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 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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May I swim in a direction parallel to the width of a swimming pool in Japan?

I am talking about a rectangular swimming pool. In my country, we are allowed to swim in a direction parallel to the width of the pool when there are too many customers come. It is usually done ...
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Is lack of toilet paper a common occurrence in Japan?

Lonely Planet advises people to carry tissues with them in case there isn't any toilet paper Toilet paper isn't always provided, so it is always a good idea to carry tissues with you. You may ...
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Should I carry my passport everywhere I go in Japan?

Because of this question, I remembered that I read somewhere that some places or bars in Japan ask for your passport for identification (Old article, can't find it now). Should I bring it with me ...
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Are American Express credit cards widely accepted in Japan, specifically, Osaka?

I'm planning how I'll be bringing my money in my future Japan trip, and I was wondering if I could use a mix of cash and credit cards. Sadly, as of the moment, I only have an Amex credit card. Also, ...
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Exit rules before visit to Schengen country after studies in another Schengen country [duplicate]

My friend is a Japanese citizen and was studying in Sweden for around a year (August-June), having a temporary residence permit. He left Sweden in June and would like to visit Greece in July. Entry ...
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How can I find out what type of train is used for a Shinkansen service?

One of my kids' favorite destinations near Tokyo is the Railway Museum, which as a bonus can be visited by taking the Shinkansen bullet train two stops from Tokyo to Omiya. This particular section of ...
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I have a Layover in Japan, Going to stayfor a month, Do I need a Transit Visa?

I am a citizen of the US and I will be leaving to go back to the states after a long time overseas. I've been living in the Philippines and I will have a connecting flight from the Philippines to ...
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How do I get Japan tourist visa?

I am an Indian holding US green card and want to stay in Japan for 3-4 days on my way to India from the USA. What are the requirements?
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How accurate is Google Maps for travel times?

I have this route planned in Google Maps as a rough plot for travel times to 4 locations from Tokyo Tower, it's by no means finished. Now I am well aware that there are other factors such was road ...
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Always possible to pay for taxis in Japan with a credit card?

Much to my surprise, I was able to pay for a taxi ride to Narita Airport using a Visa card. While I'd always want to pay cash, is using a credit card always an option for paying for taxi rides in ...
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Why is homelessness not an issue in Tokyo? [closed]

I saw this article talking about impressive Japanese innovations in which having (almost) no homeless people in Tokyo was listed as one of them. Given the fact that Tokyo is the most populated ...
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What is wrong with eating while walking in Japan? It doesn't seem to be an issue in other Asian countries

I have seen on many etiquette questions about Japan that this is a no no, but I can't seem to find what the reason for this is. I know that in countries like Taiwan or China it doesn't seem to be an ...
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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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3 weeks trip from Zurich to Japan and South Korea [closed]

I'm planning to travel alone to Japan and South Korea for 3 weeks (20. June to 12. July 2015) and I'll depart from Zurich, Switzerland. My main question is about getting to both places, which is a ...
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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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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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Going to USA on B1/B2 visa when on a business visa in Japan

I am going on a business visa to Japan. When in Japan, can I get a B1/B2 visa to go to USA for a short personal trip? Thanks for your help
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What precautions should I take on a trip to Japan with a person who is allergic to shrimp?

Me and my wife are planning to travel to Japan next September 2014. Unfortunately my wife has a big problem with shrimp: she is extremely allergic to it (even the food fried with the same oil that ...
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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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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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No-pictures buildings in Japan (shooting from street forbidden by law)

I often take pictures of buildings. Usually without knowing what the building is. QUESTION: Are there buildings in Japan that it is forbidden by law to take pictures of? If yes, which ones? Bonus ...
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What is the cheapest/safest way to ship a box to Japan from USA

I am not sure if this is the right group to submit this question to. I feel like this is a travel question because it involves mailing souvenirs and other things that will not fit in to a suitcase. ...
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Is advanced booking required for ferries from South Korea to Japan

We already have a question about ferries from South Korea to Japan, but my question is can I just show up at the port and buy a ticket for the same-day ferry or do I have to book it in advanced? I ...
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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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Communicating in Tokyo without Japanese

I'm going to Japan soon. (Like my previous question.) And I'm going to Tokyo. I'm not at all good at communicating in Japanese. A beginner, not even able to use it for basic purpose. How can I ...
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Where to buy zafu (can be secondhand) in Tokyo or Kyoto

Tomorrow I will be travelling to Tokyo, and later to Kyoto. I am interested in buying a new or secondhand zafu, which is a special cushion for zazen meditation. I already asked a similar question ...
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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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Alternative to public hot water bath in Japan for a tattooed person

I'm going to Japan in a of couple months. I've got 80% of my back tattooed and I would really like to try the experience of a public bath in Japan. Many people have been telling me that it is not ...
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Curfew - Is walking on the street in Tokyo legal after 11.00 pm if you're under 18?

I am soon visiting Japan. I have a son who is not yet 16. Is it okay if I go shopping with him, or for a walk with him on public streets, after 11pm, which is the period the Japan government imposes ...
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Airlines refusing check-in without return ticket

I recently heard that some airlines refuse to let you fly to Japan (from Europe), if you don't have a return ticket. Since it is possible to buy one-way tickets, I guess this is utter nonsense, but ...
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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 ryokan with a baby of 20 month

I am travelling with a baby of 20 months. Is there a specific etiquette to respect when staying at a Japanese traditional ryokan?
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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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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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Japan - buy unlocked phone [closed]

I am thinking about buying a smartphone while in Tokyo. Do you have any physical store (I leave on Monday morning) to recommend? I've already been to Yodobashi, where they showed me about 15 models. ...
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Finding sleepover spots in internet cafes in Japan?

The last time I was in Tokyo without a place to sleep, an incredibly helpful japanese couple guided me to an internet cafe that offered single rooms with a bed-couch for a far cheaper price than any ...
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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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Should I buy the Suica & N'EX package to go from Narita to Tokyo?

I read in this post that maybe it's a good idea to buy this package to go from Narita to your hotel and have get some subway credit. This page states that for ¥3500 I can get a one-way trip plus some ...
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Travel from Europe to Asia tickets

my family will be visiting me in Japan soon and we plan to make a trip to South Korea too. So they would be coming from France to Japan, then from Japan to Korea, then Korea to Japan and from Japan ...
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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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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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Are there public bath etiquette to be aware of in Japan for foreign women? [duplicate]

I'm in Japan now and it is simply awesome. I'm thinking of visiting a public bath. Is it separate for the two genders? Can I go in with a swim suit (after my mandatory shower, of course) or do I have ...
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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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Nightlife in Tokyo Roppongi neighborhood [closed]

What is the nightlife like in the Roppongi neighborhood of Tokyo, Japan? I'm going from the US where indoor smoking has been banned for a while but (as far as I know) it is not in Japan. Would it be a ...
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Is it generally true that Japanese people are more reluctant to help Asian compared to Western foreigners? [closed]

I had the feeling while travelling in Japan that Japanese people in general (apart from those working at shops or public transport or accommodations) seem to show a little bit more reservation and ...
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Where can I leave 15kg luggage in Osaka for 5 days?

I'm planning to travel to Osaka soon and will be bringing a wheeled bag with a weight of 15kg. However, in the duration of my trip, I was planning to go to Tokyo as well, but I'd prefer to do that ...
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First Class Japan Rail Pass on Trains Without First Class

Can I use a first class Japan Rail pass to board trains that don't have a first class carriage?
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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 ...