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Painting with broad brush strokes about some very large and varied countries here, but I'd go for Japan. India I'd rule out due to the climate alone: March to May is the hot season, and it will be ferociously hot (40+ °C) in the Gangetic plains around Delhi. Of course you could head down south, but then the Taj will be off limits. And then there's the ...


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I've found (anecdotally) that initially in London, the walking times were way too slow - I was beating the times regularly. Then I moved to Vancouver and found them too fast. I'm a quick walker, so wasn't sure what was happening. I eventually figured it was down to knowledge. I 'knew' London far better, and even though I might be using a map, I could ...


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Good, but not perfect. Any planning tool can only give you estimates based on past experience, but predicting the future is by nature fraught with risk. For reasons explained below in detail, Google Maps is currently less accurate for this route in particular and Japan in general than it would be for, say, the SF Bay Area in the US. As Mark points out, ...


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Disclaimer / qualifier: I live in Tokyo Go to Japan. Any trip from Brazil to Asia is going to cost a lot, you may as well make the most of it. Japan has no more or less in the tourist / culture / educational areas than China or India. It wins hands-down in the environment category. tap water is drinkable anywhere (probably better than Brazil) public ...


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Hotel pricing in Japan is generally highly seasonal, and many hotels go so far as to publish a "room rate calendar" (客室料金カレンダー) that shows exactly how prices vary through the year. Disney has a nice, clear text-based one, but I'll use this rather more typical image from the Resonate chain in Kyushu to illustrate: To parse that, 月 means month (6月 = June, ...


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Visiting India? The two other answers have been rather unwelcoming to India (one of them now deleted), and not just as an Indian, but as someone completely sold into the fact that travelling in India is extremely interesting and fun I would like to answer with a positive bias, strictly speaking I have no knowledge of the other two destinations so I am not ...


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Yeah. They're called Manga Cafes, or mangakissa, and you need to find if they have seating options - ie reclining, pair seat, party room or more. Wikipedia's page on Manga Cafes Apparently there's a search engine for them that lets you specify criteria, but I'm getting a Tomcat error when I look - so not sure if it's just temporarily not working or down. ...


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First, it is often said that the lack of public trashcans in Japan is an after-effect of the 1995 sarin gas attacks in the Tokyo subway: the number of public trashcans was drastically reduced, probably to prevent their use in similar attacks (see for example here). Having never been to Japan before the attacks, however, I don't know how common trashcans were ...


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On your daytime layover, will most likely take the Tokyo Monorail from Haneda Airport to Hamamatsucho. This will cost you only 490 Yen and only takes about 20 minutes from one end to the other. From there you have a quite wide variety of trains and subway lines to take you around Tokyo. Since you land in Haneda early and the Airport is relatively small and ...


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There isn't much seasonal variation for the very cheapest class of hotels in Japan -- the business hotels, cheap ryokans, and capsule hotels. The rooms tend to be fixed price and when they sell out, they sell out. Look at hotel networks such as Toyoko Inn, Route-Inn, Super Hotel, etc. Unfortunately, most of these are designed for domestic customers only ...


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As a UK citizen you do not need a visa for Japan. The fact that you have a E2 Korean visa does not influence that at all.


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I did this in July - I had 10pm day 1 to 6am day 3 (so about 32 hours) in Haneda, and wanted to get out. I'll describe what I found and hopefully it'll benefit. I arrived at 10, went through customs relatively painlessly, although I did get pulled aside briefly when I declared some medicines. They asked how long I was going to be in the country, I said ...


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I cannot answer for Japan, but in Kuwait Google is by no means exact, but it has been fairly close (~5 minutes from my anecdotal calculations) to the actual time it took between destinations. In Kuwait it also accounts for traffic congestion and will tell you how much delay traffic is causing on your commute. It uses a combination of data points. I know ...


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Being a Nikonist myself, I can't recommend any shops for Fuji in particular, but for camera gear of any kind the place to go is Nipponbashi (日本橋) aka Den-Den Town ("Electric Town"), Osaka's equivalent to Tokyo's Akihabara, near Namba station. Tokiwa (トキワ) is the big name here, but there's a bunch of others as well. Naniwa (ナニワ) near Shinsaibashi is also ...


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Fastidiousness. Being considerate to others. As with many cultural peculiarities/quirks/anomalies, there is usually not one single explanation. But IMHO the single biggest explanation is a combination of being fastidious and considerate to others. To walk while one eats or drinks is to elevate the risk of food/drink spillage. And doing any such thing would ...


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I've found the estimates pretty accurate in the USA, to the extent that, when I've taken photographs from the passenger seat on road trips, I can often find out exactly where a photograph was taken based on "Seven minutes ago, I took a photo that randomly included mile marker 123; Google maps thinks seven minutes from there takes you to here; Street View ...


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It doesn't have to be anything elaborate, but something typically American will be appreciated. If you are from a rural region, some local products will be nice, otherwise just get something from a souvenir shop at the airport before you leave, and don't worry about the kitsch. If you want to make it personal, add a box of your favourite candy. (Candy is ...


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Just adding my two cents: In my experience, the reaction you get from Japanese when you eat something while walking is just a blank expression and a "Why?". And when you answer that with a "Well, why should I sit down for an Onigiri, they are practically made for eating while on the run", they just go "Hm, you're weird". So my theory is that Japanese ...



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