Tag Info

Hot answers tagged

24

Qualifier: I live in Tokyo You will have no problems navigating the train system or shopping in tourist-specific areas like Asakusa. Beyond that, not that many people speak or understand English. Even getting lunch at McDonalds is difficult - I speak reasonable Japanese and they still get my order wrong nearly half the time. The locals are simply not used ...


17

As stated in fkraiem's answer, the relevant legislation applies only in Tokyo (although quite a few other places have similar laws). Here's the section in question: 東京都青少年の健全な育成に関する条例 青少年 十八歳未満の者をいう。 十八歳未満の者をいう (深夜外出の制限) 第十五条の四 保護者は、通勤又は通学その他正当な理由がある場合を除き、深夜(午後十一時から翌日午前四時までの時間をいう。以下同じ。)に青少年を外出させないように努めなければならない。 2 ...


13

The relevant legislation is here (in Japanese). This is only for Tokyo, the legislation in all other prefectures is similar but may differ in some details. Basically, it's "illegal" for parents to allow a minor to go out between 11pm and 4am except for going to work/school or for some other "justifiable reason". What constitutes a "justifiable reason" is as ...


11

In this I can only give my own experience but I think it is telling enough. I have traveled in Japan for most of a month in 1994, with no Japanese at all and traveling by train and hostels, using English as my native Dutch is not understood there at all. I had arranged my first week with a short tour Tokyo/Kyoto, but did the rest without any reservations ...


6

A lot depends on the actual content. IF the content is illegal where you're taking it (and that includes any layovers/stopovers) you stand to get into some serious legal trouble. For example, last year someone was arrested and convicted in Norway for possession of child pornography. His crime? He had 3 manga/hentai cartoons in his house, which included ...


6

Yaoi Manga is a genre of illustrated books that contain homo-erotic content, or in some other way appeal to the prurient interest of its fans. It's soft-porn and does not feature children. Other Manga genres devoted to children are outside the scope of this answer. These books are available over-the-counter in Europe. As evidence, here's an Amazon ...


5

I presume you're looking specifically for English-language retreats, which narrows your options significantly; Japan may have a lot of temples, but it doesn't have all that many that can run a week-long course in a foreign language. (Even if the vast majority of that course involves complete silence!) But have no fear, Wikivoyage's Meditation in Japan is ...


5

Partly depends on where you are going. In the bigger cities, at hotels, large department stores, bigger restaurants you may be able to get by just fine with English (though learning some basic Japanese - Hello, Thank You, How Much, How Are You, etc never hurts) In rural Japan you may have difficulty, especially with older Japanese shop owners, innkeepers ...


5

LTE is (almost) everywhere in Japan, I'm writing this from a mountain resort town while tethered to my iPad. You can get prepaid sim cards at most of the electronics shops, look for "IIJ" on the package. 3000 yen data only is lots for any vacation unless you spend too much time on youtube or video calls. It is possible your home service will work, but you ...


5

I don't think there is a specific etiquette to follow. Common sense and good parenting though are key to insure a pleasant stay for both you and othe guests. Of course this is true for all travelling situations, regardless of location or accommodation type. Having said this, internet kinda shows that several families with babies have successfully and ...


5

In reality, as long as the boy is accompanied by an adult, just walking on public streets in Japan late at night won't cause a substantial problem in most cases. If you are unlucky, a police officer might stop you and ask a few questions, but anything worse is unlikely to happen. Entering certain safe stores like convenience stores is OK, too. But I don't ...


3

Not all US phones will work in Japan, but (as the Japan Guide suggests) most modern 3G and 4G phones do. Specifically, the phone needs to support 3G UMTS 2100 MHz, 3G CDMA2000 800 MHz, or LTE band 1. According to this blog post the iPhone 6 will have no problem working in Japan if it is unlocked. As for getting a sim card; the last two times I visited I ...


2

The only case I'm aware of where it's actually illegal to photograph something from a public place is when that something is a US military base or affiliated facility in Japan. Here's the Mutual Cooperation and Security Treaty under Article VI Facilities and Areas and the Special Criminal Act Attendant upon the Enforcement of the Agreement Regarding the ...


2

( YodObashi, not YodAbashi ) Yodobashi would be my first choice, unless you want an iPhone. Bic is more-or-less the same as Yodobashi, just the music is more annoying. If you know which model you want, Amazon.co.jp is another good choice. Do check that it explicitly says "unlocked" on the box. The Japanese mobile carriers generally do everything possible ...


1

A small hint that I don't see in the other answers is that some fraction of the locals will be willing to write English for you but won't try to speak it. I suppose that they are embarrassed, but given the atrocious state of my Japanese I don't see how they had anything to be worried about. Still, some of them seemed to care. I made it a habit to always ...


1

I cannot give specifics because of my bad memory, but in 2011 I made two one-week trips to Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and a few places in between). I don't recall a single issue neither with food nor lodging nor transportation (although, admittedly, I'm kind of a loner). I don't know a single word in Japanese.


1

I remember seeing trainset types listed in printed timetables for sale in bookstores (and sometimes in the station) in Japan. They look something like this. I also found this website (in Japanese) that lists some trainset types, but it does it line-by-line, so from Tokyo to Omiya you end up having to check multiple shinkansen line schedules. It's also hard ...


1

If you really need voice and text with a Japanese number, you don't have many options, as most "tourist SIMs" are data only. The only data+voice plans available to tourists (that I know of) are from Softbank and b-mobile. Your phone must be unlocked. Yes, it will be compatible with Japanese networks.


1

As the various examples people have given show this really does happen. What's going on here is that the airlines are subject to substantial fines if they bring in a passenger which is obviously inadmissible. Thus if a country requires a ticket for onward travel the airlines are very likely to ask to see this ticket before boarding you. You'll find the ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible