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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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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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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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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Overcoming the language barrier while experiencing traditional Japanese culture

I'd like to see live performance of traditional Japanese culture. For example, watching noh theatre or bunraku, as opposed to merely seeing artworks or pottery. Unfortunately, my Japanese is fairly ...
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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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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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Forgot to submit consumption tax (GST) declaration form upon exiting Tokyo

I travelled to Japan last year and bought some stuff from shops in Tokyo which were subject to return of consumption tax (GST). However, I forgot to submit those consumption tax receipts (which the ...
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In Nikko, Japan what kind of hot spring options are available?

Nikko is famous for its hot springs. I was planning to visit it with the intention of enjoying some good onsens. Are there different kind of onsens available there i.e for instance some are there in ...
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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. We'...
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Can group tours help you see more of remote regions of Japan, such as Tohoku?

I'm going to Japan by myself in February, and I'm thinking of spending about a week visiting the Tohoku region. Wikitravel mentions that some train services can be infrequent, with buses being a ...
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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 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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What are my chances of getting into the Tsukiji fish auction if I arrive by 5:25?

From the Tsukiji article at Japan-guide.com, I understand that they start taking names for auction visitors at 5am, and let the first 60 in at 5:25, and the next 60 in at 5:50. Because the trains ...
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How can I find a good school to learn Japanese in Tokyo?

So I'm trying to live in Tokyo, and would like to learn japanese. I'm looking for an immersion school that will teach me Japanese starting from the basics to intermediate level (JPTL4-JPTL2). I used ...
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Camping in Hakone (I bring my tent)

Is it possible to camp in Hakone? Most Google results for "camping hakone" are lodges, not the tent thing. I am looking for real camping, it should be free or cost less than 1000 yen. In case ...
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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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In Japan, should rental cars be reserved in advance?

Is it acceptable to show up unannounced to a car rental shop and rent a car for ~5 days? Is it better to reserve in advance via a website? I speak decent japanese and should be able to explain the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Where in Japan is this statue?

Where in Japan is this statue? I couldn't locate it via Google or TinEye: Also, is the Arabic text in the article an accurate translation of those Japanese characters? Japanese wisdom - Zarif ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Minimum passport validity for travelling to Japan

I'm planning to travel to Japan and I just realised my passport will have less than six months validity at the time I travel. I know some countries require at least 6 months validity for entry. Is ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...