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Yes, the shop sells shamisen (a type of musical instrument), and yes, good-quality shamisen are still made using cat skin.


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It's difficult to speculate about seat availabilities, and not very useful since it usually does not change anything to whether or not you can get a seat. That said, I have found that a good method to estimate how busy travel will be on a particular day is to look at flight availabilities: if it's a very busy day, flights will be booked out long in advance ...


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To answer your Question(s) briefly... ...will they already be sold out? That is a hard question to answer definitively, however, almost certainly not for all services as 当日券 [same-day tickets] are sold. During peak periods, 立席特急券 [Reserved Standing Tickets] are available for Hokuriku/Tohoku/Akita Shinkansen services however the Tokaido Shinkansen (...


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As a rule, capsule hotels are not set up for multi-day stays. However, this one appears to be an exception, and you can keep your locker during the day - with the major caveat of not being able to enter the hotel (and access your belongings) between 9:30AM and 4PM. Beware that capsule hotel lockers may be quite small and a full-size backpack may not fit. ...


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Yes, all three major airports (Haneda, Narita, and Kansai) in Japan provide free Wi-Fi. And in South Korea, Incheon International Airport also provides free Wi-Fi. You can learn how to connect to it by the following links: Japan South Korea


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It is safe to remove the receipts because you are supposed to return those receipts to the Japan Customs counters right after the passport control. Submit the Proof of Tax-Free Purchase attached to your passport when leaving the country - (Offical) Japan. Tax-free Shopping Guide This leads to another question: "what if I forget to return the ...


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Yes, it's safe to remove. Japan and quite a few other countries staple their departure cards to the passport, so immigration authorities are used to seeing staple holes on passport pages.


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I travelled from Tokyo to Kyoto during Golden Week last month (also incredibly busy). On the way back I booked 3 days in advance and was able to get reserved seats in one of the peak slots (the 6pm from Kyoto). There are trains every 10-20 minutes or maybe even more often. You will almost certainly be able to get a seat if you go to Tokyo station a few days ...


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Like fkraiem said, an estimation of seat availability is rather difficult, if not downright impossible. But there are some tips, that might let you sleep easier: Shinkansen & Seats Chances might be seat reservations are sold out, however I find it very unlikely that all tickets for a specific date are gone. Since you don't have to actually reserve a ...


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Japanese citizens do not need a visa to enter the Schengen area as long as their stay does not exceed 90 days. This is why you had no problem entering France since your tourist stay was shorter than 90 days. When exiting France, the only thing the officers will be interested in is whether you overstayed your visa or 90 days or whether there are some other ...


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This site has an embedded map showing the road locations in Gunma Prefecture. It is only in Japanese, but should be enough for you to find what you're looking for.


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Yes, there should be no problems taking pickled plums into the USA. You just need to declare it on the declaration form, i.e - Yes, pickled only. You can take any of these items into the USA To make sure you have no problems in case you are searched, check out the process. Hope this helps!


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Not in Disney Complexes. The Tokyo Disney Complex (Land, Sea, Hotels, Resort) does not have an Epcot Centre. The Epcot Centre in Orlando was actually built concurrently with Tokyo Disneyland. Further, the Epcot Centre idea was originally abandoned on Walt Disney's death having actually been a plan for a self sufficient city. When Disney revisited the idea, ...


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My recommendation is: Don't worry too much about it. The Tokaido Shinkansen has more than 200 trains running every day on each direction, with one train every 3 to 4 minutes in peak times. You are not going to get stranded and not be able to go to your destination. Even in the Bon festival season. In particular, all Tokaido Shinkansen services have non-...


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Japan does not require the six months. Any foreign visitor who wishes to enter Japan must have a passport, which will remain valid during the period of stay. from http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/essential/visa.html . There are numerous less-official surces stating it even more explicitly, and statements from people who asked an embassy directly. ...


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Not unless you are trying to rent one during a busy holiday Generally as long as the company has cars to rent, you can rent them without a reservation. Stock usually runs low during holidays, long weekends and local festival days and as such this is a time where you should reserve a car. Renting in the greater Tokyo area is usually painless but does ...


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To put it quite simply: As you do not need a visa for a short stay tourist visit to the Schengen area, you do not need a visa to exit the area as well. The most that will happen is that you will get two stamps on your passport, one for entry and another for exit. Upon arrival at UK, you will have to produce evidence that you are a entitled to enter the UK ...


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The differences between Ryokan and Minshuku have become blurred over time. While back in time, they were worlds apart, one serving members of the court while the other served the lesser ranked members of the entourage, when the court traveled between castles. Today they are not as distinctively different. And using "ryokan" in a hotel name is cheesy ...


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According to timatic which the airlines use to check passport and visa validity, either your UK or Australia passport just needs to be valid on arrival.


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No such requirement applies here. Your passport simply must be valid for the duration of your stay in Japan. According to the UK Government for your British passport: "Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required." According to the Consulate-General of Japan--Melbourne: "The ...


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It depends what exactly you mean by "outside of Japan". The intent of the policy is that you should buy it in your home country before leaving for Japan, but the policy was put in place before the advent of this wonderful (?) thing called the Internet. So in effect the policy is that you must buy the exchange order from a seller which is based in a country ...


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There is more about eligibility here. It is important to know that you have to have a tourist visa or come from one of the countries and regions for visa exceptions: http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/novisa.html. It's almost 70 countries now, including USA, Australia and most European ones.


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I got the JR Pass online from jrailpass.com. If you buy two 14-day standard passes, shipping is free. For 7-day passes, I think you have to buy two to qualify for that discount.



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