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Bathtubs of any kind aren't actually all that common in Japanese hotels. The cheaper ones, especially business hotels and the like, tend to have only showers, and most minshuku/ryokan and all capsule hotels don't have any in-room bathing facilities at all, only large communal and/or reservable onsen baths. If you're staying in branded Western chain hotels, ...


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In a word (and a meme), no. As you're probably aware, South and North Korea remain (in theory anyway) at a state of war and travel between the two is extremely restricted. In the past, there were organized tours from South Korea to Kumgangsan and Kaesong, but both have been indefinitely suspended since 2008 or so. Pyongyang has never been accessible to ...


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I would recommend Kumano in southern Mie Prefecture, located about four hours south of Nagoya (Location in Google Maps). I spent five years living very close to here and, based on familiarity with the area and its offerings, can recommend it to you! It satisfies all of your criteria: We love rocky beaches, nature hikes, history, the smell of ocean air, ...


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There are no direct connections between North Korea and either Japan or South Korea, but it is of course possible to visit North Korea starting in either of the two other countries. From Pyŏngyang, there are only direct flights to a handful of cities in China and Russia: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang and Vladivostok. In addition, there are international ...


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Tateyama is probably the easiest mountain to reach in the Japan Northern Alps by public transportation thanks to Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route which connects the east and west bases of the mountain (in Nagano Prefecture and Toyama Prefecture) by a series of public transportation lines, so that would be my recommendation. As for a campground, there is one ...


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You may not realize it, but that's actually quite a difficult set of conditions. One by one: Well, this one's easy, there are no lethal animals anywhere near Tokyo. Also not a problem, public transport anywhere around Tokyo is also easy. "Off the beaten track" means relying on buses instead of trains, but you certainly don't need to rent a car. But... If ...


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Enoshima, Kamakura and Zushi are on the Shonan coast and reachable from central Tokyo in 90 minutes. Enoshima has direct express service from Shinjuku. Kamakura has the giant buddha but you can easily avoid both him and the very large temple at the north end of Kamakura. All have sandy beaches and bustling retail areas. A bit further down the road is ...


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I found a decent ticket, 12 hours, direct from YVR to NRT, for $1200 CAD. Thinking I should snatch that up. $1,200 CAD should be considered a reasonable round-trip price from North America to Japan. Sometimes you see lower (though rarely below $1000), and sometimes much much higher. I would say that is around the average price these last few years, ...


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One of the best long distance courier to US option is Bombino Express. Their prices are reasonable, quick delivery and trackable. I have used them in the past and loved their service. I have used it from India so do not know how their service is from Japan. Play with their rates sites here and you can check what is the better option for you Ship it ...


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Jogashima (城ヶ島), at the southern tip of the Miura peninsula, is a decent day trip. Rocky beaches, tidepools with marine life, and a nice hike along a bluff where you can see cormorants. There's a small town with eateries serving fresh seafood. The Keikyu rail/bus network sells a one-day pass (I think weekend only) that will cover the train and bus fare from ...


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Hokkaido is great, although transportation there is far from perfect. While relying on public transport only the easiest places to visit would be Sapporo, hot springs around there and Hakodate. Taisetsuzan is amazing place itself but there's nothing to do without a car, unfortunately. Of course, buses do run, but travelling from one place to another place ...


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First of all, please let me explain what is Tokyo. Tokyo is not a city in its traditional meaning, Tokyo is a whole prefecture and at least half of it is covered by evergreen forests and scenic mountains. Quite unexpected for Tokyo, right? There are bears in Japan and even in Tokyo. But odds of meeting one are quite low, so I would not worry. Monkeys are ...


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Have you tried using the Round The World fares offered by the alliances? Both SkyTeam and Star Alliance (probably One World too) offer Round The World fare calculators. You simply input your stops and they let you know routing and fare. You would need to add one more stopover, as most RTW fares require a minimum of three stops (maybe spend a night in NYC ...



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