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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Can tourists meet mikos (Japanese Shinto shrine priestesses)?

While browsing this article, I saw a photo of mikos, and I would like to see some in real life. From Wikipedia: A miko (巫女) is a Shinto term of Japan, indicating a shrine (jinja) maiden or a ...
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What are family-friendly places to visit in Hiroshima with young kids?

I'm planning a trip to Kyushu (from Osaka) and may be passing by Hiroshima for one night. We're considering a stop there, but I am wondering what I can take a couple of toddlers (4 and 2) in November. ...
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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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Roads in Japan during Golden Week

We are going to Japan during Golden Week. We were planning to buy a Bus Pass and travel by night. Our first destination is Tokyo (arriving by plane) we will take the bus from Tokyo to Osaka hopefully. ...
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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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Daisetsuzan (Hokkaido, Japan) Grand Traverse, how hard?

I'm planning a trip to Japan and I'd like to spend one week immerse in Japanese nature. I've read something about the "Daisetsuzan Grand Traverse", which is a 5 days and 55km trekking on a route that ...
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Finding cheap apartment for a month in Japan and South Korea?

In these countries, if I decide on a whim that I would like a regular apartment for one month, what's the best method to find something CHEAP (less than 300USD) no matter where I am? Craigslist or ...
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ROC to TYO - how can I reduce the cost of my flight?

I'm trying to find the cheapest flight I can from ROC, Rochester, New York, to one of the airports in Tokyo for a six week study abroad in Kobe. I'm wondering what the cheapest, OR easiest routes from ...
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When does the Yufuin no mori train run?

We will be travelling to Yufuin and Beppu in Mid November and we were wondering if the Yufuin no mori train will be running then. I've seen somewhere that it is seasonal, but I can't find what that ...
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Foreigners attending events on US bases in Okinawa

I found out that there are some kinds of events held on land that is part of US bases here in Okinawa that are attended by the general public, Japanese and American. The particular event I noticed ...
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Is Willer Express reliable?

I'm organizing few days in Japan and I would like to travel from Tokyo to Kyoto during the night. In a previous question I asked for a good connection. I finally decided to use an overnight bus. ...
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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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How do I book a one-way rail ticket from Tokyo to Toyota City?

I will be in Japan next week for a business trip to Toyota City. I will be there for three weeks, and while I'm actually in Toyota City I'll have no need for transportation other than my feet. I've ...
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Japanese 'SU' hotel room classification - enough for two people?

My partner and I are trying to book a hotel in Japan. The room categories for the hotel we want are: SB= Single with bath SU= Single use of a twin/double with ...
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Is there a place to store luggage in/around the Golden Palace (Kinkaku-ji) in Kyoto?

For annoying reasons, it would make sense to visit the Golden Palace between checking out of one Kyoto hotel and checking into another. However both hotels are pretty far away from Kinkaku-ji. Is ...
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How common are onsen that require swimming costumes in Japan?

I assumed that you don't need a swimming costume when going to an onsen, but I came across this page mentioning that some places require swimsuits (it mentions Tokyo ones require them more than rural ...
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Converting a JR-Rail Pass?

When you convert JR-Rail pass voucher to a JR-Rail pass, can you set the date or does it start from that moment? When I have a start date for the Japan Rail pass, can I start to make reservations? ...
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How to find out if your Japan -> Korea ferry is going to be cancelled by a typhoon?

I'm on a ferry (in theory) this Friday afternoon from Fukuoka to Busan. Typhoon Halong now appears to be heading towards that very stretch of sea. Is there any advance notice of cancellations of ...
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US infant traveling to Japan: Passport requirements

I am a US citizen and my wife is a Japanese citizen. We live in the US. We have a 7-month-old daughter with dual nationality, and she has a US passport. Question: Does my daughter need a Japanese ...
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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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What are the opening dates for ski areas at Nagano?

Are there fixed dates for the openings of ski resorts at Nagano or does that depend on the snow fall?
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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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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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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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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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Advice on how to attend the auction at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo

I'm very aware of this question about the Tsukiji fish market but I'd really like to be there in time for the auction so that I can take pictures of it. Since the first train is at 5am and I don't ...
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Where can I find a local guide for Japan?

My friends and I are going to Japan in October. A coworker mentioned that there's a site where university students will gladly guide tourists in exchange for transportation/food costs and learning ...
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What is the best way (price wise) to travel from Japan to Mexico and Venezuela, then come back?

What I want to do is go to those two countries for a week each. Basically the order doesn't matter much for me. But I must depart from Japan and come back. I was wondering if there was someone ...
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What are the typical/traditional events taking place during Christmas and New Year's day in Tokyo?

I am looking for traditional events taking place in Tokyo during either Christmas or New Year's day. Could you make some suggestion of cultural events you can only enjoy at these particular moments? ...
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Bringing outdoor food to Japan

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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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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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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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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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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How big are “twin” beds in Japan?

It's been my experience that "twin" sized beds in Japanese hotels are quite a bit bigger than what we would call "twin" here in the US. How wide/long are they exactly?
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Why do the Japanese wear masks like Surgeons in Tokyo? [closed]

In Japan, Tokyo it is common to see Japanese people walking around with masks like the kind Surgeons wear during surgeries. Why do the Japanese wear masks like Surgeons in Tokyo?
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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 can I photograph fake geisha in Kyoto?

I've read about tourists who go to Kyoto to get made up to look like geisha or maiko. Over half a million a year according to Foreign correspondent, and mostly Japanese, based on some makeover houses ...
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Within 300 km radius of Tokyo - Where for nature, flora, and fauna?

This instantiates my broader question. Here, "near Tokyo" = within 300 km radius around Tokyo. I'm planning to visit Japan for 10 days and plan to apportion 5 days to Tokyo. For the remainder, I want ...
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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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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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Going to Japan for 2 weeks, vaccinations

I am going to Fukuoka in southern Japan for a 2-week holiday. Is there an official site that states what vaccinations I should get before my trip?
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What options exist to get to Aogashima, Japan from Tokyo?

My understanding from Wikitravel is that you can get a helicopter or ferry from Hachijojima. However, it's unclear what time this ferry is, or whether you'll have down time after the morning arrival ...
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Is it possible to use the JR Pass at these stations in Tokyo?

I'm thinking about staying in this Horidome hotel because I read it's a good place to get to other places. I'll buy a Japan Rail Pass, but I didn't understand if I can use it at nearby subway ...
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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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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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Is there a place to store bags in Gokurakabashi railway station or Mount Koya?

I have a backpack and a suitcase that fits roughly in an airplane's overhead compartment. My plan is to travel from Osaka to Mt. Koya, then from there to Kyoto, and during the day I'd rather not need ...
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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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Web 2.0 style tourism bucket list sites

I'm in the early stages of planning a three week trip to Japan, and I'm still working out where to go. There's a couple of things on my "to do" list, but I want to find out if there's any activities ...
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Karaoke for solo travellers

How can solo travellers do karaoke in Japan? Are there places where you can meet random strangers and do karaoke with them? Failing that, are there places where you can pay people (presumably female ...