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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How to make Japanese friends while backpacking in Japan? [duplicate]

I'm planning to travel in Japan alone, but for me, the majority of the worth of the travel is in the socializations I make. Friends, conversations, and such. Tourist spots and popular sites are ...
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Booking a bus in Japan to catch early morning flights at Narita airport

The online booking website for Access Narita and Keisei both require my name in Japanese katakana. Is the name really required for verification or I can make up any name Japanese name?
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Can a foreign tourist attend Okinawan language class in Naha?

I arrived in Naha, Okinawa yesterday and took an interest in the local language as usual since languages are one of my hobbies. Okinawan is a dying language separate from Japanese that is not ...
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Can we travel from Japan to USA with Indian US visa?

I am an Indian. I have a tourist visa for visiting USA and Japan. Can I travel to Japan first, tour there for a month and then travel to USA directly from Japan?. Or Should I come back to India after ...
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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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What equipment is required to traverse Daisetsuzan in Hokkaido at the end of April?

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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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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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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How to choose a foreigner-friendly bar in Shinjuku Golden Gai

I see from other sites that some of the bars in Shinjuku Golden Gai only welcome local Japanese, so how do I know if they don't welcome foreigners? Should I pick those bar with cover chanrge to play ...
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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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How do you know if a Japanese person means no when they say yes?

I have come across a few situations when a Japanese person will extend themselves beyond what they probably should to help people. I am often worried when asking them to do something that they will ...
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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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Are most flights to Japan staffed by hosts with good Japanese?

Are most flights from Australia to Japan staffed by hosts with good Japanese language skills? I assume that Australian based airlines would, but I'm not sure about airlines that are based in ...
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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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Do Indian citizens need a transit visa for a 3 hour layover at Tokyo, Japan? [duplicate]

I'm traveling to Singapore from San Francisco through Tokyo, Japan. I'm an Indian citizen and have a 3 hour layover at Tokyo, both ways. Would I need a Japanese transit visa?
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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 rude to give up your seat in Japan?

I heard that in Japan it may be considered rude to give up your seat for someone else while you are on a train or bus, because it would make the other person feel in debt with you. Is this true? (Of ...
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How does one respectfully greet someone in Japan?

Every country has different cultural greetings. I was wondering if handshaking is ok in Japan? Or do they have their own cultural greeting. I'm not talking about greeting in their language but more ...
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Should you use English or (possibly broken) Japanese in Japan?

So I'm going to Japan next month with friends, and I'm the only one speaking reasonably good Japanese. However, I am really nervous about how to approach people when, say, buying train tickets and ...
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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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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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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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Need to travel Tokyo in layover. Do I need transit visa? [duplicate]

I am traveling through Narita airport and have layover of 9 hours. I am Indian citizen with US F1 visa. This is morning time and I want roam around Tokyo. Do I need transit visa to go out from ...
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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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Should i buy JR Pass before traveling to Japan? [closed]

I wonder if my 12 days trip to Japan (October 2014) worth buying a JR Pass? Arrive to Narita Airport -> 5 Nights in Tokyo -> 1 Night in Hakone -> 1 Night in Kanazawa -> 4 Nights in Kyoto -> 1 Night ...
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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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Where can I eat sushi with chocolate in it?

In 2012, then Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara said (in Japanese) Westerners practicing judo resembles beasts fighting. Internationalized judo has lost its appeal. In Brazil they put ...
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Is researching dating tips for a specific country worthwhile, useless or counterproductive?

I'm planning on visiting Japan for two weeks. While dating isn't the purpose of my trip, I hope to socialize a bit with people my age, including some après-ski, and wouldn't mind if it resulted in ...
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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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Hokkaido Precipitation in December [closed]

How heavy does Hokkaido snow in Mid-December? Will be there during that time. Thanks!
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Is a Kyushu itinerary with Japan Rail Pass + Car Rental cheaper/more convenient?

We (2 adults, 2 toddlers) are planning a trip to Kyushu in November. We are considering 7 days JR Rail passes and will likely be using one day from Osaka to Hiroshima, where we'll have one night ...
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Indian citizens (2 sisters) want to vacation in Japan for sightseeing. What is required by India and Japan?

My sister and I have always been interested in Japanese culture. We want to plan a 20-day sightseeing trip (no group tours, just us two with our own itinery). We are Indian citizens, living in Goa, ...
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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 it possible for a Canadian to live in Japan for a year or two while working remotely? [closed]

I am a Canadian citizen, and I run a small marketing business online. I would like to move to Japan for a year or two with my husband (also Canadian), who is a consultant and also conducts his ...
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Traveling from Kobe to KIX airport to catch early morning flight

I have a 9:30AM international flight from KIX airport. I intend to stay at Kobe the night before. I've read that the ferry service from Kobe to KIX takes about 30 minutes and is convenient. Is this ...
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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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Transit visa on arriving for Japan [duplicate]

I and my wife are visiting Sfo, USA on Indian passport and will be going back to Delhi via Tokyo, Japan by Ana airline in October. I want to see Tokyo, how to get the required transit visa on arrival? ...
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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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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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Coastal/seaside destinations in Japan for nature and relaxation?

I reference this Meta and am asking about seaside/costal regions for picturesque, scenic relaxation, resembling that of a nature getaway/resort/retreat. I tried ...
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Do hotels in Japan always have manual baths in their rooms?

In Japan, most homes have automatic baths which set up the bath at a pre-set temperature and pre-set level. However twice I stayed at high priced hotels and the room bath was a manual bath like you ...
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Flying to Japan from Canada in mid-September, best time to buy?

1) I'm flying to Japan from Canada in mid-September. When is the best time to buy? I always hear different things. Early? Late? Certain time specific to the season? I found a decent ticket, 12 ...
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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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Sightseeing in Japan as an Indian Citizen holding a US F-1 visa

I currently have a US F-1 visa who needs to travel to India. I was hoping to take a layover in Japan. Will I require a transit visa to go sightseeing in Japan and how can I get one in the USA or can ...
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Beaches in Japan? [closed]

What are some of the best beaches in Japan that meet the following critera: 1) no large crowds, 2) good to visit in September/October (no heavy rainfalls, good weather)? Thanks.
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Is there any region, island, mountain, or village in Japan known for hot spicy local cuisine?

Within the next few days I'm going to start a trip from the very south of Kyushu to the very North of Hokkaido. I'm a bit of a foodie and I'm a huge fan of hot spicy food of all kinds, be it black ...
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How reliable are portable WiFi hotspots in Japan?

Instead of getting a prepaid SIM chip, I'm thinking of renting a mobile wifi hotspot. I've found these two so far. Two questions: Are these reliable? I will be mostly in the big cities. If I'm not ...
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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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Short stay transit visa at Narita Airport, Japan [duplicate]

I am a Filipino and traveling to the USA on a K-1 visa with a stop in Narita. My layover is 3 hours, do I need a short stay transit visa?
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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, ...