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Japanese credit cards usually allow you to pay for purchases in two monthly installments, at no extra cost. If you want to do this, you must mention it at the time of purchase, which is why many shop clerks will ask (lest you forget). I do not know what happens if you try to do this while your (presumably foreign) card does not allow it.


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Pick Kyoto as your base. It has far more sights of interest than Osaka, and it's easy to daytrip from there not just to Osaka, but to Nara as well. The JRP is actually unnecessary for this, since there are lots of cheap local trains between the two, but might as well use it if you've got it. It will not be hugely helpful for getting around either city ...


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Actually, just found the news dated July 4, 2016 (Russian). The article states that SASCO had signed an agreement to resume the Ferry service from Sakhalin to Hokkaido using "Пингвин-33" as a ship. Original Source on ria news (Russian)


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1- Yes, absolutely. The earliest shinkansen departs at 6:14 from Kyoto and arrives at 9:00 in Tokyo. Add in the ~40 minutes to get to Miraikan and you should be there at around 10:00. To get to Narita on time (about 2 hours early), you'll have to leave at about 17:30, leaving you with a more than enough 7 hours to visit. 2- This is completely subjective, ...


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Qualifier: I live in Japan and have several Japanese credit cards. The "ee-kai?" (one time) question you get asked at the register is how many payments you want to make. One, two, five and so on. There is also "bonus-kai" which will match your payment due date to the semi-annual bonuses paid by many large Japanese companies. Credit cards in Japan are more ...


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Try an exotics rental agency, like Omoshiro Rent-A-Car, omoshiroi being Japanese for "interesting". For example, their Chiba (Narita Airport) outlet has a bunch of interesting cars on offer, including a Toyota AE86, Nissan Skyline GT-R, Toyota MR-S, Toyota 86G, etc. (Note: there are multiple pages of listings, click on the little "次へ>>" to go to the next ...


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There are two options. The easy way is cash, which is (at time of writing) still accepted by every toll plaza on every Japanese expressway: just collect a chit on entry and pay when you leave. But if you're driving longer distances or on multiple days, you'll want to look into getting set up for ETC (electronic toll collection, but called "ETC" even in ...


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The word of the law is quite clear: a person on Temporary Visitor status cannot engage in activities related to the management of a business involving income or activities for which he/she receives remuneration. None of these terms is given a special definition in the text, so we may assume that they are to be understood in their ordinary meaning, and ...


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For travelling outside eastern Japan, there is no way to buy or reserve tickets from abroad. (Unless you can read japanese) For eastern Japan, you can reserve train tickets on the JR EAST network via their website (found here). NOTE: JR EAST only covers the following part of Japan: Even if you can't reserve a train ticket in advance, you will find that ...


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It can make sense depending on your itinerary. As you will be spending (what seems like) most of your time in Kyoto (and I assume staying somewhere close to the International Conference Centre) you may want to look into getting something like the Kansai Thru Pass 3-day ticket. This grants you unlimited use of all services from... Osaka Municipal ...


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The obvious answer is Kyoto, including the famous Gion (祇園) district. You should be able to stroll through streets that mostly feature traditional Japanese architecture. While I never went to Kanazawa myself, from my research, it does feature many areas that feature traditional architecture, including the Higashi Chaya (東茶屋街) and Kazue-Machi (主計町) ...


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I took this bag to Japan and stored it in coin lockers at train stations in both Akihabara and Shinjuku (both in Tokyo): 26 inch roller bag (Amazon link). According to Amazon, this bag is 26 inches tall, 11 inches long, and 15 inches wide. (66cm x 28cm x 35cm). I took a picture of it in a "large" sized locker. This one was at the Shinjuku station, but the ...


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The answer is no, Softbank doesn't have a monopoly. Telecom Square, literally the next shop over on Haneda's international arrivals floor, also sells voice & data prepaid SIMs on the Y!Mobile network, which is actually a Softbank subsidiary. The baseline price is higher but gets you more data, at ¥5500 for 1GB or ¥7500 for 3GB, plus unlimited ...


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I would like to bring a different approach and give an idea of how low one can go in terms of cost. Note that this is not meant to be a comfortable way of travelling, simply a very cheap one. Prices are estimates in USD. Naturally, all this applies mostly only to major cities like Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya. Sleeping (Check out this question for more info): ...


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From what I can find, you will have to deal with an agency who will take care of the details. I was not able to find a way to deal directly with the sword smiths (which is understandable considering their work.) That being said: The Seki Sword Tradition Museum has, as you said, occasional demonstrations during the year. There is one on January 2nd, and one ...


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Yes, the observation deck of Haneda's international terminal is the public landside area and open to all. Incidentally, Narita stopped doing checks on entry some time ago, but even when they were doing them, they wanted only ID, not tickets. Plenty of people visit airports to meet or see off passengers.


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On the other side of Tokyo, near Hakone and Mt. Fuji, there is Fun2Drive which has a nice chart showing make/models available, along with recommended touring routes. Prices range from 5000-12000 yen for the first 90 minutes, depending on the car and duration


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You can't buy individual tickets beforehand online. If you're thinking about getting a JR pass, you need to buy an exchange order from an approved reseller or travel agency in your country before arriving in Japan and then exchanging it for an actual pass once you arrive. The pass then becomes your ticket on JR networks (high speed trains and some lines ...


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Is there any official Japanese website to buy train ticket online? I assume you're speaking about the Train ticket discount for foreign tourists. No: http://www.japanrailpass.net/en/purchase.html Buy your Exchange Order for the JAPAN RAIL PASS at one of the following sales offices or agents before coming to Japan. JTB Corp., Nippon Travel Agency, ...


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As per the official tourism website of Yonaguni town as well as Japanese Wikipedia (last updated on 12 May 2016), no, there isn't. The only options are by plane or ferry from Ishigaki or Naha (the ferry from Naha being mentioned only on Wikipedia, and only as "irregular").


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According to flypeach fees and charges information: Fees and charges are quoted in the currency of your first point of origin This is typical for airline websites, but online travel agents often allow you to book in the currency of your choice. If you wish to view the price in an alternate currency, then you could install a web page currency ...


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Qualifier: I live in Japan and have used those ATMs thousands of times. ATMs at banks here (usually not the ones at convenience stores) accept cash deposits. And by cash I don't mean you put the money in an envelope and tell the machine how much is there, I mean you put the money into the tray and the machine counts it and tells YOU how much is there. Yes, ...


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Note 1: Ishikawa is a prefecture, not a city. Its capital city is Kanazawa. Opinionated note 2: Hiroshima prefecture is the most beautiful area in all of Japan. You do have to get out of Hiroshima city, however. The usual answer is that you must add up the cost of all the train trips you plan to make (which you can look up for example on Hyperdia), and ...


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The cheapest way to travel between Kansai Airport and Kyoto area is Kyoto Access Ticket for KIX->Kyoto (sold at Nankai ticket counter) and Kanku Access Ticket for Kyoto->KIX (sold at major station on Hankyu railway), both cost 1230 yen. You can go to Arashiyama, Kawaramachi, which is a short distance from Gion, or Karasuma, which connects with Kyoto subway. ...


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Don't even try it! Far better to relax in the airport or visit the charming city of Narita. As others have posted, Natita is only a stop away from the airport and provides an entertaining way to spend a few hours and ten or twenty thousand yen. Go to Tokyo only when you have a few days to stay there. On a short transit layover like this, you'll spend ...


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That depends, what is the purpose of your trip? If it's sightseeing, I would spend most of time in Kyoto. If it's about food, then I would spend more of my time in Osaka. Personally, I was more interested in all the food so I stayed in Osaka (or more accurately in Kishiwada). To maximize my time in Kyoto, I left for Kyoto first thing one morning, stayed ...


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EDITED- PLEASE READ I don't have the reputation to comment on the answer above me which is incorrect, though getting rep. Please see the Japanese Embassy linked below to answer your question- yes, you are allowed to work for 90 days in Japan with a tourist visa. http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/english/html/travel_and_visa/travel_and_visa_index.htm Yes- my ...


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No, it's not allowed. But what is considered work? Replying to and reading emails? Or surfing the internet and reading up new stuff related to your job? Where is the boundry when it turns from work for free, which is allowed, to work for money which isn't: when you receive money or when you're actually working on something? How can the police find out how ...


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De jure there are dozens of complex laws and regulations regarding remote employment, under which you may or may not need a special visa in order to work in a given country. Tax laws are an additional complication, where countries such as the UK can deem you as a tax resident for spending as little as 16 days on British soil. De facto, as long as you don't ...


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Definitely it doesn't make sense to change hotel between Kyoto and Osaka. Chose Osaka as your base. Kyoto has definitely more touristic places to visit, but they are usually open until 17:00. While an evening in Kyoto Higashiyama area might be a nice experience, it does not necessarily need to be repeated every day. Nightlife in Osaka is definitely more ...



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