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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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.
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Re-entry to Japan within 90 days period as a tourist?

I am a European citizen with Spanish passport and therefore I needed no visa for tourism in Japan. I was given a 90 day period (Sep 16 to max. Dec 15) and within that period I must go to the US for an ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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Dogs in public spaces in Japan: law for leash?

Is there a law in Japan that dogs on public spaces must be leashed at all times? All dogs I've ever seen here were on leash but this of course doesn't mean that there is a law. My Japanese is not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tickets to the Koshien Bowl

I'm looking to attend the Koshien Bowl final on December 13th. Does anyone know how I'd go about getting tickets? I'll be in Japan for a few days before the game (but not in Kobe/Osaka.)
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Better to buy HKD with USD than with other currencies?

In a lot of places, the exchange rate for buying their currency with USD, is significantly better than buying with any other currency. Relative to the "inter-bank exchange rate" you see on Google ...
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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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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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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 : ...
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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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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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Can I get a Mongolian visa if I'm already on the road?

I am an Australian citizen and as such, require a visa for Mongolia. I leave Australia in late February and am planning on visiting Mongolia in late May. This means if I applied for a visa from home, ...
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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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Carrying large amounts of cash in Japan [closed]

Is it, generally speaking, safe to carry large amounts of cash (US$4000) in Japan?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ryokans in Kyoto which are culturally interesting but not terribly expensive?

What are some ryokans in Kyoto for someone interested in a unique cultural experience but not worried about staying in a posh/fancy place? I'm travelling to Kyoto soon, and I would like to stay in ...
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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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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. ...