos in Japan

I plan on taking photos of everywhere I go in Japan and am wondering if there are certain places, e.g. airports or possibly temples, where photos are not to be taken. A link to online resources would ...
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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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How are different ethnicities discriminated against in Japan? [closed]

I was reading this article called Can I side-step discrimination against foreigners in Japan? and it makes me wonder, how are different ethnicities discriminated against in Japan? Quoting the answer, ...
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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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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, ...
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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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Can visitors enter the inner caldera of the double volcano island Aogashima, Japan?

Aogashima is one of the Izu island of Japan that isn't very famous for some reason, but definitely should be. The whole island is basically a volcano rising steeply up out of the sea. Within the ...
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Hard copy travel guides with information on Tohoku post-tsunami

The 12th edition of Lonely Planet Japan entirely removed Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. I ended up bringing the 11th edition (pre-earthquake) with me when visiting Japan. Are there hard ...
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Health retreats in Japan

I am looking for health retreats in Japan. Specifically places that offer meditation (not necessarily zen), healthy food, a relaxing environment and beautiful scenery. I would like to stay somewhere ...
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Working holiday visa in passport but wanting to visit on tourist visa first

I am an Australian citizen, and have applied for a Japanese working holiday visa, which it sounds as though I will receive in 2 days time. I am travelling to Japan in one month, but only for a 10 day ...
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Is carrying real wasabi allowed in flights?

I want to carry back some real wasabi from Japan. As y'all know it is hard to find this commodity outside Japan so I felt that taking some back would be a good idea. What is the best way I can do ...
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Legality of hitchhiking at SAs/PAs in Hokkaido compared to the rest of Japan

I first took up hitchhiking as a primary form of long distance transport back in 2010 in Japan. Since then I have been hitchhiking in Japan on several trips over the years. For long distances the ...
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Guided tours of Japanese nuclear power plants

Do any Japanese nuclear power plants offer guided tours of their facilities? I'm aware that most nuclear plants in Japan are currently not producing electricity, but that's not a big problem.
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Visa: How specific must the itinerary be when visiting Japan?

I am planning on visiting Japan and I am required to get a visa for entering the country. One of the requests for me to get a visa is to specify what my itinerary is, the problem is that I don't know ...
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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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Is there an awamori distillery/factory/etc in Okinawa that does tours or allows visitors, with tasting/samples?

Here in Okinawa there is a local spirit called 泡盛 awamori. It is completely distinct from sake (and from shochu). It's only made on the islands of Okinawa, and there are very many kinds for sale. So ...
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Ferry from Motobu, Okinawa to Kagoshima, Kyushu?

I know there is a ferry from Naha, Okinawa to Kagoshima, Kyushu. I know it takes on the order of a whole day or longer and that its price is approximately equivalent to $150. I am also aware that ...
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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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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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Where can I book rooms from others' cancellations?

I'm trying to spend a night in Iwaki, Fukushima province, but tripadvisor.com is telling me there's no rooms available there for the night I want (September 10 to 11). I assume that most people going ...
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Where to get Ghibli museum tickets: JTB or Lawsons?

As I understand it, there are two options for getting tickets to the Ghibli museum: through a local travel agency before we get to Japan, or at a Lawson's convenience store after we get to Japan. I ...
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Looking for micro breweries in the Tokyo area

We will spend a couple of days in the Tokyo area and it would be really fun to visit a microbrewery there. So I am looking for microbreweries in the area or places that serve their products. (photo ...
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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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Bringing (outdoor) food to Japan [duplicate]

In august I will go to Japan to visit relatives and to make a trekking. In europe I usualy bring trekking meals with me, the kind of meals that you can easily prepare on a stove by just adding water. ...
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Is it typical to provide a lot of information for public transport systems in Japan?

I have experienced traveling in the metro system in Australia, US, Taiwan and Japan, and it seems to be that the amount/level of detail is ranked as follows: US - PA system announces or displays the ...
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Do official health agencies recommend getting the “Japanese Brain Fever” vaccine for travel to Japan?

I will be spending four weeks in Japan, visiting all of the "main islands" except for Hokkaido. Some of the activities would be hiking across the woods and mountains as well. The vaccine is for ...
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Do you have to book the JR Rail pass outside of Japan?

I've been told by a colleague that you can only buy a Japanese Rail Pass outside of the coutry as a tourist. Is this accurate, or is it possible to purchase say, a 2-3 week one in Tokyo?
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Taxis at Tokyo Haneda Airport

I'll be flying into Tokyo Haneda at 10:25pm on a Sunday and rather than try to figure out the public transit system that late in the day when I'm already probably going to be exhausted I was thinking ...
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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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Using Wifi in Japan [closed]

I'm traveling to Japan in June and just wanted to ask whether I should bring my iPhone/iPad to access wifi. I remember from several years ago that it was quite hard to use unless I went to a ...
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Male nerd here, how on earth can I listen to an “otohime” / “sound princess”?

The other day, I read about "otohime", also known as "sound princess": Many Japanese women are embarrassed at the thought of being heard by others during urination (see paruresis). To cover the ...
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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 food “best before” codes

I've noticed some Japanese food products (particularly snacks?) use some sort of non-standard code for their "best before" dates. Not all codes seem to be of the same type, so I suspect there may be ...
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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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Kamakura, Japan: Feasibility of day trip from Tokyo?

I will be in Tokyo for a conference and was hoping to check out Kamakura for a visit. Is it practical to travel to Kamakura for a day trip, or should I look into overnight accommodations?
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Resources for finding concerts in Tokyo

My usual resource for finding concerts while travelling (last.fm) doesn't cut it for Japan. Are there any English resources that will help? My teenagers like J-pop so a local emphasis is required.